If you have fully-developed breasts but desire a more shapely appearance or better projection, you may consider a breast lift to correct.
This restores a more youthful appearance, not only enabling you to wear the clothes you want but also potentially restoring confidence in your shape.
Breast lift (‘mastopexy’) is one of the most commonly-requested cosmetic surgery procedures and is often combined with breast augmentation in a single operation. With advances in techniques, you can achieve the breasts you desire safely and effectively – without taking weeks off work.
It is most often performed on mothers following childbirth, and women who have experienced sagging due to aging or massive weight loss. Those who have asymmetric breasts that require balancing can benefit from a breast lift too.
Do I need a breast lift?
You can perform a test yourself to determine whether you would benefit from a breast lift.
Simply place a ruler in the fold under your breasts and note where your nipples and areola fall:
- If your nipple and areola fall below the ruler, a breast lift may be of benefit.
- If your nipple and areola are on or above the ruler, there may be no obvious benefit to a breast lift. Another procedure may be more appropriate. Such as a breast augmentation.
Our plan for you
4 steps to a successful breast lift
As a patient of Specialist Cosmetic Surgery you will be guided through a 4-stage process designed to meet all your unique needs and expectations of surgery.
Dr Beldholm and his staff are here to guide you through and make sure that you get the best possible result. We focus on making you comfortable and answering all your questions.
From patient coordinator, receptionists, practice manager to Dr Beldholm. We are here to assist and guide you through your very personal surgical journey.
There are many options for your surgery and these will be discussed with you during your consultation. Dr Beldholm will recommend an option that is customised for you and your body based on his vast experience, having performed thousands of surgical procedures over the past decade.
The decision to undergo any surgery will be made after it has been determined that it is safe for you to do so and that the results will match your expectations.
By the end of the consultation your questions and doubts will be answered and you can make a fully-informed decision.
If you decide to proceed, Dr Beldholm and his team will collaborate with you on designing a personalised treatment plan, scheduling a convenient date and location for your surgery, and providing all preoperative and post-operative information.
Your appointment with Dr. Beldholm can be scheduled at two convenient locations:
- 30 Belmore Rd, Lorn NSW 2320: a beautiful converted heritage building in the Hunter Valley.
- 18 Lambton Rd, Broadmeadow, NSW 2292: a modern facility in the heart of Newcastle.
It can be quite overwhelming when you consider having surgery and often it can be hard to remember all the information that we have provided you with. We therefore provide you with written information about your procedure as well as an option to come back and have further follow up consultations with Dr Beldholm at no additional charge.
Your 3D consultation with Dr Beldholm
Most women find it difficult to visualize the results of their surgery.
3D imaging is routinely used during your consultation to show you the potential result of the operation. Not only will this show you the shape and position of your new breasts but also show, where the scars will be positioned.
Dr Beldholm performs Breast Lift procedure in private hospitals in the Hunter Valley:
- Maitland Private Hospital
- Hunter Valley Private Hospital
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic in an accredited private hospital, where your care and comfort is the priority.
It is often combined with implants to enhance the fullness and volume of the breasts: see Breast Augmentation & Lift.
The extent to which the breasts need lifting and the precise technique used for the procedure will be discussed during your initial consultation and assessment with Dr.Beldholm.
Lollipop mastopexy (vertical breast lift)
The most-advanced technique, the vertical breast lift, gently removes skin through an incision around the circumference of the nipple running from the areola down to the crease underneath the breast. It results in less scarring, better projection and fullness in the breasts, compared with older techniques.
Doughnut mastopexy (Benelli technique)
A circular or ‘doughnut’ incision is made around the nipple and areola. The nipple is moved to a higher position, drawing in the surrounding skin to lift the breast. This technique leaves a minimal, well-concealed scar, but it limits the degree of lift that is achievable.
‘Inverted T’ or ‘Wise pattern’ mastopexy
This traditional breast lift technique involves an anchor-shaped or ‘inverted T’ incision circling the areola and extending downwards along the natural curve of the breast. Excess skin is removed, and the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position. It is more invasive than newer techniques and less commonly used by Dr. Beldholm.
Following the lifting process, breasts are checked for symmetry and the incisions are closed across all layers of the skin and tissue, with a special absorbable stitch.
Recovery from a Breast Augmentation will vary for each individual. In the majority of patients the recovery is quick.
This is what you can expect:
- Some discomfort for the first few days that varies from patient to patient.
- Ability to lift your arms up above your head within a few days.
- Procedure is a hospital day stay only.
- Most patients only need simple pain medications such as panadol.
- No drains required.
- You can shower the next day.
- You are provided with 2 compression garments.
- If you have desk type job, then you should be able to go back to work in 3-5 days.
- Full exercise with no restrictions after 4 weeks.
- Breast swelling is expected in the first two weeks and settles around 4 weeks.
Individual results may vary*
Your procedure is not considered complete until Dr. Beldholm has met with you to follow up after your operation. He will ensure that the healing process has gone according to plan and that all the expectations discussed in your one-on-one consultation have been met.
You will generally see the doctor on the day after the operation and also in 1 month, 3 months and 6 months following surgery. These appointments are included in the surgical fee.
The refined surgical techniques result in strategically-placed scars that are hidden from view and will become almost imperceptible over the course of a year.
We have created an extensive program to maximise wound healing and recovery with a course of LED light treatments.
“A breast lift is a great way to re-shape the breast after pregnancy or weight loss. Patients are able to improve the overall shape and position of the breasts. Many women are do not wish to have breast implants. I’m very glad to be able to offer this procedure and have found a high satisfaction rate in women that have sagginess in their breasts.”
Dr Bernard Beldholm FRACS
Dr Bernard Beldholm Specialist Surgeon
*Disclaimer: Individual results may vary. All surgery carries risks and you should seek a second opinion before proceeding.