Breast Lift / Breast Lift + Augmentation
Over time a woman’s breasts change for a number of reasons – breastfeeding, fluctuating weight, skin elasticity, genetics and ageing, causing the breasts to sag (ptosis) to varying degrees. A Breast Lift with or without Augmentation is a great solution to enhance the contour, firmness and appearance of the breasts.
This procedure raises, firms and helps to even sagging breasts by removing excess skin and tissue, and tightening the surrounding tissue – before implants are inserted to restore firmness and overall size and shape. This procedure can also incorporate a breast reduction and areola/nipple correction or repositioning. For more information about which procedure you may require, see –Do I need a Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift or Both?
CosMediTour – Breast Lift / Breast Lift + Augmentation
|Australian Surgery Locations||Gold Coast & Sydney|
|Surgeon:||Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon|
|Surgery Time:||2 – 6 hours|
|Anaesthesia:||General Anaesthesia Note: Twilight Sedation is not used.|
|Time Away:||Minimum 7+ Nights|
|Post-Operative Appointments:||Follow up 4-7 days|
|Recovery time:||6 – 12 months|
To find out more information regarding the brands, sizes, shapes, profiles of implants; and incision sites, please click the button below to view on our Implants section on the Breast Augmentation page.
Depending on the level of sagging (ptosis), there are several breast lift technique options. These are decided by the Surgeon on a case-by-case basis.
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 higher degree of sagging (ptosis), where the nipple lies below the Inframammary Breast Fold (IMF).
2 Step Breast Augmentation + Lift Surgery on the Gold Coast
Our surgeons on the Gold Coast prefer to perform a 2 step Breast Augmentation + Lift 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 2 step process which are:
- Safe 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
Potential Surgery Risks and Complications vary from patient to patient depending on a range of factors and the extent of surgical work required. Regardless of how remote, the potential risks are listed below are possible. Your own research is essential if you are considering surgery. Following pre and post surgical care and instructions will also reduce your risks. See the following potential risks and complications 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
- Poor healing or Necrosis (common with smokers)
- Suture complications
- Wound separation – patients who receive breast augmentation during breast lift should be prepared for wound separation, especially if proceeding with a large implant size
- Loss of sensation in the nipples and areolas after repositioning
- Change in nipple sensation (hypersensitive or under sensitive)
- Implant Rupture
- Mismatched breast size and unevenly positioned nipples (asymmetry)
- Stretch marks (abrupt expansion of the tissues)
- Implant folding, rotation, rippling, bottoming out, asymmetry (symmetry is never guaranteed, Capsular contracture, Implant rejection
- Scarring – depending on the technique used (will fade over time)
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 will have a shorter longevity than a breast lift. This is due to the weight of the implanst 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.
Breast Lift / Breast Lift + Augmentation Surgery
- No surcharge for dual plane implant placement (above / under pectoral muscle)
- Surgery at either Pacific Private Hospital on the Gold Coast or Crows Nest Private Hospital in Sydney
- Operating Theatre, Anaesthesiologist and all associated surgery and Hospital charges
- Surgery by a renowned Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon
- Highest quality Allergan or Polytech Health smooth or textured, round or tear drop silicone gel implants
- Private ‘Invitation Only’ CosMediTour Surgery Forum to connect up with many other CosMediTour Clients and Patients staying in Sydney or the Gold Coast before you travel and during your stay
- All drugs, routine and take home medications are an additional cost
- Pre surgery consultations are an additional cost
* Note: All procedures in Australia, are based on standard, non-complicated procedure patients and prices may vary depending on patient’s requirements.
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)?
It is possible (however very rare) for women who have had a Breast Lift or in combination with Augmentation to breastfeed after pregnancy. However, the type of incisions, amount of tissue dissection, relocation of the nipple/areola, will affect the milk ducts from the nipple and formation of scar tissue after surgery. If this is something you are concerned about, please research this further and discuss with your Surgeon during consultation. See here for further information about Breastfeeding After Breast Surgery
How long before I can exercise post surgery?
Discuss with your Surgeon but generally a minimum 4 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 Plastic 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.