Breast Lift FAQs or Mastopexy FAQs

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After pregnancy, breastfeeding, massive weight loss or breast implant removal, you may find yourself with droopy breasts or saggy breasts. The shape and volume of your breasts can easily be restored to what they used to be by undergoing a Breast Lift or Mastopexy Procedure.

Dr Craig Rubinstein, Dr Rebecca Wyten and Dr Patrick Briggs offer the breast lift procedure in Melbourne. This common procedure restores the health and looks of your breasts and improves your mood and self-esteem.

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What Is Breast Lift FAQs

How can I tighten my breast skin?

  • You can tighten your breast skin by a mastopexy or a breast lift procedure.
  • A breast lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin from the breasts, rejuvenating them and recontouring them for a more youthful look.
  • At CocoRuby Plastic Surgery Breast Uplift Surgeons, Dr Craig Rubinstein, Dr Rebecca Wyten, and Dr Patrick Briggs are all experienced specialised plastic surgeons with ample experience and credentials who approach every patient in a customised way and provide outstanding service.

Why do people get breast lifts?

  • People get a breast lift to tighten and tone the skin of their breasts. You may have saggy or droopy breast skin if you:
    • Have experienced massive weight gain and weight loss,
    • Have had one or more pregnancies and have breastfed,
    • Are of a certain age.
    • Have undergone breast implant removal,
    • Or, your skin does not produce as much collagen and elastin.

Whatever the reason you have saggy breasts, a breast lift or a mastopexy could be the best solution for you. A breast lift removes excess skin and leaves your breasts looking younger and rejuvenated.

Can you get a breast lift with implants?

  • Yes, you can get a breast lift with implants.
  • This surgical procedure is a common way to rejuvenate female breasts and give them more projection.
  • Furthermore, a breast lift with implants is commonly performed as a part of a mummy makeover.

Can you get a breast lift without getting implants?

  • Yes, you can get a breast lift without breast implants.
  • This is the standard breast lift procedure.
  • It consists of the removal of excess skin only.
  • This is the best procedure for you if you have saggy, droopy breasts that are still large in volume.

Can you get a breast lift without scars?

  • Some non surgical procedures or liposuction may give marginal breast lifting results. However, for more permanent results that remove ptotic excess skin, you should opt for a surgical procedure.
  • During surgical breast lift, it is possible to hide scars by doing the ‘donut lift’. In this procedure, the incision is hidden in the area where the skin and the areola meet. Howevere this technique is rarely used in Australia as it doesnt give long lasting results

Do you need implants for a breast lift?

  • No, you do not need implants for a breast lift.
  • A breast lift or mastopexy is commonly combined with implants for women who would like an increase in the volume and projection of the breasts. If you are satisfied with the volume of your breasts, you do not need to get breast implants.
  • Your specialised plastic surgeon will be able to give an estimation of what your breasts will look like after breast lift.
  • If you are not satisfied with the results, you can request a breast lift with implants.

Does a breast lift make you smaller?

  • A breast lift can make your breast marginally smaller but is not regarded a breast reduction surgery.
  • Some excess skin gets removed, although this increases the projection of the breasts, so they look fuller.
  • In general, women report that they are very satisfied with the size of their breasts after a breast lift surgical procedure.
  • The average reduction in breast size is around half cup to 1 cup or less.

Does a breast lift reduce size?

  • A breast lift may reduce the size of your breasts by up to one bra cup size depending on how much skin is removed
  • Your specialised plastic surgeon will give a more detailed explanation since every case is different.
  • If you are concerned about your breast size reduction, you should know that most women report that they are satisfied with their new size.

Should I get a breast lift before or after pregnancy?

  • You can get a breast lift both before and after your pregnancy.
  • If you would like to do a breast lift before the pregnancy, your experienced plastic surgeon may suggest delaying the pregnancy by several months to let your body recover after a breast lift.
  • If you plan to have your breast lift after pregnancy, you should postpone the breast lift by several months after you have finished breastfeeding.
  • Both breast lift and pregnancy are strenuous on the body, and you may need to space them out to make sure your body can fully recover from one before undertaking another one.

Am I The Right Candidate / Breast Uplift Prerequisites FAQs

How to firm and lift breasts?

  • You can firm and lift your breasts by breast lift/mastopexy surgical procedure.
  • This procedure removes excess skin and sometimes even some excess fat tissue from your breasts.
  • This results in better-looking breasts that have a better projection, look firmer, and feel somewhat tighter.

How to lift sagging breasts?

  • A breast lift or a mastopexy best lifts sagging breasts.
  • Mastopexy is a surgical procedure that removes extra skin that you may have on your breasts due to breast implant removal, pregnancy and breastfeeding or events of a massive weight gain and weight loss.

How to lift sagging breasts after pregnancy?

  • During pregnancy, you may experience some breast sagginess as a result of weight gain and weight loss, as well as breastfeeding. In this case, you may want to schedule an appointment with your specialised plastic surgeon to have your breast condition assessed.
  • They will suggest the kind of breastlift that they may perform on you to restore the shape and projection of your breast.
  • Some common breast lift types include:
    • The periareolar breast lift – the incision is placed around your areola,
    • The lollipop breast lift – the incision starts around the areola and continues vertically down to the inframammary fold,
    • The anchor breast lift – Anchor Technique Lift, the incision starts around your areola, goes vertically down to the inframammary fold and then follows the fold to the left and to the right, creating an anchor-shaped incision.

How to lift sagging breasts after weight loss?

  • Extra weight puts additional pressure on your tissues and your skin.
  • Your skin may sag and droop as you lose weight.
  • A breast lift or a mastopexy is the perfect procedure for sagging breasts. It removes excess skin after weight loss and leaves your breasts rejuvenated and looking young and refreshed.
  • Contact your specialised plastic surgeon and schedule an appointment today for initial screening.

How do you know if you need a breast lift?

  • You may need a breast lift if you:
    • Had one or more pregnancies,
    • Have breastfed,
    • Have experienced massive weight gain and weight loss,
    • Had your breast implants removed,
    • Or, if your nipple is below the inframammary fold / the line where the lower breast meets the chest wall.

If you fall into any of the categories, contact your specialised plastic surgeon and schedule an initial screening. The surgeon will be able to properly assess your case and suggest the appropriate procedure for you.

Can I get a breast Lift if I am overweight?

  • As you lose weight, your breasts will reduce in size and may droop.
  • For this reason, it is suggested that you are as close to your ideal weight as possible.
  • Ensure that your BMI is not high enough that you are considered obese and try to stay as healthy as possible.
  • In any case, you can consult a plastic surgeon with your concerns. They will assess your case and see if you need to lose weight before a breast lift surgery or not.

Do I need to lose weight before a breast Lift?

  • You should lose weight before a breast lift.
  • This will reduce the fatty deposits in your breasts, and you will be able to see their true shape, size and level of breast ptosis/breast sagginess.
  • Getting a breast lift while significantly overweight poses health problems increases the chances of risks and complications during and after the procedure.
  • Furthermore, if you get a breast lift while overweight and then lose weight, more sagginess may appear, which can only be handled by another surgery.
  • For these reasons, most surgeons would suggest losing weight before breast lift surgery.

What BMI do you need for a breast lift?

  • Your BMI should be 30 or lower for a breast lift.
  • Any BMI values higher than this increase the chances of risks and complications during and after the breast lift surgical procedure and may not yield good results.
  • Make sure that you are healthy and of appropriate BMI before opting for breast lift surgery.

Can you get a breast Lift while pregnant?

  • No.
  • You should not get a breast lift while pregnant.
  • You should avoid any surgical procedures during pregnancy as they require a long time to recover from.
  • Pregnancy puts a lot of stress on your body, and so do surgical procedures.
  • Having a breast lift during pregnancy may significantly increase the recovery time and compromise the results.
  • The scars may take longer to heal and may increase in size as well as form keloids.
  • In any case, it is best to space pregnancy and any procedures you may have by at least several months.

At what age can I get a breast lift?

  • You should be at least 18 years of age to get a breast lift.
  • However, your breast may still be developing at this age, so make sure to consult a certified surgeon and have your situation evaluated by them.
  • If your breasts are still developing, it may be better to wait for a year and two and then reevaluate your situation.
  • There are no restrictions to the upper limit, as long as you are healthy and in good physical condition enough to get the surgery.

Is there an age limit for breast Lift surgery?

  • Yes, there are some age limits for breast lift surgery.
  • You should be older than 18 years to get a breast lift.
  • If your breasts are still developing at this age, your experienced plastic surgeon may suggest waiting for a year or two before getting a breast lift.
  • There is no upper age limit for getting a breast lift surgery, although you should be aware that the older you are, the more likely the risks and complications will occur during and after the procedure.
  • Your recovery time may be significantly lower than in someone who is 20.
  • You should also consult with your surgeon about any medication, chronic medical conditions and any other concerns you may have about the surgery and outcomes.

Can a breast lift help with back pain?

  • In some cases, a breast lift can help with back pain.
  • Overly large breasts may cause pain and discomfort, such as shoulder and neck pain, upper back pain, migraines and stiff neck.
  • If you experience any of these symptoms, you may want to consult a surgeon.
  • During the breast lift procedure, some excess skin and fatty tissues are removed from breasts, and this may somewhat improve the pain and discomfort in your back. However, if your breasts are overly large, if you suffer from breast hypertrophy or even significant breast ptosis, you may consider a breast reduction surgery or a reduction mammaplasty.

Do I need a breast lift?

  • If you experience:
    • Breast sagginess due to pregnancy or breastfeeding
    • Breast droopiness after a massive weight loss,
    • Shoulder, neck and upper back pain as well as migraines,
    • Excess breast skin due to age,
    • Excess skin on your breasts after a breast implant removal surgery,

Then you may need a breast lift procedure. Contact your experienced specialised plastic surgeon to find out more about this life-improving surgery procedure.

Do I need a breast lift and augmentation?

  • You may need a breast lift and breast augmentation if you have:
    • Had one or more pregnancies,
    • A history of breastfeeding,
    • A history of massive weight gains and losses
    • Saggy, droopy breasts and would like to improve their shape, volume and projection,
    • Realistic expectations of what can and what cannot be achieved using this surgery combo,

You may opt for a breast lift and breast augmentation procedure. This is a commonly performed combination of surgeries, often done as a part of a mummy makeover.

Do I need a breast lift with my implants?

  • You may or may not need a breast lift with your implants, depending on the state of your breasts, to begin with.
  • A breast augmentation surgical procedure increases the volume and the projection of your breasts.
  • If your breasts are heavily droopy and saggy, then you may want to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation. Here, the doctor will remove extra skin and fatty deposits found in your breasts and then place implants into your breasts to increase their projection.
  • Make sure to consult a plastic surgeon on these matters before deciding on what to do.

Can you get a breast lift with existing implants?

  • Yes, you can get a breast lift with existing breast implants.
  • In some cases, your surgeon may suggest that your existing implants are removed and replaced with a newer model of breast implants.
  • This is done to avoid any complications that may arise if an old pair of implants is left in your body.
  • If you choose to replace your breast implants and have a breast lift procedure, your surgeon will do both these procedures simultaneously. That way, your recovery period is better utilised as you recover from two procedures at the same time.

Breast Lift Preparation FAQs

How to prepare for a breast lift?

  • To best prepare for a breast lift,
    • Make sure that your as close to your ideal weight as possible. This may take several months to achieve, but the benefit of reducing risks and complications during the surgical procedure is well worth it.
    • Around a month before your breast lift surgery, you should pay special attention to your diet and exercise regime: eat a lot of healthy food, take some vitamin supplements and exercise regularly. However, you should not be straining your body.
    • Some surgeons may suggest taking zinc and prebiotic or probiotic supplements to boost your immune system.
    • Avoid any stress.
    • Have plenty of sleep in the final weeks before the surgery.
    • The night before surgery, wash your hair, and use antibacterial soap on your body
    • Have no food or water for at least 8 hours before the surgery.
    • Talk with your surgeon about any medication you may be taking regularly. Even herbal supplements may interfere with the procedure and increase the chances of risks and complications, such as bleeding or swelling.

Your plastic surgeon will be able to give you more details on breast lift preparation. Please follow all advice that your specialist plastic surgeon gives you.

Who is the best breast Lift surgeon?

  • The best breast lift surgeon will be a certified specialist plastic surgeon.
  • They will have ample experience in breast lift surgery and will not promise hard-to-achieve results.
  • A great breast lift surgeon will operate in a clinic or hospital-like surgical theatre with a great support team.
  • The best breast lift surgeon will be able to properly assess your case, give you the surgery details, do the surgery safely and provide a follow-up during the recovery period.

What to wear to a breast lift procedure?

  • You should wear loose, comfortable clothes for a breast lift procedure.
  • You will be asked to change both before and after a breast lift procedure, and having loose clothes with you will guarantee changing with minimum effort and discomfort.
  • Ensure your clothes are not too warm, as you should avoid sweating for the initial few days after the surgical procedure.

What to take to a breast lift surgery?

  • To a breast lift surgery, you should take:
    • All the paperwork that your surgeon has instructed you to bring,
    • Any lab tests and blood work,
    • A change of clothes,
    • Any medicine you may be taking for chronic illnesses and conditions,
    • A friend or a family member to support you and drive you back home.

Your plastic surgeon will give you more details on what else you should bring to the breast uplift surgery.

Mastopexy Procedure FAQs

Are breast Lifts permanent?

  • Yes, a breast lift or a boob lift is a permanent procedure.
  • The excess skin and fatty tissues are permanently removed from your body.
  • This does not mean that new sagginess and droopiness of the breasts may not appear. Ensure you maintain a stable weight and have healthy life habits to prevent your breasts from drooping again.

Can you have a second breast Lift surgery?

  • Yes, you can have a second breast lift surgery.
  • Sometimes, with age, pregnancies and breastfeeding, your skin may get loose and saggy again. As you age, your skin and glandular breast tissues may lose some of their collagen and elastin, proteins commonly found in the body.
  • These proteins provide support for your tissues, and their lower production may make the tissues extra droopy. 
  • Furthermore, the breast tissue may stretch, and you may experience a new case of breast ptosis that the second breast lift takes care of.

Do I need a breast lift or reduction?

  • While a breast lift removes extra skin and some fatty tissues in droopy breasts, a breast reduction procedure removes the glandular tissue as well.
  • A breast lift removal is a great option for a lifting your breasts and may decrease their size by up to one bra cup size. It is commonly performed if the breast sagginess appears due to pregnancies, breastfeeding, after breast implant removal and due to old age.
  • On the other hand, a breast reduction procedure is necessary when the breasts are overly large, to the point the health of the back, shoulders and neck is compromised.
  • A breast reduction is also performed in breast asymmetry when it is necessary to reduce the size of only one breast.
  • Consult a specialised plastic surgeon for a more detailed evaluation of your situation and a piece of professional, customised advice.

How long is surgery for a breast lift?

  • A breast lift procedure usually lasts between 1-3 hours, depending on the amount of skin and fat tissue the surgeon is going to remove.
  • In general, you will be able to go home the same day as your procedure.
  • However, the initial stage of recovery can take some 1-2 weeks.

How much weight do you lose with breast Lift?

  • Breast lift is not a weight loss procedure.
  • You will lose a minor portion of your body weight during a breast lift procedure because the surgeon will remove some skin and some fat tissue. This will not be a noticeable weight loss.
  • Should you decide to lose weight, it is better to do it before a breast lift procedure since large weight loss post-op can compromise the results of your breast lift.

How small can you go with breast Lift?

  • Breast lift firms and contours your breasts.
  • You will usually lose around one bra cup size after a breast lift procedure.
  • If you would like to reduce the size of one or both breasts, you may consider breast reductions surgery. A breast reduction removes extra skin, fat tissues, and some glandular tissue from your breasts, making them even several sizes smaller.

Is breast Lift surgery worth it?

Yes, a breast lift surgery is worth it. A huge majority of women are satisfied with the results and the firmness and projection of their breasts. The procedure corrects breast sagginess by removing extra skin and placing more or less the same volume of breast tissues in a smaller-sized skin cap.

What is a lollipop lift or lollipop breast lift?

  • A lollipop lift or a Le Jour Lift breast lift is a surgical procedure in which a lollipop-like incision is made on the breast.
  • The incision starts around the perimeter of the areola and continues vertically downwards to the fold that connects your breasts to the chest wall.
  • This is a great procedure for breasts with a higher level of breast ptosis (more saggy breasts).

What is a natural breast lift?

  • A natural breast lift is a name given to any surgical procedure which lifts the breasts so that the results are natural-looking.
  • Another natural breast lift is any breast lift technique that hides the scars in natural crevices on the body, such as the inframammary fold and around the areola.

Is a breast lift included in a breast reduction?

  • Yes, a breast lift is included in a breast reduction.
  • Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes the excess breast tissue and the extra fat tissue from the breast. During this procedure, your surgeon will remove the excess skin better to accommodate a smaller volume of breast tissue. Many women need a breast lift after pregnancy, lactating or a significant weight loss.

What is the difference between a breast lift and implants?

  • A breast lift is a procedure that removes some excess skin from your breasts and gives them a better projection by moving the nipple and the areola upwards.
  • On the other hand, a breast augmentation procedure is a surgical procedure that inserts implants into the breasts to give them more volume and a better projection.
  • Breast augmentation with implants may decrease very low-level breast ptosis but is not used as a breast lift procedure.
  • So the procedures are not interchangeable.

What is the difference between breast augmentation and a breast lift?

  • Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that increases the size of your breasts by placing an implant behind the breast tissue or behind the pectoral muscle.
  • Breast augmentation results in fuller breasts that are bigger than the breasts you had before.
  • A breast lift is a surgical procedure that removes a patch of the saggy skin from your breasts to give them a better projection and usually reduces their size up to one bra cup size.

Boob Lift Recovery FAQs

How long is recovery after a breast lift?

  • You should recover quickly after a breast lift. A typical patient can go back to work after about a week or two depending on your occupation.
  • Your activities will be restricted during the first three weeks of the recovery
  • As the recovery progresses, you will be able to undertake more strenuous activities and exercise.
  • Your final results may be visible some 6-12 weeks after a breast lift, depending on the scope of the surgery and the pace of your recovery.

How long is recovery from breast reduction and lift?

  • Recovery after breast reduction and lift lasts some six weeks.
  • During the initial week, you should spend as much time resting to let the incision heal as fast as possible.
  • After this period, you may undertake some mild activities and go back to work.
  • As the weeks progress, you will be able to undertake more and more activities.
  • After the sixth week, you will be able to do most activities and can return to a normal daily routine.

How to sleep after breast Lift surgery?

  • After a breast lift procedure, you should sleep on your back in a slightly reclined position.
  • Sleeping on your side or the stomach can compromise the results, prolong recovery and cause discomfort.
  • Its also important that you wear your compression garment even when sleeping.

When do steri strips come off after breast Lift?

  • Steri strips will fall off on their own within a few days after a breast lift.
  • In some cases, your surgeon may take them off after a week or so.
  • Do not remove the steri strips on your own: you risk injury and infection.

How long for breast lift incisions to heal?

  • In general, it takes around 2-3 days for the skin on the incision site to reattach itself. This does not mean that the healing period is finished, as it may take up to several weeks to fully recover after a breast lift.
  • The speed of the healing of your incision may depend on several factors, such as your skin pigmentation, health, age and lifestyle choices.

Why is my stomach so bloated after breast Lift?

  • In some cases, the intravenous fluid that you receive during the breast lift procedure may cause bloating as your body regulates water levels.
  • This is bloating that is present immediately after the procedure and takes a day or two to go away.
  • Two and more days after the breast lift procedure, bloating may be excess fluids from the swelling on the site of the procedure that ‘leaks’ towards the stomach as the body tries to reabsorb it.
  • In any case, most swelling is gone by the end of the first week post-op.

How long does swelling last after breast Lift?

  • Swelling after a breast lift may appear on the second day post-op. This is a normal part of the recovery. Most of the swelling will dissipate within 3-5 weeks.
  • Regular but short walks and a compression garment may reduce swelling significantly as they promote blood circulation and speed up the recovery significantly.

How long after a breast Lift can you exercise?

  • You can undertake mild activities as soon as one week after a breast lift.
  • In the second week, walks around the neighbourhood are welcome in your new schedule.
  • After the second week, you can undertake mild exercises.
  • You may plan to visit a gym some six weeks after the surgery.

How do I shower after breast Lift surgery?

  • You should not shower for 48 hours after mastopexy or a breast lift.
  • For the first six weeks, you should only shower and not have a bath.
  • When taking a shower;
    • Remove your bra and the bandages.
    • Leave the dressings on.
    • Shower with lukewarm water and soap
    • Make sure to pat dry only.
  • Any excessive pressure could potentially cause an injury. After the initial six weeks, you can then take baths.

How long after breast Lift can I have sex?

You should not have sex for at least two weeks after a breast lift. During this time, your incisions heal, and any pressure or too much movement in this area can cause injuries and infections. It is best to wait until you are incisions completely heal.

How long after breast Lift can I take a bath?

  • You can take a bath around six weeks post breast lift.
  • During the first six weeks, you should only take lukewarm showers and avoid a prolonged stay in the water, such as bathtubs, hot tubs and swimming.

How long after breast Lift can I wear an underwire bra?

  • You can wear an underwire bra approximately 8 weeks after the surgery. However make sure you get confirmation from your surgeon first.
  • In the meantime, you should wear your compression garment or a special bra to keep your breasts in place, prevent movement during the healing period and help speed up the recovery.

When can I run after breast Lift?

  • Depening on your healing, you can run 6 to 8 weeks after a breast lift. (seek your surgeon’s permission)
  • Your surgeon may suggest a different period, depending on your case and the pace of your recovery.
  • Refrain from running and other strenuous activities if you feel any pain or discomfort during the activity.

When can I swim after breast Lift?

  • Swimming is an intensive activity, and you should wait between 6-8 weeks after surgery to swim again.
  • Swimming before this period may bring you at risk of an injury, discomfort or even an infection if the incision has not fully healed.

When can you lift after breast Lift?

  • You should wait for 6-8 weeks before undertaking any strenuous activities, such as lifting or going to the gym.
  • Lifting before this time can increase the risk of infection, injury and may compromise your mastopexy results.

When can you sleep on your side after breast Lift?

  • You should wait for at least 2-4 weeks before sleeping on your side after a breast lift.
  • This is highly individual, and you should always follow your specialised plastic surgeon’s advice on these matters.
  • Sleeping on the stomach will be uncomfortable for a long time.

How tight should a sports bra be after breast Lift?

A sports bra after a breast lift should be tight enough to keep your breasts in place and prevent unwanted movement. – but still be comfortable

How long after breastfeeding can I get a breast lift?

  • You can get a breast lift around three months after breastfeeding.
  • This gives the breasts enough time to empty, deflate in their size and the hormones to go back to normal levels.
  • This way, your specialised plastic surgeon will be able to evaluate your state better and provide the best possible care for you.

How long do I wear sports bra after breast lift?

  • You should wear a sports bra with no underwire for at least six weeks after breast lift surgery.
  • It is important to keep wearing the bra at all times, although you may take a break from it during a shower.

Breast Lift Longer-Term Results

How can scars be reduced after Breast Lift?

  • To make the scars fade away faster after a Breast lift, you should:
    • Stop smoking
    • Have a healthy, well-balanced diet
    • Take supplements
    • Have plenty of rest
    • Always wear a support bra
    • Apply moisturizers and silicone-based creams
    • Always wear SPF when heading outside
    • Avoid tanning beds and exposing scars to direct sunlight for several months post-op

This should guarantee that breast lift scars heal fast and are not very visible after the surgery. If you feel that they pose discomfort for you, you may consider scar-revision procedures, such as Healite II, Fraxer Laser or DermaPen. These procedures can help fade the scar faster.

How long Do breast lifts last for?

  • A breast lift is considered a permanent procedure.
  • The excess skin and some fatty tissue that gets removed are gone for good.
  • However, new ptosis or breast sagging may appear, so make sure always to wear a bra, have a healthy diet, and avoid smoking to minimize the chances for a new mastopexy or breast lift.

Can I go without a bra after breast lift?

  • No, you should not go without a bra after a breast lift.
  • Sports bra, support bra and compression garment are all essential for your healing and the best results.
  • You may want to wear a bra all the time, even a long time after a breast lift, because it will help counteract the effects of gravity and significantly delay new breast ptosis formation.

Does breast Lift affect pregnancy?

  • A breast lift does not affect your ability to become pregnant or an ongoing pregnancy.
  • However, you should not have a breast lift at least six months before pregnancy and at least three months after the end of the lactating period if you are already pregnant.
  • Pregnancy does not go well with a breast lift because it can significantly prolong the recovery time and effect the results.

Breast Lift Risks And Complications FAQs

Can you breastfeed after a Breast Lift?

  • Yes, you can breastfeed after a breast lift since breast lift does not interfere with your ability to produce milk.
  • However, you should let at least six months pass between getting a breastlift and pregnancy since pregnancy may significantly prolong recovery after a breast lift.

Can you get breast cancer after a Breast Lift?

  • Breast lift or mastopexy does not reduce or increase your chances of developing breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer depends primarily on genetic factors.
  • The only procedure that can annulate chances of breast cancer is complete mastectomy or complete breast removal.

Does breast Lift increase chance of cancer?

  • No research shows that a breast lift increases the chances of cancer development in women who had it.
  • Some surgical procedures, such as breast augmentation with implants, may slightly increase the chances of Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma (ALCL).

Do breasts grow back after Breast Lift Surgery?

  • A Breast lift Surgery is regarded as permanent and breasts don’t grow back.
  • Some additional breast sagging may occur after a breast lift procedure. However, this is new ptosis of the tissues and is not the return of the old skin.
  • To decrease the chances of further breast ptosis after a breast lift, you should always wear a bra, make healthy lifestyle choices and keep your body in a fit shape without significant weight gain and weight loss.

Is breast lift safer than implants?

  • Yes, a breast lift is a safer procedure than breast augmentation with implants.
  • This does not mean that a breast lift has no possible risks and complications.
  • You should always understand all possible negative outcomes before opting for a surgical procedure.

Will pregnancy ruin a breast Lift?

  • Pregnancy can affect a breast lift slightly, but it will not ruin it.
  • Significant weight gain during pregnancy may affect your breast lift results negatively and for a long time.
  • Keep a healthy and well-balanced diet even during pregnancy, as this will significantly improve your long term breast lift results.

Do breast lifts leave scars?

  • Yes, breast lifts leave scars.
  • There are breast lift procedures that may hide these scars in the inframammary fold of the breast or around the areola, where the scar will not be so visible thanks to the differences in the quality and pigmentation of the skin.

Do breast lift scars go away?

  • Proper scar care may help to reduce the pigmentation and width of the breast lift scars. However, to reduce the appearance of breast lift scars , you could undertake some scar minimisation procedures, such as Healite II, Silicone Gels, Fraxer Laser or DermaPen. Ask your surgeon or a dermal clinician

Do nipples still get hard after breast lift?

  • Yes, nipples can get hard after a breast lift.
  • During the recovery period, your nipples may feel overstimulated and somewhat sore.
  • After the initial recovery stage is complete, your sensation will start coming back.

How to get feeling back in nipples after breast Lift?

  • The feeling in the nipples after a breast lift surgery will come back gradually. It may take a few weeks, or sometimes even months, but the feeling in your nipples does return for a vast majority of women.
  • The sensitivity of the nipples will come back gradually as the breasts heal and the blood circulation to the spot increases.

How to reduce breast Lift scars?

  • It is possible to reduce breast lift scars.
  • You should maintain a healthy diet and try your best to speed up your recovery.
  • The wounds should be well moisturized. Always apply generous amounts of silicone-based scar cream.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun, always have SPF over scars, consult your plastic surgeon for additional suggestions, and learn about possible scar revision surgeries.

What does a hematoma look like after breast lift?

  • A Hematoma or Haematoma after a breast lift may not be apparent at first. However, if you experience pain and swelling that get progressively worse and significantly impact your ability to move or partake even in mild household activities, you may have a hematoma.
  • If you develop these symptoms and significant bruising, you should contact your specialised plastic surgeon and inquire about the condition.

Do breasts sag after breast lift?

  • Breasts do not sag after a breast lift. However, with time, new sagging can develop.
  • To avoid breasts sagging after a breast lift, you should always wear a bra and take good care of your body.

Do you lose sensation in nipples after breast lift?

  • Yes, you may lose sensation in the nipples after a breast lift.
  • This is a temporary condition that should clear on its within several weeks to several months after a breast lift.
  • A very limited number of women may experience long-term sensitivity loss in nipples after a breast lift.

Can you lose a cup size with breast lift?

  • Yes, a breast lift will reduce the size of your breasts by approximately one size.
  • This is a normal occurrence as some skin and very little fat tissue gets removed to reduce your breast sagginess.

Are breast lift scars worth it?

  • Yes, most women agree that breast lift scars are worth it.
  • The breasts looked younger and refreshed, the surgery can reduce the areola size, and you will end up with a pair of firmer, younger-looking and rejuvenated breasts.

Mastopexy Financing FAQs

Is a breast lift worth it?

Yes, breast lift or mastopexy is worth it. Most women say that this was a life-changing procedure that reduces pain in the upper back and shoulders and rejuvenates the breasts. A Realself survey of past Breast Lift patients indicate the surgery was worth it. Many women also report a boost in self-confidence and renewed self-esteem in private moments with their partners.

Can health insurance cover breast lift?

If you meet the strict criteria for Medicare Item Number and have the right level of Health insurance, then you may qualify for a partial rebate from your Health Insurance Fund. Please enquire with your health fund and quote the medicare item number.

Does medicare cover breast lift?

  • Most often, Medicare will not cover a breast lift.
  • You may want to speak with your doctor if you believe that the surgery is a medical necessity. Although you can only obtain coverage for a breast lift in a very small number of cases.

When is a Breast Lift medically necessary?

A breast lift is medically necessary only when the sagging or the breast ptosis is so large that it significantly decreases your quality of life, confidence in intimate moments or even if it makes you willfully abstain from participating in some social activities. Read our blog What are the Medical Benefits of a Breast Lift?

Is breast lift cheaper than implants?

  • A breast lift is generally slightly more expensive than breast implants.
  • The price difference comes from the complexity of the procedure, as the surgeon needs to be more skilful and spend significantly more time in the surgical theatre.

Does a breast lift cost more than implants?

  • Yes, a breast lift costs more than implants.
  • The surgeon that does the surgery needs to be very skilled.
  • They may spend significantly more time operating on you during a breast lift than breast augmentation with implants. This results in a higher price.

What size breasts qualify for Breast Lift with medicare?

Medicare may provide coverage for a breast lift if the procedure is to be carried out on a patient with significant breast ptosis. Where more than ⅔ of the breasts hangs below the inframammary fold and the nipple is at the lowest hanging point of the breast. See the Medicare Criteria Page for more details.

Further Reading about Breast Lift or Mastopexy

Last updated: 28/04/2022
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Dr Craig Rubinstein - MBBS, FRACS (Plast)
Dr Craig Rubinstein MBBS, FRACS (Plast), a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, is one of Australia's most respected Melbourne Surgeons for Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction surgery and Abdominoplasty procedures. Using advanced surgical techniques to gain better body contouring and natural-looking surgical results, Dr Rubinstein is highly regarded by peers and patients for best-practice Clinic Patient-care and patient education strategies. He published a chapter on corrective surgery for Breast Asymmetry. Qualifications/Training Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) The Australian Medical Association (AMA) American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) Founder: Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery previously Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men Bio Page: https://cocorubyplasticsurgery.com.au/dr-craig-rubinstein-plastic-surgeon/

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Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.