Breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that raises and firms your breasts. During a breast lift, excess skin is removed and breast tissue is reshaped to raise the breasts. You might choose to have a breast lift if your breasts sag or your nipples point downward. A breast lift might also boost your self-image and self-confidence.
As you get older, your breasts change — losing elasticity and firmness. There are many causes for these kinds of breast changes, including:
- During pregnancy, the ligaments that support your breasts might stretch as your breasts get fuller and heavier. This stretching might contribute to sagging breasts after pregnancy — whether or not you breast-feed your baby.
- Weight fluctuations – Changes in your weight can cause your breast skin to stretch and lose elasticity.
- Over time, gravity causes ligaments in the breasts to stretch and sag.
A breast lift can reduce sagging and raise the position of the nipples and areola. The size of the areola can also be reduced during the procedure to keep them in proportion to the newly shaped breasts. A breast lift won’t significantly change the size of your breasts. However, a breast lift can also be performed in combination with breast augmentation or breast reduction.
You might consider a breast lift if:
- Your breasts sag — they’ve lost shape and volume, or they’ve gotten flatter and longer
- Your nipples — when your breasts are unsupported — fall below your breast creases
- Your nipples and areola point downward
- Your areola have stretched out of proportion to your breasts
- One of your breasts falls lower than the other
Breast Lift surgery is performed at Lingard Private Hospital or Warners Bay Private Hospital. You will stay overnight and will be discharged the following morning.
Generally breast lift surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure and as such you will be unable to claim a rebate from Medicare or your health fund. There are special circumstances when it may be considered a medical procedure and Dr Miteff will let you know if you meet this criteria in your consultation.