Your breast lift surgery consultation
Your consultation with Dr Laniewski provides you with an opportunity to discuss your concerns and desired outcomes of the surgery.
During your consultation Dr Laniewski will examine your breasts and take clinical photographs for medical records. Expect to discuss your surgical options, procedure steps, recovery process and potential risks.
Combining your breast lift with Prostheses (Implants)
While a Breast Mastopexy (Breast Lift) can assist with breast ptosis, the procedure is not designed to address concerns regarding breast size. If patients wish to increase the size of their breasts, they may consider a combined Augmentation Mammoplasty (Breast Augmentation) and Breast Mastopexy (Breast Lift).
Augmentation Mammoplasty (Breast Augmentation) and Breast Mastopexy (Breast Lift) procedures may be performed together to help achieve patient’s individual goals. 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. Patients should advice Dr Laniewski if they are considering both procedures during their consultation.
The mastopexy procedure
The Breast Mastopexy (Breast Lift) procedure will comprise of the following steps:
Step 1: Administering anaesthesia
Breast Mastopexy (Breast Lift) surgery is always performed under general anaesthesia. Dr Laniewski works with qualified and registered anaesthetists during the procedure.
Step 2: Making the incisions
There are a number of potential incision options for this procedure. This will depend on the patient’s breast size and shape, size and position of your areolas, the quality of skin and the degree of breast ptosis. 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.
- 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.
Step 5: Post-op recovery and results
Some patients may find that they 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 clearance from Dr Laniewski, patients will be able to go home and begin the recovery process.
What to expect after the surgery
After your mastopexy, Dr Laniewski will close your incisions with small stitches. This may assist in reducing the appearance of scarring. Patients will need to have someone drive them home after surgery, and some patients find that it can be helpful to have someone help at home for the first two or so days.
Every patient reacts to surgery differently and heals at their 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, most patients find that such swelling, discolouration and bruising will subside on their own after a few weeks.
Post-operative LED Light Therapy may be recommended to help decrease downtime and assist in healing after surgery, The treatment can be combined with post-operative visits. LED Light Therapy may be able to assist in reducing the swelling and bruising that can occur after surgery.
Most patients will be able to see the final results of breast lift after around three months once the swelling has subsided.
How Much Does A Breast Mastopexy (Breast Lift) Cost?
There are several elements that can factor into the total cost of Breast Mastopexy (Breast Lift) surgery. Dr Laniewski does not provide a one-price-solution for patients considering a breast lift. This is because there are a range of costs to consider beyond just the fees paid to your surgeon. Patients will be able to better understand their mastopexy surgery cost in their consultation with Dr Laniewski.
Breast Mastopexy can be broken down into three cost components: surgeon’s fees, anaesthetist’s fees and hospital 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.
Mastopexy surgery with Dr Laniewski is always performed under general anaesthesia. Your anaesthetist fee will be determined by anaesthetist who attends to you.
Hospital fees can vary from hospital to hospital. Given that breast lift is usually performed as a day case, your hospital fees will likely comprise of the time required to complete the procedure, 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 assist recovery after surgery. Patients 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.
Breast Mastopexy (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.
Mastopexy (Breast Lift) FAQs
All surgery carries risks. Individual results may vary. You may need to seek a second opinion.
Dr Peter Laniewski Laniewski FRACS ( PLAS) is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED 0001155003