Breast Lift Surgery without implants – Mastopexy in Melbourne
- Are Your Breasts Beginning to Droop?
- Nipples starting to sag?
- Breast Skin and Tissue stretched after pregnancy?
What is a Breast Lift or Mastopexy?
- A Mastopexy Procedure is also called a Breast Lift or Breast and Nipple Lift;
- Some medical professionals also call this the ‘up-lift’ procedure because it restores droopy breasts to firmer, higher and more aesthetically pleasing positions on the chest wall
A Breast lift (Mastopexy) lifts the Breast and Nipple to restore them to their previous position on the torso.
The Mastopexy procedure repositions, lifts and helps tighten the breast skin and breast tissues. It allows you to attain an uplifted, perkier or firmer-looking appearance of your breast tissues, including the areola or nipple area, which can be tailored to suit your visual preferences. Your nipples and areola area may be altered to look smaller, more symmetrical, more prominent or even more pronounced in colour; and inverted nipples can be adjusted if you prefer a different look.
This leads to Breast Lift and Mummy Makeovers (Breast & Tummy) becoming increasingly popular for women of all ages, who seek to restore their breast and body contours to get back ‘what they lost’ over the years.
Dr Rebecca Wyten is an expert in shaping and lifting breasts, as well as other complex breast surgeries including or a lift with a breast reduction. She also performs nipple surgeries to correct disproportionate nipples, inverted nipples or nipple hypertrophy.
Your options when it comes to getting a Breast Lift may include:
- On its own or with other Body Lift procedures
- A Breast Lift with a size enhancement (‘Masto-Aug‘)
- A Breast Lift with a size reduction (Breast Reduction surgery includes a breast uplift)
- Nipple surgery (size, position)
- Mummy Makeover procedures
What causes breast sagging? Reasons women seek a Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
- Skin changes everywhere as we age, but especially the breasts.
- That’s because they have projection and tissue weight that needs internal support.
- These internal supports wane as we get older or larger in size, particularly after pregnancy, breast feeding or weight changes.
These life events tend to overstretch your breast skin and damage your underlying support structures, leaving you with reduced collagen levels and a lack of firmness to your chest area tissues. Result? Breast Sagging!
- Factors include genetic traits such as skin resiliency/thickness or life events as listed above
- Gravity and overall skin health also contribute to breast sagging and are sometimes worsened by poor nutrition and/or substance use or smoking
Benefits of a Mastopexy/Breast Lift
Breast lift surgery/Mastopexy re-elevates the breast skin and nipples to a more rounded, firmer and upper-torso-centralised position through skin excisions and special suturing methods to lift and reposition the breasts to a more uplifted, physically comfortable and aesthetically appealing position
Many women prefer their breasts to be restored to a more firmer, fuller and higher
This drooping is known as breast ptosis (or “ptotic breasts” – which simply means the nipple and surrounding breast tissue have lost firmness and skin elasticity, leading to breast sagging and nipple droopiness.
When should I consider a Breast Lift?
- Have your breasts drooped significantly after pregnancy or weight loss?
- Are your nipples enlarged or over-stretched from breastfeeding?
- Are you embarrassed by having droopy, sagging cleavage or stretched-out looking breast skin?
- Have your breasts sagged with age or gravity?
- Do you miss having firm, full breasts?
- Are your nipples pointing south?
Ideal Candidates for Breast Lift (without Implants) Surgery
- Your breasts have lost their shape and volume, and their pendulous positioning bothers you
- Your breasts have developed a flatter, elongated shape over time
- When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease
- Your nipples and areolas point downwards
- Your breast tissue is stretched and you have enlarged areolas
- One breast is lower than the other
- You have realistic expectations of your outcome
- You are willing to do the pre-surgery preparation and post-op healing protocols (following your Surgeon’s healing recommendations for best Breast Lift Surgery results)
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Planning for a successful Breast Lift Surgery
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 least 4 weeks prior to surgery, as well as stop taking aspirin products at least one week before surgery.
On the evening before surgery, you may not eat or drink anything after midnight.
Be sure to communicate your precise outcome desires during your pre-surgery consultations and discuss fully whether or not your expectations are realistic in terms of what surgery can and cannot do for your particular body shape and existing breast tissue.
Remember that individual results can vary significantly.
How do you know if you need a standard Breast Lift without implants or a lift combined with a Breast Augmentation (called a Masto-Aug)?
If you liked the way your breasts looked when you were younger you may want to review the benefits of a Breast Lift. Through a Breast Lift/Mastopexy procedure, Dr Wyten can help you to reduce sagging breast skin and reposition or resize your nipples and existing breast contours with a surgical Breast Lift.
How is Breast Lift Surgery Performed?
We prioritise patient safety, comfort and post-surgical pain-management. Your Breast Lift procedure is performed in an accredited surgery centre.
The procedure itself generally lasts for 2-3 hours and is performed while you are under general anaesthesia. For the utmost safety, your anaesthesia is administered only by Board Certified Anesthesiologists.
Dr Rebecca Wyten can then make the necessary incisions, guided by precise measurements and markings, to lift and reshape your underlying breast tissue, reposition your nipple and remove any excess skin.
Surgery may also involve adjustment of the position, size or shape of the nipple as the areola can also expand in size over time.
Finally, Dr Wyten will layer sutures deep within the tissue to support your breasts and close the skin using more sutures.
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What are the different types of Breast Lifts?
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 surgery, a crescent-shaped piece of tissue above your areola will be removed before raising your nipple to a higher position. This is rarely used.
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, removing a doughnut-shaped piece of tissue from around your areola before re-attaching the remaining tissue to your areola. This is not popular in Australia.
Full Mastopexy Breast Lift (Anchor Technique)
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, your surgeon will make an anchor-shaped incision that starts at the base of your areola and travels to the bottom of your breast where it meets your ribcage. Your surgeon will cut out a crescent-shaped piece of skin above where your breast meets your rib cage, and will then remove and re-position your nipple so that is sits in a more youthful position. This is the classic technique in Australia – reliable but leaves bigger scars.
Vertical Mastopexy Breast Lift (Lollipop or LeJour technique)
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. This is the more modern technique preferred by specialist plastic surgeons as it leaves no horizontal scar under the breast.
About the Breast Lift Surgery
With all surgeries, having realistic expectations is important. Breast lift without implants is a surgical procedure, and you may have other choices such as using garments or push-up/support bras to give the appearance of firmer breast tissue. All surgeries also involve risks so be sure to read the full information prior to undertaking the surgical procedure option to remedy sagging, drooping breasts.
To fully understand what can or cannot be accomplished for you through surgery, a consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon is a must.
In general, however, you can expect the following from a best practice Breast Lift procedure by a highly skilled Plastic Surgeon. A Mastopexy;
- Will leave you with a similar-sized breast but with better cleavage
- Relocate your breasts higher on your chest
- Reshape, re size and make nipples smaller
- Helps restore your breasts to the position they may have been before you had children
- Can assist in overcoming the toll of past gravity on your breast tissue firmness and nipple size or position
Gravity will remain a factor, so it’s important to choose a highly experienced Surgeon, like Dr. Rebecca Wyten who can get you a great long-term breast lift result. There are numerous factors to consider in getting the best results over time, like appearance, enhancement and longevity from your breast lift procedure. It is an important question to ask your Surgeon.
What Breast Lift Surgery Won’t Do
A Breast Lift without implants alone does not change the size of your breasts; it is designed to ‘lift’ them and restore a more youthful shape. If you want fuller breasts or a significant increase/decrease in breast size, consider a Breast Lift in combination with Breast Augmentation Surgery or Breast Reduction Surgery.
Recovery after Breast Lift Surgery
Our approach to recovery is simple. We do whatever we can to get you back to your normal life as soon as possible. Following your Breast Lift, you’ll be given specific post-op instructions to follow.
After the procedure, you can expect some swelling and scarring, but both of these will reduce over time. You’ll likely have swelling and soreness for four to six weeks.
Pain management is customised for each patient and will be discussed as part of your consultation.
Our team will also offer you a ‘science and love’ post-surgery rapid-recovery kit and high-tech scar minimisation procedures to ensure a great result.
Each patient circumstances and recovery are different. However, typically you should expect follow up appointments on day 2, at 1 week, 1 month, and 4 months.
It is important to follow post-surgical instructions for best recovery and surgical results.
Does a Breast Lift Hurt?
- You are likely to experience some pain after a mastopexy, so be sure to follow directions for pain management and expectations. Also, be sure to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous work until you are fully recovered – activities like this can affect both pain levels and quality of healing.
How Long Will I Be In Hospital?
- After a breast lift without implants, we generally recommend 1-2 nights in hospital.
- As part of our service, we place you in a top private hospital, meaning you get a comfortable place to rest and recover, with access to medical professionals and, of course, your surgeon, whenever you need.
What is the Normal Recovery Downtime After a Breast Lift without 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.
How can Breast Lift Scars be minimised?
- Like most surgical procedures, breast lifts do leave some scars. These can fade over time with proper care.
- Choosing a Lollipop Breast Lift instead of an Anchor lift will have less scars
- Ensure you care for the wounds as instructed by your doctor, and try to avoid exposing them to direct sunlight for 12 months.
How Long Do The Results Last?
- When performed properly, by fully-qualified surgeons, a breast lift without implants can last for many years – gravity will continue to act on your breast.
- It can vary depending on certain factors; for example, putting on weight or having children after your breast lift can influence results due to the many changes your breasts experience in this time, but for women who keep a stable weight and have good breast tissues, results can last for decades.
Risks and Complications of Breast lift Surgery
What are the Risks and Possible Complications?
Any surgery poses a certain amount of risk and potential complications.
Common side effects include bruising and swelling.
The shape of the breast may change over time, and the final result may not be realized for a few months.
A Breast Lift without implants is associated with a lower rate of corrective surgery than breast augmentation. It is highly important that you choose the best possible Breast Specialist surgeon to minimise risks associated with your procedure.
All successful surgery outcomes are the result of realistic expectations of the patient, realistic surgical goals and the knowledge of possible risks and complications.
Nothing is ever guaranteed in science and medicine. Risks are minimised through careful patient screening and planning, high standards of surgical training, meticulous surgical technique and vigilant post-operative care.
Small, less serious issues are common and every effort is made to resolve them quickly. These rarely have a long term effect on an excellent final result.
Consultation for breast surgery options is key to ensure both you and your surgeon are on the same page before proceeding with surgery.
In the consultation period, you can expect to discuss motivations, expectations, options, the procedure itself, surgical risks, after-care and recovery.
Our surgeons are caring, highly-experienced and professional, helping ease you through every phase.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?
Like any cosmetic surgery, a breast lift without implants can vary greatly in price. Often this price directly reflects the quality of the surgery, as well as the thoroughness of the pre and post-surgery care.
We believe in providing comprehensive, top-class procedures to every patient, in a way that makes them feel safe and Payment Plans for Your Surgery
For more information on quotes and costs, simply get in touch with one of our clinics.
DIFFERENT & ADDITIONAL SURGERY OPTIONS
Corrective Nipple Surgery & Areola Reconstruction During Your Breast Surgery
Enlarged or disproportionate nipples, inverted nipples and nipple hypertrophy can also be corrected during your Breast Lift surgery.
If you are considering breast lift procedures, inverted nipple surgery, nipple reduction (for nipple hypertrophy) or other breast enhancement procedures, our Surgeons have the experience and expertise to provide you with exceptional advice.
This may involve adjustment of the position, size or shape of the nipple, as the areola can also expand in size over time or may point downwards.
Our expert Surgeons also perform other complex breast and nipple correction surgeries, so you know that you’re in good hands.
How is a Breast lift with implants (MASTOPEXY) procedure different from Breast Lift With IMplants (a MASTOPEXY-AUGMENTATION)?
- A Mastopexy on its own involves a breast lift and nipple lift but no additional size changes; this may be suitable when you are generally pleased with your volume but not with the location of the skin and nipples due to skin ptosis (sagging skin, downwards pointing nipples or loss of position)
- A Mastopexy-Augmentation is another popular option for women who want their nipples and breast tissues lifted and repositioned but who ALSO want to increase or augment the size and projection
- Mastopexy-Augmentation uses breast implants – read about this option here.
If you want to change your breast tissues so they appear firmer, higher up and less droopy, Plastic Surgeon Dr Rebecca Wyten can help by performing a high-quality Breast Lift without implants.
The Mastopexy “Breast Lift procedure” may be appropriate for you when you are generally satisfied with your breast proportions and cup size, but feel less than impressed with where your breasts sit on your torso.
Mummy Makeover Surgery – Combining your breast surgery with other Body Surgeries.
Breast lifts can also be added to other body, face and anti-ageing procedures for a ‘Mummy Makeover’.
- Tummy Tucks
- Arm Lifts
- Body Contouring
To book your consultation phone (03) 8849 1444 to speak with our Patient Care Advisor.