Breast Lift Sunshine Coast

Changes in the shape and position of your breasts can naturally occur throughout your life. As the natural ageing process takes place, breasts can appear to drop or sag from their original position. Breast size, position, shape, and symmetry can also be influenced by pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight fluctuations and genetic factors.

Plastic surgeon Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk can perform breast lift surgery, also referred to as mastopexy, to improve the breast shape and lift the breasts to a desired and more comfortable position.

Breast lift (Mastopexy) model 02, Fraser-Kirk Plastic Surgery

What can be achieved with a breast lift?

To improve the appearance of the breasts, a breast lift procedure can:

  • Remove excess or sagging skin
  • Correct nipple placement
  • Correct asymmetrical breasts
  • Adjust areola size

How is a breast lift performed?

A breast lift procedure is designed to lift the breasts to an improved position by removing excess skin that may have contributed to a sagging effect, as well as tighten the surrounding tissue. The procedure will be performed with a personalised approach, using the most suitable incision type for each patient.

Breast lift incision types:

The incision type chosen will depend on the amount of lifting and excess skin removal that is needed. Incision types that involve more cutting will allow the surgeon more access to the areas of excess skin and will allow for more shaping. These types are generally ideal for those who would like a more dramatic change. Those who only require a subtle lift can achieve their desired results with a less extensive incision type.

  • Wise-Pattern/Anchor
    To allow a moderate to high amount of lifting, a circular incision is made around the areola, followed by a vertical incision to the bottom of the breast and a horizontal incision along the crease of the breast.
  • Vertical/Lollipop
    For a moderate lift, a circular incision can be made around the areola before a vertical incision is made towards the breast crease.
  • Peri-Areolar/Benelli
    When patients only require a subtle lift, a circular incision is made around the areola.
  • Crescent
    For an even more subtle lift, a semi-circle incision can be made above the areola.

As well as removing excess skin and creating a lift, the placement of your nipples will also be adjusted to suit the new breast shape. Often, breasts that have begun to sag will cause the nipples to move from their original position, potentially facing downwards. A breast lift will involve adjusting nipple placement for optimal results.

Enlarged areolae are also common amongst women who choose to undergo a breast lift procedure. During the procedure, the size of the areolae can be adjusted to create a more balanced appearance.

What can I expect following my surgery?

Some light bleeding through your dressings is normal and should only last a couple of days.
If a breast becomes swollen, tense or painful please contact Dr Fraser-Kirk.

When you come home from surgery you will have a compression garment in place with some absorbent combine pads in place.
There may be two drains, one from each breast. The drains will remain in place until less than 20ml is collected in a 24hr period.
All dressings are to remain in place and dry until your post-operative appointment.

You should rest. Sleep supported by pillows for 7 days post-operatively. you will leave the hospital with white compression stockings on your legs; these will stay on for 3 days to help maintain circulation and prevent blood clots.
No driving for 7 to 10 days. 6 weeks of rest with no heavy lifting is required.

Light walking can be resumed 2 weeks after surgery. No strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks.

Pain relief will be prescribed to you to assist with the discomfort. If you run out of these, Panadol and Ibuprofen should be sufficient. It is common to experience some bloating and constipation following your surgery – if required, use coloxyl and Senna.
Aspirin should be avoided.

Once your surgical dressings have been removed, taping of the scars is recommended.
Micropore tape can be used to tape the wound for up to three months post-operatively.
Taping the wound prevents stretching of the scar and promotes scar maturity. Micropore can be purchased from most pharmacies and will need to be changed once weekly. You can get this wet, pat dry after showering.
Please notify Dr Fraser-Kirk if your scar appears lumpy, red or raised. A more suitable dressing may be required.

If you experience pain, widespread redness or offensive discharge from your surgical site please contact Dr Fraser-Kirk. These symptoms can indicate infection and may require antibiotics.

How much will a breast lift cost in Sunshine Coast?

Breast lift procedures are highly personalised, which will influence the total costs of the surgery. Each patient will have a different estimated total, as measured by the details of their procedure.

Your breast lift procedure costs can be outlined during your consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk, as your individual needs and procedure goals will need to be assessed.

Generally, procedure costs are influenced by anaesthesia fees, hospital fees and the complexity and length of the procedure.

For any questions regarding procedure costs, please contact us.

What are the associated risks and complications?

 The potential side effects of a breast lift procedure can include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Nipple sensation changes
  • Breast sensation changes
  • Haematoma
  • Fat necrosis

Notify us if you experience any of the following

  • Heavy bleeding from the incision site that is difficult to control
  • If you have severe or increasing pain not relieved by Panadol
  • Temperature above 38 degrees celsius or chills
  • Redness around the incision site that is spreading
  • Pus or discharge that is foul smelling
  • DO NOT SMOKE. Smoking delays healing, increases risk of infection and complications can result.

Your recovery instructions will help you take the necessary steps to reduce your post-surgery risks. Monitor your breasts throughout your recovery and report any concerning symptoms to your doctor as soon as possible to receive the right treatment.

Book your consultation with Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk

To determine your suitability for surgery, assess your individual needs and develop a personalised treatment plan, you will need to book a consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk. A consultation will also provide you with an outline of your procedure costs and important preparation instructions so that you are able to get organised before the day of your procedure.