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How Do I Know If It’s Time for a Breast Lift (Mastopexy)?

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Gravity, hormonal changes, and the natural process of ageing will impact breast tissue over time. This can result in skin laxity and volume loss in the breasts and nipples may point downward or fall below the breast crease. A breast lift (mastopexy) procedure can help address these changes by reshaping the breasts, repositioning the nipples, removing excess skin, and tightening the breast tissue.

So how do you know when it’s time for a breast lift surgery? You may be a good candidate if you answer yes to the following questions:

  • Are your breasts lower or less firm than they used to be?
  • Have childbirth, breastfeeding, weight changes, or ageing caused your breasts to noticeably descend to a lower position?
  • Have you formerly had implants, and your breasts are sitting lower than you’d like?

Learn about Breast Lift Surgery by watching this video by Dr Craig Rubinstein.

What are my breast lift options?

There are a number of breast surgery options available, these include:

You can have a breast lift surgery alone or combine it with other body contouring procedures. These might include:

The important thing is to get results that align with your body frame, expectations, and overall health. When you feel it is time for breast surgery, there are some popular options to consider:

Breast lift surgery – With or without implants?

A breast lift is a surgery that helps reposition your existing breast tissue. This is done by lifting and tightening the skin in your breast and repositioning the nipples. On its own, a mastopexy procedure does not significantly change the size or shape of the breasts. If you want an increase in size, you may want to combine breast lift with breast implants. A breast lift without implants usually requires adequate breast tissue and good skin elasticity to get a good result.

The results of the surgery generally depend on the following:

  • Your existing breast tissue
  • Skin health or elasticity
  • Your preferences in terms of shape, size, and position

Breast Lift Without Implants

A breast lift without implants will leave you with similar-sized breasts, relocated higher on the chest. Good results do depend on what you’re starting with and how well you follow the preparation and post-op instructions. Maintaining your results depends on maintaining a stable weight, healthy eating, and a good supportive bra.

Breast Lift Surgery With Implants – Mastopexy Augmentation

The combination of breast lift and breast augmentation produces more comprehensive results. It lifts the breasts while increasing breast cup size. It can also help you gain a bit of cleavage or roundness to the shape of your breast.

Breast lift surgery – With or without a breast reduction

Another option is a breast reduction with a lift. This lifts the breast and repositions the nipple. It is a good option for patients with large breasts that descend due to ageing, hormonal changes, or weight fluctuations.

Changing the shape, size, or position of the nipples with surgery

A breast lift not only lifts the breasts but can also adjust or correct issues with the nipples, including:

  • Disproportionate nipples (size or location)
  • Inverted nipples
  • Enlarged or overstretched nipples

Breast surgery can help address some major signs of ageing by:

  • Removing excess skin (skin tightening)
  • Changing the nipple appearance to make it look more proportionate to the entire breast
  • Repositioning the nipples higher on the chest

If your breasts match any of the above, then it is time for a breast lift.

What to expect during recovery

After a breast lift surgery, you may experience grogginess from anaesthesia and may feel soreness, tightness, and swelling in the breast area. Bandages or dressings will be applied over the incision sites and may have drains to remove excess fluid.

You will need to avoid some of your normal activities. This includes picking up objects, driving, and looking after pets and children. Recovery can take several weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery.

The swelling and bruising should resolve within a few weeks. However, you may still experience some minor swelling for several months. You can gradually increase your activity level but should still avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for several weeks. Over time, the scars will lighten.

Throughout your recovery, it is important to attend follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns.

Specialist Plastic Surgeons and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeons are dedicated to best-practice patient care and education, customising Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

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Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

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Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

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Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

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.

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