Breast Lift Sydney NSW

It is quite natural to experience changes in the appearance of the breasts as women age or undergo major life changes. Breasts can start to droop and lose their firmness. This is quite often the result of pregnancy and breastfeeding, but it can also be the result of losing a significant amount of weight. These life changes can result in the fibrous bands within the breasts breaking down. The skin will stretch and the youthful silhouette will change. This can result in many women no longer enjoying the way that their breasts sit on their chest when they look in the mirror.

Mastopexy surgery, often simply referred to as a breast lift, can improve the shape and position of the breasts without the need to reduce the size of the breasts. The procedure can lift and restore drooping or sagging breasts, which is called ptosis. The result is breasts that have a more youthful position. This can also lead to improved self-esteem and a boost in confidence. Sagging breasts can often have an empty and flat appearance, particularly after losing volume following pregnancy and after weight loss. The breast lift can be performed on its own or in conjunction with breast augmentation. The result will be a more youthful, full and perky look.

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Reasons to consider a breast lift

Here in Sydney women come to Dr Peter Laniewski seeking breast lift surgery for a wide variety of reasons. Certain life changes can cause the breasts to sag, such as:

Pregnancy and breastfeeding: During pregnancy, the breasts increase in size to prepare for breastfeeding, which causes them to stretch and shrink. This takes a toll on the breasts and impacts the elasticity of the skin.

Dramatic weight loss: Following a weight loss journey, many women find that their breasts have lost volume and appear limp, saggy and without shape.

Natural ageing process: With age, the skin begins to lose elasticity, leaving the breasts more prone to gravity

Genetics: Some women are more prone to experiencing breast droop at a younger age, typically due to a lack of muscle tone.

Degrees of breast ptosis

When you first meet with Dr Laniewski, he will examine your breasts to determine the degree of your breast ptosis. The degrees of breast ptosis include:

Grade 1 (Mild Ptosis): Grade 1 ptosis can be characterised by breasts that have descended below the inframammary fold, with a nipple that appears at the same level as the fold.

Grade 2 (Mild to Moderate Ptosis): Grade 2 ptosis can be characterised by breasts and nipples that have both sagged below the inframammary fold.

Grade 3 (Severe Ptosis): The most severe form of ptosis, grade 3 ptosis, can be characterised by breasts and nipples that sag significantly below the inframammary fold, with the nipples pointing downwards.

Benefits of a breast lift

Breast lift surgery offers a number of benefits to women looking to improve the appearance of their breasts. A breast lift with Dr Laniewski works to:

  • Lift the breasts and nipples to a higher, more central location on the chest wall
  • Reduce excess, inelastic skin and tighten the remainder to create a smoother, firmer appearance
  • Restore the contours and shape of the breasts to a more youthful state
  • Centralise the location of the nipples on the breasts

Breast Lift Before and After Photos

Sydney breast lift before and after 01, Dr Peter Laniewski

Breast lift before and after 01, Dr Laniewski Sydney NSW

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Patient before and after breast lift at Dr Laniewski clinic Sydney, photo 04

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Breast lift surgery before and after photo 05, front view

Patient before and after breast lift surgery at Dr Laniewski Sydney clinic 02 

Breast lift (Mastopexy surgery) before and after 02, Dr Laniewski Sydney

Breast lift surgery results 06, Dr Laniewski Plastic Surgery Sydney NSW 

Breast lift patient photo 06, angle view, Dr Laniewski

Your breast lift surgery consultation

Your consultation with Dr Laniewski provides you with an opportunity to discuss your aesthetic concerns and desired goals. While it’s only normal to be nervous about this, Dr Laniewski is a medical professional and strives to ensure your comfort.

During your consultation in our Sydney clinic, he will examine your breasts and take photographs for medical records. Expect to discuss your surgical options, procedure steps, recovery process and potential risks. Dr Laniewski will answer any questions you may have about the procedure, and you should leave your consultation with all the information needed to determine whether or not to go ahead with mastopexy surgery.

Combing your breast lift with implants

While a breast lift can transform sagging, drooping breasts, the procedure is not designed to address concerns regarding breast size. If you are concerned by both the position and size of your breasts, you may benefit from a combined breast augmentation and lift.

Breast augmentation and breast lift procedures are frequently performed together to completely transform a woman’s breasts. After Dr Laniewski has lifted and reshaped your breasts, he will create a pocket to insert implants into the breasts. Please keep in mind that this is a much more complicated surgery than an augmentation or mastopexy alone, which may increase costs and recovery times. In some cases, an augmentation mastopexy may need to be carried out during two separate procedures. If you are interested in combining your breast lift with implants, please let us know during your consultation.

The mastopexy procedure

Dr Laniewski only performs mastopexy surgery in accredited hospital facilities. Your breast lift in Sydney will comprise of the following steps:

Step 1: Administering anaesthesia

For your comfort, breast lift surgery is always performed under general anaesthesia. Dr Laniewski works alongside highly qualified anaesthetists to ensure your safety during the procedure.

Step 2: Making the incisions

There are a number of potential incision options for this procedure. The right breast lift technique for you will depend on your breast size and shape, size and position of your areolas, the quality of your skin and the degree of breast sagging. Considering these factors, Dr Laniewski may make an incision:

  • Around the areola
  • Around the areola and then vertically down from the areola to the breast crease
  • Around the areola and then vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease

Step 3: Reshaping the breasts

Through your incisions, Dr Laniewski will:

  • Lift and reshape the underlying breast tissue
  • Reposition the nipple and areola to a more natural, youthful height
  • Remove excess breast skin
  • If needed, reduce enlarged areolas by excising excess skin

Step 4: Closing the incisions

To complete the surgery, Dr Laniewski will close your incisions with layered sutures in the breast tissue. Keep in mind that these incision lines will fade in time, depending on a variety of factors.

Step 5: Post-op recovery and results

Most patients are able to return home on the same day as their mastopexy procedure, however some may require an overnight stay in hospital. Once given the all-clear by our plastic surgeon, you will be able to go home and begin the recovery process. Your breast lift results will immediately be visible.

What to expect after the surgery

After your mastopexy, Dr Laniewski will close your incisions with small stitches that will dissolve. This will help to reduce the appearance of scarring. You will need to have someone drive you home after your surgery, and it could be helpful to have someone help you at home for the first two or so days.

Every woman reacts to surgery differently and heals at her own pace. There are some potential commonalities that breast lift patients experience. It is normal to experience some swelling of the breast. Swelling is the body’s normal reaction to surgery. Some discolouration and bruising are also likely. However, such swelling, discolouration and bruising will subside on their own after a few weeks. Any discomfort felt will also diminish after a few weeks.

Post-operative LED Light Therapy is strongly recommended to decrease your downtime and speed healing immediately after your surgery. The treatment is convenient and can be combined with your post-operative visits. Lasting only 13 minutes and completely painless, LED Light Therapy is clinically proven to dramatically reduce the swelling and bruising that can occur after your surgery. Please speak to Dr Laniewski or one of his consultants to book your treatment.

You will be able to see the full benefit of your breast lift after around three months once the swelling has subsided. Breasts will be noticeable higher and firmer, which results in the youthful look that women want.

How much does a breast lift cost in Sydney

There are several elements that can factor into the total cost of breast lift surgery. Dr Laniewski does not provide a one-price-solution for all patients interested in a breast lift. This is because there are a range of costs to consider beyond just the fees paid to your surgeon. The best way to determine what your mastopexy surgery will cost is to meet with Dr Laniewski and discuss your cosmetic goals.

Breast augmentation can be broken down into three cost components: surgeon’s fees, anaesthetist’s fees and hospital fees.

Surgeon’s fees

Your surgeon’s fee is the fee that Dr Laniewski charges for performing the surgery. This fee is fixed and comprises of the cost of the entire breast lift surgery, pre-operative care and post-operative care and visits.

Anaesthetist’s fees

Mastopexy surgery with Dr Laniewski is always performed under general anaesthesia. Your anaesthetist fee will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the anaesthetist who attends to you.

Hospital fees

Hospital fees can vary dramatically from hospital to hospital. Given that breast lift is usually performed as a day case, your hospital fees will likely comprise only of the two or so hours in the operating theatre, as well as the time needed to recover from the anaesthetic.

You may also need to pay out of pocket for support and compression garments that will help to enhance your results after surgery. You may also need to factor in the cost of missing up to two weeks of work, transportation costs and potentially the costs of a carer to help you after your surgery.

As a cosmetic procedure, breast lift surgery will usually not be covered by Medicare or private health insurance. During your initial consultation with Dr Laniewski, you will be given a detailed breakdown of all of the costs involved.

Breast Lift FAQs

Am I a candidate for breast lift surgery?

You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if you experience breast ptosis and are bothered by the appearance of your breasts. Your breasts should be fully developed before considering the procedure.

The ideal candidate for a breast lift is a woman who is in good overall health. You should maintain a healthy lifestyle and have a steady weight maintained for a minimum of six months prior to surgery. It is also important to keep a healthy weight after your surgery. Post-operative weight gain or loss can have a marked impact on the results of your surgery.

If you are a smoker, you will need to stop smoking several weeks prior to and after the surgery. Smoking can constrict your blood vessels, which can take a toll on your body’s ability to heal correctly after major surgery.

Breast lift surgery is not the right choice if you’re looking to reduce or increase the size of your breasts. A breast reduction or a breast augmentation, which will insert implants into the breasts, could be combined with the lift.

How do I prepare for breast lift surgery?

Before your mastopexy procedure, Dr Laniewski will provide you with a comprehensive list of pre-operative instructions. This will include things like quitting smoking, adjusting medications and preparing a comfortable recovery space. He will also provide instructions regarding what to do the day before your procedure, such as fasting, showering and what to wear to the hospital. You should follow these instructions carefully to ensure your safety during the procedure.

How visible will scars be after my mastopexy procedure?

Dr Laniewski makes every effort to keep scarring to a minimum. Keep in mind that breast lift is a surgical procedure, which means that scars are inevitable. However, with proper care, any scarring will fade naturally over time and take on a much softer appearance. Any scars that you do have will not be visible when you are wearing a bra or bikini top.

Does a breast lift hurt?

During your breast lift surgery, you will not feel anything, thanks to the general anaesthetic administered before the procedure. When you wake up after surgery, you may feel some discomfort and tightness across your chest. Your surgeon will offer pain relievers as needed. Most patients find that they need just over-the-counter pain relievers after the first few postoperative days.

How long does the procedure take?

Breast lift surgery usually takes between two to three hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the case. Once you are out of surgery, you may need to stay in hospital for an additional few hours so that we can monitor your condition before sending you home.

When will I see my breast lift results?

Immediately after your breast lift surgery, you will notice that your breasts have lifted in appearance. Despite that, it may take up to a few months for your final results to appear as swelling subsides and your new breast shape and position continues to settle. As for your surgical scars, these can take several months and up to two years to fade, depending on how well you take care of your incision sites.

Can I still breastfeed after having a breast lift?

Thanks to advanced surgical techniques, most women are still able to breastfeed following a breast lift. During your surgery, Dr Laniewski will preserve the nipples and the milk ducts so that breastfeeding can remain a possibility for you. Be sure to mention during your consultation your hopes to breastfeed one day in the future.

Another thing to keep in mind is that while surgery may not impact your ability to breastfeed, future pregnancy and breastfeeding can alter your mastopexy results and cause further sagging. For this reason, we usually recommend waiting until you have finished having children before considering any kind of breast surgery.

I’ve just had a baby, when can I have a lift?

If you are considering any kind of breast surgery after having children, note that you will need to finish breastfeeding before considering the procedure. To give the breasts a chance to stop producing milk and return to their normal size, we usually suggest waiting at least three to six months after you stop breastfeeding.

However, even if you have chosen not to breastfeed, we still recommend waiting at least three months after childbirth before considering a breast lift. This will give your body time to recover from pregnancy and settle from any initial milk production.

Do I need to have anaesthesia?

Dr Laniewski always performs breast lift surgery under general anaesthesia. This means that, during the procedure, you will be fully asleep, with no sensation of discomfort during surgery and no recollection of what happened during surgery when you wake up. Despite misconceptions, general anaesthesia is typically regarded as the safest option when performing a mastopexy.

When can I return to work after breast lift surgery?

Following your mastopexy surgery, expect to take at least a week or two off from work. Most patients are able to return to desk work within seven days, however occupations that require strenuous movement and lifting may require anywhere from two to six weeks off.

Will I need to wear a bra after breast lift surgery?

After a breast lift, you will need to wear a supportive bra. This supportive garment can help to control excessive swelling and aid in the healing process. Supportive undergarments will need to be used for up to two months. This will encourage the best results.

How long will my mastopexy results last?

Following a breast lift procedure, you will find that your results are long-lasting. However, your breasts will eventually begin to change once more due to ageing and gravity. Future pregnancy and weight gain and loss can also impact your results. To retain your new look for as long as possible, we suggest maintaining your weight and keeping a healthy lifestyle.

Am I too old for breast lift surgery?

There is no right or wrong age to undergo breast lift surgery. While most of Dr Laniewski’s breast surgery patients are in their 20s and 30s, many women choose to undergo this procedure in their 40s and 50s and some even later in life. If you desire a breast lift but are sceptical considering your age, please consider organising a consultation with Dr Laniewski before deciding that you are too old.

What are the risks involved with breast lift surgery?

No surgery is without risk. Some of the potential complications associated with breast lift surgery may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Poor scarring
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation
  • Possibility of needing revision surgery
  • Partial or total loss of the nipples and areolas
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Breast contour irregularities

If you notice anything amiss following your breast lift surgery, please get in touch with Dr Laniewski immediately.

Will I lose nipple sensation after a mastopexy procedure?

Loss of nipple sensation is a common risk following breast lift surgery. However, this is usually temporary, with sensation returning within a few months. It is very rare for all sensation to be lost permanently. Regardless, Dr Laniewski always endeavours to use surgical techniques that minimise the risk of this.

If you would like to find out more about having a breast lift and how this surgery can help you, you can contact us today to arrange a consultation with Dr Laniewski.

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