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BREAST

LIFT

A breast lift involves a two-hour operation called a mastopexy. This procedure is for when the nipple is below the breast crease (ptosis) and can be combined with implants for a rounder, fuller look.

Dr David Topchian offers breast lift consultations in our Melbourne and Brisbane practices. He has performed hundreds of these procedures, with minimal scarring and excellent long-term shape retention.

BREAST

LIFT

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What causes changes in a breast’s shape?

There are many unavoidable reasons why a woman’s breast will change over time. For example, as we age and gravity takes hold, breasts will naturally start to sag. Other factors that may contribute to less voluminous breasts include breastfeeding, pregnancy, genes and fluctuations in weight.

How it works

If excess skin is present, surgery can restore firmness and the desired breast positioning.

This is a day surgery procedure. Patients are home within a couple of hours after surgery.

When you meet with us, we’ll talk to you about what’s involved, and our all-inclusive surgery and recovery package.

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Q & A

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What type of scars could I expect to have?

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You can expect a vertical scar down from the bottom of the areolar/nipple toward the crease under the breast.

These scars usually heal well and fade to a pale, fine line over a year. Some patients do have dark, raised and wide scars. This is unpredictable in general but can often be revised and improved after a few months.

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Is there a long recovery after a breast lift? Is it painful?

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Breast lifts are performed under a general anaesthetic in a day surgery hospital. You can go home a couple of hours after the operation if you’re feeling alright after a period of observation.

Usually, pain is manageable and can be controlled with standard pain relievers. Drains are not routinely used, and dressings are minimal so that a shower can be taken the day after surgery. Sutures are dissolving, so they do not need to be removed.

After about a week, most women can return to work if they feel comfortable.

There is usually swelling and bruising in the first few weeks as the tissues heal. This settles gradually and is usually minimal by about a month after the operation.

For the first four weeks, a support bra should be worn, and no activities should be undertaken that bounce the breast, such as aerobics or jogging. After this time, you can gradually resume normal activities.

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Is this a risky operation?

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In general, it is not a particularly risky operation. However, it does present the same types of potential complications as any operation, such as bleeding, infection, scarring, reaction to the anaesthetic or medications, asymmetry, cosmetic result and pain.

The vast majority of patients are very happy with the result. Some need to have further operations to improve the result, as with any procedure.

It is normal to have a difference between sides of the body – we are all asymmetrical and imperfect before any operation, and this will be the case afterwards.

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Who is this operation suitable for?

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Mastopexy (lifting) is usually sought by women who have had children and feel their breasts have sagged too much. For these women, the aim is to lift the breast and reshape it into a more youthful position.

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Is there a Medicare rebate?

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For some women, there may be a Medicare rebate applicable. This can be determined during your consultation.

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What if I have more questions?

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If you would like to make an appointment for a consultation, please contact us on 1800 745 536.

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