Perky, full breasts play an important role in creating a youthful, feminine physique. If your breast tissue has become weak, your breasts may begin to lose their firmness. Breast ptosis (sagging) can be caused by a number of factors, including ageing, weight loss and pregnancy. Breasts that have begun to sag may affect your body’s silhouette. In some cases, women retain their breast volume but the tissues are weak and lack support. A breast lift is designed to better support the breast weight AND to correct and reduce unwanted sagging to achieve a more attractive or firmer breast shapes.
What Can a Breast Lift Correct?
Breast Sagging After Weight Loss
Individuals who gain weight often notice an increase in their breast size, and when they lose the weight, they lose breast volume. Breast tissue is easily prone to laxity, and many women experience breast sagging following their weight loss. A breast lift can help restore a firmer, more symmetrical or more shapely appearance to the breasts following weight loss, as well as help reshape the nipples.
Deflated Breasts Post-Pregnancy
The breasts undergo major transformations during and following pregnancy. When your breasts are no longer filled with milk, it is common for them to shrink in size. This process often leaves the breasts looking empty, deflated or elongated in appearance. Many women find it challenging to accept such a dramatic change to their breasts after pregnancy. A breast lift procedure supports and defines the breast curvature following pregnancy to achieve a more uplifted or shapely bustline.
For some women, time and gravity wreak the most havoc on the appearance of their breasts. Over time, the weight of the breasts can weaken the breasts tissue and cause drooping. To adjust for skin laxity, a Breast lift surgery lifts and secures the breast tissue to provide a firmer-looking or more shapely breast profile.
Breast Shape and Volume
If you would like to correct mild to severe breast sagging and increase the volume of your breasts, you may benefit from combining breast augmentation surgery with your breast lift. Women who initially undergo breast augmentation without a breast lift to correct sagging are more likely to develop issues related to tissue laxity in the future, such as double-bubble deformity and bottomed-out implants. A breast lift can potentially prolong the longevity of some breast augmentation results and reduce premature sagging.
How Is a Breast Lift Performed?
A periareolar incision is created around the outer border of the areola (the colored tissue surrounding the nipple). This technique best suits women with mild breast sagging. Through the incisions, breast tissue is lifted and shaped. Sutures are used to provide extra support to the breast tissue.
A lollipop incision runs around the areola and down the front of the lower breast, stopping at the breast crease. This technique best suits women with moderate breast sagging. The breast tissue is repositioned or trimmed away as necessary. Sutures are used to provide long-term support to the breast tissue.
An anchor incision is located around the areola, down the front of the lower breast tissue, and along the lower breast crease. This technique provides the best correction for women with severe breast sagging. The breast tissue is lifted and shaped for better definition, and excess tissue is removed. Internal sutures help support the breast tissue for long-lasting results.
Areola and Nipple Repositioning
Women who experience breast sagging often have low or poorly positioned areolas and nipples. During a breast lift, the nipple-areola complex is moved so it can sit higher up on the breast. Repositioning the nipple-areola complex helps create a more natural and youthful breast shape.
Addressing Your Concerns
Every patient responds differently to surgery and recovery. In general, you will likely experience bruising and swelling following your surgery along with sensitivity changes. Drains may be used to minimize swelling. You will be fitted for a bandeau-like garment to support your breasts for the first week following surgery. After the first week, a support bra is to be worn for two to three weeks. Do not wear an underwire bra for at least 6 to 12 months (ask your Surgeon for details).
Many patients can return to work within two weeks but will need to limit strenuous physical activities. Regular activities (including exercise) can usually be resumed after four to six weeks but be sure you consult with your Surgeon before resuming strenuous or high-impact exercises. Most major swelling is likely to subside within six weeks.
Dr McManamny uses fine incisions and precise suturing techniques to minimize scar development. However, scar development depends on the patient’s individual healing process. The extent of your incision can also affect scar development. Typically, periareolar incisions result in the least amount of visible scarring and anchor incisions in the most. However, any scarring that does develop is likely to fade over time for the majority of patients, but everyone is different. Some patients will have more visible scars than other patients.
The cost of breast lift surgery is highly variable and will differ between patients. Hospital fees, anaesthetic fees, and the extent of correction will all affect the ultimate cost of your procedure. The exact cost of your procedure will be determined after a detailed consultation, and you will be provided with a customised surgical plan and Breast Lift Cost Quote detailing the price of your surgery and hospital fees.
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic. The first few days may be accompanied by some discomfort. For most patients, associated pain or discomfort can be controlled using prescribed oral medication or over the counter medications.
Before & Afters
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Lift
What if I previously underwent breast augmentation and have begun to experience sagging?
It is common for women who underwent breast augmentation at a young age to develop sagging over time. While a breast lift is more complicated with breast implants, it is possible. Having a breast lift after your augmentation may help extend the duration or longevity of your augmentation surgery results, but this can vary from patient to patient.
How long will my breast lift results last?
The duration or longevity of your surgery results can vary depending on numerous factors including life events such as ageing, pregnancy, illness or injuries, nutritional habits and weight changes. Many women maintain their breast lift surgery results for many years. Weight fluctuations and pregnancy can affect the quality of your results and skin ageing will also have an impact.
What procedures can be combined with breast lift surgery?
Breast augmentation is commonly combined with breast lift surgery. Alternatively, breast reduction may be used in conjunction with a breast lift for women who wish to decrease the size of their breasts. The breast lift is also a common procedure for women following pregnancy along with a tummy tuck or liposuction.
How long after my pregnancy should I wait before undergoing breast lift surgery?
Women considering a breast lift following pregnancy should wait until they have finished breastfeeding. You should also only consider a breast lift after you have finished having children, as additional pregnancies can affect the quality of your results. Most women wait six months to a year after they have finished breastfeeding to ensure that their breasts will not naturally undergo additional changes.
Are there any RISKS to having surgery?
Yes, any surgical or invasive procedure carries RISKS. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner (a FRACS qualified Plastic Surgeon recognised by AHPRA). Please be sure you review ALL materials provided to you about your surgery risks. Ask questions or voice any concerns BEFORE proceeding, and never have surgery to please someone else. It is also imperative you DO NOT SMOKE and that you follow your Surgeon's pre-op and post-op instructions including wearing any recommended post-op garments as advised. Please also be aware that surgery experiences, recovery time frames, results, incision line placement and scars can vary significantly from patient to patient. For more information, discuss RISKS with your Surgeon, read the materials provided to you during a consultation and review the RISKS pages on this website.