Breast Lift / Mastopexy
Is Mastopexy (Breast Lift) Right For You?
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Dr Georgina Konrat
BSc BSc (Hons) MBBS FACCS Cosmetic Surgery Cosmetic Medicine
A Mastopexy or Breast Lift and augmentation surgery can raise sagging breast tissues by tightening excess loose breast skin and raising the breast higher on the chest wall.
This can also improve fullness as well as projection of the breast. Breast Lift surgery may be combined with Breast implants and also with liposuction of the front of the armpits and along the bra strap areas.
When you come for your consult, we can use our experience to give appropriate recommendations for your individual circumstances. Our focus is always to give you as natural a breast lift result as possible while taking into account your particular issues and desires.
Restoring your breasts to a lovely shape can become reality, thanks to the expertise of Dr Georgina Konrat, one of a very few fully qualified and experienced female Cosmetic surgeons in Queensland. Dr Konrat has made a particular study of remedial breast surgery: her goal is always to provide women with the best visual and well-being outcome, whatever the circumstances. As a woman, she has an “insider’s understanding” of how a woman likes to look and feel. Dr Konrat uses the very latest techniques in breast lift surgery to achieve the most natural result.
Mastopexy or Breast Lift is an operation designed to treat Ptosis (‘droop’) of the breast by moving the nipple-areola complex to their normal position and tightening the skin and breast tissue to improve the shape and projection of the breasts. The nipple is never cut off or removed in this operation.
Ptosis, or breast droop, is a normal aging process and is a result of many factors, including the impact of post-pregnancy and breast-feeding, or the results of weight loss. The normal anatomical position of the nipple is in line with the fold under the breast (when looking at oneself side-on in the mirror) or at the midpoint of the upper arm.
A number of different surgical procedures are used to improve breast ptosis, and the scars vary according to the technique required. Dr Konrat will describe these and make her recommendation for your particular characteristics at your consultation.
The scars will vary according to the technique involved:
- There will always be a scar either partially or completely around the nipple;
- There may also be a scar that runs from the central point of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple) to the fold beneath the breast;
- Depending on the surgical procedure needed, there may also be a scar in the fold beneath the breast.
- The scars are pink to start with and gradually fade over time. How well the scars heal, and the quality of the final scars, depends on numerous factors, such as how well your skin generally heals, or whether you are prone to hypertrophic or keloid (thickening) scars.
- Any unnecessary tension or pulling on the scars can widen and thicken the scars, so post-operative care is critically important for the best quality of the scars, long-term.
Your ability to breast-feed may be affected by Breast Lift surgery, but mammograms and self-examination are not affected.
It is worth noting that breast lift surgery, like breast reduction surgery, can six to twelve months to reach its final shape so you can appreciate the permanent change in your appearance. More recent techniques enable us to have fewer scars.
If breast implants are required following breast lift surgery, a wait time of approximately twelve weeks is needed before the implants may be placed as Dr Konrat performs this procedure as a staged operation. The reasons for this are important and are to ensure the best possible outcome for the surgery and for patient safety.
It is critical that you are fully informed about the procedure: the information on this website has been written and is regularly updated by Dr Konrat. It was designed to provide as complete an informative experience as possible, but it does not take the place of a personal consultation.
You should never make a decision by reading a web page alone, no matter how comprehensive the information is. We encourage you to book a personal consultation with Dr Konrat, where she will assess you, explain the procedure in detail and help you to understand all the benefits as well as the risks and complications of surgery in general and breast surgery in particular.
- An in-depth consultation (approximately one hour) with Dr Georgina Konrat.
- Dr Konrat will ask important questions about you and your health (your medical history). She will examine your breasts, take photographs to aid in the diagnosis of your concerns, and help plan the appropriate surgical procedure is that is found to be the best option.
- You will be given an information kit to take home. We understand that you may not remember or understand everything you hear in the consultation, so we encourage you to make notes as soon as possible after the consultation, and call or email Dr Konrat with any concerns or questions you may have about the surgery.
- At least one week prior to surgery, blood tests will be taken and pre-operative mammogram screening is recommended.
- In order to have the best healing result, Brisbane Cosmetic Clinic recommends that you:
- Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fish, fruit and salads
- Commence taking Vitamins C and D, Zinc and Selenium.
- Do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs ten days before and ten days after your operation. These medicines can thin your blood and aggravate bruising or bleeding.
- You must discuss your use of any ‘leisure drugs’ with Dr Konrat at the time of your consultation, as these could also have an impact on the success of the surgery.
- If you are a smoker, you must cease smoking for at least two weeks before and one month after your surgery.
- Pre-operative and post-operative instructions are provided in the brochure given at the time of the pre-operative appointment, or they are sent to you once you have booked a date for your surgery.
- Brisbane Cosmetic Clinic staff is pleased to answer any questions after your consultation, and you are encouraged to return for a second consultation any time you feel it would be useful.
- Breast Lift surgery is performed in a licensed and accredited Day Surgery Hospital under general anæsthesia.
- Dr Konrat will make marks on your skin prior to the surgery to use as guides during the surgery.
- The procedure usually takes between two and three hours.
- The surgical technique is complicated: every woman’s procedure will be slightly different depending on her breasts prior to the surgery and what she is hoping to achieve. Dr Konrat makes incisions as agreed during your consultation.
- A complete list of instructions will be given to you prior to your surgery. You will also be able to read about the post-operative period in the information brochure given to you at your first consultation.
- After a short recovery period, usually about two hours, you can go home. You must have a relative or friend drive you home from the hospital, and it is best that you are not alone at home for the first 24 hours after surgery. You must not drive yourself nor take public transport.
- Some patients will be wearing a special support garment; others may be advised to wear no bra support for the first 2 -3 weeks. Dr Konrat will advise the appropriate course of action for you.
- You are likely to feel drowsy or even sleepy after the anæsthetic, and you should rest for two hours when you get home.
- After waking, you should eat lightly and drink to replenish your body fluids. You may go to the bathroom with assistance as needed.
- If you feel fine, light activity will not harm you.
- If you have some discomfort, you will find that placing well-padded ice bags over your breasts may relieve discomfort significantly.
- You may have drains in place. One drain may be placed in each breast at the time of surgery. If fluid accumulates during or after surgery, drains are used to promote fluid evacuation and speed healing. When drains are inserted, the bulb at the end of each tube is compressed to create gentle suction. You will be given a demonstration of drain care in the recovery room if you have drains.
- Day One Post-surgery:
- You may experience dizziness or light-headedness, shakes or tremors, breast tenderness, discomfort or a feeling of bruising. You might feel nauseous, tired and very sleepy;
- You should rest as much as you need and keep up fluids and healthy meals. Take the antibiotics that have been prescribed, along with the pain medication as prescribed and directed by Dr Konrat. Do not drive while taking pain medication.
- You should not shower.
- The practice nurse will call to check on your progress. If drains are in place, you may be required to attend Brisbane Cosmetic Clinic’s rooms for an inspection and removal of your dressings and drains.
- Day Two Post-surgery:
- You should expect some bruising, swelling, tenderness and soreness.
- You can shower, providing you have a carer close by, in case you become dizzy.
- Continue pain tablets and antibiotics as prescribed.
- Light activity is recommended to reduce the risk of leg vein clots (deep vein thrombosis).
- Wash your support garment if necessary and when dry put it back on.
- Antibiotics: (1 tablet 3 times per day). If you are allergic to any specific antibiotics, another antibiotic will be prescribed.
- For pain: Take over-the-counter pain relief medications every 8 hours to a maximum of 8 tablets in a 24 hour period.
- Vitamin C: 1000 mg per day.
- Zinc: 1 tablet per day.
- For bruising: Arnica: 4 tablets under the tongue, 3 times per day.
- You must avoid: Aspirin for 1 week, strong coffee, alcohol, smoking (for one month after the procedure).
- Most patients report mild to moderate discomfort that is well managed by a combination of over-the-counter pain relief medications.
- Herbal Remedies: Some patients report that arnica contributes to a reduction in bruising and swelling, resulting in reduced discomfort and edema, and improved healing. Take arnica orally according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging.
- You must call at any time if you have
- Severe pain not responding to pain medication;
- More swelling and/or pain on one side than the other;
- Drains that fill rapidly and have to be emptied more frequently than twice a day.
- Days Seven to Ten
- A visit to Brisbane Cosmetic Clinic will be scheduled during this time.
- All dressings are left in place until this visit, unless otherwise notified. Some sutures may need to be removed, and all dressings and tapes will be changed at this visit. You will be given surgical tapes, which will be changed every week for the next six weeks.
- Lymphatic drainage massage is highly recommended during the first three weeks following surgery, and you will be shown how to do this.
- You do not need to sleep sitting up or lying on your back. Right from the first night, you are encouraged to sleep naturally, turning from side to side as normal. This helps the lymphatic system and veins drain away any swelling and bruising. However, you should not sleep on your stomach for at least four weeks.
- Dr Konrat usually uses dressings that are waterproof, so you can shower and pat them dry with your towel.
- You can remove any support garment or surgical bra for showering.
- You should not bath or swim (i.e. be submerged in water) for one month after surgery.
- Activity Restriction:
- Do not carry heavy weights, bags or packages for two weeks, and you should refrain from any other physical activities that cause pain in the surgery area.
- You may not be able to drive for about a week, although every patient recovers at a different pace. Dr Konrat’s recommendation to patients is that they should not drive until they are recovered sufficiently that if they were driving and had a car accident, they could truthfully state that they did not suffer diminished capacity due to recent breast surgery. You must make sure you are recovered enough to drive safely before you get behind the wheel.
- It is never safe to drive while taking oral pain medication.
- Week Six: Post-operative check-up. You will commence wearing a supportive bra, or will change from the surgical bra to a normal bra.
- Month Six: Post-operative check-up. If you have questions or feel you need a consultation prior to this, you will be welcomed.
We want you to have a speedy and uncomplicated recovery.
If you are not sure about anything, or have concerns, please contact us sooner rather than later. NEVER TAKE CHANCES!
Do not hesitate to phone us at the clinic on 07 3391 5710 for advice at any time during your recovery.
Risks Specific To Breast Lift Surgery / Mastopexy
- Antibiotics are given at the time of surgery and for one week post-operatively;
- Further surgery may be required to improve scars if severe infection occurs;
- Tissue Necrosis or tissue breakdown has been reported following the use of steroid drugs, chemotherapy, radiation to breast tissue, smoking, and excessive heat or cold therapy. Occasionally, it can occur without any identifiable cause, but this is very rare.
- Bleeding with collection of blood and bruising (hæmatoma) can occur;
- Further surgery to stop the bleeding may be required. However, returning to the operating theatre for this is very rare.
Changes in Nipple and Skin Sensation
- Some change in, or loss of nipple sensation immediately after surgery is not unusual.
- It may take 9 to 12 months for full sensation to return.
- Occasionally, partial or permanent loss of nipple and skin sensation, or hypersensitivity may occur in one or both breasts.
- Changes in sensation may affect sexual response, or the ability to feed a baby.
- This is the worst complication of this type of surgery, and is most common is very large breasts, or in smokers or diabetics.
- If the nipple blood supply appears to be threatened at the time of surgery, conversion to free nipple graft may be necessary. This will be explained at the time of your initial consultation with Dr Konrat.
Poor Scarring and ‘Dog Ears’
- ‘Dog Ears’ are puckers or small ‘pleats’ at each end or one end of a scar. If these are bothersome or appear unattractive, they can be trimmed so their appearance is flatter and smoother.
- This may need further surgery to correct, usually after 3 – 6 months.
- Scars around the nipple, from the areola to the fold at the base of the breast and sometimes in the fold below the breast, are permanent.
- The degree of scarring varies according to many factors. Dr Konrat can discuss this with you at your initial consultation.
- Your breasts may not be perfectly symmetrical in size and shape after surgery.
- Nipple height may not be matched perfectly, as it is difficult to remove a considerable portion of breast tissue and match the nipple positions with the patient in a horizontal position.
- All care is taken to ensure that nipple position and breast size and shape are as symmetrical as possible.
GENERAL RISKS OF SURGERY
Because surgery is such a vital part of modern medicine, there is a tendency to forget that there are risks associated with every type of surgery. While these risks are small, every person undergoing surgery should be aware of the risks.
- All internal and external wounds need time to heal after surgery. Sutures and other material are used to hold wounds closed while they heal.
- Despite taking precautions, infections can occur during and just after surgery. These may be general, such as pneumonia, or specific to breast surgery. Because of their generally good health, breast lift patients usually have a lower risk of developing general infections such as pneumonia.
- Patients have a risk of forming a blood clot in the leg (deep vein thrombosis) that breaks off and gets stuck in the lung circulation (pulmonary embolism). This is minimised by the wearing of surgical ‘stockings’ during the surgery, and by getting the patient out of bed as soon as possible.
- You will also be encouraged to breathe deeply when you wake up from the anæsthetic, as this expands your lungs and helps ensure your blood oxygen levels are good.
Risks of Anæsthesia
As a rule, these risks are very low in cosmetic surgery patients, because the patients are generally in good health. Dr Konrat will take a full medical history, and will order a number of tests prior to surgery. She will also make lifestyle recommendations to ensure your health is optimal before the surgery. This will minimise any general risks.
Mental Health Disorders and Elective Surgery
- It is important that all patients seeking to undergo elective surgery have realistic expectations that focus on improvement rather than perfection.
- Complications or less than satisfactory results are sometimes unavoidable; they may require additional surgery, and can be stressful.
- Please discuss openly with Dr Konrat in your consultation prior to surgery, any history of emotional depression or mental health disorders. If you are unsure whether a matter is relevant, please mention it anyway. Although many individuals may benefit psychologically from the results of elective cosmetic surgery, the effects on mental health can never be predicted, and could possibly have a negative influence on emotional stability.
Breast Lift / Mastopexy
$ breast lift cost priced upon consultation *
You will be provided with an accurate quote during your consultation, so you can be assured that you will be receiving a treatment specifically tailored to your individual needs. Our consultation with you, is the groundwork we do to ensure that you can put your trust in us. We try at all times to keep all our procedures within an acceptable and ethical cost estimate allowing patients the opportunity to make personal life changes they need or desire.
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