How to Know When It’s Time for a Breast Lift Procedure?
Sadly gravity will impact breast tissue over time for men as well as women. For men, it’s usually a male breast reduction that’s needed to fight the effects of passing time, long-term gravity, hormonal changes related to ageing and weight fluctations or obesity. For women, it’s usually a Breast Reduction, Breast Augmentation or a Breast Lift (with or without augmentation using breast implants). So how do YOU know when it’s time for a breast lift surgery to get your breasts back to where you want them on your chest? Formally called a Mastopexy procedure, you may be a good candidate for a breast lift surgery if you answer yes to the following questions.
- Are your breasts lower, or less firm (or perky) than they used to be?
- Are you unhappy with where your nipples are now located or how they look (larger, stretched, uneven or just pointing southward)?
- Have childbirth, breast feeding, weight changes or passing time caused your breasts to noticeably sag and droop?
- Is your skin losing collagen and firmness in places of your body, face or breast area?
- Do you feel your breast skin looks crepe-like or “falls like an empty-looking sock”?
- Have you formerly had implants but over time or from not wearing the right bra, they are sitting lower than you’d like?
We hear women say these things about their breasts when they come in for a consultation for Breast Lift surgery (Mastopexy).
You don’t have to live with sagging breasts, and in fact, breast lift surgery is a very popular breast enhancement procedure for women of a wide range of ages.
A breast lift (or mastopexy) procedure can give you perkier, firmer and uplifted looking breasts and more natural-looking nipples in relation to the overall breast mound or breast tissues and shape (just as you may have had naturally earlier in your life or have always wanted to have, for example, if you have very large or heavy breasts needing a lift AND reduction).
There’s a lot that can be done with modern breast reshaping surgery via Plastic Surgery Specialist, Dr Geoff Barnett.
Breasts and nipples tend to sag with time, but after a breast lift surgery they usually sit higher on your chest. With surgery, you can rejuvenate the appearance of your breasts and nipples and get a breast or cleavage appearance more similar to what you used to have – or have always desired. This can restore your appearance confidence, give you more freedom and choices in clothing, bras, lingerie and swimwear – and help you feel freer during exercising once you’ve recovered from your surgery. It may even boost your sense of sexuality or confidence because if you’re like many women, you’ll discover you’re less self-conscious about your breasts when you treat the ptosis (drooping) and reposition the nipples to a more youthful position on your upper body.
Breast Lift Surgery: With or Without Implants?
A breast lift is a surgery that helps re-position your existing breast tissue by lifting and tightening the skin in your breast AND repositioning the nipples. On its own, a Mastopexy or breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size or general shape of the breasts. So if you’re wanting an increase in size or quite a different look, you may want to combine your breast lift with breast implants to increase the breast size OR to give your breasts a bit of a rounder, fuller shape.
A breast lift without implants usually requires adequate breast tissue and good skin elasticity to get a good result.
Results of the surgery depend on your existing breast tissue, skin health or skin elasticity, and your outcome preferences in terms of shape, size and position. A Mastopexy will leave you with a similar-sized breast but with the breasts and nipples relocated higher on the chest and better cleavage. But good results DO depend on what you’re starting with AND how well you follow the preparation and post-op instructions. If you undertake major life changes (like having another child or changing your weight drastically) or you make certain lifestyle choices, you might not sustain the results of your surgery as well over the longer term – than you might if you maintain a stable weight, eat healthily and wear a good support bra.
Please be sure to keep your expectations realistic, however, and ask Dr Barnett to see before and after photos of breast surgery candidates who have had Breast Lifts, with or without augmentation.
Breast Lift Surgery With Silicone Implants or Saline Implants
There’s another option for a breast lift if you also want to improve your size. Some women really get the greatest value out of a lift if they also opt for breast augmentation to fill in the contents of the breast (breast mound enhancement), especially if they are thin, have very sagging skin or very ptotic (droopy) breasts.
To achieve bigger and fuller breasts, you might want to consider a Breast Lift with Breast Implants.
This is also known as a Breast Augmentation Mastopexy (BAM) or Masto-Aug.
A lift with augmentation or “Masto-Aug” gives you a breast uplift AND a larger breast cup size. It can also help you gain a bit of cleavage or roundness to the shape of your breast than a breast uplift on its own.
Breast Lift Surgery: With or Without a Reduction?
Another option is a Breast Reduction with a lift, which lifts the breast and repositions the nipple. This is a great option for women with large, cumbersome breasts that have sagged over the years. It can give you a smaller frame and perkier breasts.
How Do I Know If It’s Time for a Breast Lift?
Many women consider breast lifts when:
- Their breasts begin to sag or droop after pregnancy or weight fluctuations
- Their nipples are enlarged or stretched
- They feel embarrassed or ashamed by their skin or cleavage
- They hide their breasts under loose, stretchy clothing
- They miss their firm, full breasts
Changing the Shape, Size, or Position of the Nipples with Surgery
A breast lift not only lifts the breasts, it can also adjust for or correct disproportionate nipples (size or location), inverted nipples, or very enlarged or over-stretched nipples.
Dr Barnett can adjust the position, shape, and size of your nipple during your breast lift surgery – changing the way it appears or seems to point (in a natural looking way).
Many women end up finding their nipples start pointing downwards (south) as their breasts begin to sag more and more over time.
Severe sagging from lost collagen and breast tissue volume will create empty-looking breasts. This can even cause your nipples to point straight downwards towards the ground. A breast lift with nipple relocation can restore your breasts and nipples to a position more like they used to be – i.e., an appearance more akin to what you had before you had your children or breastfed, underwent a major weight fluctuation (gain or loss) – or simply when you were in your early 20s. Breast surgery cannot turn back the clock, but it can make a pleasing reversal to the major signs of an ageing or drooping breast – by reducing sagging skin (skin tightening), changing the nipple appearance to make it look more proportionate to the entire breast, and reposition the nipples higher on the chest rather than when they fall below the breast crease or inframmary fold (IMF).
What Are My Breast Lift Options?
You can have a Breast Lift surgery on its own, or combine it sequentially with other Body Lift or Body contouring procedures. These might include liposuction, a lower body lift or Circumferential Abdominoplasty, Tummy Tuck, Upper Body Lift, Arm Reduction (brachioplasty).
- A Breast Lift with a size enhancement (‘Masto-Aug‘)
- A Breast Lift with a size reduction (Breast Reduction surgery includes a breast uplift)
- Nipple surgery (size, shape, position)
- A breast lift with additional reshaping when possible (changing your side boob view)
The important thing is to get a harmonious look that blends in naturally with your entire body frame. This means whatever surgery you choose that you believe will help make your breasts look good again, it should take into account your overall body proportions or physique.
Breast Lift Procedure: Synopsis of the Mastopexy Surgery Procedure
Types of Breast Lifts
A breast lift involves the surgical reduction of excess breast skin, giving the result of a tightening of surrounding breast tissue
This helps reshape your breasts and restores your breast tissue to a firmer-feeling, higher position on the chest.
Areola Nipple Complex (the “ANC”)
When your nipples are re-positioned during a breast surgery by a Plastic Surgeon (such as Melbourne Breast Specialist, Dr Geoff Barnett in Hawthorn/Kew), they are usually moved to a higher and more central position on the overall breast mound (and in relation to your upper torso/rib cage or chest area).
Read more about Breast Lift Surgery Types and Surgery Recovery on the procedure pages.
After a breast lift: what to expect?
After a breast lift, expect to need to take time away from normal activities including picking up objects, driving, and looking after pets and children. This may take several weeks but depending on your job or activities, you may resume some activities when Dr Barnett advises, usually some activities within a week and more strenuous activities may take several weeks to several months (such as strenuous or high impact exercises such as running).
Remember that you can remedy some of the effects of time and gravity, but these two factors will still have an effect on your outcome over time.
Gravity, skin collagen losses, weight fluctuations and changing BMIs or muscle-to-fat rations will always remain a factor in how good your breasts look over time. So will wearing a good support bra 24/7 after surgery to keep your results looking their best for longest.
It’s extremely important to choose a highly experienced surgeon who can give you great long-term results. You’ll know you’re in experienced hands with the caring, communicative and patient-focused Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Barnett.
- He has over 25 years of experience in performing breast lift Mastopexy procedures.
- He has helped numerous women get long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing breast lift surgery results and alleviate the sagging, baggy look of lax-breast tissues.
- He operates at accredited major hospitals in the Melbourne area and uses only highly-experienced Anaesthetists and a top surgical support team to help ensure your surgery journey is as stress-free as possible.
- You’ll have best-practice post-op care including Healite II low-level light therapy treatments and Rapid Recovery packages to facilitate healing – all included with your surgery.
Do you think it’s time for a breast lift?
Please send us a confidential enquiry form to arrange a consultation with Dr Barnett in Hawthorn OR to speak with a Patient Care Advisor.
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