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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Of course, every woman is different. Dr Turner will advise you on the best path of treatment to create your dream results.