Mastopexy Augmentation: Combining a Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation using Implants (Melbourne)
Combining breast augmentation with a breast lift is called a MASTOPEXY-AUGMENTATION. This procedure adds volume, lift and projection to the breast shape and repositions nipples to a more central location on the breast mound.
Do you need a breast lift combined with breast implants?
- Do you have drooping breast tissues?
- Are your nipples drifting south?
- Or do your breasts look empty or saggy after pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss or menopause?
- If your breast tissue or your nipples are heading south – and if your breasts are looking droopy, saggy or baggy – you may be a good candidate for the rejuvenating Breast Lift with Breast Implant surgery.
- Combining these two surgeries – in one operation or separate operations with a break between surgery dates – can enhance your breast area and provide fuller, more shapely breasts.
Breast Lift surgery may be one of the best surgeries to help women readjust the location and size of their breasts for more balanced proportions.
- The right procedure for your physique can help you can gain a better breast shape and firmer cleavage, as well as fuller breasts or aesthetically ‘repositioned’ nipples
- Nipples can also be moved, resized and/or re-contoured
- A breast lift surgery combined with breast implants called the Mastopexy-Augmentation or “Masto-aug”, may also help you get the outcomes you seek through reconstructive breast surgery
Our Australian Specialist Plastic Surgeons on our team are highly regarded for their complex breast surgery expertise including Breast Lift with Implants, breast reduction procedures, implant removal & replacement and Revisional Surgery expertise.
When should I consider a Breast Lift?
- Do you have Saggy or Droopy Breasts?
- Are your breasts droopy and noticeably asymmetric?
- Have your breasts drooped after pregnancy or weight loss?
- Are your nipples over-stretched (or enlarged) from breastfeeding?
- Are you embarrassed by having droopy-looking cleavage?
- Have your breasts sagged with gravity and time?
- Do you miss having firm, full breasts?
Does having droopy breasts leave you
- Feeling you look older than you are?
- Missing the freedom of occasionally not wearing a bra?
- Embarrassed by where your nipples sit?
- Feeling less feminine?
- Struggling to find a swimsuit that flatters your torso?
- Missing having firmer breasts?
- Considering having an uplift or enlargement with a lift?
If you answered yes to these questions, you might be a great candidate for a Masto-Augmentation (Augmentation Mastopexy) – Surgery that uplifts AND enlarges your breasts.
What causes droopy, sagging breasts?
- Drooping or saggy breasts are very common in women who have breastfed children, experienced weight fluctuations or significant weight loss, or who have lost elasticity of their breast tissue due to ageing and other reasons.
List of factors that contribute to breast sagging (breast skin ptosis)
- Weight fluctuations
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Breast lift or breast enlargement – or Both?
FAQS asked by women wanting COSMETIC BREAST SURGERY include:
Do I need JUST a breast lift to get the desired results, or do I need a breast lift with a breast augmentation?
- The answer is always individual to the patient
- The skin health (collagen, elasticity and thickness) determines how much your breasts will support an implant
- It is also a personal decision, best made in collaboration with the Surgeon
- If you get JUST an implant when you really need a lift, you could have poor results or bottoming out
Types of Skin Ptosis and Breast and Nipple Sagging: Degrees
- There are different classifications of breast sagging and skin droopiness, known as Ptosis.
- Before considering the types of breast lift options it is a good idea to understand the ptotic conditions that require a cosmetic or corrective breast lift surgery.
3 Conditions of “sagging breasts” – what your Surgeon looks at when evaluating surgery options (e.g., breast lift with or without implants)
- Ptosis: This is the medical term for breasts that sag far enough that the nipple and areola are out of position relative to your breast crease.
- Empty Sac Syndrome: This refers to a breast that has lost fullness due to age, genetics, breastfeeding, etc. The nipple and areola have not fallen in relation to your breast crease.
- Pseudptosis: Like the Empty Sac Syndrome, pseudoptosis is a condition where your breasts lack fullness. In this case, your breasts may appear full below the nipple but they lack fullness above the nipple.
Surgery choices when it comes to getting a Breast Lift.
A Breast Lift on its own, or a Breast Lift with Implants?
- If you are considering a Breast Lift with no size enhancement, read the Breast Lift page
- If you are wanting a Breast Lift combined with a SIZE REDUCTION, please visit our Breast Reduction page
- If you want Augmentation (size enhancement) and a Breast Lift – that’s called a Breast Augmentation Mastopexy (BAM) or ‘Masto-Aug’.
- You can also register to attend one of our Events to see more photographs.
What are the Different Types of Breast Lift?
Different types of breast lift procedures include:
Crescent Breast Lift
- This procedure is also known simply as a crescent lift or a nipple lift.
- This is a modified breast lift that corrects mild or Grade I, ptosis, but most women with severe ptosis need the more significant breast and nipple lift.
- During this surgery, your surgeon will remove a crescent-shaped piece of tissue above your areola before he raises your nipple to a higher position.
Benelli Breast Lift
- The Benelli breast lift is also known as a Doughnut mastopexy, Circumareola breast lift, and Apex breast lift.
- All surgery is invasive, but the Benelli method is typically considered somewhat less invasive than other types of breast lifts. It helps correct mild to moderate ptosis in the Grade I or Grade II range.
- For this lift, your surgeon removes a doughnut-shaped piece of tissue from around your areola before re-attaching the remaining tissue to your areola.
Vertical Mastopexy Breast Lift
- Also known as the Lollipop breast lift, LeJour lift, and Modified Benelli, the Vertical Mastopexy provides more lift than the Benelli for those with moderate or Grade II ptosis.
- During this procedure, your surgeon will remove a doughnut-shaped piece of tissue just like in the traditional Benelli breast lift.
- Additionally, they make a semi-straight incision from under your areola to your breast crease.
- The Vertical Mastopexy provides more lift than the Benelli, but less than the Full Mastopexy.
Full Mastopexy Breast Lift
- The Full Mastopexy breast lift is also known as an Anchor lift or the Inverted-T.
- This breast lift may be used to correct severe Grade III ptosis but leaves more scars
- It may also be preferred by some surgeons who aren’t as trained in the Benelli lift method
- In this procedure, your surgeon will make an anchor-shaped incision that starts at the base of your areola and travels to the bottom of your breast where it meets your ribcage.
- Your surgeon will cut out a crescent-shaped piece of skin above where your breast meets your rib cage.
- Then, your surgeon removes and re-positions your nipples so they sit in a more central position on the breast mound.
What is the normal Recovery downtime after Breast Lift with Implants?
- Patients can typically return to work after 7 to 14 days but should avoid vigorous activities for at least 3 weeks (or as your Surgeon advises – this can vary from patient to patient).
- Visible bruising should start to resolve within about 2 weeks; swelling should begin to subside within 3 weeks.
- Do not exercise until your surgeon clears you to do so, and be sure you wear a supportive sports bra as instructed.
The RAPID RECOVERY kits we provide patients within our Melbourne Clinic is also a valuable aid to healing – be sure to follow your post-op instructions precisely for best results from your MASTOPEXY AUGMENTATION.
What is the post-operative recovery like?
- Following your Breast Lift with Implants you’ll be given specific post-op instructions to follow.
- You’ll likely have swelling and soreness four to six weeks.
- Pain management is customised for each patient and will be discussed as part of your consultation with your surgeon.
- Each patient circumstances and recovery are different however typically you should expect follow up appointments on day 2, at 1 week, 1 month, and 4 months with drains removed at first post-op follow up appointment, 2-3 days post-op.
Is having 2 Breast Surgeries at one time, TOO much surgery all at once?
- Our team performs combined Breast Lift with Implants on a frequent basis, but sometimes a Surgeon will recommend having TWO SEPARATE operations if they believe that will get you a better result.
- If you do both at one time, there are some compromises whereas two surgeries is more theatre time, but often yields a more desirable aesthetic improvement.
- Discuss these options with your surgeon.
- The downtime for a Breast Lift with Implants is no more than if either procedure was performed alone.
What are the pre-operative requirements?
- We may require some patients to get medical clearance prior to having surgery.
- This can vary from patient to patient and may involve images or blood tests or surgery clearance by their GP.
- You should stop smoking at least 4 weeks prior to surgery, as well as stop aspirin products at least one week before surgery.
- On the evening before surgery, you may not eat or drink anything after midnight.
What are the RISKS and possible complications?
Any surgery poses a certain amount of risk and potential complications.
Potential complications include, but are not limited to:
- poor scarring
- seroma (accumulation of fluid)
- implant issues (wrinkling, leakage, rupture)
- capsular contracture
- sensations changes in the breast (temporary or longer-lasting to permanent)
- common side effects include bruising and swelling.
The shape of the breast may change over time, and the final result may not be realized for a few months. Breast Lift with Implants is associated with a higher rate of corrective surgery than either breast augmentation or breast lift alone. For this reason, it is highly important that you choose the best possible Melbourne Surgeon.Before and After Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation with Mastopexy (BAM) procedures
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MASTO-AUGMENTATION photos to see patient results (we also have more to show you in our office).
If you have drooping breasts, you may only want a breast lift, keeping their relative existing breast size/breast volume. But if you always longed for a larger breast shape, perhaps the Mastopexy-Augmentation might be your best solution. Find out more by meeting with one of our expert Melbourne Breast Surgeon(s) – phone (03) 8849 1444.
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*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient.
The information we provide is of a general nature.
To find out what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full-history and surgical consultation. Read more about surgical outcome variability on our Disclaimer Page.