Breast Lift Surgery
Mastopexy (Breast Lift) Surgery
What is Breast Lift Surgery?
Dr Kumar is a highly experienced Breast Lift Surgeon in Sydney.
Breast Lift Surgery (sometimes called a “boob” lift or Mastopexy) is an operation that raises and reshapes your breasts. The procedure may remove some excess breast fat and glandular tissue but mostly removes excess breast skin to achieve a breast that is firmer, perkier and in proportion with your body.
Over time, your breasts will change as a result of factors such as your genetics, pregnancy, breast-feeding, weight loss (or gain) and along with this as you age there is a general decrease in skin elasticity. All of this can lead to breasts that are more sagging in appearance. A breast lift or mastopexy is designed to help those ageing breasts.
Multiple techniques exist that can fulfil your goals with minimal scarring. For patients who require more volume as well as lift, then the augmentation mastopexy (breast lift with implants), is the operation of choice. If less volume is desired, then the lift can be performed in association with a breast reduction.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery in Sydney?
If you feel that you meet one or more of the following then you may be a good candidate for Breast Lift Surgery:
- You are unhappy with the position or shape of your breasts. You feel that your breasts are too saggy, too deflated or both
- Your nipples fall below your breast crease or point downwards
- Your breasts have developed a flatter, elongated shape over time especially in the top half ( upper pole)
- One breast sits lower on your chest than the other and this asymmetry is obvious
- Your breast tissue is stretched and you have enlarged areolas and a large number of stretch marks
- Weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding has left your breasts looking deflated, and you would like to restore your breasts to a better shape and position
BENEFITS OF BREAST LIFT
Common Questions about Breast Lift Surgery in Sydney.
Breast Lift surgery in Sydney, is performed under general anaesthesia and usually you will stay in hospital overnight. There is minimal pain after the procedure and this is controlled with simple analgesia. Dr Kumar only performs this procedure under a general anaesthetic in accredited private hospitals to ensure maximal patient safety and comfort.
Incision Location and Types
1) Vertical Incision ( short scar or lollipop scar)
The incision is made around the nipple areola complex and vertically down to the inframammary fold
A very natural looking, attractive breast is created with a smaller than usual scar
Occasionally there is a short T extension following the breast crease.
It can be performed in women of any age and is associated with a relatively quick recovery period.
2) Inverted T incision (anchor or Wise Pattern)
The incision is made around the nipple areola complex and vertically down to the inframammary fold and then horizontally across this fold
The scars involved are significantly longer than the ‘vertical’ technique
This operation is reserved for someone who is unsuitable for the ‘vertical’ operation, such as a patient with significant skin surplus.
3) Benelli Technique
The lift is performed with the scar all the way around the areolar itself thereby reducing the areolar skin while lifting the breast. This technique is often combined with a breast implant at the same time.
4) Crescentic Technique (mini lift)
The incision is around the areolar complex but only on the upper half.
Your nipples will remain attached but will be repositioned and brought up to the more appropriate height. Your areola is also reduced at this time. Rarely, for extremely low hanging breasts for example, the nipple and areola may need to be removed and transplanted to a high position on the breast. This is called a nipple graft.
Fat Grafting to the breast is not a new procedure. However, the current, more modern techniques of fat harvesting and grafting has made this procedure extremely popular in patients undergoing breast lift surgery in Sydney. Fat grafting techniques can add a layer of contour to a lifted breast especially in patients who have lost a lot of weight. Volume can also be replaced and there can be improvement in the upper pole of the breast and décolletage. Sometimes fat grafting in conjunction with a breast lift can take away the need for breast implants. To learn more about fat grafting please click here to be taken to our fat grafting information page.
Closing the Incisions
At the end of your operation, Dr Kumar will close his incisions with dissolving stitches in multiple layers. This means that no stitches will need to be removed following surgery, for most patients.
All your sutures are self-dissolving and your dressings are waterproof so you can start having a shower from the day after your surgery. You will be given a garment (post-operative bra) to wear and this is to be worn for 6 weeks after your surgery.
Swelling will begin to decrease within the first two weeks and will continue to improve throughout recovery. Your final results may take up to 6 months to be visible.
Risks and Complications
If you are considering Breast Lift surgery in Sydney, then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with Dr Kumar.
The risk include:
- Partial or total loss of the nipple and/or areola
- Bleeding or haematoma ( blood clot)
- Infection around the incision sites
- Loss of sensation in the nipple
- Wound breakdown
- Abnormal scarring
- Lumpiness or fat necrosis
- Breast asymmetry
- Temporary or permanent areas of numbness around the scar
- Inability to breast feed
- Revision surgery to correct complications or any unevenness between the two sides
Does breast lift surgery affect breast screening and the risk of breast cancer?
There is no evidence to show that breast lift (mastopexy) surgery changes your risk of breast cancer. The surgery rearranges and removes some of your breast tissue so a new “baseline” mammogram will need to be performed one year after the surgery.
Recovery From Breast Lift Surgery
The length of your recovery will depend on the specific procedure and technique that Dr Kumar has used for your results. Recovery times can vary from person to person. If you have a “desk job” or one that doesn’t involve significant upper body physical activity, then most patients are back at this within 2 weeks of surgery. In general, however, Dr Kumar suggests that you should allow 4-6 weeks for initial recovery following your surgery. Scar maturation/fading often takes longer.
Patients report minor post-operative pain, which can be treated with oral medication. You will be given prescriptions to relieve pain and prophylactic antibiotics are prescribed.
A drain may be placed in each breast to drain off excess blood and fluids for the first day or two. All sutures are self-dissolving
Dr Kumar will work with you to allow for adequate and proper healing time. It is important to speak with him before returning to daily activities such as driving, lifting and exercise.
You will be given post-operative compression garments to wear after your surgery and it is vital that you follow Dr Kumar’s orders with respect to wearing these during your recovery period.
Good results depend on a collaborative approach between you and Dr Kumar. You must be willing to follow the specific instructions given to you by Dr Kumar, and attend all post-operative appointments.
Maintaining your Breast Lift Results
Please keep in mind that your results from Breast Lift Surgery may be impacted by fluctuations in your weight, early excessive activity, skin health or Body Mass Index (BMI). Pregnancy and breast-feeding may also impact on your surgical results following your Breast Lift Surgery.
No two patients are the same and surgery results will vary from patient to patient. It is important to work together with Dr Kumar to ensure you get the most out of your surgery and results.
Download Our Breast Lift Guide
This complete guide to Breast Lift Surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:
- Breast Lift surgery explained
- How to assess if you are a good candidate
- The surgical procedure
- Answers to some of our most frequently asked questions
- Before and after gallery
Breast Lift Cost
After your initial consultation with Dr Kumar, you will be given a detailed itemised quote. This will include Dr Kumar’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees.
We will also provide information on our breast lift payment plan plus other different ways to pay for Breast Lift surgery.
Can private health insurance be used?
If you are privately insured then you may be able use this for breast lift surgery in Sydney. You will need to have pre-approval from Medicare using the photographs taken in our rooms. Medicare requires that: “ at least two‑thirds of the breast tissue, including the nipple, lies inferior to the inframammary fold where the nipple is located at the most dependent, inferior part of the breast”.
Your operating theatre and hospital costs, including the post operative stay would then be usually covered if you have the appropriate level of cover. Medicare and your private insurance may also contribute to Dr Kumar’s fees. You can call your health fund and see if you are covered. The Medicare Benefits Schedule code to be used is 45558
3D Vectra Simulation
See results on your own body with a $50 Vectra Simulation with our Patient Co-ordinator. This scan with give you a much better idea of sizing following surgery. Dr Kumar is one of very few practices that offers this service in Sydney. For very large breasts or where the areola is sitting too low on the breast, the simulation is less accurate but it’s also a good opportunity to discuss rebates, choice of hospital, and review of previous patient results.
Click here for more information or to book a 3D Vectra consult.
Meet The Expert
Dr Kumar as a specialist plastic surgeon has a particular area of interest in body contouring procedures which focus on areas such as the breasts, arms, back, abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks and flanks – the areas that are most affected after losing a significant amount of weight.
During your consultation, Dr Kumar will evaluate your needs and take the time to understand your main concerns before suggesting a surgical plan that suits you.
As a patient of Dr Kumar, you can expect a personalised and positive experience. Working in harmony with you, Dr Kumar and his team strive to deliver results that surpass your expectations and do so in a safe environment. Along with him, his professional and caring team are there to support you on your surgical journey from your first call to well after you have recovered from your surgery.