There are many reasons why breasts begin to lose their shape and firmness; your breasts might have changed after breastfeeding, you might have lost an amount of weight that had affected your breasts, or you might have genetics that leads to sagging. The ageing process alone can lead to the sagging of your breasts. A breast lift can restore volume and fullness to your breasts, opening the door to a happier and more confident you.
Every woman is different and has a unique anatomy, which Dr Andrew Broadhurst is all too familiar with. Some patients may need more than a breast lift to create balanced and proportionate breasts. A breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation, but the discretion is up to the individual and Dr Broadhurst’s recommendation.
What does it involve?
A breast lift or mastopexy corrects droopy breasts that are often a result of breastfeeding, weight loss or ageing. The procedure involves removing excess skin, reshaping the breast tissue and repositioning the nipple to the middle of the breast. This will lift the reshaped breast to sit higher and restore a lifted, perky appearance to your chest.
Am I a suitable candidate for a mastopexy?
There are many personal reasons why you may want a breast lift, and every woman’s concerns are different. You may wonder what concerns a mastopexy can correct.
These are the most common reasons why women consider a breast lift:
- Breasts with significant droopiness but are an adequate size
- Breasts lacking firmness
- Nipples and areolas that point downwards or are located far below the breast crease
- Breasts that appear different – one may be firm and well-positioned, whereas the other is not
- Breasts that are unequal in size or are relatively small
- Large and heavy breasts can be lifted but may not be as long-lasting as when performed on smaller breasts.
Breast Lift with Dr Broadhurst
“I pride myself on the individual care and support I provide each of my patients. From your first consultation, I will work one-on-one with you to tailor a treatment plan to suit your unique body, fit your lifestyle and achieve the enhanced look you’ve been dreaming of.”
Your Initial Consultation
Your initial consultation with Dr Broadhurst is a virtual appointment over the phone or via FaceTime. Dr Broadhurst will ask you questions about your medical history, discuss any pregnancy plans, discuss your treatment plan, and outline what you can expect after your surgery and the early recovery.
Dr Broadhurst will tailor the procedure to your body size and shape, ensuring your breasts enhance your natural body contours for a beautiful result.
Your Second Consultation
You will then see Dr Broadhurst for a second face-to-face consultation at our Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, or Ballina locations, depending on which area is closest to you.
This appointment will be scheduled a few weeks before your surgery date to ensure you completely understand the procedure and gives you a chance to ask any further questions. This consultation is at no cost to you.
No questions are silly questions. With 18+ years of experience, Dr Broadhurst can help put your mind at ease by providing you with informed answers about breast surgery and any concerns you may have.
What to expect during your procedure?
A breast lift is performed as day surgery under a general anaesthetic. The surgery takes roughly 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, depending on the complexity of your surgery. Dr Andrew Broadhurst will remove excess skin, reshape your breast tissue and lift it higher onto your chest. Nipple sensation and your ability to breastfeed are not affected by a breast lift as the nipple remains attached to your breast throughout the surgery. All incisions are closed with internal dissolving sutures, and dressings are applied.
Depending on the extent of the physical activity you undertake, you should fully recover within one to two weeks, thanks to Dr Broadhurst’s rapid recovery technique. The location of incisions will depend on the size and shape of your breasts, the amount of skin and tissue to be removed, and Dr Andrew Broadhurst’s recommendations and preference.
Breast Lift Techniques
Four methods may be used to lift your breasts, including:
This technique only involves one incision made halfway along the top outer edge of the areola. A small amount of tissue is removed, and the bottom of the incision is lifted to meet the top, elevating the breast and nipple to a higher position. This technique is only recommended for women with slight sagging or drooping and results in minimal scarring masked by the areola.
This method, known as the ‘doughnut lift’, involves two circular incisions around the areolar, one outside the other. Skin and breast tissue are removed between these incisions, resulting in only one scar around the areolar. This technique will benefit women who experience very mild sagging or desire a smaller areolar and only causes minimal scarring.
This method is the most used for women with large breasts. It involves three incisions around the areolar, going vertically from the lower edge of the areolar to the crease under the breast (infra-mammary fold) and horizontally along the natural curve of the breast crease. This technique is ideal for women with significant excess skin and breast tissue, but it can cause substantial visible scarring.
This method is also known as ‘vertical breast lift’ and is the most used breast lift technique for many patients. It involves two incisions around the areolar. The first incision is made around the outside of the areola. The second is made at the bottom of the areolar, going horizontally to the natural breast crease. This type of incision resembles a lollipop, and the benefit of this technique is that scars are modest and can be easily hidden.