Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

 

Breast lift surgery or “Mastopexy” – the medical term for this procedure – is an extremely popular type of plastic surgery.

Breast lift surgery is usually requested by women whose breasts have sagged with time due to gravity, and who have endured the unflattering side effects of motherhood. Other women may seek advice for a breast lift if they have experienced extreme weight loss, which has left their breasts ‘droopy’.

Why have a Breast Lift?

One of the more common reasons that women would seek advice on mastopexy is because their breasts have been affected by motherhood. Breasts are impacted at both the pregnancy stage and during the breast-feeding stage. The dissention of the breasts as breast milk is produced can cause the strong fibres, which hold young firm breasts in place, to break apart. This is what can cause the breasts to move down the torso as the sheer weight of the milk filled breasts causes the skin to stretch. Once the skin around the breast area is stretched, it usually doesn’t return to it’s previous form – without surgical intervention.

Breasts that are unattractively altered in this way not only leave physical repercussions, but also psychological scars. A woman may feel less desirable as she is now more restricted to what she can wear and how she feels about herself naked. The loss of youthful attractive breasts can negatively impact a woman greatly. At this point women will often seek solutions, such as a breast lift, and approach a plastic surgeon to help.

Planning your Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

The first step is to book a consultation with the plastic surgeon that you are considering to perform your breast lift. The plastic surgeon will go through your medical history as well as identifying any potential allergies, which may affect the way that the mastopexy is conducted. The surgeon may also take photos and mark an outline where he or she will complete the incision. The surgeon will then appraise the volume of the breasts and if there seems to be a loss of volume, then the surgeon may suggest placing implants underneath the skin and then lifting the breasts.

Having a breast lift can be an extremely positive step for the individual as the surgery helps correct the symmetry of the breasts and create an aesthetically pleasing and youthful figure. Your improved physical appearance can in turn, alter your state of mind for the better.

Sagging breasts can be extremely damaging for a woman’s self confidence, as it not only affects their personal life but also their everyday life. Some of the simplest of choices such as what to wear, especially if it involves exercising or swimming can be embarrassing. How a woman feels about herself without clothes on can also have a big impact psychologically. It is often when women have these issues, that they will seek advice for having breast enhancement surgery.

Breast lift surgery is completed under a general anaesthetic and therefore it is a procedure that cannot be taken lightly. Women will often research months before undergoing breast enhancement surgery. The most common form of research conducted is usually finding pictures of models or celebrities that have the breasts and even the figure that the individual would like to have.

Finding the Right Breasts for your Mastopexy

Finding the breasts you want can be an extremely difficult task, as the breasts need to match your size and shape. Some individuals search and come up with completely incompatible breasts for their figures. That is why it is good to start looking for what you want in your breast lift, but also leave part of your search up to the professionals. On arrival at your consultation with the surgeon of your choice, you will be given a ‘bible’ of all the different shapes and sizes of breasts that you can imagine. The surgeon will then direct you to what would look best for your body type. This is a great way of choosing; in consultancy with the surgeon who is obviously very well informed in this field.

Once you have determined the outcome you would like and which breasts would suit you, including whether or not your surgery will include implants, your consultant will then familiarize you with all of the risks and complications that come with undergoing a breast lift operation.

An incision is made in the breast, depending on the complexity or degree of the uplift this can be limited to around the areola, extend vertically below the nipple or horizontally along the fold of the breast. Through this incision, the breast tissue is lifted and tightened. If desired, an implant can be used to augment the final shape of the breast. Be sure to speak to your surgeon about the type of incision that will be used and the expectations for the resulting scar.

Risks and Complications

Under law, the surgeon or anaesthetist will run through all the risks of having a general anaesthesia and these include; suppressed breathing, lowering of your blood pressure, heart failure and even death. Approximately one-third of patients who receive an anaesthetic during surgery will experience “anaesthesia sickness” or post-operative nausea and vomiting (POVN).

The risks and complications associated with the procedure itself can include; infection of the wound and scar area. Keloid scaring is possible for some patients, which is where the scar becomes raised and red after healing. This is not aesthetically pleasing and may require a further surgery to remove the scar and re-stitch the wound.

Haematomas are possible; these are pockets of blood that form whilst going through the healing process. In addition, after the surgery you may experience poor healing of the incision, breast asymmetry, and fluid accumulation within the base of the breasts. Other more serious risks and complications are issues like DVT, which stands for ‘Deep Vein Thrombosis’, which is a blood clot, which can lead to pulmonary and cardiac complications. Extremely firm breasts that may appear fake due to excessive scar tissue forming is another complication and risk that must be looked at prior to committing to mastopexy surgery.

Q. Does my insurance cover the costs for having a breast lift?

A. Unfortunately, as a breast lift procedure is a cosmetic surgery, your insurance company will be less likely to pay out. However, make sure that you ask and you never know.

Q. What is the recovery like for having a breast lift?

A. Once you have undergone a procedure like breast lift surgery, you will be given a special bra, which must be worn for 24 hours a day, for 21 days. This will help your breasts settle and help them position themselves during the healing process. The pain should subside over a period of a few months and the scar will heal completely approximately a year after the surgery.

Q. Will I lose the feeling in my breasts?

A. At the beginning, quite a majority of women who undergo this surgery experience loss of feeling around the breast due to the incision lines and the loss of nerves in the wound. After a period of time, once the swelling goes down, some women gain the feeling back, however there are some that do not.

Q. Will I be in pain after the procedure?

A. The pain depends on the individual, however it is likely that you will feel some discomfort at some point during the whole process. Your doctor will therefore prescribe you some painkillers to help.

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Stephanie's Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift with Implants Stephanie’s Story – Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift with Implants October 7, 2015 - When you look at yourself in the mirror and are unhappy with what is looking back at you, it is hard to live your life to your full potential. After having children, it is a sad reality that often our bodies just don’t bounce back the way we’d like, and in some cases, our bodies are changed forever; and often it doesn’t matter how much exercise or diet we commit to. Fortunately, in today’s world, we have means by which to get a little help to get our bodies back to the way they were. Stephanie was one of these women who, after having her three beautiful boys, at the age of 42 underwent a tummy tuck and breast lift with implants. We ask Stephanie what the deciding factor was with making the decision to have surgery. “I look good for my age and I wanted to look on the outside, how I see myself on the inside, so it was part of completing my journey – feeling good about myself again. Since 2011, I had lost 46kg and everything was loose, wrinkly and empty. My breasts had gone from a DD to empty B cup after having my last […]
Overseas Plastic Surgery My Nightmare in Thailand – Penny’s Overseas Plastic Surgery Experience June 10, 2015 - Choosing to have plastic surgery in a foreign country increases your risks exponentially, not only because of the uncertainty with regards to the qualifications and experience of the surgeon you end up with, but the unknown of where the surgery will be performed and the lack of after-surgery care. Unfortunately, so many are lured by the promise of an overseas holiday combined with cheaper surgery prices; but we hear so many stories of botched surgeries, and in some cases patients have paid the ultimate price with their life. One of the main things we always say here at the Hub is that we have some world class plastic surgeons here in Australia, so why would you go anywhere else? Of course, in some cases, there is more to the story, and Penny’s* story is one of these. We want to thank Penny* for sharing her story, and think she is so brave for coming through her journey with such strength and grace. Q: What motivated you to have plastic surgery? I chose to have plastic surgery because I was unhappy with the shape and firmness of my breasts. I had my first child when I was 18 and gained a […]
Dr Patrick Briggs Where did my body go? February 9, 2015 - Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding are usually a wonderful time for a woman. It fulfils her biological drive and the strength of emotions experienced helps confirm her biological identity. The anticipation of pregnancy leads to the joy of childbirth and continues with the incredible feeling of bonding while breastfeeding. For most women this time in their life is one that they remember fondly. Psychologically these powerful feelings of caring for a helpless, joyful and beautiful being offset the changes that may have occurred in the biological journey. I am often asked by women who have not yet had children what will happen to their bodies after the sequence of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. Unfortunately this is an almost impossible question to answer, for not only does the individuality of genetics play a very significant role but also other factors will add or detract from the eventual outcome. Some women only have one pregnancy, “carry small” during pregnancy and do not breastfeed. Clearly the physical changes of such an individual will be entirely different from a woman who has multiple pregnancies, tend to make a lot of amniotic fluid and breastfeeds each child for a significant period of time. But there are […]
Nicole's Breast Lift & Tummy Tuck Nicole’s Story – Breast Lift, Tummy Tuck (Mastopexy & Abdominoplasty) December 2, 2014 - Six years after having twins, Nicole decided it was her time to do something for herself. She’d been thinking of having surgery to give her boobs some lift back and perhaps get rid of some of the extra weight that didn’t seem to want to let go after her pregnancy… a bit of a mummy makeover! Nicole also wanted to do the surgery soon, as she’d heard that if you have the surgery within 7 years of having children, you get a small rebate from Medicare – you do, and Nicole did! After talking on internet forums to others who’d had surgery or were looking at having it, Nicole decided to book a consult with Dr Damien Marucci, well-known cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in Sydney. From her very first consult, Nicole was impressed with Dr Marucci. He made her feel comfortable and Nicole felt as though he really had her best interests at heart. Initially, Nicole had the idea that she would want implants as well as a lift, but after meeting with Dr Marucci, he advised her that he didn’t think it would be necessary and that a breast lift would be enough to get the results […]
Breast Lift with Implants Breast Lift with Implants August 13, 2014 - A Breast Lift with Implants helps increase the size of the breasts, while at the same time improves the position of the breast in a single surgery procedure. This two in one procedure will help reduce the discomfort and downtime involved for multiple surgical procedures. Read more about this procedure here… TrishTrish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.
Paula's Breast Lift and Augmentation Paula’s Breast Lift and Augmentation With Dr Jake Lim May 28, 2014 - It has been three months now since I had a breast lift and augmentation performed by Dr Jake Lim from Parramatta. “I am so thrilled with the results.” I had waited 20 years to have this procedure and kept putting it off because I was uncertain about what the end result would be. In that time I have seen over ten surgeons. Dr Lim was the first surgeon that gave me confidence in his ability to perform this surgery. I felt he listened to what I wanted and was truthful with what he could deliver. I was thrilled with the service and attention of his staff Katherine and Robyn with both before and after care to date. The surgery was performed at Castle Hill Day Clinic. I had the surgery and went home that evening after Dr Lim’s visit. I had no real pain to speak of that evening that was not dulled by pain relief medication. I was on Panadeine Forte fort for about a week and then went on Paracetamol for few more days. I saw Dr Lim a week after surgery and all was well. Had steri stripes removed end of second week and my breast looked […]
Leah's Story "surgery has motivated me to lose weight" Leah’s Story “surgery has motivated me to lose weight” February 27, 2014 - “I haven’t owned a swimsuit since I was 25 and the surgery has motivated me to lose weight!” Leah had a breast lift and implants performed by Dr. Pouria Moradi in December 2013. It was something she had always wanted to do. At 40 years old and after having 2 kids, Leah’s 10DD breasts had sagged and she hated them. With a family, mortgage and not believing she deserved it, Leah put the procedure off until she stumbled across Dr. Moradi’s blogs which was informative and outlined the procedure and the benefits that could be claimed through Medicare and Health Funds. (Read more on the Medicare Rebate here) Leah contacted Dr. Moradi with her queries and he got back to her straight away with compassion. Leah explained that any hesitation that she had towards the procedure was soon extinguished once she had met with Dr. Moradi. Leah says that Dr. Moradi’s patient care was absolutely phenomenal. She felt so supported and cared for by Dr. Moradi and his staff throughout the whole process. “I always thought am I just being selfish? There are people out there with real illness but after I met with Dr. Moradi I found that he […]
I need a boob job, can Medicare help? I need a boob job, can Medicare help? February 27, 2014 - I need a boob job, can Medicare Help? If you are considering a breast augmentation this is something you may be interested to know; many cosmetic procedures (in which some breast procedures are included) have a Medicare rebate when performed by a specialist Plastic surgeon. Even if you don’t have private health insurance the Medicare rebate is available to you when the breast procedure is performed by a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. And here’s one loophole; If you have private health insurance and are after a little mummy makeover plus you have a child under the age of 7, Medicare will provide you with a rebate. But not all procedures are covered by a Medicare rebate for example if you are looking for a breast augmentation for aesthetic reasons you will probably find that no insurance company will cover any of the cost. However if you need breast reconstruction procedures for any of the following make sure you check the Medicare rebates listed below, as Medicare may cover 75% (which is usually the hospital stay). Bilateral Breast Reduction (Item no. 45520) – Medicare Rebate is $675.35 (1 side) Tubular Breast Reconstruction (Item no. 45559) – Medicare Rebate is $852.60 (1 side) […]

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