WHAT IS A MASTOPEXY (BREAST LIFT)?
A mastopexy, or ‘breast lift surgery’, is a surgical procedure that aims to lift and reshape sagging breasts in order to give them a rejuvenated appearance and improved position and contour. It differs from breast augmentation as it does not always include enlarging the size of the breast with implants, but instead focuses on correcting its general appearance.
Sagging or drooping breasts usually occur naturally with age and are completely normal. Over time, the surrounding ligaments lose their elasticity, though breast-feeding and other hormonal changes can also be contributing factors. At Panthea Clinics, we are experienced in performing this type of surgery on patients who wish to correct and lift their breasts to reclaim a more youthful aesthetic appearance.
If you’re interested in breast lift surgery, contact Panthea’s Sydney or Canberra clinics today to learn more about how our team of esteemed medical professionals can help you get the look you want.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A BREAST LIFT SURGERY
Dr Farhadieh – an experienced and highly internationally respected cosmetic plastic surgeon – will meet with you for an initial consultation in order to explain the surgery in detail, get an understanding of what you want from it and answer any questions.
To ensure that all your needs are met, he will thoroughly review your medical history, including things such as:
- Any history of thyroid gland abnormalities
- High blood pressure
- Regular medications and dietary supplements
In this consultation, you will be asked to clearly address any concerns you have and what issues you want addressed. A physical examination will be undertaken and preoperative photographs taken as part of your confidential medical records. The options for breast rejuvenation will be discussed with you thoroughly, including any possible complications.
Similar to breast reduction surgery, this procedure involves an incision surrounding the nipple and a vertical incision on the lower part of the breast to gain access to the breast tissue. The surgery then seeks to re-cone the breast shape and reposition the nipple–areola complex to a more youthful position. We often perform breast lifts in either our Sydney or Canberra clinics as a day procedure. You should have someone to drive you home and stay with you overnight after the procedure to ensure you are properly assisted if you need it.
Smokers will be asked to stop smoking for 3–6 weeks prior to surgery and to abstain for at least 3–6 weeks during their postoperative period. All aspirin and blood-thinning medications or supplements should be ceased at least 2 weeks prior to surgery, where appropriate.
For the first week post-surgery, you will be given oral medication in order to relieve any pain or discomfort you may experience. Although most regular activities can be commenced in the first few days, strenuous activity, and particularly upper body exercises, should be avoided for at least 6 weeks. Sexual activity can resume after one week, but extreme care must be taken with the breasts as they will take 6-8 weeks to fully heal. Supportive garments can help to reduce postoperative swelling and should be worn during the first 8-12 postoperative weeks.
Significant complications are rare with breast lift procedures, however all surgeries come with inherent risks. Just as he does with all other surgeries performed by Panthea – such as breast augmentation, breast reductions and tummy tucks – Dr Farhadieh will discuss these risks with you during your consultation.
After discharge from hospital, you will see us again at your postoperative appointment. We will review your and your breast lift’s condition in our Sydney or Canberra clinic at regular intervals after this.
GET IN TOUCH WITH US IN CANBERRA OR SYDNEY TO ENQUIRE ABOUT BREAST LIFT SURGERY
Whether you’ve been thinking about getting a breast lift for years or simply want to enquire about whether it would be a good option for you, Panthea Clinics can guide you through the process. Get in touch with either our Sydney or Canberra clinics today to speak to one of our experienced medical professionals.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is some discomfort associated with surgery. Most patients report a ‘tightness’, rather than pain, due to the excellent pain control regime we use, which includes local anaesthetic for the immediate postoperative period as well as powerful analgesics.
The breasts will not only heal during the first 6 weeks, but will also gradually find their natural postoperative position. Gravity, healing and surgery drive this process. The incision scars will fade over the first 12 months and will often be barely visible beyond the first year.
Within 2 weeks you will be back at work and able to resume most normal activities. During the subsequent weeks you will be able to return to your pre-surgery levels of activity.
As part of the preoperative assessment Dr Farhadieh will discuss the incision placement with you. The most common sites involve an incision around the nipple with a vertical component extending towards the lower pole of the breast. The scars are well camouflaged and will fade considerably within 12 months after surgery.
Dr Farhadieh believes that the relationship between doctor and patient is sacred and privileged. Our practice is based on compassion, honesty, transparency and, above all, patient welfare. We pride ourselves on making sure that you feel supported at all times. We will be available during all stages of your journey and will schedule short-, medium- and long-term follow-up appointments as part of our overall practice.