Breast Lift Surgery
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To help you make an informed decisions, please be reminded that cosmetic surgery carries risks such as infection, scarring, nerve damage, and unexpected reactions to anaesthesia. Blood clots and significant blood loss are more severe complications. Patients may also experience dissatisfaction or develop body dysmorphic disorders. A thorough discussion with your doctor is crucial before moving forward.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
1. What is Breast Lift?
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a procedure that removes extra skin and tightens the tissue to enhance the shape and firmness of the breasts. The procedure is often considered after childbirth or significant weight loss. But remember, a consultation with a qualified surgeon is essential to understand if it’s suitable for your individual needs and expectations.
2. Why do Breasts Sag?
Pregnancy is one of the causes of breast sagging. It is a normal process for the breasts to increase in size during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Imagine this going on for 9 months. This increase will stretch the skin and other supporting structures so that when the breasts go back to their pre-pregnant state, they will no longer be as perky as before.
It is a common misconception that breastfeeding may also lead to breast sagging. This is not true at all, and this should not discourage new mothers to do so.
Weight fluctuations can also result in breast sagging since your breasts are mainly composed of fat or adipose tissue. On top of that, you can also factor in gravity which causes your breasts to sag.
Another reason for sagging is aging. We all know that the aging process creates several changes in our bodies. There will be less collagen in our skin making the breasts less firm and perky. Heredity also makes a woman more likely to experience breast sagging.
Exercising without the right support can result in sagging. This is the reason why women must wear a sports bra when going for a jog or the gym.
3. Who is Suitable for Breast Lift?
A person can be considered a good candidate for a breast lift if:
- You are physically healthy.
- You have a stable weight.
- Your breasts are significantly pendulous or elongated in shape.
- Your nipples and areola are pointing downward.
- One breast hangs lower than the other.
- You do not smoke.
- Your skin is stretched and your areolas are enlarged.
4. What Can’t a Breast Lift Do?
A breast lift can’t increase your breast size or volume. It will only improve its placement to correct sagging or breast ptosis.
5. What does the Breast Lift Procedure involve?
During a breast lift surgery, the surrounding tissue of the breasts is tightened and reshaped to support the new breast contour. Excess skin will also be removed for better aesthetic value as this can make the breasts appear sagged.
There are various approaches to a breast lift procedure, and these will be explained to you in detail by Dr. Daood upon consultation. He will also guide you on which of these would suit you based on the degree of your breast sagging, body shape, and preference.
On top of tightening the skin and lifting the underlying tissue, the nipple, and areola are also made to point at a right angle from the body, instead of drooping downwards.
6. Breast Lift with Implants
A breast lift with implants is a combined surgical procedure that adds volume and fullness through the insertion of implants. This procedure aims to enhance the overall contour and symmetry of the breasts, for a lifted and fuller appearance. As with any surgical procedure, consultation with a qualified surgeon is essential to determine individual suitability and desired outcomes.
7. Your Recovery
The recovery after a breast lift can take several weeks, sometimes even longer depending on how you heal.
After the procedure, the patient often reports some degree of pain in the surgical area. However, any discomfort can be controlled by pain medications. A patient will also experience swelling, bruising, as well as numbness, or changes in nipple sensitivity. Some may also feel an increased firmness or fullness of the breast. There is no need to fret about these new sensations because they will eventually subside after a few weeks.
You have to wait at least six months to a year before your breasts will finally settle into their new form.
8. Things to be Aware of
Should you decide to get a Breast Lift, you also have to be sure that you no longer have any future plans of getting pregnant. Pregnancy will stretch out the breast as hormonal changes cause it to dramatically increase in size. Once the hormones level out after pregnancy, your breasts, which have been stretched out for so long, could end up sagging once again.
9. Breast Lift Cost
The cost of a breast lift procedure in Sydney can vary depending on several factors, including the surgeon’s experience, the type of procedure, and the location. The range may go from $12,000 AUD to $20,000 or more, but it’s important to note that these are ballpark costs and the actual pricing is based on individual factors. Additionally, the ballpark may not include additional fees, such as initial consultation fees and anaesthetist’s fees. Hence, it is crucial to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to get an accurate estimate of the cost of a breast lift procedure in Sydney.