What will a breast lift do?
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, restores sagging breasts to a firmer, more pleasing shape. The operation can be coupled with breast augmentation or breast reduction to achieve a woman’s desired results. The return to a more proportionate figure helps many women gain confidence and appeal as well as feel more comfortable while wearing a swimsuit, bra or other more open or form-fitting clothing. A woman’s newfound sense of freedom after a breast lift often feels priceless.
Why is a breast lift necessary?
Although natural factors most often contribute to a woman developing sagging breasts, they do not make the problem any less inconvenient. For example, a woman’s breasts can change dramatically after childbirth and breastfeeding or simply due to the effects of gravity and ageing which can reduce skin tone. In some cases, underlying muscle tone and structure is weak. Whatever the causes of breast ptosis, another name for sagging, the desire to recapture a more youthful appearance is perfectly natural, and the desired results achievable.
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 always be specific to her innate sense of beauty and identity. 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, creating an aesthetically pleasing and youthful appearance. The results of a breast lift can have a transformative effect on a woman’s look and outlook, helping her feel younger and more vibrant and energetic. In the hands of a skilled surgeon like Dr Choy, a woman can also enjoy complete safety and a problem-free recovery.
Reasons to opt for a breast lift
How do I know if I need a breast lift?
There is no denying that physical beauty is desirable. When coupled with societal trends that promote bodily perfection as an attainable goal, it’s no surprise then that many women feel intimidated and unhappy with their appearance, even if they have only minor concerns. While dramatic improvement is possible, realistic expectations of surgical outcomes are also important.
Beauty takes many forms, both external and internal, but improving physical concerns is often the fastest way to achieve greater self-confidence. 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 successfully address all of these concerns.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: For many women, pregnancy signals the beginning of 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 will 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 achieve the desired appearance.
What if I have other issues with my breasts that bother me?
A breast lift can also address many other concerns, making the surgery a must-consider procedure for many women. 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 much more attractive forward-facing nipples. Ideally, your nipple and areola shouldn’t sit lower than the crease underneath your breast.
A breast lift is also a great solution for asymmetrical breasts and will result in 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?
I’ve heard that a breast lift isn’t necessary on its own, that you only need it if you get breast implants. Is this true?
A breast augmentation surgery and a breast lift surgery are different procedures with different goals. Because they address unique symptoms affecting a woman’s breasts, these surgeries are frequently performed together — to give women more rejuvenation than either surgery would offer alone — but they are also performed separately.
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 having to be 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 will directly benefit from a breast lift.
Each surgery can be performed alone if a woman has symptoms of only one issue, but it is not uncommon for a woman to have both procedures performed in a single surgery for maximum results. The combined surgery is called an Augmentation Mastopexy or Breast Lift with Implants and has a slightly longer recovery.
The Kinds of Breast Lift Procedures
I’m still not sure if a breast lift is right for me. What kinds of specific problems does a breast lift fix?
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 safely and effectively. 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. This method is also useful in a breast reduction.
- Crescent Lift: An incision is made at the top edge of the areola. This technique is useful for correcting minimal sagging combined with breast augmentation.
- 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. A Peri-Areolar Lift is commonly performed in combination with breast augmentation.
- 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
Is recovering from a breast lift easier than from breast augmentation? Should I get a breast lift instead?
Recovering from a breast lift is very similar to recovering from a breast augmentation with implants. You should get the surgery that best addresses your initial concerns. Although breast lift surgery and recovery can seem daunting, 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 strenuous activity should be delayed a while longer.
Immediately after surgery, women will typically experience some pain and swelling, and these are natural and normal side effects of all surgeries, not an indication of problems. These symptoms can also be limited and controlled with medications that Dr Choy will prescribe to you before surgery. Despite this post-treatment discomfort, breast lifts are safe, highly effective, rewarding, and often life-changing procedures which women with breast ptosis should strongly consider.
The Importance of Choosing the Right Surgeon
Can any doctor do a breast lift?
Above all other considerations, selecting a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon is the one factor that will most directly affect whether or not a woman will have the best possible outcome. A breast lift is not something that should be undertaken by an inexperienced surgeon. There are several Australian and international associations which qualify plastic and cosmetic surgeons, and choosing a surgeon from among these top-performing doctors is an important first step to obtaining a safe and satisfying result.
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 lasting results they expect and 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 take the next step toward your ideal body.
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