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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 alter the breasts significantly, resulting in a loss of shape and firmness.

Breast lift surgery is offered at our Melbourne clinic to elevate, contour and reshape the breasts. This surgery removes the loose skin that leads to ptosis (drooping) while raising the nipples and reducing areola size. Results can be both impactful and natural-looking 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 or losing a significant amount of weight. Candidates for breast lift surgery commonly present with the following concerns:

  • 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

It is essential that you understand that breast size does not change with breast lift surgery. A breast augmentation is required to make the breasts larger or a breast reduction to decrease the size of the breasts. Breast lift surgery is intended solely to elevate the breast position and tighten the breast skin.

Your Breast Lift Consultation

Once you know you want to move ahead with breast lift surgery, the next step is to choose a qualified specialist plastic surgeon for your procedure. Dr Edmund Ek is highly experienced in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery with a strong background in breast lift techniques. He is dedicated to providing you with world-class care and support as you 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 providing breast lift surgery that prioritizes your safety and is tailored to 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 new place on the breast.

The exact procedure Dr Ek uses to complete your breast lift will depend on your existing breast shape and desired results. Rest assured, Dr Ek will take all the time necessary to understand your expectations and personalise your surgery.

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 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 tightening desired.

Making an Informed Decision

Undergoing plastic surgery is a significant decision that should be made after careful consideration and thorough understanding of all aspects involved, including the potential risks, recovery process and expected outcomes. We’re here to support you every step of the way, providing all the information you need to make informed choices about your care.


We strongly believe that natural body variation is a part of human individuality and should be respected. Plastic surgery is a personal choice and should never be seen as a necessity to ‘fix’ what’s naturally occurring. The decision to undergo a procedure should not be driven by societal pressures or ideals, but by your personal preferences and realistic expectations.


Each surgical procedure carries a unique set of inherent risks. These can include, but are not limited to, infection, adverse reactions to anaesthesia, haematoma, unfavourable scarring, blood clots, nerve damage and dissatisfaction with the aesthetic result. It is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list, and other complications may arise. Some complications can be life-threatening or require additional surgery.

Dr Ek will discuss the risks of your chosen procedure in detail during your consultation.


Recovery times for plastic surgery vary widely based on the specific procedure and the individual patient. The recovery process can be demanding; it requires time, support and often changes in lifestyle, such as time off work or temporary restrictions on activity.

To aid recovery, Dr Ek and his team will provide specific post-operative instructions, including the potential need for recovery services like massages or wearing compression garments. Adhering to these instructions and attending all scheduled follow-up appointments are integral to your healing process.


Results from any surgical procedure are influenced by numerous factors, including your age, overall health, skin quality, lifestyle habits and genetic factors. As such, outcomes can vary greatly between individuals, and it is critical to have a realistic understanding of what can be achieved.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr Ek, who will be happy to discuss these considerations in detail.

What Results or Outcomes May Be Achieved

Immediately after your surgery, you will experience some tenderness, swelling and bruising. These side effects should subside a few weeks after your procedure. Patients are generally back to regular activities within one to two weeks and more strenuous exercise within about one month.

A breast lift can 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 additional procedures can be performed in the future if you wish to maintain the lifted look.

If breast lift surgery sounds interesting to 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 could be right for you.