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Sydney Breast Lift (MASTOPLEXY)

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Breast Lift (MASTOPLEXY) with dr turner

A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure aimed at lifting and reshaping the breasts which is often to address age-related changes. This procedure can also address breast changes related to pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight fluctuations. It involves removing excess skin, tightening the surrounding tissue, and repositioning the nipple and areola to a higher position on the breast.

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A breast lift alone focuses on lifting and reshaping the existing breast tissue without changing the size or volume. However, if a patient opts for a lift and an increase in breast size or fullness, combining a breast lift with a breast augmentation or fat grafting may be a more suitable option.

Breast Lift with Implants

A breast lift with implants is a dual procedure that involves a lift and augmentation, medically referred to as an augmentation mastopexy. Breast augmentation involves inserting implants to increase the size, shape, and volume of the breasts. This procedure is separate from a breast lift but can be performed together.

Why Get a Breast Lift?

Getting a breast lift can elevate the breasts, raise the nipple position, reshape the areola, address breast asymmetry, and correct age-related breast descent. However, it’s important to note that a breast lift alone cannot increase breast volume. For patients who opt for a larger cup size or more pronounced cleavage, additional measures are necessary. In such cases, options like breast implants or fat grafting can be considered.

The addition of breast implants or fat grafting compliments the lifted breasts to increase volume to the upper pole of the breast where a deficit is most present. Breast implants also give added shape to the breast.

Dr Turner also performs fat grafting/fat transfer technique, which makes use of your body’s own fat. During this procedure, an adequate amount of fat is harvested from other areas of your body through a procedure called liposuction. The harvested fat is then purified and injected into the breasts to add volume.

Suitable Candidates for a Breast Lift Procedure

The best candidates for breast lift surgery are those who are 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, the surgery will be deferred 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 – all patients undergoing breast lift must cease smoking or nicotine intake (including patches/gums) for at least 6 weeks before and 3 months after surgery.

Things to Know Before Getting a Breast Lift

Before deciding on undergoing a breast lift or any cosmetic procedure, it is crucial to educate yourself and carefully consider all available options. One important aspect to contemplate is whether you plan on having more children. If you do or anticipate the possibility in the future, it is generally advisable to delay any cosmetic procedures.

Similarly, if you have weight loss goals, it is recommended to achieve those goals before opting for any surgical procedure. It is essential to bear in mind that your body can still undergo changes even after plastic surgery. Pregnancy or substantial weight loss can potentially diminish the changes achieved through a breast lift.

What sort of Breast Lift Incision will I need?

There are several skin incision patterns available for breast lift surgery. Dr Turner will carefully assess your unique situation and recommend the most appropriate incision pattern. The type of breast lift incision depends on the following factors:

  • The amount of skin that needs to be removed.
  • The distance the nipple needs to be lifted.
  • The amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed.
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Circumvertical (Lollipop Lift)

  • Incision goes around the areola and vertically down the inferior aspect of the breast.
  • This is the most common technique performed by Dr Turner as it gives projection to the breast. Moreover, the scar surrounding the nipple may blend into the areola.
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Inverted T (Anchor Lift)

  • Incision around the nipple-areola complex, vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast fold.
  • This technique allows the removal of excess skin, reshaping of the breast tissue, and repositioning the nipple-areola complex to a higher position.

While scars are permanent, they undergo a maturation process which makes them less noticeable over time. Dr Turner will advise you on scar treatments. He may also offer complimentary scar treatments post-operatively including laser treatment and skin needling.

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Dr Scott J turner

Dr Turner FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – Plastic Surgery) is a Sydney Plastic Surgeon with clinics in the Eastern Suburbs at Bondi Junction and Northern Beaches at Manly.

Dr Scott J Turner has over a decade of experience in private practice solely focused on performing cosmetic surgery.

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Before and afters

DISCLAIMER: The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors, including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise. Some images may have the patient’s tattoos, jewellery or other identifiable items blurred to protect patient identities.

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Do I need Breast Implants with a Breast Lift?

Breast lift surgery is aimed at lifting and reshaping the breasts. However, it’s important to note that excess skin is typically removed during the procedure, which can result in a smaller bra cup size.

To address volume loss in the upper part of the breast, the addition of a breast implant is recommended. Breast implants add volume to the breasts and increase their size and shape.

During your consultation, Dr Turner will assess your specific needs and goals. Based on these assessments, he will recommend the most suitable approach, which may involve a breast lift with or without the addition of breast implants.

Is a Breast Lift the same as a Breast Reduction?

A breast lift is not the same as a breast reduction. The primary goal of a breast lift is to reshape and tighten the skin around the breast. On the other hand, breast reduction reduces the size of the breast by removing excess fat, skin, and tissue.

Recovering After Breast Lift

When you wake up from surgery in the recovery room, you will have a compression garment. It is important to wear this garment religiously for the first six weeks to aid in wound healing and allow the new breast shape to settle. While at home, you can remove the garment for short periods and shower over the dressings after your first post-operative appointment.

You may experience bruising and swelling after the procedure. This can be addressed by taking the prescribed medications. It is advisable to arrange for someone to fill the prescription, drive you home, and take care of you during the initial days of recovery after your surgery.

After breast lift surgery, it is recommended to gradually return to your normal activities. You may be able to return to work as early as one week after the procedure, and light exercise can typically be resumed at two weeks. By the six-week mark, most activities can be fully resumed depending on your recovery progress.

Within the first week after the surgery, you will have an appointment with Dr Turner to assess the healing of the incisions. Throughout the first year of your recovery, Dr Turner will schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your progress, provide guidance on scar management, recommend appropriate garment usage, and advise on the resumption of normal activities.

Please note that post-operative care instructions may vary depending on individual circumstances, and it is essential to follow the specific guidance provided by Dr Turner and his team.

Risks and Complications Associated with Breast Lift

Breast lift has risks and complications, such as:

  • Anaesthesia risks (allergic reactions to the anaesthetic)
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Changes in breast sensation
  • Haematoma (collection of blood around the surgical site)
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Scar formation

Reasons for Breast Lift with Implants

A breast lift with implants, or augmentation mastopexy, addresses loss of volume in the breasts, which are common issues that arise from natural life processes such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, ageing, or genetic factors. This combined procedure not only elevates the position of the nipples and areolae but also increases the overall breast volume and shape.

Patients who experienced changes in their breast appearance may consider breast lift with implants. This surgical procedure adds volume and fullness to the breasts, tailored to meet the patient’s specific aesthetic goals.

Moreover, the procedure can also be customised using various implant types and sizes to achieve results that align with the patient’s natural body frame, addressing both lift and volume needs simultaneously.

Our Philosophy on Breast Lift with Implants

At FacePlus Aesthetics, our philosophy regarding breast lift with implants is grounded in creating results that are harmoniously aligned with each patient’s unique physical characteristics. Dr Scott Turner prioritises achieving outcomes that not only address aesthetic needs but also respect the natural proportions of the patient’s body.

Throughout the comprehensive consultation process, Dr Turner engages deeply with each patient to understand their specific aspirations and concerns regarding the breast lift with implants. This includes a detailed discussion about the various implant options—considering aspects such as type, size, and texture—and the degree of lift that would achieve the desired outcome. This personalised approach ensures that the surgical plan is meticulously tailored to each individual’s body type and personal preferences.

Our dedication to patient care at FacePlus Aesthetics is evident from the first consultation to the final postoperative visit. We strive to ensure that each patient is well-informed about the benefits, potential risks, and realistic outcomes of their chosen procedure. By maintaining clear, open communication and providing ongoing support, we foster a caring environment that ensures our patients feel valued and supported every step of the way. This holistic approach to care helps facilitate a positive experience for our patients.

How the Procedure is Performed

The breast lift with implants procedure at FacePlus Aesthetics is a meticulous process tailored to meet each patient’s unique anatomical features and aesthetic goals. Performed under general anaesthesia, the procedure begins with Dr Scott Turner making strategic incisions, commonly in a ‘lollipop’ pattern, which includes around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease. This technique allows for the effective removal of excess skin and enables the reshaping and lifting of the breast tissue to achieve a more elevated position.

Once the breast tissue has been repositioned and the excess skin removed, the next step involves the placement of implants. The choice between placing the implant under the breast tissue or beneath the pectoral muscle is made based on the patient’s body type, the amount of existing breast tissue, and the overall goals discussed during the consultation. Both silicone and saline implants are available, and the most suitable option for each patient is determined based on their preferences, body structure, and the desired aesthetic outcome.

After the implants are securely in place, Dr Turner meticulously sutures the incisions. The breasts are then carefully bandaged to support the new contour and assist the initial healing process. The entire procedure generally takes three to four hours but may vary depending on the complexity of the individual case, including the patient’s specific anatomical needs and the extent of correction desired. This careful and precise approach helps to ensure that the results align closely with the patient’s expectations while maintaining the natural aesthetics of the breast.

Recovery Period

The recovery period following a breast lift with implants is a critical phase that directly impacts the success of the surgery. After the procedure, patients typically experience common postoperative effects such as swelling, bruising, and discomfort. These symptoms are manageable with medications prescribed by Dr Turner, who also provides comprehensive aftercare instructions. These guidelines are designed to facilitate healing, help manage discomfort, and reduce the risk of complications.

During the initial recovery phase, it is crucial for patients to take a minimum of one to two weeks off from work or other daily responsibilities to ensure they rest adequately. Engaging in strenuous physical activities or heavy lifting is strongly discouraged for up to six weeks post-surgery. This precaution helps the body heal correctly and allows the implants to stabilise in their new position. Additionally, wearing a specially designed supportive bra is recommended during this period. This bra not only offers essential support to the new breast contours but also aids in maintaining their shape and can contribute to reducing swelling. Avoiding vigorous activities and proper breast support prevent unnecessary pressure or tension on the breasts.

Scheduled follow-up visits with Dr Turner are an integral part of the recovery process. These regular appointments allow Dr Turner to monitor the healing process and are crucial for timely addressing any concerns that may arise. This ongoing evaluation helps ensure that the recovery is on track and meets clinical expectations. Through these visits, Dr Turner can provide personalised care and make necessary adjustments to the postoperative care plan.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, a breast lift with implants carries specific risks and potential complications that patients need to consider carefully. Common issues can include infection at the site of surgery, adverse reactions to anaesthesia, bleeding during or after the procedure, and scarring. Specific risks associated with this type of surgery include implant rupture, where the implant may fail and leak its contents; capsular contracture, which is the hardening of the tissue around the implant causing discomfort and aesthetic changes; and alterations in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent.

Dr Scott Turner is committed to ensuring that all patients considering a breast lift with implants are fully informed about these risks before deciding to proceed with the surgery. By employing appropriate surgical techniques and adhering strictly to rigorous postoperative care protocols, the risks are minimised as much as possible.

Regular follow-up appointments are a crucial component of the postoperative care plan, allowing Dr Turner to monitor the patient’s healing process, detect any early signs of complications, and address them promptly. This comprehensive approach is integral to maintaining patient safety.