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Breast Lift

The body undergoes numerous changes over time, and the breasts are no exception to the rule. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss and even the natural ageing process can all take their toll on the breasts, resulting in a loss of their youthful shape and firmness. Fortunately, you don’t have to accept the cosmetic embarrassment of sagging breasts. Expert breast lift surgery is offered at our Melbourne clinic to restore the original contour, shape and perkiness of the breasts. This surgery removes the loose skin that leads to ptosis (drooping) while raising the nipples and reducing areola size to create a balanced, proportionate look. Results can be both dramatic and long-lasting when the procedure is performed by an experienced breast surgeon like Dr Edmund Ek.

Is a Breast Lift the Right Choice for You?

Breast lift surgery is available to women of all ages but is frequently recommended to women who are finished having children and are ready to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies. Candidates for breast lift surgery commonly suffer from the following issues:

  • Sagging or hanging breasts that have lost their shape and volume
  • Stretched breast skin that exacerbates the loosening effect
  • Nipples that point downward instead of outward
  • Areolas that have extended and are disproportionately large for the size of the breast
  • Excessive difference between the two breasts regarding size, position or shape
  • Breasts that give you an aged body profile and make you self-conscious about your appearance

It is essential that you understand that breast size does not change with breast lift surgery alone. However, you can combine the lift procedure with augmentation to make the breasts larger or reduction to decrease the size of the breasts. For most patients, performing the procedures simultaneously offers the ability to achieve all their aesthetic goals with just one time under anaesthesia and one recovery process.

Getting Ready for Your Breast Lift

Once you know you want to move ahead with breast lift surgery, the next step is to choose a qualified plastic surgeon for your procedure. Dr Edmund Ek is highly experienced in both plastic and reconstructive surgery with a strong background in breast lift techniques. He is dedicated to providing you with world-class care and support as you go through the process to prepare for your breast lift procedure.

At your initial consultation, Dr Ek will perform a thorough examination and take the time to truly understand your concerns and aesthetic goals for your surgery. This process is essential to ensuring breast lift surgery is safe for you and will meet your expectations. You will also have plenty of opportunity to ask questions so that you have a comprehensive understanding of what the procedure will entail and you feel fully prepared for what lies ahead.

Understanding Breast Lift Surgery

While numerous breast lift techniques might be employed during your surgery, the purpose of this procedure is always the same. The first goal of a breast lift is to raise the breast to a perkier position on the chest wall, reduce excess skin and bring the nipple and areola to a more proportionate, aesthetically-pleasing place on the breast. The exact procedure Dr Ek uses to complete your breast lift will depend on your existing shape and desired results. Rest assured Dr Ek will take all the time necessary to understand your expectations, so your personalised surgery can meet them.

Your breast lift surgery will be performed under general anesthesia at one of the ACHS accredited hospitals that Dr Ek operates at. While usually performed as day case surgery, some patients may choose to stay overnight if their procedure is particularly complicated or there are any extenuating health concerns. Dr Ek will determine the right approach for you, ensuring you are safe and relatively comfortable throughout the process.

Dr Ek will perform your breast lift using one of three different incisions:

  • Periareolar – incision encircles the areola, which is the pigmented area around the nipple
  • Lollipop – this vertical incision extends from the areola incision to the crease beneath the breast
  • Anchor – a crescent-shaped incision is added underneath the breast crease, connecting to the lollipop incision to create an anchor shape

Dr Ek will explain which incision type he will use for your operation at your initial consultation. The formation of your incisions will depend on the amount of lift and correction you need to achieve your desired outcome.

After Your Breast Lift Surgery

Immediately after your surgery, you will experience some tenderness, swelling and bruising. These side effects will subside a few weeks after your procedure, as well as any numbness or loss of sensation that might occur. Patients are generally back to regular activities within one to two weeks and more strenuous exercise within about one month.

Dr Ek’s breast lift surgery offers an exceptionally high success and patient satisfaction rate due to his experience and expertise in this area. In most cases, a breast lift will provide an enhanced appearance for many years. However, over time age and gravity can cause your breasts to start to sag once again. This process is unavoidable for most women, but the good news is additional procedures can be performed in the future to help you maintain your positive look.

If breast lift surgery sounds like the right solution for you, now is the time to schedule your consultation with Dr Ek. Contact our Melbourne office today on (03) 8419 0900 to find out if a breast lift is the right choice for you.