After pregnancy and breastfeeding or simply over time, many women find that their breasts have lost shape and firmness and have begun to head south. Dr Cope can restore or improve your breasts’ youthful appearance by performing a mastopexy to lift and reshape the breasts. If you have lost breast volume, a breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation.
When deciding which procedure would give you the best result, Dr Cope advises patients with only a small amount of loose skin that they can often get enough lift from having breast implants alone. However, if you have more loose skin, unless you want bigger implants, a breast lift may be a better option, though there will be more scarring.
To get an indication of how much lift you will get from having implants alone, watch in a mirror as you put your hands on your head. The position of your nipples with your hands on your head is approximately where your nipples would be with breast implants.
A breast lift, with or without breast augmentation, is done under a general anaesthetic, and the operation takes about 2 hours for a breast lift alone. It is usually performed as a day-stay or overnight-stay procedure in Sydney. Following mastopexy or breast augmentation it is important to restrict yourself to light activities, with no lifting or heavy duties for 7-10 days. *Most patients can drive and return to work within 10 days of the surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Breast lift (mastopexy) will improve your breast shape if you have loose skin or droopy breasts, which often occur after pregnancy, breast feeding and weight loss.
Breast lift can be performed at any age
A breast lift (mastopexy) removes the loose saggy skin, lifting the nipple and breast into a higher position, giving you a better shaped breast.
A breast lift is not permanent, but usually lasts 5-10 years. How long it lasts depends on the size of your breasts (larger breasts drop faster if they are not well supported), weight fluctuations and hormonal changes. Even if your weight is stable then hormonal changes such as pregnancy, breast feeding & menopause can cause your breasts to change, possibly requiring another operation.
Whatever type of mastopexy you have there will be a scar around the areola. With larger amounts of loose skin, you need a scar vertically down from the areola to the crease under the breast, and patients with very droopy breasts also need a scar that runs along the crease under the breast.
A breast lift (mastopexy) does not affect your ability to breast feed as only loose skin is removed and the breast tissue itself is not altered.
The operation is performed as a day-surgery or overnight stay procedure in an accredited hospital, depending on what you are like with anaesthetic recovery.
It is normal for scars to be red, lumpy and obvious for 6-8 weeks after surgery. After this they gradually fade, with most people’s scars being white by one year, although uncommonly this process can take 2 or more years. The simplest way to help this process is to keep tape such as 3MTM Micropore tape on the scars for the first 3 months or so. An alternative to this is to massage the scars. Uncommonly, scars stay red and thick for months, requiring other treatments such as steroid injections or vascular lasers to help them fade.
During the first week after surgery you need to rest and take things quietly at home. When you go home there will be waterproof dressings covering your breasts, which normally stay on for one week, allowing you to shower normally. Most people find these dressings supportive, but if you find it more comfortable to wear a supportive sports bra that’s fine. Some people feel well enough to drive to the postoperative visit, which is usually 5-7 days later. Most people return to office work 10 days after breast lift.
For most people it is 3-4 weeks until they are ready to return to sport and full activities.