BREAST UPLIFT (MASTOPEXY)
BREAST UPLIFT + IMPLANTS
…. get back both your youthful breasts and confidence!
A Breast Lift is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic breast procedures owing to the loss of volume and sagging that commonly follow pregnancy, breastfeeding, ageing and weight loss. Lifting your breasts to a more attractive position on your chest wall, with or without implants, will dramatically improve the appearance of your breasts as well as restore your self-confidence and the ability to once again wear the clothes of your choice.
Why do breasts change so much?
As with other parts of our bodies that change over time, the breasts also change. They lose firmness and volume, the internal supporting ligaments become weaker, and the skin loses its elasticity. As a result, the breasts start to droop. These natural ageing changes are accelerated by pregnancy, breastfeeding and major weight loss.
The only treatment for sagging breasts, known medically as ‘Ptosis’, is surgery and the degree of ptosis will determine the design of the Mastopexy required.
In contrast to a Breast Reduction where the excess breast tissue is removed, a Mastopexy only removes the excess loose skin, not breast tissue. Therefore, without any loss of breast tissue, your breasts will not end up smaller. Removing the loose breast skin tightens the breast envelope which has the effect of lifting the breasts up to a higher, more attractive position on your chest wall.
Who most commonly presents with Ptosis?
The main groups of women presenting for correction of Breast Ptosis are:
- Young women with developmentally large breasts that have simply sagged from the sheer weight of the breasts.
- Women following pregnancy and breast-feeding due to the enlargement of the breasts as part of the body’s normal preparation for breast feeding. Unfortunately, after breast feeding has completed, the breasts do not return to their pre-pregnancy state because:
- there has been a variable loss of breast volume due to shrinkage of the milk glands; and
- the over-stretched breast skin does not return to its former ‘tightness’.
- Post-menopausal women due to the progressive loss of breast tissue and skin elasticity.
- Women of any age following major weight loss.
Do I need implants as well as the ‘Lift’?
If you are happy with your breast size and only wish to lift your breasts, you only need to have a straightforward Mastopexy.
If, on the other hand, you have also lost considerable breast volume and wish to increase the size of your breasts by inserting implants at the same time as the ‘Lift’, you will need to have what is called an ‘Augmentation Mastopexy’.
Many women who have suffered breast changes as well as over-stretched abdominal skin after successive pregnancies, choose to have both a Mastopexy and ‘Tummy Tuck’ at the same time – an increasingly popular combination of procedures known as a ‘Mummy Makeover’.
IMPORTANT: If you have only a very mild degree of Ptosis known as ‘Pseudo-Ptosis’ where the breast mound has only slightly fallen below the breast crease but the nipple is still well above it, you may not need a Mastopexy at all as minor degrees of Pseudo-Ptosis can usually be corrected by implants alone.
Degrees of Ptosis
Mastopexy Designs & Techniques
Various patterns and designs of Mastopexy exist, and our Surgeon will recommend whichever one is the most appropriate for your degree of Ptosis.
Whereas very minor degrees of Ptosis (known as ‘Pseudo-Ptosis) can be corrected by inserting implants alone, more advanced degrees of Ptosis require one of the following types of Mastopexy – each given its descriptive name based on the pattern of the incisions:
This is the simplest form of Breast Lift and involves removing a crescent of skin above the areola. Sometimes, the Surgeon needs to extend the incisions a little sideways at each end in which case it then changes its name to a ‘Batwing’ Mastopexy as shown in the adjacent illustration:
‘Benelli Lift’ or ‘Donut Lift’
This form of Mastopexy involves removing a ‘doughnut’ pattern of skin around the areola. Its ability to “lift” is somewhat limited and accordingly, this technique is only useful for women who have a mild degree of sagging.
‘Lollipop Lift’ (Vertical Mastopexy)
This form of ‘lift’ is an appropriate technique for moderate degrees of sagging without excessive skin stretch.
‘Anchor Lift’ (Wise Pattern Mastopexy)
This is the most extensive design of ‘Lift’ and is used for all major degrees of sagging.
Augmentation Mastopexy (Breast Uplift + Implants)
If you are happy with your breast size and are only bothered by the sagging, a straightforward Breast Lift is all you require.
If, however, as is more often the case, you have also lost breast volume and wish your breasts to be larger as well, you will need implants inserted at the time of the ‘Lift’ and this is known as an Augmentation Mastopexy. Our Surgeon will provide an itemised quotation at your Initial Consultation once they have determined the design of the ‘Lift’ required and the cost of your chosen implants.
When it comes to choosing an implant for your Augmentation Mastopexy, you will need to decide on which implant to have in terms of:
- Implant Type: Saline vs Silicone
- Implant Surface: Smooth vs Textured
- Implants Shape: Round vs Teardrop
Naturally, no patient could ever be expected to make the right choices in any of the above areas without first knowing the pros and cons of each option. That is precisely why we offer a Unique 2-Hour Consultation for all Augmentation Mastopexy patients. During the first hour, you will learn the pros and cons of each of the above implant options, so when you meet with our Surgeon for the second hour to design your individual surgery, you’ll be able to make informed decisions on the following implant options with total confidence!
Type of Implant (Silicone vs Saline)
Shape of Implant (Round vs Teardrop)
Implant Surface (Smooth vs Textured)
Size of Implant
To help you choose with confidence, we have a large range of actual implant samples for you to insert into a crop-top and compare.
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Watch Our ‘Augmentation Mastopexy’ Animation Video
Before & After Photos
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Cost of Breast Lift
Cost of Breast Lift + Implants
We accept payments from various independent finance providers including
Handypay & Total Lifestyle Credit (TLC)
If you need to finance all or part of your procedure, National Regulations require that you must source your own funding through a bank or any number of Medical Loan Providers such as the above easily found by searching on Google.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whereas minor breast sagging can often be corrected by implants alone, excessive sagging of the breasts as a result of pregnancy/breastfeeding, major weight loss or ageing can only be corrected with a Mastopexy.
A Mastopexy or ‘Breast Lift’ is designed to lift sagging breasts. By removing the over-stretched breast skin, the skin envelope of the breast becomes tighter and the breast moves upwards to a more aesthetically pleasing position on the chest wall. No breast tissue is removed in a simple Mastopexy, so your breasts won’t end up any smaller. Instead, they’ll be the same size as before but without the former sag. So, if you’re happy with the current size of your breasts and only wish to correct the sag, you only need a straightforward Mastopexy. If, on the other hand, you also wish your breasts to be bigger, implants can be inserted at the same time and this is known as an Augmentation Mastopexy.
Whether you have a simple Mastopexy (Breast Lift) or an Augmentation Mastopexy (Breast Lift + Implants) depends entirely on whether you are happy with your current breast size or you wish to be bigger.
This will depend on the actual design of the Breast Lift. It can take as little as 2 hours for a minor ‘Lift’ or around 4 hours for an ‘Anchor Lift’. Choosing to also have implants inserted at the same time will naturally make your procedure a little longer.
Not always. An overnight stay may be required if your procedure is an extensive one, in which case you can go home the next day after your Surgeon checks you.
Unless you are also having implants inserted to increase your breast size, recovery is fairly quick as only skin is removed. Generally, this is around 7-10 days. With implants, you may need a few additional days of recovery before you return to work and daily activities.
The scars depend on the pattern of skin excision as illustrated above. Although no surgical scars ever totally disappear, they do progressively fade and become less conspicuous over time.
The total cost of a Mastopexy will be made up of the individual fees for the Surgeon, Anaesthetist and Hospital – plus any implants if required. Although we can offer you an average total fee before any consultation, it is only after our Surgeon has seen you and assessed what type of Mastopexy is required, and how long it will take, that we can give you an accurate quotation.
Medicare has specific criteria that ALL need to be met in order to be eligible for a Medicare Item Number. They are:
• The surgery must be performed not less than 1 year and not more than 7 years since your most recent pregnancy; AND
• At least 2/3 of the breast, including the nipple, lies below the level of the breast crease; AND
• The nipple is located at the lowest part of the breast mound.
If you do qualify for a Medicare Item Number, you should be able to claim a portion of your Surgical and Anaesthetic Fees, and if you also have Private Health Insurance, you may also be able to claim part of your Hospital Costs depending on your Fund and Level of Cover.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.