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Breast Lift

Dr. Sophie Ricketts - Accreditation

Is Breast lift surgery for you?

Breast lift or “Mastopexy” recreates a better shape to the breast.

Who gets a breast lift?

Women with deflated breasts after pregnancy and breast feeding or those that have lost significant amounts of weight and therefore lost volume in the breasts leaving the skin stretched and the breasts droopy.

There is a third group of women who just naturally have a droopy breast shape and wish to have this corrected.

Will I need an implant as well?

If you are happy with the size of your breasts in a non-padded bra then the answer to this question is “No”. Breast lift surgery takes away skin, it does not take away any significant amount of breast volume, so as your breast is lifted and shaped it sort of ‘augments’ itself. If you are not happy with your size in an unpadded bra and would like to be fuller, then you may need an implant as well as the lift.

Are there scars?

The scar will either be a circle around the nipple, a lollipop shape (around the nipple and vertically under the nipple) or an anchor shape (around the nipple, vertical and horizontally in the fold under the breast). The pattern of scar will depend on how much skin needs to be removed. The first two patterns are the most common.

Can I breast feed after a lift?

Generally yes, you will still have milk producing glands that function and open into the nipple. There may be some disruption to a portion of the milk producing gland, and you may expect to have to supplement your breast milk.

Will my nipples still have feeling after surgery?

There is sometimes a decrease in nipple sensation after lift. This is highly variable however. Some women feel no change in the feeling, some lose some feeling and others have increased feeling. It is rare to lose feeling completely.

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FAQ

What is the difference between breast lift (mastopexy) surgery and having breast implants?

A breast lift (mastopexy) surgery aims to lift and reshape sagging breasts, while breast implants are used to increase the size and volume of the breasts. A breast lift primarily addresses sagging and improves breast shape, while breast implants focus on enhancing breast size and fullness.

It’s worth noting that these procedures can be combined in certain cases, such as when a patient desires both an increase in breast size and a lifted appearance. This is known as an augmentation mastopexy, where breast implants are used in conjunction with a breast lift to achieve the desired results. It is essential to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and expectations and determine the most suitable procedure for you based on your individual anatomy and needs.

Do I need a breast lift (mastopexy)?

Determining whether you need a breast lift (mastopexy) requires an evaluation by a qualified plastic surgeon. They will assess factors such as the degree of breast sagging, nipple position, and your desired outcome to determine if a breast lift is necessary.

What are the benefits of a breast lift?

The benefits of a breast lift (mastopexy) include:

  1. Lifted and Firm Breasts: A breast lift can elevate sagging breasts, giving them a more youthful and firm appearance.
  2. Improved Breast Shape: The procedure can reshape the breasts, creating a more aesthetically pleasing contour.
  3. Nipple and Areola Positioning: A breast lift (mastopexy) can reposition downward-pointing nipples and adjust the size and position of the areolas for a more balanced and proportionate look.
  4. Enhanced Body Confidence: Many individuals experience increased self esteem and body confidence after a breast lift, as it can improve the overall appearance of the breasts and enhance the way clothing fits.
  5. Rejuvenation after Pregnancy or Weight Loss: Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations can cause breast sagging. A breast lift can restore the breasts’ appearance after these changes, helping individuals regain their pre pregnancy or pre-weight loss shape.
  6. Long-Lasting Results: While a breast lift does not halt the natural ageing process or prevent future changes, the results are long-lasting, especially when supported by a healthy lifestyle and proper breast care.

It is crucial to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if a breast lift is suitable for your specific needs and goals. They will assess your unique situation and provide personalised recommendations based on your anatomy and desired outcome.