Breast sag (ptosis) is a frequent problem following pregnancy and lactation. It is also problem that affects women with larger breasts. Breast ptosis is defined as a drop of the nipple below the level of the fold beneath the breast (inframammary fold). Associated with the drop of the breast is a general softening of the breast because it has been stretched over a longer area.
Women with breast ptosis are concerned by a number of issues:
- Breasts sagging onto the lower chest or stomach
- The downward pointing nipples
- Enlarged size of the areolas
- Loss of breast firmness
- Associated loss of breast volume from post-lactational involution of the breast
- An alteration of self-confidence, self-image and self-esteem
A breast lift/mastopexy lifts the nipple back on top of the breast and increases breast firmness due to a more compact volume of the breast. The result of this procedure is a rejuvenation of the breast. Correction of the breast ptosis can be associated with a very significant improvement of these problems. Although breasts of any size can be lifted, the results may not be as long-lasting in women with heavier breasts. To achieve an increase in volume however, some women will combine a breast lift with a breast augmentation/enlargement.
Will I require anaesthesia:
These operations are performed under a general anaesthetic. Some can be carried out as a day case but many women choose to stay in hospital for a short stay.
I have heard there are large scars associated with a breast lift:
Scars are the inevitable result of any invasive surgical procedure. As a cosmetic surgeon, Our doctor will employ a variety of measures to minimise your scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible. Although all scars will go through a time when they are noticeable due to pinkness and occasionally thickening, most scars will be along natural skin lines and fade with time. Traditional breast lift techniques left quite a long scar in the shape of an anchor. Our doctor will rarely perform this operation for repeat breast procedures and for women with very large breasts, most women end up with a shortened scar technique that has a far greater acceptability for patients and a better cosmetic outcome.
This is a very similar operation to a breast reduction. The major difference is that no breast tissue is removed.
Is there any assistance from Medicare and my health fund for this operation:
There are some patients having a breast lift who will the eligible for assistance from Medicare and your health fund. These are:
Breast ptosis that exists after pregnancy when the youngest child is between the ages of one and seven. For this benefit to be achieved, photographs need to be taken and sent with a covering letter to the Health Insurance Commission for approval. Although our doctor is not in a position to make this decision she will be able to give you a very good iindication regarding the chance of approval for you.
Lifting one breast to match the position of the opposite breast. This would apply to women who have had a partial mastectomy, a previous breast reconstruction or with breast asymmetry (breasts of different size).
If approval is granted by the health insurance commission, your health fund will assist with hospital costs and both Medicare and your health fund will assist with the medical costs.
For further information about your own policy you should contact your health fund.
Are patients satisfied with this operation:
Patients who have this procedure are generally extremely pleased with their result.