Breast Lift Surgery in Perth
Breast Lift Procedure To Raise Your Spirits
Breast lift surgery, or Mastopexy as it is also known, is a surgical procedure that will reshape sagging breasts and improve breast form. Dr Patrick Briggs in Perth provides consultations and surgery to reduce, augment or lift breasts. Contact us today to book an appointment.
About the surgery
Ideally, the nipple and areola are level with the centre of the upper arm. However, pregnancy, breast feeding, weight loss and the simple passage of time can cause volume loss and elasticity, leaving the nipples at a lower level.
Unlike breast reduction surgery, breast uplifts do not aim to change the size of your breasts, they’re designed to restore breasts to more youthful and attractive shapes.
As breasts lose their elasticity, sections of slack and redundant skin are removed, the tissue inside the breast is then reshaped, and some stretch marks, but not all, may be removed. Uplift surgery may also be combined with breast augmentation to restore the shape; however, it is important to maintain a sensible breast size for a pleasing rather than striking figure.
Depending on the technique, a breast lift won’t necessarily interfere with breastfeeding, making it an option for women who have not finished childbearing. It should be noted that an uplift will not prevent breasts from drooping ever again.
Your surgeon will take a medical history and enquire about any prior breast surgeries. He will advise you about the scarring that can result from breast lift surgery and explain the various options available to you.
Breast lifts typically leave scars around the areola, and possibly down and along the breast crease. The amount of scarring varies depending on your initial shape – your surgeon will explain the extent of the scars you should expect.
If your breasts have not drooped significantly, and an increase in their size would be acceptable to you, breast augmentation alone may be a better way of lifting and firming them.
In other cases, where breast droop is minimal, your surgeon may suggest a technique that causes less scarring; or he may advise against having surgery at all.
What to expect from your operation
Technically known as ‘Breast Ptosis Correction’, Mastopexy usually takes about two hours, is done under general anaesthesia, and usually requires an overnight stay in hospital.
During the breast lift procedure, skin is cut away above, below and around the nipple and areola. The breast tissue is reshaped in order to achieve a better contour and enhanced projection. The remaining skin is then stretched taut and re-joined, and the nipple is repositioned. This type of surgery doesn’t interfere much with the nerve supply to the nipple areola, so sensation is usually preserved.
As routine precautions against blood clotting, you will wear anti-embolism (TED) stockings until you are discharged from the hospital. You will also be expected to get out of bed and move around as soon as possible after surgery.
The location of the incisions depend on the size and shape of your breasts, how much skin needs to be removed, and your surgeon’s recommendations.
There are three surgical techniques that can be used by Dr Briggs:
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.
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.
Immediately after your boob lift surgery you will immediately notice the shape of your new breasts. You should see less drooping, and your nipples will be positioned higher; however, the final shape of the breast will take around six months to show.
During your recovery there are several things you should expect:
- Your breasts will be uncomfortable, possibly painful. This is initially helped with injection, thereafter mild pain killing tablets such as Paracetamol as and when required. Aspirin must be avoided because it causes bleeding.
- You will have dressings (and possibly drains) on your breasts after surgery.
- Showers and shallow baths are possible however, it is important to keep your tapes dry.
- You may begin wearing a comfortable bra immediately after surgery.
- Bruising of the skin of your ‘new’ breasts is to be expected, however, it should subside in two to three weeks. To speed the resolution of bruising and swelling you may take Arnica for one week before surgery and two weeks afterwards. You may drive after two or three days but should not return to vigorous exercise for six weeks. It is also best not to plan to travel for a month after your surgery.
- You should expect to feel somewhat tired for up to two weeks after the breast lift procedure If you tend to be anaemic or have heavy menstrual cycles, you should take iron and folic acid supplements.
- Immediately after your surgery, the skin around your incisions may appear slightly ‘pleated’ and your scars may be hard, red, raised and lumpy. Depending on your body’s healing characteristics, it can take up to 18 months for scars to flatten and resolve. Putting pressure on any lumpy scars with a well-fitted bra will help them soften more quickly.
- Your scars will, in time, return to normal skin colour but you should not expect them ever to become ‘hairline’.
- As with any breast lift surgery, there is a possibility of infection after breast uplift. This is readily treated with antibiotics and/or dressings.
Delayed healing is more likely if you smoke tobacco after surgery.
For professional advice on breast lifts and surgical procedures, contact Dr Patrick Briggs in Perth.