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Breast Lift Surgery in Newcastle & Sydney NSW

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, helps to firm and reshape a women’s breast that has lost shape due to the effects of pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight loss. As the breast starts to sag as part of the natural ageing process, the nipples become too low on the breast mound and need to be lifted to a more attractive position. A breast lift by Dr Turner can help you feel more confident with breasts that are the right size, shape and position on your body.

While a breast lift surgery alone may make the breasts appear slightly smaller, as the skin is tightened around the breast gland to give its new shape. For those women who would also like to increase their cup size or to restore lost cleavage or fullness in the upper part of their breast will benefit from having a breast implant at the same time to improve the overall shape and volume of their breasts.

Breast Lift Quick Facts

Anesthesia: General Anaesthesia
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.

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.

Am I Suitable?

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 Lift 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

Breast Lift Surgery - Benelli or Periareolar Breast Lift Scar
• 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

Breast Lift Surgery - Lollipop Breast Lift 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

Breast Lift Surgery - Anchor Breast Lift Scar
• 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.

Risks Associated with Breast Lift Surgery

It is important that you carefully read and understand the potential risks and they will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner.

Some risks are more likely to occur than others:

General Risks Associated with Surgery

• Wound breakdown and delayed healing
• Postoperative infection
• Bleeding or haematoma
• Poor Scarring including keloid scars
• Blood clots in legs or lungs
• Revision surgery to correct or improve outcome

Specific Risks Associated with Breast Lift Surgery

• Partial or total loss of the nipple and/or areola
• Loss of sensation to the nipple
• Breast asymmetry
• Inability to breastfeeding
• Lumpiness or fat necrosis

For more information visit the ASPS USA Breast Lift Surgery page

Your Breast Lift 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


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