What are the Medical Benefits of a Breast Lift?
Dr Rebecca Wyten is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Breast Surgery expert in Melbourne. Find out more about the Benefits of a Breast Lift Surgery and your options.
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Could you benefit from a Breast Lift?
- Do your breasts sag or have they lost shape and volume?
- Have they gotten flatter and longer?
- Do your nipples fall below your breast creases when your breasts are unsupported?
- Do your nipples and areola point downward?
- Are your areolas stretched out of proportion to your breasts?
- Does one of your breasts fall lower than the other?
If you answered yes to the above questions don’t worry, we’re here to help you find a solution. Although we all know that losing some firmness in our breast area is completely natural as we age, it can go beyond our comfort zone. If you are among one of the thousands of women frustrated with their less-than-stellar cleavage, a breast lift could be the answer.
What is a breast lift?
Breast Lift, also called mastopexy, is an operation where a surgeon repositions your nipple higher on your chest wall. They also remove any excess skin and tighten the surrounding tissue.
Benefits of a breast lift;
- Firmer Breast Appearance: Not only will it help your breasts to sit higher on your chest, but a breast lift will also help your breasts both look and feel firmer.
- Improved Nipple Projection
- More Attractive Breast Shape
- Youthful Breast Appearance
- Reduces skin irritation that can be a result of low sitting or sagging breasts.
What To Expect After A Breast Lift?
Week one post-breast lift
As soon as your procedure is complete and the effects of the anaesthesia wear off, you will begin to recover from a breast lift.
Your body will react to your surgery through swelling and bruising. 48 hours after surgery you might notice that the swelling increases and your bruises are more evident. This is completely normal.
Week Two and Three post-breast lift
You will begin to feel like yourself and you’ll start to really see the results from your breast lift. Swelling decreases dramatically as does bruising. As long as you can avoid strenuous movements, vigorous activities, and lifting heavy objects, you’ll get the all-clear from your surgeon to return to most of your daily activities.
Breast Lift Vs Breast Implants
A breast lift (mastopexy) focuses on raising and improving the shape and appearance of the breasts and nipples. The idea is to re-introduce the “perk” factor to the breasts and improve the natural look without using implants. The procedure is a common choice among;
- Older women
- Women that have lost a great deal of weight
- As well as, women whose breasts have sagged after pregnancy/breastfeeding
- Women with heredity of saggy breast
- And, women whose nipples point downward.
Whereas, Breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty) generally involves enhancing a woman’s breast size, shape, and “perkiness” via the use of implants. When people use the colloquial term “boob job,” this is usually what they’re talking about.
Which is better Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift or Both?
Each procedure offers its own set of unique advantages and disadvantages. You must understand that breast augmentation focuses on the size and shape of the breast and will not correct drooping breasts. Unlike breast augmentation, a breast lift focuses primarily on breast position. It will not increase the size of your bust.
Often a breast lift is done in conjunction with breast augmentation. This both restores the breast to a more youthful position and adds volume with the use of an implant. When you have a breast augmentation with a lift, it is known as an augmentation/pexy. It will give you some upper breast fullness as well as reposition sagging breasts and nipple areas.
Making the decision to alter your breasts is very personal.
Does Medicare and Insurance Cover Breast Lift?
Most breast lifts are considered cosmetic surgeries. As a result Health Insurance companies usually don’t cover them. Occasionally, a breast lift will attract a Medicare item number if the patient meets the strict criteria for a breast lift. The breast lift Medicare item number can only be used once in a patients life. These criteria include:
- Two-thirds of the breast tissue and the nipple/areola must sit below the breast crease
- If you have children, your youngest child must be between the ages of 1 and 7
- Photographic evidence must be documented
Breast Lift Incision Options
- Lollipop Lift.
- Anchor Lift.
- Donut Lift/Periareolar Lift.
- Crescent Lift.
Frequently Asked Questions about Benefits of a Breast Lift
How long does a breast lift last?
- The short answer is “it depends.”
- For some, they experience long-lasting results, while others may want minor revisions only after a few years.
- How long your results last is dependent upon many factors, including;
- dietary habits
- And the surgical techniques.
The good news is there are a few things you can do to help you get the most out of your breast lift surgery.
Is a breast lift worth it?
- A normal breast lift surgery will restore the breasts’ youthful appearance without the need for implants.
- Women can also expect to see some firming of the breasts without implants.
- Breast lifts may also help women find relief from back pain and poor posture.
Does a breast lift increase size?
- A breast lift will make your breasts look neither larger nor smaller, only perkier.
What are the possible risks of breast lift?
- Poor scarring
- Early sagging if your skin doesn’t handle the breast implant well even after having a lift
- Skin condition will impact your results
- Lax skin may not always fare well after having an implant even after lifting the nipples during the mastopexy part of the procedure
Do breasts sag after a breast lift?
- Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is done in several ways
- The result will often not last in those who do not wear appropriate support garments after the surgery
- It will also depend on the general size of the patients’ breasts.
- Large breasts will start to drop again earlier than smaller breasts generally.
How painful is a breast lift?
- Whenever you have surgery, you will likely experience some discomfort.
- Patients typically describe the discomfort associated with a breast lift as “moderate.”
- But you should know that you don’t have to go through the procedure alone. Our experienced, professional and highly trained nursing staff are at your disposal.
Can I go without a bra after a breast lift?
- Gravity never goes away so it is recommended that you wear a bra most of the time.
- If you are wanting to go braless for a specific outfit or event from time to time that is okay.
- Wearing a bra helps support your breasts and ensures your results last as long as possible.
At what age should I get a breast lift?
- There is no ideal age for a breast lift, but surgery should not be done if your breasts are still developing. It is best to wait until all the changes have taken place. Doctors advise against having any type of breast correction done until the breasts are stable.
- However, it’s important to realize that everyone develops at a different rate. Some teenage girls have fully developed breasts by the age of 16 or 17, while there are women who continue to experience changes well into their 20s.
- Therefore it is always advisable to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to verify if you would be a good candidate for mastopexy.
How much is the cost of a breast lift?
- Cost varies drastically.
- This is because many factors affect the cost. These factors include but are not limited to;
- Your surgeon level of training and qualifications
- The location where your surgery takes place
- Hospital costs
- Anaesthetic costs
- The surgeries level of complexity
- And much more.
- If you are having breast augmentation along with a breast lift you also need to include the cost of the implants.
- The best way to find out how much the surgery costs is to have an obligation-free consult with a surgeon to discuss your options.
What is a lollipop lift?
- Also called a vertical lift, this incision is on the front of the breast– it circles the areola and extends downward.
- This results in a simple lollipop shape.
- This technique allows for the resizing of the areola, repositioning of the nipple, and also helps achieve the breast lift.
What is a natural breast lift?
- A natural breast lift is a process by which you can address sagging, limp breasts without increasing their cup size in the slightest.
- This is perfect for women seeking a less obvious change, who like the looks and size of their breasts when wearing a bra.
Can you lose weight after a breast lift?
- One of the most significant advantages of a breast lift is weight loss. Most women report feeling much more capable of exercising and maintaining their weight after the operation.
- It’s common for women to lose between 10 and 20 pounds in the months following surgery.
Does a breast lift cost more than implants?
- Breast lift surgery is typically more expensive than breast augmentation due to the complexity of the operation.
- Basically, the more time it takes to perform the procedure, the higher the costs for the facility charges, the surgeon’s fee, and anaesthetic services.
What triggers breast growth?
- Breast changes continue to occur over a woman’s life as mammary glands are influenced by hormones that are activated in puberty.
- The hormone estrogen is produced by the ovaries in the first half of the menstrual cycle and stimulates the growth of milk ducts in the breasts.
- In the second half of the menstrual cycle, progesterone levels start to rise and can also further enhance breast size by inducing gland proliferation.
How much weight can I lose after breast lift?
- Significant weight loss can affect the results of your breast lift, however natural weight fluctuation will have minimal impact.
- A change in weight will change each person’s breast size differently depending on the individuals fat to tissue ratio in their breast. To best understand your fat to tissue ratio, your surgeon may request an MRI.
Should I lose weight before breast lift?
- It is best for you to be at a healthy and manageable weight before getting cosmetic breast surgery.
Medical References and Further Reading about Benefits of a Breast Lift:
- Breast Lift Surgery without implants – Mastopexy in Melbourne – Dr Rebecca Wyten
- Breast Lift Surgery Melbourne – Plastic Surgeon – Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery
- Breast Lift Test & Procedures – Mayo Clinic
- Mastopexy (Breast Lift Surgery) References – Radiance by WebMD
- How long do breast lift results last? – ASPS Blog
- How do the breasts change with age and why – Medical News Today
- What to Expect When Your Breasts Grow – Healthline.com
- Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift: How to Choose the Right Procedure for You by Dr. John Williams