Breast Lift in Melbourne
Breast Lift Surgery - Mastopexy in Melbourne, VIC
What is Breast Lift?
Breast Lift surgery (Mastopexy) involves the reshaping and lifting of the breast to correct sagging boobs (ptosis) and to restore a more youthful-looking, aesthetically pleasing position of the breasts on the chest wall. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, ageing, weight fluctuations or significant weight loss may cause some women to seek out this procedure.
Breast Lift surgery can be combined with other surgical procedures, the most common being the placement of breast implants, to add shape and volume to the breasts as well as a lift.
Your breasts may look flat or deflated prior to a breast lift. Dr. Patrick Briggs may perform a breast lift as a stand-alone procedure, or as part of a combination procedure with another breast or abdominal surgery.
What are the Benefits of a Breast Lift Procedure?
- A breast lift restores breasts to a more central, firmer or higher position on the chest wall.
- If you are generally happy with your breast size but not how they look due to sagging nipples or low-hanging breast tissue, this procedure may be for you.
- Breast Lift procedures reposition and/or resize your nipples to a more central location on the chest.
- This procedure also restores your breasts to the position and shape they once were before they were affected by gravity, skin ageing, pregnancy, and breastfeeding or weight changes.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Generally, breast lift candidates are women with sagging stretched skin and reduced breast volume, due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, significant weight loss or ageing. Some patients may seek breast lift to correct noticeable asymmetry between the breasts (i.e., if one breast hangs more than the other does)
The Breast Lift Mastopexy procedure is for those who are happy with the size/volume of their breasts and just want them to be rejuvenated and lifted to a more youthful position, these patients are usually candidates to have the breast lift alone performed. For those patients who want their breasts lifted and also want more volume added, a breast lift can be performed in conjunction with an implant.
Breast Lift Surgery may be a good solution for women who:
- Desire youthful, perkier and more elevated breasts
- Are happy with the size of their breasts but would prefer a firmer, more elevated breast appearance
- Would like to remedy sagging breasts and nipples
- A qualified and highly experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon will be able to advise which Breast Lift procedure is likely to work best for you to achieve the surgical results you are after.
To be considered a suitable candidate for a Breast Lift Surgery, you must have realistic expectations about what Mastopexy Surgery can achieve. Some of the reasons you may be exploring your surgical options for Breast Lift Surgery include:
- Your breasts have lost their shape and volume, and their pendulous positioning on your chest bothers you
- When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease or point downwards
- Your breasts have developed a flatter, elongated shape over time
- One breast sits lower on your chest than the other
- Your breast tissue is stretched and you have enlarged areolas
Weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding has left your breasts looking deflated, and you would like to restore your breasts to a better shape and position
During consultation, Dr. Briggs examines the patient’s breasts, noting the amount of skin laxity and breast tissue. He asks the patient to describe their ideal breast lift outcome. All of this information is used to draft the surgical treatment plan.
What Can I Expect During Surgery?
The procedure itself generally lasts for 2-3 hours, (this will vary from patient to patient) and is performed while you are under general anaesthesia administered by a Specialist Anaesthetist.
Medications and General Anaesthesia are administered by an ANZCA recognised Specialist Anaesthetist for your safety and well-being during your surgical procedure.
The Surgical Approach
There are different types of Breast Lift procedures that Dr Briggs may perform, these include:
- Robbins (inferior pedicle) Method
- Around the areola;
- Vertically down from the areola to the crease under the breast;
- Horizontally along the natural curve of the breast;
- Excess skin and fat are removed and the nipple and areola are placed in a higher position.
- Hall-Findley Method
A short scar technique – Incisions are only made around the areola and down to the fold. This method is now used on the majority of patients, and gives a very youthful, vibrant look to the reshaped breasts.
- Benelli (peri-areola) Method
Two circular incisions around the areola from where the breast tissue and skin are removed. This method has limited applications.
Dr Briggs makes incisions along pre-marked lines that are marked on your breasts prior to the procedure. Once the excess skin has been removed, the new skin edges are brought together and reveal the basic shape of the new breast.
Closing the Incision
Dr Briggs closes the incision by placing internal, dissolvable sutures around the new border of the areola and along the skin edges. In some cases external sutures may be placed along the incision as well. Lastly, surgical tape or bandages are applied to protect the incision sites as you heal. A soft bra is fitted for your comfort during recovery.
Some incision lines resulting from breast lift are concealed in the natural breast contours; however, others may be visible on the breast surface.
Many women desire the smallest scar possible. However, an experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon will recommend the incisions which best suit your particular needs and customise your surgery accordingly.
It is important that you listen to your surgeon and do not diminish your result by demanding an incision that will not be appropriate for your level of breast ptosis.
Risks and Complications
Like any invasive surgery Breast Lift/Mastopexy incurs risks and complications. It is sensible to choose a highly trained and experienced specialist plastic surgeon with extensive training to reduce your surgery risks.
Dr Briggs will discuss all potential complications during a consultation including:
- Changes to nipple sensation including loss of feeling/sensation changes to the breasts
- Skin or wound infection
- Unfavourable scarring
- Blood clots
- Poor wound healing
- Potential disruption of nipple functions that may impede breastfeeding
- Breast asymmetry or uneven nipples
- Scars or skin markings, dimples or inverted nipples
- Breast contour and shape irregularities
- Other risks of surgery in general such as having general anaesthesia, bleeding and deep vein thrombosis.
Constantly stay educated, be healthy, do not smoke before or after your procedure and understand your risks.
Recovery from Breast Lift Surgery
The length of your recovery period will depend on your procedure and other health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary from person to person.
The general rule, however, is that you should allow 10-14 days for initial recovery following your Breast Lift surgery. Scar maturation often takes longer, up to a year or more. You will be required to wear a firmly-fitted support garment after surgery for the period of time a surgeon advises.
Swelling, bruising and soreness are common side effects after breast lift surgery. Temporary changes in nipple sensitivity is another normal side effect. These symptoms are temporary and will resolve within a few days to a week. Oral medication is prescribed to manage post-operative discomfort.
It is important to rest and relax during the initial recovery period. Gentle walking is typically able to be resumed in a few days after surgery and is encouraged, but strenuous activity, including bending and lifting, aerobic exercise, and running should be avoided. Dr. Briggs will provide detailed instructions for how to care for your incisions, wearing the compression garment and returning to the clinic for follow-up visits.
Light office duties or other tasks may be resumed in about 2 weeks for most patients, however this can this can vary, most return to work after one week, and exercise after three to four weeks. No heavy lifting for several weeks to a few months.
Scarring will fade over time with proper incision care, and in most cases, no further treatment will be needed. Dr. Briggs’ patients commonly agree that subtle scarring is a good trade-off to achieve a more attractive and youthful breast shape and size.
Cost - How Much is a Breast Lift
All Surgery is customised and your surgeon will give you a price for surgery at the time of consultation. Estimates are dependent on the type of procedure you are having, the hospital you attend and the length of your stay.
Your estimate will include the surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees.
For some patients a package price for breast procedures may apply, you can find more information on this here.
We also provide information on Medicare Cover for Breast Lift, Private Health Insurance and different methods of payment.
Why Choose Dr Patrick Briggs?
With a wealth of experience and training, Dr Patrick Briggs is dedicated to best practice patient care and education, customising Breast Enlargement Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.
Dr Patrick Briggs fully qualified with current ASPS and ASAPS memberships. Also, when choosing a Plastic Surgeon word of mouth is always a great way to gain further knowledge.
Our Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results and is highly experienced in Breast Augmentation, Breast Augmentation and Lift and also Removal and Replacement of Implants.
About Our Plastic Surgeon – Dr Patrick Briggs FRCS (Plast)
Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is vastly experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. With world-wide expertise Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.
Book your Initial Surgery Consultation
- Email us or Call on 1300 264 811 to arrange your initial consultation appointment with Dr Patrick Briggs.
- A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral.
- Your initial Consultation Booking Fee with a Specialist Surgeon is usually $300 and your booking fee is paid ahead of your appointment and will secure your consultation date. You can pay by phone by calling us to affirm payment or book an appointment time. We have online payment methods if necessary.
What to Bring to your Plastic Surgeon Consultation
- Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Take notes and read the literature provided on the procedures thoroughly
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