Breast Lift - Mastopexy
A breast Lift in Perth is also commonly referred to as a Mastopexy.
A breast lift or mastopexy is a procedure that corrects loss of firmness and sagging of the breasts (ptosis). It involves removing excess skin and tightening the tissue to reshape the breasts. The procedure helps to recreate a youthful shape and is common among women following childbirth or significant weight loss.
The surgery typically takes one to two hours. You can expect to be discharged that same day. The procedure involves some degree of scarring on the breasts. These encircle the areola and may involve a vertical or horizontal scar on the lower side of the breast. The procedure involves suspension of the tissue internally.
Some patients present requesting an augmentation when they really require a lift. An augmentation or implant is used when the patient requires a lift as well as an increase in size. This is known as an augmentation mastopexy.
It used to be recommended as a 2-stage procedure for safety reasons but is more often done as a 1 stage procedure for cost reasons primarily. However, it is important to realise that the complication rate is higher for an augmentation mastopexy given you are performing 2 different procedures in the one setting.
Several techniques are available which aim to remove excess tissue and reshape the breasts. The best option depends on a number of factors including your physical condition and requirements. This is why the initial consultation is so important. Your surgeon will carefully review your options with you and explain what the procedure entails.
The surgery typically takes one to two hours but may take longer in some cases. You can expect to be discharged that same day.
Our procedure for a breast lift in Perth involves some degree of scarring on the breasts due to the incisions required. This may be a periareolar scar or may involve a vertical or horizontal scar on the lower side of the breast. The scars will become less visible after a period of time.
The procedure of breast lift in Perth also involves suspension of the tissue internally which can be combined with augmentation for a larger size. Augmentation mastopexy may be recommended as a two stage procedure for safety considerations.
During the initial consultation for your breast lift in Perth, we provide thorough instructions and answer your questions. We also perform a detailed check of your medical history and carry out a physical examination. To prepare for the procedure, your surgeon may ask you to:
- Stop smoking for at least six weeks
- Avoid medications such as aspirin
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Establish a support system at home
- Arrange transportation on the day
Once you arrive at our centre, we take the time to detail the procedure.
This involves administering a general or local anaesthesia and following the surgical plan discussed prior to the surgery. Once the procedure is complete, you will be taken into a recovery room.
Patients can expect some bruising and swelling. Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions to follow in the days and weeks following the procedure. This contains important information regarding wearing compression garments, caring for your drains, and taking antibiotics if necessary.
It is critically important to follow all these guidelines and to refrain from strenuous activities such as heavy lifting. Most patients are typically able to return to their regular routine in approximately three weeks although recovery times tend to vary greatly for each individual.
All cosmetic procedures carry a degree of risk and breast lifts are no exception. Any specific risks will be discussed with you during the consultation concerning your breast lift in Perth.