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Breast lift

If you have fully-developed breasts but desire a more shapely appearance or better projection, you may consider a breast lift to correct sagging or drooping.

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 often performed on mothers whose breasts have sagged 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.

Patient 3023 Breast Reduction Before And After

Restoring fullness and shape to your breasts

A breast lift can correct the sagging or drooping appearance of your breasts, restoring a more youthful appearance.

This not only enables you to wear the clothes you want but may also help restore confidence in your shape.

As a skilled cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Beldholm possess the surgical expertise and finesse to resculpt your breasts with natural symmetry and balance. He combines this with fastidious concern for best practices and complete patient comfort and satisfaction.

“Having completed thousands of breast operations we have seen that the best results come when patients understand the process exactly and have realistic expectations. Their safety and comfort should be a given – it is the extra effort that goes into understanding what they really need that makes the difference.”

Dr. Bernard Beldholm, Principal Surgeon

The Ruler Test – 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 falls 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.

Your surgery

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.

One of the following techniques will be used:

  • 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 and 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.


As with any operation there is a potential for complications. The size of the breast lift varies and the bigger the lift the more chance of complications.

Specific complications applicable to breast lift surgery may include:

  • Superficial infection. The rate for breast lift surgery is about 1 in 100. This is usually treated with antibiotics with no further issues.
  • Changes in nipple and skin sensation. It is possible to experience diminished sensitivity in the nipples and the skin of your breast. Partial or complete loss of nipple and skin sensation can occur in one or both nipples and be permanent in rare cases. This may affect sexual response or the ability to breastfeed.
  • Skin contour irregularities may occur, with visible wrinkling. Residual skin irregularities at the ends of the incisions or “dog ears” are possible when there is excessive redundant skin. This may improve with time, or it can be surgically corrected.
  • Fat necrosis, where fatty tissue located deep in the breast dies. This may produce areas of firmness, requiring additional surgery to remove it. Contour irregularities in the skin may result.
  • Skin discoloration and swelling. Some bruising and swelling is normal and the skin in or near the surgical site can appear either lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. While this usually resolves quickly, it may persist for longer periods or even become permanent.
  • Bleeding after surgery – though rare- may require emergency treatment to drain accumulated blood or blood transfusion. Intra-operative blood transfusion may also be required.
  • Excessive breast firmness can result from internal scarring.The occurrence of this is not predictable and additional treatment including surgery may be necessary.

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