With age and other factors such as pregnancy, breasts can begin to stretch and develop a lax appearance. The effects of breastfeeding and weight loss can have noticeable effects on the body, leading to changes in breast shape and position. Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that lifts the breasts in order to rectify these aesthetic concerns. The aim of a breast lift mastopexy is not to alter the size, but rather, to give the breasts more firmness and elevation.
Breast surgeon Dr Bish Soliman has undergone international training in aesthetic breast surgery.
Breast Lift Mastopexy Who is an ideal candidate for breast lift mastopexy surgery
Breast lift mastopexy surgery can be a great option for many women, depending on their natural breast shape, general health, and what they hope to achieve from the procedure. Specifically, it can benefit women who are seeking to rectify laxity of the lower breast due to past pregnancies or weight loss. As well as this, the procedure can benefit women who have a naturally unusual or asymmetrical breast shape. If you are in good physical health and concerned about the appearance of your breasts, you may be a good candidate.
Before your surgery, you will need to have an initial consultation with breast surgeon Dr Bish Soliman to discuss your health, breast concerns, and goals. This will help to determine whether you are a good candidate and develop a plan for surgery that is best for you.
Breast Lift Mastopexy Benefits of breast lift surgery (Mastopexy)
Breast laxity is often a natural occurrence, whether due to age or loss of volume. Excess and inelastic skin can make the breast appear deflated or cause the nipple to be lower than desired. Every patient has different reasons for seeking a procedure to lift and reshape the breasts. Commonly, the procedure lifts downturned breasts as a result of:
- The natural ageing process
- Hormonal changes
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Weight loss or weight gain
Whatever your reasons for seeking breast surgery, a mastopexy procedure can target your specific concerns regarding your breast shape. However, not all procedure outcomes are the same, and you will need to discuss your needs with a plastic surgeon to find out how the procedure may benefit you.
Your individual consultation at Sydney or North Shore
In Sydney or North Shore, you can book a consultation with Dr Bish Soliman. Your suitability for the procedure will be determined during this appointment, and a personal procedure plan will be put together.
During your consultation, you will also be able to discuss the necessary preparation and recovery instructions that need to be followed to ensure a sufficient recovery. You will receive personalised advice from Dr Bish Soliman, and get a clearer idea of what to expect throughout your surgical journey.
Your personal procedure plan will also allow us to give you a quote, so that you can receive a detailed outline of your procedure costs. Every patient will have a personalised procedure, so the only way to calculate your surgery costs is to book your consultation and discuss the details mentioned.
Breast Lift Mastopexy The mastopexy procedure with Dr Bish Soliman
As with any other breast procedure, a breast lift mastopexy requires a high level of personalisation to suit each patient’s individual needs. The specifics of your procedure can be discussed and determined during your consultation.
General procedure information
When suitable, Dr Bish uses a “short scar technique” for his mastopexy. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia in a fully accredited private hospital and generally takes three hours.
Dr Bish will make careful incisions, usually around the areola and vertically from the areolar downwards. Once the incisions are made the breast tissue is lifted and reshaped. The nipple and areolar will then be repositioned into a higher position. Excess skin will be removed, and the remaining skin will be closed with sutures. For women who desire both larger and lifted breasts, the procedure can be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation mammoplasty.
As every patient has slightly different requirements, Dr Bish will discuss the different surgical options during your consultation to help you make the right decision for your body. These options include incision type, the amount of excess skin being removed, and the right nipple and areolar position.
Straight after the surgery
After your procedure, you may need to stay overnight in hospital to be closely monitored. When you are okay to go home, it is recommended that you have someone with you, generally a friend or family member, to drive you home afterwards.
Breast Lift Mastopexy Costs of a breast lift mastopexy in Sydney or North Shore
The details of your procedure costs will need to be discussed during an in-person consultation, as costs will be influenced by your individual procedure steps. Your procedure costs will cover:
- Surgeon’s fees – This covers the cost of your surgeon performing your personalised procedure and can be influenced by the experience and qualification level of your breast surgeon.
- Anaesthesia fees – Covers the entire anaesthesia process, including being monitored throughout the procedure.
- Hospital fees – Includes the use of the operating theatre, time spent in the operating theatre, and time spent being monitored after the procedure, if required.
- Costs associated with recovery – Expenses required during recovery can include important medications, the costs of a compression garment or supportive post-operative bra, and any check-up appointments needed to monitor the progress of your results.
To learn more about the costs of a breast lift mastopexy, you can contact us with any questions or come in for your consultation to discuss your individual needs in further detail.
Breast Lift Mastopexy Aftercare
Your breast surgeon Dr Bish will provide personalised at-home care instructions to help you properly care for your breasts. It is important to follow these instructions in order to reduce risks and encourage a good end result.
What to expect after your procedure
After your surgery, your incisions will be taped, and you may have drainage tubes inserted to avoid fluid build-up for 48 hours. An overnight hospital stay is sometimes necessary to help ease the beginning stages of recovery.
Important recovery steps
You will be fitted with a medical bra which you will need to wear for six weeks. Gentle exercise is actively encouraged but you should refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for six weeks. You should take two weeks off from work to provide yourself with enough time to rest properly and recover efficiently. You should also aim to sleep on your back with your upper body elevated to help reduce swelling faster. Additionally, your breast surgeon will advise you on how to keep your incision sites clean, and this will be important to avoid infection. Throughout recovery, you will need to avoid alcohol and smoking, as these substances can delay your healing process.
Taking care of yourself is essential after breast surgery. You should stay hydrated, follow a healthy diet and get plenty of sleep. Monitor your health throughout your recovery and ensure that you contact your surgeon or general practitioner if you have any concerns at all.
Managing your results
It is normal and expected for there to be some initial swelling and bruising that will need to subside before your breast lift mastopexy results are completely visible. You should also be patient for your incisions to heal, and keep wearing your compression garment until advised. Also, you will need to wait until your incision sites are fully healed before you can assess the outcome.
During your consultation, you will be able to discuss the best ways to minimise scarring. Generally, steps may include keeping incision sites clean to avoid infection, avoiding exposure to excessive sunlight, and applying a topical scar cream.
Preparing for recovery ahead of time
Before your procedure date, you should organise yourself so that you can set yourself up for a successful and efficient recovery period. We recommend that you fill any prescriptions needed, ensure that you have loose and comfortable clothing, and organise for someone to pick you up from the hospital before the day of your surgery. Of course, you should also organise time off from work well ahead of time. You can also set up a comfortable area in your home, fit with everything you will need throughout your recovery to make important items easily accessible and allow you to rest properly.
Breast Lift Mastopexy Possible Risks and Complications
Every breast surgery comes along with some risks and potential side effects. Whilst it is normal to experience some pain, bruising, and swelling, severe side effects are less common. Rare complications can include:
- Pain, bleeding and bruising
- Infection or irritation
- Fluid build-up
- Skin discolouration
- Asymmetrical or unsatisfactory results
- Temporary or permanent changes in nipple sensation
- Potential inability to breastfeed
- Damage to deeper structures
- The need for revision surgery to address complications
- Issues caused by general anaesthesia
To minimise the possibility of these risks occurring, your breast surgeon will put measures in place throughout the procedure and even during the consultation process, such as ensuring that you are suitable for breast surgery. You will also be given some personalised preparation and recovery advice to follow that can best support your healing process, which will reduce the risk of complications.
Learn More About Dr Bish Soliman
Dr Bish Soliman is a Sydney based Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon specialising in complex microsurgical reconstruction including breast reconstruction, aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body as well as skin cancer surgery.