Breast Lift | Mastopexy
The breast lift , or mastopexy, is one of our most frequently requested plastic surgery procedures because breast droop is common due to weight fluctuation, hormonal changes, pregnancy or breastfeeding. Other women come to us for a breast lift because they just wish to improve on their natural breast shape.
Breast droop following pregnancy can be caused by a hormonal softening of the ligaments that hold the breasts up and by tissue stretching after breast size increases and decreases during pregnancy and after pregnancy. This reason for requesting a breast lift is often accompanied by a loss of breast tissue which means the breasts appear to sag and the upper half of the breast looks flat. Minor degrees of breast droop can be effectively corrected by breast augmentation alone but, if the nipple is at or below the level of the breast crease, a breast lift will be required to recreate youthful looking breasts with high nipples.
A breast lift is often combined with breast augmentation if a decrease in breast tissue is also a problem to restore the breasts to their former fullness, shape and position.
Many patients who complain of breast deflation, or “breast ptosis” as it is known in medical terms, will respond well to a surgical lifting of the breast tissue known as a breast lift or mastopexy.
To find out if a breast lift is right for you, book a consultation with Dr Barnouti in one of our three Sydney clinics.
Or read on to find out more about the latest breast lift procedures including answers to common questions and the costs of getting a breast lift.
Planning your breast lift surgery
What will happen during my breast lift consultation?
We encourage you to bring your partner, a family member or friend to your initial breast lift consultation if you feel they can help you to make a decision about how to proceed.
During your breast lift consultation, our qualified and experienced Sydney-based plastic surgeon Dr Barnouti will take your full medical history including oncological, breastfeeding and family planning. He will examine you and discuss your goals and requirements in detail to see if you are a suitable candidate for a breast lift.
Dr Barnouti will conduct a full breast analysis during the breast lift consultation paying specific attention to the distance from the areola to the inframammary crease, the transverse diameter of the breasts, the height of the breasts and the exact desired position of the infra mammary fold.
The physical examination and planning of a breast lift involves precise millimetric measurements as illustrated here:
Dr Barnouti prides himself in producing natural looking breasts following a breast lift or breast augmentation by using scientific methods and taking exact measurements to create more predictable outcomes. This technique was developed in Europe and is now being practiced there as well as in the USA and in our clinic in Sydney, Australia.
Computer imagery may be used to help you convey your wishes to the surgeon and allow Dr Barnouti to meet your expectations for breast lift surgery. If you’re having a breast augmentation with breast implants as well as a breast lift the computer images will help you select the size and shape of the breast implants to be used.
After a comprehensive breast lift analysis including precise breast measurements and a detailed discussion between you and Dr Barnouti, a decision will be made whether your breast lift will be performed alone or in combination with breast augmentation to further improve the breast shape. An implant trial will be performed to decide on the size of the breast implants that fit your chest. A breast augmentation can be performed by fat injection using your own fatty tissue or with breast implants.
You can get more information about the latest breast lift techniques during a private consultation at one of our Sydney clinics with Dr Barnouti.
To find out more about if a breast lift is right for you book a consultation with Dr Barnouti in Sydney to talk about how a breast lift can be tailored to suit your body type and personal preferences.
What happens during breast lift surgery?
A breast lift procedure is normally performed under general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with twilight sedation and you will be able to go home the same day.
Every breast lift patient is unique so Dr Barnouti will tailor the breast lift technique to suit your individual needs based on the current shape of your breasts, the amount of droop and your hip and chest proportions.
Breast lift surgery is usually followed by short-term discomfort that is easily controlled with painkillers. It is followed by mild bruising and swelling which clears up in three weeks or less.
The breast lift procedure generally creates a fine scar around the areola (nipple) and under the breast, what is known as a lollipop scar.
What happens after breast lift surgery?
Medical tape will be applied to the wound area following your breast lift and most breast lift patients will be able to go home on the same day of the surgery although some patients may need to stay in hospital overnight.
You will have to wear a sports bra day and night for two weeks after surgery and at night for a month after your breast lift.
Dissolvable stitches are used so they won’t have to be removed by hand and bruising should fade between one to three weeks after your breast lift.
Breast lift scars are minimal and will become virtually unnoticeable over time.
How soon can I go back to work and resume normal activities after a breast lift?
Breast lift patients will need to rest completely for the first 48 hours after surgery and may experience a burning sensation during this time.
You can return to work four days after your breast lift if your job does not involve heavy lifting.
You can resume your usual physical activity including exercise one month after your breast lift.
How much does a breast lift cost?
Breast Lift Costs
Total breast lift cost: $7,900 (including surgeon fee, assistant surgeon fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital, operating theatre and all follow-up visits).
This price assumes top hospital cover with a private fund. If fund cover does not apply to your situation, plan for additional costs of $2,900.
Combined Breast lift and Breast Augmentation Costs
Cost: $11,900 (including surgeon fee, assistant surgeon fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital, operating theatre and all follow-up visits).
This price assumes top hospital cover with a private fund and that your operation attracts one of the following medical item numbers 45557 or 45558, or 45559. In case medical item numbers do not apply in your situation, plan for additional costs of $2,900.
How can I find out more about getting a breast lift in Sydney, Australia?
Book a consultation with Dr Barnouti in one of his three Sydney clinics to talk about your breast lift options. If you’re a good candidate for a breast lift, with or without breast augmentation, Dr Barnouti will help you make the right decision for your body dimensions and lifestyle.
Contact us today to book your breast lift consultation or call us on free phone 1300 002 006 if you are outside Sydney, or 9561 0222 if you are in the Sydney area.
We look forward to finding out more about your wishes and helping with your breast lift.