A Breast Lift or Mastopexy surgery uplifts sagging or droopy breasts. It is done by removing excess skin and tightening up the surrounding tissues around the breast region. This can create an aesthetically shaped, perkier breast.
Dr Patrick Briggs is one of Melbourne’s leading, specialist Plastic Surgeons. He specializes in breast lifts along with many other procedures for patients with excess loose skin.
What is Breast Lift?
Breasts can sag, stretch and droop over time due to weight loss, ageing or pregnancy. Fortunately, a Mastopexy or Breast lift Surgery can give you a more feminine contour by getting rid of excess, stretched out skin and raising the nipple and areola. This results in well-proportioned, more youthful-looking breasts.
Different Types of Breast Lift
There are various techniques a surgeon can choose to use for a breast lift. The surgical technique your surgeon picks depends on several factors including; your current breast shape, desired results and breast proportions. Below are the main Mastopexy techniques.
Crescent Breast Lift
- Good options for candidates who need only a minor lift.
- It involves one tiny incision and comes with the benefit of invisible scarring.
- However, it is not suitable for people that need a major lift.
Peri-Areolar Breast Lift
- Commonly known as a doughnut lift.
- This procedure gets its name from the type of incision made around the outer areola.
- It is not suitable for patients that need a more substantal lift, only those that need a minor one.
- This technique causes minimal scarring.
Vertical or Lollipop Breast Lift
- Candidates who require reshaping as well as a lift my benefit from a vertical breast lift.
- Another name for this surgery is lollipop lift. This is due to the fact that the incision is in the shape of a lollipop. Around the nipple and a vertical incision underneath the breast
Anchor Breast Lift
- As expected, the incision made in this technique resembles an anchor.
- This technique is a great option for women who require major lifting and reshaping.
- It is commonly known as an inverted T lift.
- It involves 3 incisions; around the areola, vertical incision down the breast and along the breast crease.
Am I the Right Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?
You may be a good candidate for surgery if you;
- Have nipples that point downwards.
- Have more weight at the bottom of your breasts when compared to the top of your breasts.
- Are unhappy with your breast shape and nipple placement but ok with the size of your breasts. (In this case, you’ll opt for breast lift without implants.) However, if you are unhappy with the size too, you can opt for a combination of breast lift and implants.
- Have kept a stable weight for the last couple of years and have finished having children. Future Pregnancy, breastfeeding and extreme weight gain or weight loss will alter the appearance of your new breasts.
- Can take some time off work. We advise all patients take at least 2 to 4 weeks off from work to assist the recovery process and heal effectively.
- Are in generally good health and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- No smoker or willing to quit smoking and alcohol at least 6 to 8 weeks before and after the surgery.
Benefits of Breast Lift Surgery
Mastopexy is a confidence booster for many women. It has a number of benefits including:
- Firmer Breasts
- Saggy boobs look and feel deflated and elongated.
- Breast lift surgery can make your breasts look and feel a lot firmer.
- This in turn boosts both your confidence and comfort.
- Improved Nipple Position
- Say goodbye to droopy nipples. A breast lift ensures that your nipples are pointing slightly up rather than downward.
- This gives you a natural youthful look and forward projection of nipples.
- Feminine Breast Shape
- Breast lift surgery lifts the breasts, giving you a supple, attractive and beautiful breast shape.
- Youthful Appearance
- As a result of ageing, pregnancy and breastfeeding, many women experience sagging breasts.
- Breast lift surgery repositions your areola and nipples, giving back your breasts youthful appearance.
- Less Skin irritations
- Droopy breasts can cause painful chafing under the breasts.
- When you undergo breast lift surgery, skin irritation and redness are significantly less.
Breast Lift Before and After Photos
Visit the clinic to see the real patient photo gallery of Before and After Breast Lift surgery. Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly.
How to Prepare for Breast Lift Surgery
- Start by booking a consultation with a surgeon. During the consultation, the surgeon will determine whether you are suitable for surgery or not.
- It is important to have clear and realistic expectations about what the surgery can achieve. You can ask the surgeon to show you an idea of your post-surgery results using 3d-Imaging.
- Be Healthy – A healthy body not only helps with the surgery but ensures a quick recovery.
- Make sure that your weight has been stable and you do not plan to have any more children in future.
- Quit smoking and drinking for 6 to 8 weeks prior to getting the surgery as it hinders the healing process.
- Your surgeon will most likely ask you to get a referral from a GP, a complete medical evaluation, take certain medications, along with quitting or minimizing the intake of taking any anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Ask the surgeon if you need to make any necessary adjustments to your current lifestyle and give you complete guidance regarding the pre and post-operative care.
- Arrange for a caretaker to take care of you for the first few days after the surgery.
Free eBook Download
Take advantage of our FREE GUIDE TO YOUR PROCEDURE that includes resources for plastic surgery patients. They’ll assist with your journey from thinking about having plastic surgery to aftercare and recovery.
If you’d like more information about a particular surgery, please call our surgical support team on 1300 264 811.
Recovery After Breast Lift Surgery
It is important to be fully aware of the precautions you need to take during the Mastopexy recovery phase to heal effectively.
- You will have dressings all over your breasts during the recovery period.
- In some cases, a small, thin tube will be placed under the skin for drainage.
- We suggest that patients wear a compression bra to speed up the healing process. It minimizes swelling and helps to flush out harmful fluids.
- Take painkillers prescribed by Dr Briggs to avoid any pain and discomfort. Lay on your back and never on your stomach or side for at least the first 6 to 8 weeks after the surgery.
- Avoid bending over and lifting any heavy objects for the advised time period. Avoid exercising for at least 8 weeks after the surgery or as instructed by your doctor.
Minimising Scars after Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including ‘so-called’ scarless methods.
Experienced plastic surgeons are extremely careful about scar placement and minimisation, with surgical scars generally fading over time with most scars being barely visible after 12 months.
We will arrange weekly post-op appointments with our specialist nursing team after your procedure to ensure everything is healing well and to monitor your progress.
You will see your surgeon and/or nurse and/or dermal team about six to eight weeks later for a scar consultation and organise scar minimisation treatments.
The Coco Ruby dermal team conducts a series of follow-up scar treatments using a customised selection of Skin Needling, Healite II LED and massaging with oils, Fraxel Laser, V-Laser, Silicone strips & gels and Steroids can also help minimise scars. Ask the Coco Ruby Team!
Note – The length of your recovery period will depend on your procedure and your health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary from person to person – resting helps healing.
Please avoid subjecting your incision to abrasion or excessive stresses during the recovery period.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you lose a cup size with a breast lift?
- In some cases, women do experience a reduction in cup size with a breast lift.
- This is because the volume is redistributed to create a more aesthetically pleasing breast shape.
- However, in some cases, women do not experience a bra size reduction at all.
Can I go without a bra after a breast lift?
- No, you must wear a compression or a sports bra after breast lift surgery until your surgeon advises otherwise.
What is a natural breast lift?
- Natural breast lift is another term for mastopexy.
- It refers to breast lift surgery which does not involve implants.
- Patients who wish to increase the size of their breasts often choose implants.
How do I know if I need a breast lift?
- If you are unhappy with the droopy appearance of your breasts but like the size of your breasts, you can opt for a breast lift.
- Take the 3 finger test!
What are considered saggy breasts?
- If the bottom half of your breasts are heavier than the top half, your nipples are pointing downwards instead of projecting upwards and your breasts lack firmness, they are considered as saggy breasts.
Do breasts sag after a breast lift surgery?
- If you choose the right surgeon, your breast lift will last a long time.
- However, other factors such as age, pregnancy, weight gain, breastfeeding can also affect the long term results.
- This is why you should only get a breast lift when you are done having children.
How long do breast lift results last?
- It depends from person to person. While some patients have extremely long-lasting results, others might need slight revisions after a couple of years.
How painful is a breast uplift?
- You will be given general anesthesia during the surgery so you won’t experience any pain during the surgery.
- After the surgery, your surgeon will give you painkillers to reduce any pain.
Is a breast lift cheaper than augmentation?
- No, a breast lift will cost you more than a breast augmentation.
- However, keep in mind that these two are completely different procedures with different results.
How much is a Breast lift in Melbourne? Prices and Costs
Many Breast Lift patients ask about the price and whether the procedure is covered by Medicare or Private Health Insurance.
All procedures are individualized and customised to achieve the ideal results for you and your excess skin concerns. For this reason, it is hard to determine an exact price that would be valid for a breast lift patient without a consultation first.
During the consultation, Dr Briggs will talk to you about your wishes, possibilities, and expectations that you have from plastic surgery. You will also receive a specific quote for your operation after the consultation.
If you need more information, visit our pricing page to learn more about payment, approximate prices, payment methods, and more.
Funding your Mastopexy Surgery – Medicare, Payment Plans and Super
Some Breast Lift procedures may be eligible for Medicare.
Purely cosmetic Breast Lift (Mastopexy) procedures are usually NOT covered by Medicare or private health insurance so you must fund the cost of the surgery yourself.
Many patients ask about payment options and medical finance – You can learn more about payment options for funding your Breast Lift (Mastopexy) procedure on our Funding Surgery page here.
Your super fund may also be able to help pay for your procedure in certain circumstances – visit the Super for Surgery page to find out about the early release of super on compassionate grounds.
How to find the best Breast Lift surgeon in Melbourne
Your surgical results will depend on the surgeon you choose. Since breast lift is a major procedure, you’ll need a top breast lift plastic surgeon. A reputable breast lift surgeon has the following qualities:
- A Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of ASPS5 star online reviews from patients.
- Extensive experience in different types of mastopexy.
- Patient Before and After Photos .
- Empathy and caring with recovery and aftercare.
- A great support team with long term follow up.
What can I Expect in the Theatre During Breast Lift?
The chosen Breastlift technique usually depends on a couple of factors such as the amount of lift you need, shape, desired aesthetic and size of your breasts.
- Dr Briggs will begin by marking the position of nipples on your breasts in a standing position.
- Afterwards, you will be administered general anesthesia. It is given to ensure that you sleep through the surgery and do not feel a thing.
- Dr Briggs creates a cut around the areola which extends down your breast as well as the sides of the areola.
- The surgeon will reshape your breasts while lifting up the areolas. At this point, the surgeon may reduce the size of your breasts.
- After this point, the surgeon will most likely remove excess skin to give your breasts a more firm and youthful appearance.
- The surgeon will remove any extra skin to give your breasts a firmer appearance.
- Finally, the surgeon will close the incisions in a way that causes minimal scarring.
- Note that if you are undergoing a breast augmentation along with a lift, the surgeon will insert the implants along with repositioning your nipples and lifting up the breasts.
Risks and Complications Associated With Breast uplift
Like any other surgery, there are some potential risks and complications. Dr Briggs will make sure that you are fully aware of the risks so you can make an informed decision.
- Anesthesia-related risks such as feeling nauseous and dizzy for a few weeks after the surgery
- Excessive bleeding or clot formation
- Risk of infection is always there if proper pre and post-operative instructions are not followed
- Poor healing after the surgery
- Temporary or permanent loss of sensation is the nipple region
- A rare occurrence but some patients experience breast shape irregularities
- Asymmetrical breast shape and size
- Fat necrosis
- Fluid accumulation, leading to swelling and discomfort after the surgery
- Choosing the wrong surgeon can result in partial loss of nipple and areola
- Deep vein thrombosis,
- Cardiac complications
- Pulmonary complications
- You might need a revision surgery
The surgeon will discuss all the risks associated with the surgery before getting it done. Make sure you clarify all your doubts beforehand.
Commonly combined surgery
A Breast Lift (Mastopexy) can be performed on its own or in combination with other surgical procedures such as liposuction. Breastlift can also be performed with a procedure on another part of the body – for example, breast and tummy surgery is commonly combined as a Mummy Makeover.
As a guide, it is best not to exceed a total of 4-6 hours of surgery and also to work on associated parts of the breast, body or face. See the BLOG on Combining Different Surgeries.
For further reading, you can check out the following links:
Mayo Clinic – About Breast Lift
Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne Plastic Surgeon – FRCS (Plas)
Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.
How can we help?
Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.
Want more information about your Procedure?
What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.