Breast Lift Surgery With Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Ellis Choy
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, restores firmness and elevation to sagging breasts.
Natural factors most often contribute to a woman developing sagging breasts. For example, a woman’s breasts can change dramatically after childbirth and breastfeeding or simply due to the effects of gravity and ageing. In some cases, underlying muscle tone and structure is weak. Whatever the causes of breast ptosis (another name for sagging), a breast lift can help.
Are all breast lifts the same?
Not at all. Dr Choy understands that each patient is different. Every woman has a unique anatomy, and the look she desires will also be unique. Therefore, Dr Choy considers all these factors carefully before recommending a course of treatment to satisfy his patient’s concerns, and he ensures that he and his client fully agree on the treatment plan before proceeding.
In many cases, excess and stretched skin is removed and remaining tissue reshaped, and the nipple and areola are also repositioned. In the hands of a skilled surgeon like Dr Choy, the breast lift procedure is tailored to each patient’s individual needs.
Reasons to opt for a breast lift
How do I know if I am a candidate for a breast lift?
Women may begin considering surgical options, such as a breast lift, for several reasons, many of which are both natural and unavoidable. A breast lift surgery can address a variety of concerns. While dramatic improvement is possible, realistic expectations of surgical outcomes are also important.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: For many women, pregnancy is accompanied by unwanted changes to their breast shape. Breasts that have stretched or sagged can be restored, with or without implants.
- Counteracting weight loss changes: Weight gain is coupled with increased fatty tissue. Weight loss is the reverse, often resulting in breasts that lose volume and firmness. A breast lift can restore proportion by removing excess skin.
- Sagging breasts at a young age: For some women, muscle tone is not strong and breasts can begin drooping even during their teenage years. A breast lift can help address this.
What if I have other concerns with my breasts?
A breast lift can address many other concerns. For example, nipples that point downward are often a symptom of breast sagging, but one which a breast lift can correct. In this case, breast tissue can be repositioned to create more forward-facing nipples. The nipple and areola can be elevated so they do not sit lower than the crease underneath the breast.
A breast lift can also offer improvement for asymmetrical breasts, creating a more balanced and pleasing appearance. It’s important to note, however, that the great majority of women have one breast slightly larger than the other, and surgery isn’t always advisable, or even necessary, in these cases. Dr Choy can help you decide whether surgery is warranted in your particular case.
What Makes a Breast Lift Different Than a Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation surgery and a breast lift surgery are different procedures with different goals.
To clarify the differences between these two unique surgical techniques, a breast augmentation will enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts and will often include an implant, while a breast lift will improve the position of the breast only, without an implant being inserted.
Specifically, a breast lift will improve breast ptosis or sagging of a woman’s breasts. A woman can determine if she has breast sagging if a pencil placed under the breast fold will stay in place, or if her nipple hangs below the pencil. Women with these symptoms are likely candidates for a breast lift.
The Kinds of Breast Lift Procedures
Breast lifts are highly customisable to a woman’s needs. For example, there are several incision techniques used in breast lifts that can target and improve specific concerns a woman has. After careful consideration, Dr Choy will inform you of the most suitable option or options for you. Here are the most common breast lift incision types:
Some breast lift procedures
There are several incision techniques used in breast lifts. After careful consideration Dr Choy will inform you of the most suitable option.
- Anchor Lift: Used in situations of considerable sagging, an ‘Anchor’ or Inverted T lift removes sagging tissues and excess skin. Three incisions are made: around the areola edge, from the areola to breast crease, and along the breast crease inframammary fold.
- Crescent Lift: An incision is made at the top edge of the areola. This technique is useful for correcting minimal sagging.
- Peri-Areolar Lift: Also known as a ‘Donut’ Lift, this method corrects mild sagging. An incision is made around the areola, with any scarring barely noticeable as it traces the areola edge.
- Vertical ‘Lollipop’ Lift: In this variant, two incisions are made. One around the areola and another from the areola to the inframammary fold. This method is often used when extensive shaping is required.
The type and place of your incision will affect the final costs of your breast lift surgery, and Dr Choy can go over those with you in detail once the needs of your surgery have been determined.
Recovery From a Breast Lift
Recovering from a breast lift is similar to recovering from a breast augmentation with implants. You can return home soon afterward to recover in the comfort of your own home. Many patients can also return to work or regular activities within a week or two, although heavy lifting and strenuous activity should be delayed a while longer (typically at least six weeks).
Immediately after surgery, women will typically experience some pain and swelling. These are natural and normal side effects of all surgeries, not necessarily an indication of problems. These symptoms can be controlled with medications that Dr Choy will prescribe to you before surgery.
The Importance of Choosing the Right Surgeon
Can any doctor do a breast lift?
Selecting a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon is essential. A breast lift is not something that should be undertaken by an inexperienced surgeon. There are several Australian and international associations which qualify plastic surgeons, and choosing a surgeon from among these top-performing doctors is an important first step to obtaining a satisfying experience.
Dr Ellis Choy is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS). He also has a long track record of providing his patients with the personalised results deserve, as can be seen in the breast lift before-and-after photos on this page. During a relaxed and confidential consultation, Dr Choy will provide you with ample information to guide your decision and give you the confidence you need to make the right choice for you.
Schedule Your Consultation with Dr Choy
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*The information about breast lift without implants was reviewed by Dr. Ellis Choy. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.
Making an Informed Decision
Undergoing plastic surgery is a significant decision that should be made only after careful consideration of all aspects involved, including the potential risks and complications.
General Risks and Complications
There are general risks and complications that apply to most plastic surgery procedures. These are discussed in detail on our Risks and Complications page.
Specific Risks and Complications
In addition to those that apply generally to plastic surgery, each individual procedure comes with its own specific risks and complications. For breast lift surgery without implant placement, these include:
- Asymmetry in breast shape or nipple placement
- Partial or total loss of the nipples or areolae
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation
- Breastfeeding challenges
- Chronic breast pain
Request a consultation with Dr Choy for a detailed discussion of these considerations. Dr Choy will conduct a thorough risk assessment based on your individual factors and outline the measures that can be taken to minimise these risks. He and his team are here to support your decision-making process, providing all the information you need to make well-informed choices about your care.
Breast Lift Without Implants Information Sheet
Download and print out the Breast Lift Without Implants Information Sheet that includes a list of questions to ask Dr Choy during your appointment.