Breast lift surgery performed on the Gold Coast by a plastic and reconstructive surgeon
Pregnancy, nursing, and the effects of age can cause breasts to lose volume, sag, and change shape. At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, Dr Doyle uses the breast lift (mastopexy) to lift and reshape sagging breasts to make them firmer and improve their shape.
Breast lift can be considered a medical treatment
The breast lift is a procedure for women with breasts of any size. This procedure is considered medical in some circumstances and subject to Medicare rebates. There are certain criteria that need to be met including significant droop experienced after childbirth with a child between the ages of 1 and 7. Photographs need to be submitted to Medicare for approval and this will be organised by Gold Coast Plastic Surgery after your consultation with Dr Doyle.
Cosmetic breast lift surgery
The difference between cosmetic breast lift and medically necessary breast lift is your situation. Clients who are getting breast lift for purely aesthetic reasons are getting cosmetic breast lift surgery.
Breast lift is often combined with other procedures, for example; many women with large breasts opt to have a breast reduction at the same time. If you have small, sagging breasts that have lost volume over the years, a breast lift with implants will enhance the size and firmness of your breasts, lifting them to a higher position.
The breast lift procedure
The breast lift procedure begins with a circular incision made around the areola (the dark circle of skin surrounding the nipple) and a vertical scar down to the breast crease. This is sometimes referred to as a “lollipop” incision. No horizontal scars are used in this procedure by Dr Doyle to minimise scarring.
Excess skin and tissue are trimmed away and the breasts are tightened and lifted around the newly contoured breast. The nipples will be repositioned to create the most natural-looking results.
What’s the downtime for breast lift?
A breast lift is considered a safe, effective procedure. The procedure takes 2 to 3 hours to complete under general anaesthetic and is usually a day stay in hospital. Most women are able to return to work within 2 to 3 weeks. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for 6 weeks.
Breast lift surgery with implants
This is one of the commonest operations performed by Dr Doyle. This is commonly required for those women who have breast fed their children and as a result have lost breast volume and their breasts have become saggy. Also women who have had significant weight loss are also good candidates for this procedure.
Some surgeons do this as a 2 stage procedure. Dr Doyle performs this operation as a one stage procedure.
Are there any risks associated with breast lift surgery?
No surgery is totally free of risk. Over the years, the techniques of surgery have advanced to a point where they are quite safe—provided they are performed by a qualified surgeon in an approved hospital.
When it comes to surgery you need to understand all the potential risks and complications associated with going under the knife. With the appropriate planning and preparation these risks can be minimised.
At your consultation with Dr Doyle, he will go through the procedure with you, and determine if you are an ideal candidate for breast lift. Additionally, the potential risks and complications will be explained to you, as will how to minimise the occurrence of these.
What to expect post-breast lift
There will be some slight post-operative pain and discomfort, which can be managed by oral medications. Most clients are able to go home after surgery—sutures used are dissolvable.
Some of the discomfort you may feel include:
- Patchy areas of numbness
- Shooting pains, burning or tingling
- Some asymmetry
All of these are normal signs of healing. The asymmetry will happen because each breast can swell to a different degree.
To learn more about breast lift, or to book a consultation, please contact our practice today.