Gravity is a certain fact of life. Over time, every woman loses pertness in her breasts. Having a breast lift is a common way to restore a youthful and voluminous look. Also known as a mastopexy, a breast life can transform the shape, size, and positioning of your breasts.
Whether you have always been unhappy with your breasts or your body has changed after pregnancy, breast feeding, or weight loss, a breast life can transform your body and leave you feel like a new person.
You don’t have to just live sagging breasts. Stop hiding and start on a journey that can transform your life. Curious? Here’s everything you need to know about getting a breast lift.
Benefits of a Breast Lift
With few risks and countless benefits, many women find that a breast lift is exactly what they need to boost their self-esteem and confidence while ageing naturally. Breast lifts are highly customisable and Dr Turner will work with you to create your dream breast.
Here are a few of the potential benefits of a breast breast lift.
Restore your breasts to a youthful position
Improve the firmness of your breast
Elevate your nipple and reshape your areola
Improve your breast symmetry
Remove any excess tissue
When done in conjunction with breast implants, a breast lift can be even more transformative. Here are a few of the added benefits.
Add volume to your upper part breast and enhance cleavage
Added shape and firmness to your breast
Create a look that’s in better proportion with your body
Develop a perfect projection
Are You an Ideal Candidate?
To be a good candidate for a breast lift, it is important to be in good overall health, near your ideal weight, and a non-smoker. If you are currently a smoker, it’s time for a change. Due to the added risks, Dr Turner does not breast lift surgery on smokers. You need to commit to quitting for at least six weeks before the surgery and three months after the surgery. This means being free of cigarettes, nicotine gum, patches, and vaping.
If you have plans to get pregnant, breastfeed, or lose a significant amount of weight, it is best to do this before you have a breast lift. Because these activities will cause your breast to change, it just doesn’t make sense to do a breast lift in advance because the long-term appearance will change after weight changes, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.
Women who have already had children and/ or lost a major amount of weight are perfect candidates. A breast lift will restore fullness and reverse the natural nagging that comes with ageing and children. A breast lift will also remove the excess tissue that comes with a significant weight loss.
Often women are looking to add volume and as well as a lift. In this case, the best treatment plan is a breast lift done in conjunction with breast implants. This will off you the best overall results.
Whatever your goals and current body type, the best way to determine if you are an ideal candidate is to come in to our Sydney clinic for a breast lift consultation with Dr Turner. An expert in the field, he will ask you about your medical history, examine your breasts, and talk to you about your goals.
What is Breast Ptosis
Many factors come into play when we look at how breasts age. With time, children, and increases in weight, your breast begin to sag and loose their youthful shape. Your breasts become stretched and elongated which leads to a droopy appearance. In technical terms, we call this phenomenon breast ptosis. A breast lift procedure is a common and safe way to turn back the clock and reverse this process.
While a breast lift can create a profound effect, it has its limitations. A breast lift can lift but it can’t fully restore your cleavage. This is why a breast lift is often done in conjunction with breast implants. When you come for a breast lift consultation at the Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery, Dr Turner will examine your breast and talk to you about your unique needs and aspirations. One major part of this exam is establishing your level of breast ptosis.
Levels of Breast Ptosis
Before we can talk about solutions, it is essential to have a clear picture of your current breast. To do this, Dr Turner will talk to you about your level of breast ptosis.
Normal breast tissue with no sagging. The lower breast sits above the breast fold and the nipple points outwards.
Mild skin laxity and sagging. The lower breast sits on or below the breast fold and the nipple points outwards but is below the breast fold.
Moderate skin laxity and sagging. The majority of the breast sits below the breast fold, and the nipple points downwards.
What to Expect from a Breast Lift Surgery?
Your breast lift procedure will be performed in a private hospital in Sydney under a general anaesthetic. The operation will take between two to three hours, with the exact duration depending on the specifics of your breast lift.
During your breast lift, Dr Turner will remove excess breast tissue and skin. He will pull the tissues together to reshape the breasts and reposition the nipple and/ or areolar so they maintain a natural and youthful position. He’ll then place sutures deep within the tissue to help hold your lifted breasts in place. Dr Turner predominantly uses the short scar techniques to perform breast lift surgeries, due to the enhanced results and minimal scarring he achieves with these methods. It is not, however, for all women and Dr Turner will establish the right option for you.
The type of incision used for your breast lift will depend on your breast size and shape, the degree of breast sagging, and size and position of your areola. During the procedure, the incisions on your breast are closed with dissolvable sutures and covered with a dressing. This dressing will remain on for three weeks following your operation.
If you opt to get a breast implant during your breast lift, the implant will be inserted either behind the muscle (submuscular), in front of the muscle (subglandular), or in both positions (dual plane).
The majority of women leave the hospital the same day following a breast lift. Dr Turner will closely monitor you following the operation to ensure that you are healing properly. No surgical drains are required and you will simply leave the hospital with a supportive surgical bra that will aid in the healing process.
Common Types of Breast Lift Procedures
Dr Turner may recommend any of the following operations to you at the time of the consultation:
Breast augmentation alone
Women are often looking for an implant to correct droopiness or ptosis. This option depends on the severity of the droop as well as the skin quality of patient. In women with mild ptosis (grade I) a breast augmentation with an anatomical implant can often be sufficient.
Breast augmentation with breast lift in one operation
Many women can achieve dream results in one session.
Breast lift followed by breast augmentation after 6-12 months for patients
Women dealing with extreme breast droopiness and poor skin quality (often related to massive weight loss) may need a two staged procedure to give a predictable result.
Breast lift alone
This is used for cases where women have droopiness with adequate and firm breast tissue
Breast lift & fat grafting
A breast lift can be performed in conjunction with fat grafting to the upper pole of breasts to create fullness and ideal curves.
Breast Lift Incisions
There are a number of techniques for breast lifts. They are determined by where incisions are made and the subsequent scars. Dr Turner has trained extensively in the use of short-scar techniques which are aimed at minimising the amount and length of scars.
Breast lift surgery leaves scars on the breasts that are permanent and cannot be avoided. Scars are inherent to the procedure. In most patients, however, they are minimal and will fade noticeably over time. The incisions are also placed in locations that are easily concealed by clothing; even tops and dresses with plunging necklines.
While many women want a breast lift to restore that youthful breast shape and cleavage, they are hesitant because they are worried about having scars on their breasts. Dr Turner understands your concerns and that’s why we offer the latest techniques – with a minimal amount of scarring – to give you your ideal breast shape.
There are three skin incision patterns for breast lift. The best option for you is based on the amount of skin that needs to be removed, the distance the nipple needs to be lifted, and the quality of the supporting breast tissue.
PERIAREOLAR – BENELLI INCISION
This type of incision goes around the areola only. This is a good option for women who require small lifts (grade I) of the nipple (1 cm to 2cm).
This is used mainly with women undergoing a breast augmentation only with mild, grade I breast ptosis, where after the swelling and settling of implants, if the nipple is not in the ideal position it can be adjusted under local anaesthetic in our clinic.
If you need more lift, this technique can cause abnormal flattening of the breast contour and so the lollipop technique is used. The periareolar breast lift, (also known as the Benelli or Doughnut Breast Lift is a technique that re-positions the nipple and minimizes scarring by limiting it to the areola only.
SHORT SCAR – VERTICAL (LOLLIPOP) INCISION
This incision goes around the areola and vertically down the inferior aspect of the breast. This is the one of the most common breast lift performed by Dr Turner performs as it gives the best shape, enhances projection of the breast, and leaves minimal scars.
INVERTED T – ANCHOR INCISION
With an incision around the nipple-areola complex, vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast fold. This is a good option for women who have a significant amount of excess skin or very deflated breast.
This technique is most effective for women who have lost a massive amount of weight, have post-pregnancy/breastfeeding breasts, and poor skin elasticity.
Combining a Breast Implant with a Lift
A breast lift surgery will improve the shape and firmness of a droopy and deflated breast. However, as there is often a large amount of skin removed during your breast lift procedure, a breast implant can be essential for creating ideal results. This is especially true for those women with significant breast ptosis, as your new breast shape will be often significantly smaller.
For women with little volume in their cleavage area, a breast lift alone is not going to improve or enhance your cleavage. For this reason, we frequently recommend adding a breast implant at the same time. Called an augmentation mastopexy, a breast lift with implants will give you enhanced cleavage with a fuller, rounder breast shape.
Patients with weak, sagging breasts who also want an increase in breast volume should consider combining a breast augmentation with their breast lift surgery. Performing an augmentation in conjunction with your breast lift can restore fullness and strengthens the breast tissue during a one-time procedure.
Along with the full shape of the breasts, the shape and placement of the areola help create a natural breast appearance. Dr Turner’s breast lift techniques allows him to control the shape and position of the areola.
During your surgery, an areola reduction might be performed to improve the size of the areola.
For patients who are unhappy with having any scar around the edge of the areola, we often recommend tattooing of the areola to mask scars.
Asymmetrical Breast Lift
Breast asymmetry is almost universal. For some women, it is subtle. Others see a very obvious and dramatic difference between their breasts.
Some women have breast asymmetry that develops during puberty while others see a change during breast feeding as the baby favours one side more than the other. Significant weight loss can also create a major change in your breasts.
A breast lift can correct breast asymmetry by removing more breast tissue on one side to even the look of your breasts. If a breast implant is combined with a breast lift, Dr Turner will often use the same breast implant width and projection and correct asymmetry by removing different amounts of breast gland
Breast asymmetry can become a problem for women when the difference between the two breasts is greater than a cup size. Significant breast asymmetry can make it difficult to find a comfortable or flattering bra, which can lead to limitations in clothing and bathing suit choices. Breast asymmetry becomes a problem – not necessarily when it is obvious to others – but when it is obvious to you, and your confidence suffers.
Some women who seek a breast lift and have breast asymmetry, actually have a condition called tuberous breast anomaly. This is a common condition that needs to be treated differently than a normal breast lift procedure.
Your Consultation with Dr Turner
The first step to getting a breast lift is coming in for a consultation. We understand that this is a big step for many women and we aim to make the process as simple and comfortable as possible. When you are ready to talk about breast lift, our Sydney office will schedule a consultation to discuss every detail of the procedure. It is a no-commitment, informal conversation that will leave you informed and ready to make a decision about moving forward.
To begin your consultation, Dr Turner will examine you to determine if you are a good candidate for breast lift surgery. Every woman has very different aspirations so discussing your desired body shape is essential. Of course, there are a number factors to consider when you’re thinking about getting a breast lift, including the incision required to re-drape the new breast envelope and the implant selection with size, shape, surface, and position. Dr Turner will guide you through the many choices that are available and use his expertise to minimise the amount and length of scars.
Dr Turner and his staff will:
Review the breast lift procedure with you
Discuss the potential risks involved with this specific procedure and surgery
Provide insight into how the surgery will be performed, step-by-step
Provide an explanation regarding what you can expect before, during, and after
Offer all cost and payment details
Address any questions you may have
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I go back to work and resume my social life?
You can return to your activities at a slow, gradual pace. You may be back to work five to seven days after surgery and may begin light exercise in a week or so. Strenuous exercise should be restricted for several weeks or longer. Throughout the process, it’s essential to follow the golden rule: “If it hurts, don’t do it”.
Recovery from a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is a day surgery only. You will not need to plan on spending the night in the hospital. Following your procedure, you may be given prescriptions to relieve pain and prophylactic antibiotics.
One week after your surgery, you will return to Dr Turner’s Sydney office. He will examine your breasts to ensure that you are healing properly. While there will still be some swelling, this is when you will get to see the results of your breast lift. At this appointment, Dr Turner will show you how to care for your wound and give you advice on wearing your surgical garment.
Each woman is different in the healing process. Generally speaking, healing takes several weeks or longer. Dr Turner will be there to guide you every step of the way. He will monitor your healing and tell you when you can transition back into different bras, resume normal activity, and start exercising again.
Some patients report minor post-operative pain, which is treated with oral medication. You will be given a prescription for pain management and antibiotics. You might experience some mild discomfort but oral medication will be prescribed to control any pain.
You will experience some bruising, swelling, and redness following your procedure. You will be required to wear a compression garment following your surgery to minimize swelling, facilitate healing, and help improve your results.
Breast numbness and loss of nipple sensitivity are usually only temporary. Most major swelling should begin to subside after six weeks, at which time your final results should become apparent.
You can return to your normal activities at a slow and gradual pace. You may go back to work as soon as one week after breast lift surgery and begin light exercise at two weeks. Most activities can be resumed fully at six weeks following your procedure.
It’s very important not to rush the healing process. Following your breast lift surgery, the recovery period is a crucial time during which your body heals and your breasts settle into their new shape.
What are the breast lift risks and complications?
As with any surgery, breast lift involves risks and potential complications. You need to understand and accept these in order to make an informed decision on your operation. Some risks are more likely to occur than others. Dr Turner will give you an in-depth view of all of the possible complications.
Some potential risks of breast lifts include the following.
Partial or total loss of the nipple and / or areola
Wound breakdown and delayed healing
Bleeding or haematoma
Poor scarring including keloid scars
Inability to breastfeed
Lumpiness or fat necrosis
Breast implant malposition or rotation
Implant palpability or rippling
Breast implant animation deformities
Breast implant rupture
Interference with breast imaging
When will my scars fade?
While scars are permanent, they will fade with time until they are barely perceptible. Dr Turner will advise you on scar treatment to ensure that you get the best results with minimal scarring. We often recommend cosmetic tattooing over the scar around the areola as well.
The scarring is at its worst immediately following the procedure. From there, it takes 18 to 24 months for the scars to become nearly invisible.
How long should I wait to have a breast lift after being pregnant?
You will want to wait about three months after you finish breastfeeding before you have any procedure. Your breasts can change considerably during pregnancy and breastfeeding so it’s important to let your breasts settle before having a procedure.
Can I breastfeed after breast lift surgery?
Yes, in most cases, your ability to breastfeed isn’t impacted. There are rare cases, however, where nipples can be affected. This is usually only the case where a major amount of tissue must be removed. Dr Turner will inform you of every risk related to your particular type of operation.
It should be noted, however, that it’s not ideal to get breast lift before getting pregnant. Pregnancy can completely change your breast. It isn’t possible to predict how your breast lift results will look after pregnancy. This means that you may need a revisionary surgery.
Should I have a mammogram before having a breast lift?
If you are 40 and over or have a family history of breast cancer, mammograms are essentials. When you visit our Sydney clinic, Dr Turner will assess your risks and give you any necessary exams.
Can I have a mammogram after having a breast lift?
Around 9 to 12 months after your breast lift procedure you are able to go back to your normal schedule of mammograms.
You should go back to your normal breast examination three months after your mastopexy surgery. It’s always best to do your breast self-examination one week after your menstrual cycle begins so mark your calendar accordingly.
In addition to your monthly breast self examinations, you should have a professional breast examination every year. It’s important to tell your doctor that you’ve had a breast lift.
Will the breasts start to sag again?
While a breast lift can turn back the clock, it can’t stop time. Gravity will still cause your skin to stretch over time. Of course, this means very different things for different women. Generally speaking, smaller breasts will sag less. Of course, this sagging can still be reverse again in the future if you choose to do so.
How is a breast lift different from breast implants?
A breast lift will improve the shape of your breasts and lift them up. It can’t, however, add volume. This volume can only be added via breast implants. Likewise, breast implants can’t lift your breasts. This is why two procedures works in perfect harmony with each other. Most women are looking for both an increase in volume and a lift.
Of course, every woman is different. Dr Turner will advise you on the best path of treatment to create your dream results.