Am I a candidate for breast lift surgery?
Women with deflated or sagging breasts are good candidates for a breast lift. Breast lift consultations are undertaken at our plastic surgery practices in the Norwest and North Shore regions of Sydney, and the Central Coast Plastic Surgery Clinic. The procedure is designed to reposition your nipple to a higher position, as well as reshaping your breasts to achieve a more pleasing aesthetic contour. The areola size is typically reduced to correct stretched-out areolas that do not uncommonly develop with ageing, breastfeeding, and pregnancy.
Mastopexy surgery can also address any difference you may have between your breasts, including breast shape, nipple position, and breast volume. We also offer the option of a revision mastopexy if you have had a previous breast lift elsewhere and are unhappy with the results.
Many women choose to combine Mastopexy surgery with breast augmentation to simultaneously improve the profile and enhance the size of their breasts. This is known as an augmentation mastopexy, as is a very effective procedure in restoring lost volume in the upper part of your chest.
The surgery takes approximately 2-3 hours during which you will be under general anaesthesia.
Breast lift procedures techniques
A breast lift can be performed using one of two common incision patterns. One of these patterns is an upside-down “T” incision (sometimes known as the ‘anchor’ scar), and the other is a “lollipop”. Dr Reddy will choose between these two approaches based on your amount of sagging, excess skin, and your skin tone. This decision will be discussed and finalised during your first pre-operative consultation.
After the general anaesthetic has commenced and you are asleep, Dr Reddy will make the planned incisions and remove all excess skin, thereby exposing the fat and breast glands underneath the skin. The region of the breast tissue that is key to keeping the nipple viable (known as the breast pedicle) is delineated. The nipple-areola complex is moved higher on your breasts to a more youthful position. During this stage, the breast gland itself is reshaped as well. In order to do this, Dr Reddy will suture the breast tissue together. The procedure is completed using dissolving sutures along the incision lines.
Breast lift with implants
Based on what you decided at your prior consultations, a breast implant can also be combined with the breast lift procedure. This is known as an augmentation mastopexy. The implant serves the purpose of restoring breast volume and creating a full upper pole of the breast, which a breast lift alone does not achieve. The implant is more often placed under the muscle but this will have been discussed at the consultation. Implant positioning is discussed in detail and Dr Reddy routinely advises on the advantages and disadvantages of placing implants either behind or in front of the muscle. After implant placement, the breast gland is reshaped. The skin is then draped back over the gland and sewn up with dissolving sutures. Finally, you will have dressings applied to the incision sites as well as a breast surgical compression garment.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) in Sydney
Every patient is unique and results may vary. Surgery and all health regulated services carry risks which need to be discussed with your doctor to ensure you are fully informed and realistic outcomes have been explained.