Pregnancy, breast-feeding, weight fluctuations and the natural aging process can all take their toll on the breasts. Their combined effects result in loss of skin elasticity and firmness along with changes in gland volume and fat content. These processes can lead to distortion of the breasts including descent of the nipples, loss of shape and contour and breast sagging. A breast lift is a surgical procedure designed to elevate the breast into a more youthful position, raise the nipple and improve shape, symmetry and contour.
The type of incision will vary depending on the degree of lifting required. The incision may be limited to just around the areolar, extend down the breast below the areolar (vertical lift) or may include an extension along the breast crease. Short scar vertical techniques are used for the majority of breast lift procedures as this technique provides the best balance between long lasting results, improved breast shape and scar minimisation. The fundamental concept behind a breast lift is that a significant improvement in shape, symmetry and contour is achieved at the expense of necessary scars. Dr Watts and his team have many techniques available to help minimise this and will guide you through their postoperative protocol for scar management.
• Restore breasts to a more youthful position
• Correct sagging and drooping breasts
• Improve breast shape and contour
• Reposition the nipple
• Reduce areola size
• Enhance effects of breast augmentation
• Improve breast asymmetry
A breast lift can also be combined with a breast augmentation to further enhance upper pole fullness and shape. Alternatively, it may be combined with a breast reduction in those women with larger breasts. We recommend delaying breast lift procedures until there are no future plans for pregnancy to ensure a longer lasting result. The long-term duration of the lift will depend on a number of factors including age, skin quality, genetics and breast size.
Dr. Watts performs breast lifts on an outpatient basis using general or twilight anaesthesia. The length of your procedure will depend on a number of factors but on average will take 2-3 hours to complete. Comfortable dressings will be placed over the breasts and a firm supportive bra applied. After the procedure you will be observed for a few hours to ensure your initial recovery is progressing well before you are allowed to return home with a friend or family member.
Written procedure specific information sheets will be given to you in order for you to prepare for your surgery and the recovery period. You may experience mild to moderate discomfort after the procedure and so a postoperative analgesia regime will be tailored to meet your specific needs. In general, you can expect the possible bruising, swelling and tenderness of the breasts to have settled within 1-2 weeks.
Dr Watts and his team are dedicated to providing ongoing care, support and guidance throughout your entire journey. They will be readily available to answer any further questions you may have to ensure a safe and smooth recovery. For more information please call our office to schedule a personal consultation with Dr Watts to discuss how a breast lift may benefit you.