A Breast lift contributes to the elevation of your breast tissue and reshapes the areola. Through this Breast Uplifift procedure, Dr Carmen is able to increase the firmness and elevation of your breasts, while still maintaining their natural feel and softness.
As we age, our breasts no longer have the same volume, firmness or skin elasticity they once did. After pregnancy, ptotic breasts can occur too.
Dr Carmen Munteanu, a Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne, performs breast surgery to reposition your breasts and nipples – breast lift surgery – medically known as a Mastopexy.
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Breast Lift Surgery – Mastopexy
What are the Benefits of a Breast Lift?
A breast lift can address issues such as:
- Deflated breast shape
- Volume loss
- Loss in firmness
- Loss in skin elasticity
- Overly enlarged areolas
- Asymmetry in breasts
There can be numerous causes for lost volume and firmness; from the natural ageing process, to weight loss, and the journey of pregnancy and breast feeding.
It is important to note that the changes which occur in your breasts during another pregnancy can reduce, and even completely reverse the results achieved through breast lift surgery, so it’s best to only consider this surgery after you feel your family is complete. Dramatic weight loss after this surgery can also negatively affect the results.
Adding Breast Implants or Fat Grafting – Breast Lift with Fat Transfer or Breast lift with Implants
A Mastopexy or Breast lifting surgery may also be combined with breast augmentation using implants or even fat grafting or fat transfer – a natural augmentation using your own fat.
Conversely, it can also be accompanied by a reduction in the volume of the breast. While it is possible to perform this procedure on any size breasts, women with heavier breasts may find the results will not be as long-lasting.
Breast Lift Before and After Photos
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Breast Lift Surgical Procedure
Prior to your breast lift surgery, you will be placed under a general anaesthetic. The surgery will generally take one to two hours, but this may vary depending on the specific incision and placement decided upon.
A breast lift will generally be performed as a day surgery, but some women may need to be admitted overnight depending on their individual medical condition.
All surgery has risks – for detailed information about the risks and potential complications of breast lift please visit the risks of surgery page.
Breast Lift Incision patterns and scars
There are three common incision patterns. As each patient is truly unique, the technique which will provide the best results will vary from one person to another.
- Around the areola. – Benelli pattern
- Around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease. – LeJour Pattern
- Around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease. – Anchor Pattern
Recovery after Breast Lift Surgery
Following the completion of your breast lift surgery, dressings will be applied to the incisions, and a support bra or elastic bandaging can be worn to provide support to the breasts and minimise swelling as you heal.
For the first three weeks following your surgery, you should only perform light activities. Most patients should be able to return to work within 7 to 14 days. It is normal to experience visible bruising and discomfort for about two weeks following your surgery, and swelling should start to subside within three weeks.
It will generally take 3 to 6 months for your breasts to settle into their new regular shape following the surgery.
Longer-term results after Breast Lift Surgery
You will be able to notice the results of your breast lift surgery immediately after the procedure. The swelling which occurs immediately after the surgery will reduce with time, and the incision lines, while permanent, will fade. The final results of your surgery will be completely apparent after a few months.
It is of utmost importance that you ensure the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion or motion during the healing period. Dr Carmen will provide you with specific instructions on your care, tailored to suit your unique circumstances.
Provided you maintain your weight and keep a healthy lifestyle, the results of your surgery should be long-lasting. That said, as mentioned above, pregnancies and dramatic weight loss after this surgery can have a negative impact on the results. It should also be noted that as you continue to age, gravity will continue to have an effect on your body.
How much is a Breast Lift in Melbourne? – prices & costs
All Surgery is customised and Dr Carmen’s team will give you a price for your Breast uplifting surgery that will depend on the exact type of procedure you require, the hospital you attend and the length of your stay.
After your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote. This will include the Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees.
We can also provide information on Payment Plans, Finance, Private Health Insurance and different methods of payment.
Further Reading – Medical References
- ABCS- Guide to Breast Lift Surgery
- Operative Dictations in General and Vascular Surgery- Mastopexy/Breast Lift
- Pubchem- Pyramid-shaped breast implant for breast augmentation and/or breast lift with a method of use and production of the same
- American Society of Plastic Surgeon page on Breast Lift surgery
- MayoClinic page on Breast Lift surgery
Planning your Breast Lift surgery
Dr Carmen truly understands that breast lift surgery is an emotional journey, and takes the time to address any questions and concerns you might have. During your consultation, Dr Carmen will assess your suitability for this procedure, and create a personalised plan to help you achieve your desires.
At your pre-operative consultation, Dr Carmen Munteanu will listen carefully to your expected outcomes, and discuss factors including your age, health history and any risks. She will conduct an examination into your general health, the size, shape and skin elasticity of your breasts, as well as the position of your areolas and nipples. Based on this examination, Dr Carmen will then provide you with personalised recommendations for your treatment.