What is Mastopexy? The Breast Lift Surgery Option
Sagging breasts tend to occur with age, after menopause or after having children. A Mastopexy, more commonly known as a Breast Lift Surgery procedure, is the Plastic Surgery procedure that helps women have uplifted and reshaped breast tissues. A breast lift is a Plastic Surgery treatment for Breast Ptotis (sagging, drooping breasts or nipples).
Benefits of a Breast Lift or “Breast Uplift” Procedure with or without Augmentation
- Having a breast lift helps women to regain a more rejuvenated breast shape.
- Having more centrally located nipples and more rounded versus sagging breasts provides a more youthful breast contour and can improve the upper body shape.
A breast lift (Mastopexy Surgery) lifts and re-suspends the breast tissues to a higher position on the chest wall. This can help improve your overall appearance, breast cleavage and physique.
- Many men and women want to look younger, firmer and/or fitter in appearance when sagging skin has reduced the more youthful appearance of having smoother, shapely body contours.
- One way they achieve this is to enhance their breasts or restore their appearance to a more youthful dimension or shape.
For men, it might be a male breast reduction for Gyneacomastia. For women, the main options include Breast Augmentation with Breast Implants, Breast Reduction and/or a Breast Lift with or without additional volumisation of the breast tissues.
Why do women prefer uplifted breasts and centrally-located nipples? Reasons women have Breast Lift Surgery
Not all women mind when their breast tissues start to droop; but many wish they had the breast size or shape they had before the children came along, or before their skin started to lose it’s firmness or elasticity. For other women, they undertook significant weight loss programs and have been left with excess, droopy or empty looking breast skin.
Perky, full breast play an enormous role in creating – or recreating – a youthful and feminine appearance. When your breast tissue becomes weak, your breasts may lose their firmness and support, which causes sagging. This can be caused by ageing, weight loss and pregnancy. Sagging breasts can detract from your natural, attractive curves and often make patients feel unfeminine. A Breast Lift can help support breast tissue and correct sagging to achieve a more attractive and youthful appearance.
Who Can Benefit from a Breast Lift?
This treatment is often recommended if you are happy with the size of your breasts but are not happy with their shape regarding sagging or drooping. These usually occur as a result of:
It can be devastating to many patients who, after fighting hard for their weight loss goals, find that their breasts have sagged. Breast tissue is very easily prone to laxity and losing weight can also cause you to lose breast volume. A Breast Lift can help restore a perky, attractive appearance following weight loss.
During pregnancy, breasts go under a major transformation. Once your breasts are no longer filled with milk, it is not uncommon for them to shrink in size. This often leaves breasts looking empty or deflated and this dramatic change can be shocking and depressing to many women. A Breast Lift can help support and redefine the breasts after pregnancy to reclaim your perky bust. However, you must have finished breast feeding before any mastopexy procedure.
The ageing process and gravity can be harsh on many patients. Over time, the weight of the breast tissue can weaken and cause sagging. A Mastopexy can lift and secure the breast tissue to reclaim a more youthful, feminine profile.
Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Lift Surgery Options
What to consider when considering mastopexy
If you are considering breast lift surgery (mastopexy surgery) in Melbourne or Sydney, be sure to speak with a FRACS qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon with expert skills at breast surgery and scar minimisation. It is important you discuss your expectations and goals regarding this procedure and to keep your expectations in line with what can be achieved (realistic expectations are imperative to being satisfied with your results – surgery can improve your breast shape and appearance but there are limits to what surgery can accomplish; what you start with and your skin elasticity or skin health WILL have an impact on your results, including how they change over time. Once your Plastic Surgeon understands your expectations and desired outcome we will be able to determine if this procedure is right for you.
In some cases a mammography may be required before the final decision.
How is a Breast Lift (Mastopexy) performed?
Mastopexy surgery is called a ‘breast lift’ or ‘breast uplift’ because it aims to lift, reshape and re-contour the breasts as well as reposition the nipples more centrally on the chest area.
At your initial consultation your physical condition and requirements will be considered; these will play a role in determining the best form of treatment for you.
If your breasts are small and the sagging is minimal, this can be corrected with augmentation mammoplasty. This method results in fewer scars on the breast than mastopexy.
During mastopexy the nipple and areola are repositioned to a higher position and excess skin is removed from beneath the breast. Closing the remaining skin lifts the projected and youthful appearance.
If you have inadequate breast tissue to achieve the desired size, a saline-filled breast implant can be placed beneath the breast to achieve the desired size, shape and projection. After the procedure you will be able to resume limited activities the day after surgery and normal activities in three to four weeks. Any pain or discomfort can usually be managed by pain medication. One to two weeks post-surgery your stitches can be removed.
Are there any side effects or risks of a Breast Lift Surgery procedure?
Thousands of breast lift surgeries are performed annually around the world.
Research and online consumer forums indicate the majority of women who undergo the treatment report are extremely happy with their procedure and often say they “wish they had had the operation sooner.”
The scars from the procedure are situated around the areola of your nipple and under the breasts: these usually fade over 6 to 12 months. So while there will be some obvious scarring most patients believe the procedure is worth it. While you may experience some change in the sensation of the nipple, this often improves over time. Current techniques for mastopexy should preserve the ability to breast feed, however this is something you will need to discuss with your surgeon.
Will I be hospitalised for the Breast Lift procedure?
Depending on your needs, this procedure can either be performed under local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic and takes about two hours.
The average hospital stay is one day, however, the procedure can be done as a day only procedure. Dr Sackelariou operates in Private Hospitals.
Will the Breast Lift procedure leave any scars?
Yes, all surgery leaves scars, and the breast lift scars will be on the breast area. Ask about your scars during a consultation. Rest assured that every effort will be made to keep any breast scars as inconspicuous as possible while still achieving an uplifted result, but everyone scars differently. If you have a complication such as an infection or wound breakdown (or if you smoke) your scars may be more visible; Asian skin types may also scar more visibly, so ask Dr Sackelariou for advice and recommendations for Breast Lift Surgery options.
Typically breast lift scars are hidden on the under-surface of your breasts (below the nipple area but not on the upper cleavage area) and therefore become less visible over time. Every effort will be made to keep any scars as inconspicuous as possible. Typically scars are hidden on the undersurface of your breasts and therefore become less visible over time.
When can I resume normal activities after having Breast Surgery?
Resuming your normal activities is assessed on a case-by-case basis after your Breast Lift. Your Surgeon will explain this all to you before and/or after your surgery at your pre and/or post-operative consultations so you know what to expect. Do NOT try to do too much too soon, and remember, every patient heals differently after having a Breast Lift procedure.
You should be able to return to your normal activities around two weeks post-surgery. However, we advise you avoid excessive exercise for three or four weeks post-surgery and sometimes longer.
Ask your Surgeon for recommendations about Breast Lift Recovery and healing time frames.
How important are psychological factors in relation to a Breast Lift procedure?
Mastopexy, like any plastic or cosmetic surgery, can only improve your appearance, it cannot guarantee a new life nor can it guarantee an end to all personal problems. Part of the success of the treatment is determined by your mental attitude towards the treatment.
Having realistic expectations about this surgery is a must because your current breast shape and size, your current skin condition (elasticity and firmness) and your health habits and lifestyle choices ALL have an impact on your results. Also, results from a breast lift DO change over time.
Before and Afters
General information about Breast Lift Surgery and Recovery and Risks
If you any questions about Breast Lift, please ask us during your initial consultation. We are more than happy to answer your questions and to help you understand what you can expect from this treatment. We find the best patients are those who are well informed about the procedure.
Remember: there are no guarantees with surgery—the aim of cosmetic surgery or Plastic Surgery such as a corrective breast lift, is to provide improvement, not perfection.
Results vary from patient to patient.