Breast Lift Surgery in Newcastle & Sydney NSW
A breast lift or mastopexy can help to firm., lift and reshape drooping breasts. Breast Sagging or ptosis can be due to the effects of pregnancy, breastfeeding, ageing or weight loss. As your breast starts to sag as part of the natural ageing process, your nipples become too low on the breast mound and need to be lifted to a more attractive position.
Dr Turner is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Breast Lift surgery expert who performs Breast lift surgery that can help you feel more confident that your breasts are the right size, shape and position on your body.
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Quick Facts About Breast Lift Surgery
|In/Outpatient:||Day Surgery in Private Hospital|
|Length of surgery:||2-3 hours|
|Recovery:||Most patients are back to work in approximately 7 days. They can resume light exercise at 4 weeks.|
|Results:||Final results are seen within 3 – 6 months, and the duration of those results vary from one person to another|
What is a Breast Lift?
People often confuse getting a breast lift with getting breast implants. The process of getting a breast lift can elevate your breasts, increase firmness, raise your nipple position, reshape your areola, improve breast symmetry, and reduce sagging. A breast lift cannot, however, increase the volume of your breasts. If you’re looking for an increased cup size or more cleavage, you’re going to have to make additions to your breasts. This is where breast implants come into play.
Forget about what you may think you know about breast implants! While a lot of women have a negative impression of breast implants, they can actually be a great way to restore your pre-baby curves. It’s essential to realise that breast implants are totally customisable. You can choose exactly how big or small you want your new breasts to be and, by catering them to your unique body shape, your results will be completely natural looking.
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Breast Lift vs other Breast Surgery Options
Although a breast lift surgery alone may make your breasts appear slightly smaller, a breast lift is not a breast reduction. Your skin is tightened around the breast gland to give its new shape but volume remains the same. If you would also like to increase your cup size or to restore lost cleavage or fullness in the upper part of your breast you may benefit from having a breast implant or fat transfer at the same time. This can improve the overall shape and volume of your breasts. This is called a Breast Lift with Implants or Breast Lift with Fat Grafting procedure.
What can a Breast Lift Do For Me?
Breast lift surgery is one of Dr Scott Turner’s most commonly requested procedures and is often included as part of a mummy makeover procedure. Some of the many benefits of breast lift surgery include:
• Restore breasts to a more youthful position
• Improve breast firmness
• Elevate the nipple and reshape the areola
• Improve breast symmetry
• Remove excess / stretched tissue from the bottom of the breast
The addition of a breast implant adds volume to the upper part of the breast where volume loss is affected the most, thus enhancing the cleavage area. Breast implants due to their intrinsic firmness also gives added shape and firmness to the breast than a breast lift can accomplish alone.
Breast Lift with Implants Before and After Photos
Am I Suitable for a Breast Lift?
The best candidates for breast lift surgery are those close to their ideal weight, in good health and non-smokers. Ideally, if there are plans to lose large amounts of weight, to give birth, or to breastfeed, they should defer the surgical process until after these events have occurred. This also applies if the patient is actively breastfeeding or pregnant.
Please note: Dr Turner does not perform breast lift surgery on current smokers – it is important that all patients undergoing breast reduction cease smoking or nicotine intake (including patches/gums) for at least 6 weeks pre and 3 months post-surgery.
What Should You Know Before Getting a Breast Lift
Before you decide to get a breast lift or any cosmetic procedure, it’s essential to inform yourself and think through all of your options. One of the first questions to ask yourself is: will I want more children? If you do or think you may in the future, it’s better to hold off on getting anything done. Likewise, if you’d like to lose a substantial amount of weight, you should do it before getting a breast lift or Mummy Makeover. It’s important to remember that your body can still change after plastic surgery. If you get pregnant or lose a lot of weight, you can undo many of the benefits done by your procedure.
About Breast Lift Surgery – Mastopexy Procedure
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anaesthesia in a fully accredited hospital with the assistance of a qualified anaesthetist. The operation takes between two and three hours to perform and generally you are discharged home the same day– no overnight stay required. Occasionally patients may be be required to stay overnight in hospital.
What sort of Breast Incision will I need?
While many women desire a breast lift to restore that youthful breast shape and cleavage, they remain hesitant due to the need to place scars on their breasts. Dr Turner understands your concerns … that’s why we offer the latest techniques – with a minimal amount of scarring – to give you your ideal breast shape.
There are three skin incision patterns for breast lift, this is based on the amount of skin that needs to be removed, the distance the nipple needs to be lifted and the quality of the supporting breast tissue.
The incision type used depends on:
- The amount of skin that needs to be removed
- The distance the nipple needs to be lifted
- The amount of breast tissue which needs to be removed
1. Periareolar (Benelli) – Rarely used
• Incision goes around the areola only.
• This is limited to women who require small lifts (grade I) of the nipple (1 cm to 2cm). If women require more lift, this technique can cause abnormal flattening of the breast contour and so the lollipop technique is used.
2. Circumvertical (Lollipop) – Most Commonly used – Minimal Scar
• Incision goes around the areola and vertically down the inferior aspect of the breast.
• This is the most common lift performed by Dr Turner performs as it gives the best shape (grade II), enhances projection of the breast with minimal scars.
3. Inverted T (Anchor) – For breasts with excess skin or deflation
• Incision around the nipple-areola complex, vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast fold
• In patients with a significant amount of excess skin or very deflated breast (grade III) it is often necessary to add the extra scar to give an ideal breast shape.
While scars are permanent and are noticeable initially after surgery, with time as the scars mature they fade and are barely perceptible. Dr Turner will advise you on scar treatments to assist you to get the best scar possible. We often recommend cosmetic tattooing over the scar around the areola to give the best cosmetic result available
Do I need a Breast Implant as well?
A breast lift surgery will improve the shape and firmness of a droopy and deflated breast. However, as their is often a large amount of skin removed during your breast lift procedure, especially those women with significant breast ptosis your new breast shape will be often smaller in bra cup size. Also for women with little volume in the cleavage area, a breast lift alone is not going to improve or enhance your cleavage. So for those women we frequently recommend adding a breast implant at the same time, augmentation mastopexy or breast lift with implants to give you the enhanced cleavage with a fuller, rounder breast shape that you always desired.
Recovery After Your Breast Lift Surgery
At the completion of your surgery, Dr Turner will apply a specialized dressing to aid wound healing and this remains on for the first 3 weeks after surgery. You will be placed into a surgical garment in the recovery room when you are fully awake and comfortable. It is important to wear the garment full time for the first six weeks to assist wound healing and settling of the new breast shape. Very infrequently we may require a drain to be placed in each breast to drain off excess blood and fluids for the first day or two.
You are able to take the garment off for short periods of time while at home and shower over the dressings the very next day.
Patients report minor post-operative pain, which is treated with oral medication. You will be given a prescription for pain management and antibiotics. Have someone fill the prescription, drive you home and take care of you as you recover during the first few days after your surgery.
You can return to your normal activities at a slow and gradual pace. You may be back to work as soon as one week after breast lift surgery and may begin light exercise at two weeks. Most activities can be resumed fully at six weeks following your procedure.
You will have an appointment to see Dr Turner within the first week after surgery to check that your wounds are healing as expected and to review your new breast shape. Dr Turner will see you frequently over the first year to monitor your progress and will give you advice on scar management, wearing garments and resuming normal activities.
It is extremely important to your final result that you follow all post-operative instructions given to you by Dr Turner.
As with any surgery, it is important that you are fully informed of the potential risks associated with breast lift surgery. While all care is taken to minimize these complications, they may and do occur despite the best medical care.
Funding Your Breast Lift Surgery
Does Medicare cover Breast Lift Surgery?
If you meet the strict criteria, you may be eligible for a Medicare Item number and could be covered by your health fund.
From 1 November 2021, the descriptor for Medicare item 45558 covering breast ptosis will be amended to remove references to pregnancy. This change will clarify and open access to the patient populations at greatest need of the service, including individuals who have undergone significant weight loss.
Medicare Item Number 45558 – Breast ptosis, correction by mastopexy of (bilateral), if: (a) at least two-thirds of the breast tissue, including the nipple, lies inferior to the infra-mammary fold where the nipple is located at the most dependent, inferior part of the breast contour; and (b)
if the patient has been pregnant—the correction is performed not less than 1 year, or more than 7 years, after completion of the most recent pregnancy of the patient; and (c) photographic evidence (including anterior, left lateral and right lateral views), with a marker at the level of the inframammary fold, demonstrating the clinical need for this service, is documented in the patient notes – Applicable only once per lifetime
Do you offer medical finance or a Breast Lift payment?
Our practice is not allowed to offer finance directly to patients – for more information about independent companies that offer medical finance and payments plans – visit the Surgery finance page.
Will my Super fund assist funding my surgery?
Your Super fund may be able to assist funding your surgery if you meet the critera. See More information on the funding page.
Risks Associated with Breast Lift Surgery
As with any surgery, it is important that you are fully informed of the potential risks and complications. While all care is taken to minimize these complications, they may and do occur despite the best medical care.
It is important that you carefully read and understand the potential risks of Breast Surgery and they will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner. Specific Risks & Complications for Breast Lift Surgery
Medical References – Further Reading
- For more information visit the ASPS USA Breast Lift Surgery page
- Mayo Clinic on Breast UpLift surgery
- American Society of Plastic Surgeon page on Breast Lift surgery
- Operative Dictations in General and Vascular Surgery- Mastopexy
Your Consultation with Dr Scott Turner
Your breast lift surgery consultation begins with a personal one-on-one consultation with Dr Turner at one of his Sydney clinics. Firstly, you are fully informed of the normal surgery process, plus possible complications. After a thorough history and discussion about your desires, Dr Turner will examine you to assess if you are a good surgical candidate. The initial consultation is the ideal time for all your questions about your surgery to be answered as you have to be sure this surgery is for you.
During the consultation, measurements are then made of your chest wall and breasts. We assess the quality of your breast skin, breast volume, your weight/height and routine pre-op photographs are taken. Finally, Dr Turner will provide you with a detailed discussion of which of the various techniques will be used during your breast lift surgery and whether a breast implant is required to achieve your goals.
During the consultations, you will have the opportunity to try the latest in 3D imaging technology to simulate your new breasts after breast lift surgery. The VECTRA 3D imaging technology provides women with a variety of options and allows them to visualise how a breast lift procedure can completely transform their appearance. It enables women to see how they look with a breast lift than the ability to add an implant to show the difference in cleavage and volume of the breast.
“Breast lift surgery has increased in popularity due to advances in minimal scar techniques and the safety & reliability of combining breast implants with a lift in one convenient procedure” – Dr Scott Turner, Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.
Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures.
Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.
Always Do Your Research
- Download our Procedure Guides to find out more about your surgery
- Please read our website to learn more about your intended procedure
Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?
- A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
- Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
- Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral
Making The Most Of Your Consultation
- Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Scott
- You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided
Want more information before scheduling your consultation?
- Find out more about pricing, medical payment plans and paying for your surgery
- Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us
How to Book Your Consultation with Dr Turner
- You can book your initial consultation with Dr Turner by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment.
Contact us or call on 1300 641 199 to arrange your consultation in Sydney or Newcastle.
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