Many women, particularly those who have had children, will notice that their breast tissue will droop and “deflate” following breast-feeding. This phenomenon is not only limited to mothers, as changes in weight and hormone fluctuations can cause the same issues. Some women, in fact, are born with breasts that may not be as “perky” as they would like. Many patients who complain of this breast deflation, or “breast ptosis” in medical terms, will benefit from an elevation of the breast tissue. This is known as a breast lift or mastopexy.
Planning Your Breast Lift Surgery
Your Breast Lift Surgery Consultation
We encourage you to bring your partner or a family member during the consultation if you feel they can help you in making a safe decision regarding your health.
Your full medical history and examination will be obtained including ontological, breast feeding, and family planning.
A full breast analysis will be conducted, with particular attention on the distance from the areola to the inframammary crease, the transverse diameter, the height of the breast, and the exact desired position of the inframammary fold.
Physical examination and planning will involve exact millimetric measurements as following:
Computer analysis can also aid in conveying your wishes to the surgeon by selecting the size and shape of the implants, and may also help the surgeon relay postoperative expectations back to you.
After a comprehensive analysis, exact measurements, and an interactive discussion between you and your surgeon, you will decide whether the breast lift is to be performed alone or in combination with breast augmentation to further enhance the breast shape. The augmentation can be done using your own tissue or using an implant.
The Breast Lift Surgery
The procedure is usually undertaken under general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation. You will be able to go home the same day, and the procedure usually produces a fine scar around the areola and under the breast.
Each patient is unique, therefore we tailor the technique to suit your individual needs based on the shape of your current breast, the amount of sagginess, overall body size, and the type of the implants you choose.
Breast Lift Surgery at Australia Plastic Surgery is usually followed by some short-term discomfort that is easily controlled with simple analgesia. A small amount of bruising and swelling is also usually mild and resolves in a short period of time.
After Breast Lift Surgery
Simple tape will be applied on the wound area.
Generally, you will be able to go home on the same day. Some patients may require a stay in hospital overnight.
For the first two weeks following surgery, you will have to wear a sports bra day and night.
For a month after this, you will need to wear one during the night only.
Stitches are usually resorbable and bruising can take 1-3 weeks to subside.
Scarring is minimal and becomes virtually undetectable over time.
Getting Back to Work and Normal Activities after Your Breast Lift
You will have to rest completely for the first 48 hours after surgery.
It is quite normal to experience a burning sensation during this time.
It may be possible to return to work after as little as four days but only if it does not require you to lift heavy objects.
Normal physical activity can be resumed after about a month.