Breast Lift / Breast Lift + Augmentation
Over time a woman’s breasts change causing the breasts to sag (ptosis) for various reasons, including and not limited to – genetics, skin elasticity, lifestyle, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, ageing. The level or degree of sagging will vary case by case. A Breast Lift with or without Augmentation is a popular solution to enhance the contour, shape and appearance of the breasts. Surgery will remove and lift skin/ tissue upward and tighten to a degree, then depending on how much tissue you have, implants may be used to create an “augmented” look. This procedure may also incorporate a tissue reduction, and areola/nipple correction or repositioning. Please note, client surgery expectations must be realistic.
CosMediTour – Breast Lift / Breast Lift + Augmentation
|Australian Surgery Locations||Gold Coast & Sydney|
|Surgeon||Surgeon and/ or Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon|
|Consultation||$299 Surgeon Consultation Fee|
|Surgery Time||2+ hours (day surgery)|
|Anaesthesia||General Anaesthetic only is used.|
|Time Away||Minimum 3 Nights|
|Post-Operative Appointments||Local: will be arranged with the surgeon; Non-local the following day|
|Recovery and Results||One week minimum post surgery off work. Full results take up to 12 months. Please discuss post surgery care instructions and support garment to be worn with your surgeon.|
|Price List||Full Price List & Hot Deals|
The surgical technique used will depend on the degree/level of ptosis (sagging) and if an implant will be incorporated into the procedure; OR if only one breast requires lifting – otherwise known as a unilateral Breast Lift / Augmentation. Surgery in terms of technique and if an implant will be used, is determined by the Surgeon based on your case, anatomy, lifestyle and activity level. Textured round silicone gel implants will be used if required.
Crescent Lift (Nipple)
Involves removing a crescent-shaped section of tissue above the areola (half moon shape) and pulling the skin higher towards the top of the breast. This is suitable for patients with slight sagging (ptosis) requiring a minor nipple lift only to assist with symmetry.
Periareolar Lift (Doughnut Lift)
A section of tissue around the areola border will be cut in the shape of a doughnut and removed. In some cases, a little more tissue is removed above the areola (as with the Crescent Lift) to compensate for a lifting effect when sutured. This is suitable for patients with slight sagging (ptosis), smaller breasts and overall good breast shape to start.
Vertical Lift (Lollipop Lift)
The incision is made around the nipple area with a straight line running from under the areola to the Inframammary Breast Fold (IMF). This lift is suitable for those patients who have larger breasts and medium sagging (ptosis).
Full Mastopexy Lift (Anchor Lift)
This involves an anchor-shaped incision, following the natural curve of the breast starting at the base of the areola, then runs down the breast fold. This technique is for those patients with larger breasts and a higher degree of sagging (ptosis), where the nipple lies below the Inframammary Breast Fold (IMF).
Two-Stage Breast Lift and Augmentation Surgery on the Gold Coast
Our Plastic Surgeons on the Gold Coast prefer to perform a two-stage Breast Lift and Augmentation procedure. This involves your Surgeon initially performing JUST a Breast Lift in order to make the breast as symmetrical as possible and then inserting an implant 6 to 12 months later. There are additional benefits of undergoing your surgery following a two-stage process which are:
- Potentially safer option – less risk of wound separation, infection, stretched incisions.
- Better breast shape
- More breast symmetry (after the breasts have been brought to the same size, the same shape and profile of implant can be used)
- Larger implants can also be used at the time of insertion (as they won’t place as much pressure on freshly made incisions)
- Smaller breasts for 6 months healing time
To find out more information regarding the brands, sizes, shapes, profiles of implants; and incision sites, please click the button below to view our breast implants section on the Breast Augmentation page.
All surgical procedures have potential and Inherent Risks and Complications, which vary from patient to patient depending on a range of factors and the extent of surgical work required. You must do your own research on any procedure that you are seeking to obtain. Following pre and post surgical care and instructions will also reduce your risks. The following include and not limited to:
- Temporary pain, swelling, bruising, infection, scarring, fluid build-up (seroma), bleeding and haematoma, numbness, Keloid scarring, reaction to anaesthesia and medications
- Change in nipple sensation (hypersensitive or under sensitive)
- Poor healing or Necrosis (common with smokers)
- Wound separation
- Keloid / hypertrophic scarring
- Rippling, bottoming out, asymmetry (symmetry is never guaranteed, double bubble (especially women with “tuberous breasts”), Capsular contracture, Implant rejection
- Stretch marks (abrupt expansion of the tissues)
- Areola stretching
- Ptosis (continued sagging of skin/tissue this will happen over time regardless of how good the surgery results in the short term post surgery, the level of continued ptosis depends on anatomy,
- genetics, lifestyle, weight fluctuations etc)
- Implant Rupture
Breast Lift longevity A Breast Lift or a Breast Lift + Augmentation cannot permanently correct your breast shape. Over time, you will likely experience the effects of ageing and gravity taking place on your breasts. Results are based on your natural internal and external breast anatomy, i.e. breast tissue weight, fat tissue, gland lobules, skin elasticity, weight fluctuations, overall physical activities and genetics. If you gain excess weight after surgery this will quicken the onset of further sagging and will alter your overall results. This is something that is completely unavoidable, even with surgery. In this case, revision surgery will be required down the track. Generally, a Breast Augmentation + Lift may have shorter longevity than a breast lift. This is due to the weight of the implant that may cause your breast to droop. Ideal candidates for a Breast Lift are those who have realistic expectations, have undergone extensive research and understand the associated risks and complications of the procedure thoroughly.
FAQ’s – Breast Lift + Augmentation
How long will it take to recover?
This will depend on the techniques used and everyone has a different healing response. Full recovery can take 6-12 months or more, and the scars will heal over time with good care depending on your skin quality. Generally, you will be recovered enough to work within 2 weeks. However, if your work requires more strenuous activities and lifting, it is advisable to wait longer before returning to full work duties. Car travel should be minimised and with care (due to the seatbelt) for the first 2 weeks.
Can I breastfeed after a Breast Lift (+Augmentation)?
Most women go on to breastfeed successfully post Breast Lift with Augmentation, however, it is important to remember that some women cannot breastfeed irrespective of surgery and should see a GP prior to surgery to discuss. If this is something you are concerned about, please research this further and discuss with your CosMediTour Surgeon during your consultation.
How long before I can exercise post surgery?
Discuss with your Surgeon but generally, a minimum of four weeks post-surgery for very light exercise. NO underwater submerging for long periods of time is recommended. If your suture sites become wet, you must dry them immediately. Other activities such as shopping or sedentary non-physical work such as office work can usually be undertaken after 7 days. Your support garment is to be worn as instructed by your Surgeon.
Will I get scars from a Breast Lift?
As with any surgery, Breast Lift surgery does leave some scarring where the incisions have been made. Initially, your scars will be sensitive and a red colour, but these will fade over time and with good care and will vary depending on your skin quality. The degree of fading depends on a large degree on your skin pigment and post-surgery care.
Will I need to wear a Support Garment?
You must check this with your Surgeon but usually, any underwire bra should not be worn for up to the first 8 weeks following surgery for any breast fold incision site. Support garments will be required and must be worn for the time your Surgeon recommends.
Will my breasts sag again after surgery?
Yes, they will over time. Results post-surgery are based on your natural internal and external breast anatomy, i.e. breast tissue weight, fat tissue, gland lobules, skin elasticity, weight fluctuations, overall physical activities and genetics. If you gain excess weight after surgery this will quicken the onset of further sagging and will alter your overall results.