Childbirth, hormonal changes, weight loss and ageing, can all change the size and shape of your breasts. Many women are unhappy with these bodily changes and end up feeling less confident about themselves. With advances in the field of cosmetic surgery, women can now restore their youthful looks and create firmer looking breasts. There are several breast enhancement or reshaping procedures that give you the results you want. A breast lift is one such surgery that leaves you with firmer and natural looking breasts.
The Outcome of Breast Lift Surgery
Each patient has different needs. While some desire to improve the volume and size of the breast, others may choose to reduce the cup size of the breasts and make them look more proportionate to the rest of the body. Dr Ellis Choy lends a listening ear to each and every patient, trying to understand their ultimate goals and desires. While a breast lift is a procedure by itself, it can be coupled with either a breast augmentation surgery or a breast reduction surgery. These procedures make women feel positive about their bodies and give them the courage to step out in revealing clothes without feeling self-conscious.
An Overview of a Breast Lift Surgery
To perform the procedure, plastic surgeons make a few incisions around certain areas of the breast, excise some skin, reshape the tissue and then tighten the skin to create perkier looking breasts. The surgeon may also reduce the size of the areola and reposition them to make the breasts look young and symmetrical. This surgery allows you to lift your breasts to an upright position and create an even and aesthetically appealing bustline.
Dr Choy uses one of the following incision techniques to perform a breast lift. These include:
- Anchor Lift (Inverted T Scar pattern): An anchor lift requires three incisions. One around the edge of the areola. The second running from the areola to the breast crease, and the third along the inframammary fold.
- Peri-Areolar Lift (Circular scar pattern): Involves a donut-shaped incision around the edge of the areola.
- Vertical Lift (Lollipop scar pattern): Requires two incisions. One donut-shaped incision around the areola and the other from the areola to the inframammary fold. Vertical lifts are ideal for patients who need extensive reshaping. Dr. Ellis Choy will tell you which incision is best suited to your unique condition.
Breast Lift Without Implants
A breast lift without implants leaves you with natural and firm breasts that sit back up on the chest wall. The procedure helps to reposition the breast and eliminates sagging breast tissue and drooping breasts. It’s ideal for people who are happy with the size of their breasts but unhappy with sagging skin or asymmetrical looking breasts. The surgery remains the same as a traditional breast lift. Dr Choy can also perform liposuction along with a breast lift to dramatically improve the contours of the breast.
Breast Lift With Implants
Implants restore the loss of fullness in the breast area. They fill up the breasts and make them appear larger and firmer than before. The breast lift procedure gets rid of unwanted breast tissue and excess skin, while the implant improves the contours of the breast. After making an incision, Dr Choy will create a pocket within the breast, large enough to accommodate the implant. Implants are generally placed in two locations. Depending on the type of implant selected, Dr Choy will use certain techniques to insert it into the body. Once the implant is placed beneath the skin, the incisions are sutured, and the affected area is bandaged.
Breast lift scars fade over a period of time and turn into thin, discoloured lines that are barely noticeable.
If you’d like to transform the look of your breasts, get in touch with Dr Ellis Choy’s leading practice. Call us on 02 8962 9388 to find out more about the cost of a breast lift. Also, view our gallery of breast lift before and after photos to see the amazing results we have achieved.
Altering the Breast Contour
Breast lift surgery alters breast contours as well as shape and size, to provide fuller, firmer breasts. As you can see from the images in our before and after gallery, breast lifts can have a profound all-round effect on the aesthetics of the breast and abdomen, as well as the confidence and well-being of the patient.
This page is designed to help you better understand what you can expect before and after your breast surgery, and to give you information on how the process works. If you need further details, or would like to book an appointment, get in touch with Dr Ellis Choy and his team today.
What to Expect During the Weeks After Surgery
Dr Choy and his team will hold an outpatient session with you to give you information on aftercare and on all the other aspects of your recovery. There will also be a follow-up check-up session to ensure you are on the right track.
However, it is still a good idea to be thoroughly informed, so here are some details on what you can expect.
The First Day After Surgery
For the first twenty-four hours after your breast lift cosmetic surgery, you are going to feel somewhat under the weather. However, these symptoms should not be too severe.
You can expect to experience some of the following:
- Sleepiness or drowsiness (it is certainly inadvisable to drive during the first twenty-four hours, post-surgery)
- A possible dry or irritated throat
- Mild sickness or queasiness
- Mild pain, discomfort and stiffness in muscles and joints
The degree to which patients experience these symptoms is variable, but none of the symptoms should be too severe. If you have any concerns, please get in touch with Dr Ellis Choy and his team.
The First Week
While the symptoms should begin to subside within the first week, the mild pain and discomfort is likely to remain for this first week. Initially, a local anaesthetic will provide you with some relief, but this will wear off over time.
Most patients opt to manage the pain and discomfort they feel with anti-inflammatory medication. Speak to Dr Ellis Choy or his team for more information about the medication you could use to achieve this.
During this first week, you are advised to support the breasts with a post-operative bra. This helps to achieve the best aesthetic results for your surgery, and also prevents excess swelling and damage.
After One Week
After one week following your surgical procedure, you should be ready to return to work. However, it is important to remember that you are not fully recovered yet and that some activities remain off limits to you.
Any strenuous activities should be avoided altogether, as should any activities that involve the movement of the breasts, including jogging and other such exercise. Over the next few weeks, you may begin to dabble with exercise again, but stop immediately if you feel any pain or discomfort at all.
Remember that Dr Ellis Choy and his team are only a phone call away, should you have any concerns about your progress.
Six to Eight Weeks After Surgery
By now, you should be feeling normal again and be able to go about your daily routine with ease and comfort. You may wish to return to running and gym workouts, but you should remain mindful of any pain you experience.
At this stage you will still be having post-operative check-ups with Dr Ellis Choy and his team to ensure that your progress is good and consistent with expectations. However, you may contact the team at any time outside of these check-up appointments – your health and the effectiveness of your treatment are our top priority.