A breast lift, medically known mastopexy, is a procedure that repositions the breasts to a healthier and more appealing placement on the chest wall. By removing the skin that causes the breasts to sag, both the positioning and shape of the breasts improves, creating a proportional physique.
Lifting the breasts is often warranted when excess skin forces them to hang lower than what would be considered natural. A breast lift can also correct an enlarged areola and downward facing nipple if they are affected.
The breasts lose their elasticity for several reasons, the most common being natural ageing, pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight gain. Over time, ligaments in the breasts that usually support the tissues begin to stretch, resulting in sagging or what is known as ptosis.
Your consultation is a time for you to learn more about breast lift surgery and decide whether it’s a procedure that you would like to undergo. Dr Ritz will explain what happens during surgery and what you can expect as you recover.
Dr Ritz will also ask about your medical history and determine whether you are healthy enough to receive surgery. He will measure your breasts to understand the severity of ptosis and discuss your cosmetic goals so that he may create a unique treatment plan for your needs.
A breast lift will improve the position of your breasts but it will not necessarily increase their size. You may consider receiving implants with breast augmentation along with a breast lift if you would like to restore volume to your breasts as well.
Two weeks prior to your procedure, you will come in for a second consultation to review your treatment plan and answer additional questions that you may have.
During the Surgery
Depending on the hospital you are in, you will arrive for surgery 30 minutes to two hours before your procedure is scheduled to begin. You will see Dr Ritz during this time who will draw markings to indicate where he will place incisions. An anaesthetist will also greet you and explain the process of going under for surgery.
With a breast lift, an incision is often made around the areola that travels down to the fold of the breast. Dr Ritz will remove the excess skin and fat which allows him to reposition the remainder of the breast. Once he has achieved an ideal placement and symmetry, Dr Ritz will close your incisions and place any drains to collect fluids.
You will be required to stay overnight in the hospital to monitor your drains. After 24 hours, Dr Ritz will remove them and you will be permitted to go home.
Post Operative Care
As you make your way home from surgery, you will stop by Dr Ritz’s office to receive a specialised bra that supports your healing breasts and reduces swelling. It’s essential that you wear this bra every day and night for six weeks. During this time, you will also come in once a week for follow up appointments.
For the first two weeks after surgery, you will not be permitted to drive. It’s also important that you limit physical activity that could increase bleeding for at least six weeks. As Dr Ritz assess the progress of your breast lift, he will advise when you can return to your normal routine.
How long does the surgery take?
Approximately 2 hours.
Can I do it just as a day case?
Some patients are able to have day surgery, though most do need to stay 1 night in hospital.
How long do I have to take off work?
Approximately 2 weeks, depending on what you do for work.
When can I drive?
After 2 weeks.
How long until I can exercise?
Usually not until 6 weeks post operatively.
Do I have to have an implant?
Some patients may require an implant also if they have lost volume.
Where is the incision placed?
Around the areola.
Can I breastfeed after surgery?
You may not be able to.
How much does the surgery cost?
It depends on the person and what is required, please contact us for a rough quote.