Mastopexy Augmentation: A breast lift with implants
Do you have drooping breast tissues? Are your nipples drifting south? Or do your breasts look empty or saggy after pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss or menopause? Maybe it’s time to assess your suitability for a Mastopexy – and if you want extra volume or projection for a fuller-look, the Mastopexy-Augmentation maybe your best option.
What is the definition of “Mastopexy Augmentation”
The term Mastopexy-Augmentation indicates a surgical breast lift and nipple repositioning COMBINED with insertion of breast implants and/or fat transfer to achieve extra fullness or larger cup sizes.
- If your breast tissue or your nipples are heading south – and if your breasts are looking droopy, saggy or baggy, you may be a good candidate for Breast lift with Implants Surgery.
- We can help you get an enhanced breast and fuller breast shaping using the Mastopexy procedure combined with breast augmentation with or without fat transfer using Mentor or Motiva Breast Implants.
Breast Lift Surgery may be one of the best surgeries to help women re-adjust the location and size of their breasts for more balanced proportions.
With the right procedure customised to meet YOUR surgery goals and breast shape/nipple position objectives, you can gain better cleavage, fuller and firmer breasts and aesthetically ‘relocated’ breast nipples.
The NAC (Nipple Areola Complex) can also be resized, reshaped and repositioned to be more aesthetically attractively – meaning more symmetrical and/or better balanced – relative to the under-breast crease (IMF are skinfold).
Why a Mastopexy Augmentation vs a Mastopexy on its own?
A breast augmentation may sometimes help you get the results you desire for volume increase. However, if your breast area skin is too lax and you lack collagen and underlying tissue firmness, augmentation alone might make the sagging skin appearance worse – or result in bottoming out of your implants.
For sagging skin that cannot sustain an implant in the right position, a different form of surgery is needed. Instead of having breast implants, consider a mastopexy-augmentation (a breast lift COMBINED with breast implants), which may be a better option for making the breast shape changes you desire.
Dr. Rebecca Wyten is highly-regarded for her complex breast surgery expertise including Breast Lift with Implants, Breast Tissue Reduction procedures and Implant Replacement or Removal followed by reshaping.
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When should I consider a Breast Lift?
- Do you have Saggy or Droopy Breasts?
- Are your breasts droopy and noticeably asymmetric?
- Have your breasts drooped after pregnancy or weight loss?
- Are your nipples over-stretched (or enlarged) from breastfeeding?
- Are you embarrassed by having droopy-looking cleavage?
- If your breasts sagged with gravity and time?
Do you miss having firm, full breasts?
- Does having droopy breasts leave you,
- Feeling you look older than you are?
- Missing the freedom of occasionally not wearing a bra?
- Embarrassed by where your nipples sit?
- Feeling less feminine?
- Struggling to find a swimsuit that flatters your torso?
- Missing having firmer breasts?
- Considering having an uplift or enlargement with a lift?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suitable for a Masto-Aug Breast Lift.
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What causes droopy, sagging breasts?
Do you miss the location and firmness of your breasts, or how they were before pregnancy or menopause? If so, you’re not alone.
Drooping or saggy breasts are very common in women who have breastfed children, experienced weight fluctuations or significant weight loss, or who have lost elasticity of their breast tissue due to ageing and other reasons.
Many factors can contribute to the drooping or sagging of a woman’s breasts; these changes and the degree of breast Ptosis (sagging of the breasts) can result from the following:
- Weight fluctuations
This has lead to an increase in popularity of Mummy Makeovers (Breast Lifts and Tummy Tucks) for women of all ages, who seek to restore their breast and body contours, to get back ‘what they lost’ over the years.
What is Breast Ptosis… and can saggy breasts be fixed?
- Ptosis (pronounced toe-sis), means sagging skin
- Ptosis of the breasts means your breast ‘envelope’ and nipple locations point ‘southward’ or downwards rather than central or forward
- This issue eventually affects nearly every woman, regardless of weight changes, breastfeeding or having children or remaining child-free
- It occurs due to a number of factors but cannot be remedied through exercise because SKIN cannot be exercised into firmness or elevation; plus there are limits to pectoral muscle development and how much it changes your shape
- Saggy breasts and drooping breast tissue can, however, be treated with breast surgery such as Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation, in one procedure or performed separately
In fact, if you have saggy breasts or drooping nipples (or asymmetrical breasts), you can take advantage of the breast lift procedure to enhance your overall breast size or breast proportions and cleavage.
Do I need just a breast lift to get the desired results, or do I need a breast lift with a breast augmentation procedure?
- The answer is always individual to the patient and is a very personal decision, made in collaboration with the patient and surgeon to get the most aesthetically pleasing surgery result.
- There are surgical solutions, depending on the degree of Ptosis (drooping) experienced, the amount of existing breast tissue you have, and your individual preferences for how you’d like your breasts and nipples to look after your breast enhancement uplift surgery.
And there are surgical breast lift solutions that are enhanced with a breast augmentation using implant, performed either at the same time or in succession.
If you’re not sure you want augmentation or not, then typically you’d start with a breast lift. If you knew you wanted ‘a bit more up top’ or needed fuller cleavage to wear your favourite fashions or to feel more feminine, then you might choose to have both surgeries performed at the same time.
To be certain on what you want, schedule a NO OBLIGATION surgical consultation with Dr Rebecca Wyten to find out what types of procedures will get YOU the results you’re wanting.
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Each patient is an individual, and each surgery is customised to fit each patient. Please contact us today for any questions or to arrange a consult with Dr Rebecca Wyten.
Are there Different Types of Breast Lift?
If you desire a Breast Lift with Implants to restore your youthful appearance the best type for you will be determined by the degree of ptosis exhibited in your breasts.
The types of breast lift procedures include:
Crescent Breast Lift
This procedure is also known simply as a crescent lift or a nipple lift. This is a simple breast lift that corrects mild, or Grade I, ptosis. During this surgery, Dr Wyten will remove a crescent-shaped piece of tissue above your areola before the nipple is raised to a higher position.
Benelli Breast Lift
The Benelli breast lift is also known as a Doughnut mastopexy, Circumareola breast lift, and Apex breast lift. The Benelli is typically considered less invasive than other types of breast lifts and it will correct mild to moderate ptosis in the Grade I or Grade II range Dr Wyten will remove a doughnut-shaped piece of tissue from around your areola before re-attaching the remaining tissue to your areola.
Vertical Mastopexy Breast Lift
Also known as the Lollipop breast lift, LeJour lift, and Modified Benelli, the Vertical Mastopexy provides more lift than the Benelli for those with moderate or Grade II ptosis. During this procedure, a doughnut-shaped piece of tissue will be removed just like in the traditional Benelli breast lift. In addition, they will make a straight incision from under your areola to your breast crease. The Vertical Mastopexy provides more lift than the Benelli, but less than the Full Mastopexy.
Full Mastopexy Breast Lift
The Full Mastopexy breast lift is also known as an Anchor lift or the Inverted-T. This breast lift will correct severe Grade III ptosis. In this procedure, an anchor-shaped incision will be made that starts at the base of your areola and travels to the bottom of your breast where it meets your ribcage. Dr Rebecca Wyten will cut out a crescent-shaped piece of skin above where your breast meets your rib cage. Dr Wyten will then remove and re-position your nipple so that is sits in a more youthful position.
What is the normal Recovery downtime after Breast Lift with Implants?
Patients can return to work after 7 to 14 days, and they should avoid vigorous activities for 3 weeks.
Visible bruising should resolve within 2 weeks, and swelling should begin to subside within 3 weeks.
Do not exercise until cleared to do so; and be sure you wear a supportive sports bra as instructed.
The RAPID RECOVERY kits we provide patients is also a valuable aid to healing – be sure to follow your post-op instructions precisely for best results from your Mastopexy Augmentation.
Is that too much surgery to do on the breast all at one time?
We perform the combination Breast Lift with Implants on a frequent basis without any concern. The downtime for a Breast Lift with Implants is no more than if either procedure was performed alone.
We find that when mastopexy (breast lift) and augmentation are done at the same time, less skin has to be removed, therefore resulting in less scarring.
Most of our mastopexy-augmentations are done using the crescent or partial circum-areolar incision.
Only in very droopy breasts do we use the ‘lollipop’ incision (the Le Jour incision method for breast lifts).
What are the pre-operative requirements?
We may require some patients to get medical clearance prior to having surgery.
This can vary from patient to patient and may involve images or blood tests or surgery clearance by their GP.
You should stop smoking at the very least 4 weeks prior to surgery, as well as stop aspirin products at least one week before surgery.
On the evening before surgery, you may not eat or drink anything after midnight.
What is the post-operative recovery like?
Following your Breast Lift with Implants you’ll be given specific post-op instructions to follow.
You’ll likely have swelling and soreness four to six weeks.
Pain management is customised for each patient and will be discussed as part of your consultation.
Each patient circumstances and recovery are different however typically you should expect to follow up appointments on day 2, at 1 week, 1 month, and 4 months with drains removed at first post-op follow up appointment, 2-3 days post-op.
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What are the risks and possible complications?
Any surgery poses a certain amount of risk and potential complications.
- Potential complications include, but are not limited to:
- implant issues (wrinkling, leakage, rupture)
- seroma (accumulation of fluid)
- poor scarring
- capsular contracture
Common side effects:
The shape of the breast may change over time, and the final result may not be realised for a few months.
Breast Lift with Implants is associated with a higher rate of corrective surgery than either breast augmentation or breast lift alone. For this reason it is highly important that you choose the most experienced possible Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation
- Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Take some notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
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Please Consult your Plastic Surgeon for Further Advice Today.
Each individual’s situation is different. What options are best for you, should be best discussed during a consult with Dr Rebecca Wyten.
Dr Rebecca Wyten is currently a member of:
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS)
*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is of a general nature. Further Disclaimer Information.