It’s common for breasts to change shape with time. This change is often due to age, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or genetics, and can result in droopy nipples, loose skin and saggy breasts.

If you are bothered by any changes, then you might be an ideal candidate for a breast lift by Perth Plastic Surgeon Dr David Colbert.

What is a breast lift?

A breast lift (also known as a mastopexy) aims to create breasts that are firmer, perkier and more youthful appearing.

Droopy nipples are elevated, excess loose skin is removed, and internal breast tissue is reshaped to provide more fullness to your upper breast.

Is breast lift surgery for me?

You may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery in Perth if:

  • Your breasts have sagged, lost shape, or lost firmness.
  • When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease or point downwards.
  • You may also have stretched skin and an enlarged areola.
  • You are in good health, including being a non-smoker.

What does breast lift surgery involve?

At a glance:

  • Time in surgery: 1 – 3 hours.
  • Time in hospital: Day case.
  • Time off work: 1 week.
  • Time before driving: 1 week.
  • Time wearing a supportive garment: 6 weeks.
  • Time before exercise including gym: 6 weeks.

During your consultation Dr Colbert will discuss each part of your breast lift procedure with you in detail, but some important points to note include:

  • Breast lift is performed under general anaesthesia (with you asleep), and usually as day surgery, meaning you don’t need to stay in hospital overnight.
  • Surgical markings are done before the operation, ensuring that each step of the operation is tailored to fit your breasts.
  • Incisions are designed around your areola and loose saggy breast tissue. The exact location of these incisions depends on your breast size and shape, but is usually either a short scar (vertical or circumvertical) or inverted T pattern. Dr Colbert will discuss the particular technique that will be best used for your breast during your consultation.
  • Your breast shape is improved, by reshaping the tissue, elevating the nipple height, removing any loose saggy excess skin.

What is the recovery after breast lift surgery?

After your breast lift operation Dr Colbert applies surgical dressings, and a surgical bra to help reduce swelling and provide extra support. Breast lift surgery is not usually a painful operation, and patients manage any discomfort with tablet analgesia that is provided.

Before being discharged you’re given specific instructions on how to care for your breasts  until your next follow up with Dr Colbert. Light activities can commence after the operation, while strenuous or vigorous activities should be delayed for at least two weeks. It is recommended to wear your surgical bra for six weeks.

What scars can I expect?

Your final scar position depends on your breast size, breast shape, and nipple position. Generally speaking, these scars will usually be around the areola and down towards the breast crease, and sometimes along the breast crease. Dr Colbert will discuss and show you the location of the scars during the consultation.

Like all scars the incision lines take months to settle. They are initially very thin, then can temporarily become thicker, then settle again to become paler and finer. It is important to recognise that you are swapping the scars for an improvement in breast shape.

What are the risks associated with breast lift surgery?

Breast lift surgery is associated with the following risks:

  • Infection: infection of the breast may require antibiotics.
  • Bruising and bleeding: bruising is common after surgery and required no treatment, while excessive bleeding may require a return to the operating theatre to remove any collections of blood.
  • Scarring: scarring will usually become paler and finer with time, but may rarely be lumpy or thick (keloid or hypertrophic scarring).
  • Delayed wound healing: incisions may take longer to heal in some areas and require dressings or sometimes further surgery.
  • Partial or total nipple loss: thankfully this is very rare, but is still a very important complication to discuss.
  • Change in nipple or breast sensitivity: this is uncommon, and if occurs if often temporary rather than permanent.
  • Breast asymmetry: while Dr Colbert will strive to make your breasts as symmetrical as possible, no two breasts are perfectly identical in shape or size.
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE): DVT refers to blood clots in your legs which can travel to your lung (PE).
  • Further surgery: sometimes further surgery may be beneficial to improve the final shape or symmetry between the breasts.
  • Breast surgery is like any surgical procedures in that it carries risks – therefore before having any operation you should always speak to an appropriately qualified health practitioner about these potential risks.
Why should you see Dr Colbert for your breast lift surgery?

Perth women see Dr Colbert for breast lift surgery because they want expert care by a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.

  • Dr Colbert MBBS FRACS (Plastic Surgery) is an Australian trained and fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
  • Dr Colbert is one of only a few Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Australia who focuses exclusively on breast and body surgery.
  • Dr Colbert personally performs all surgery and aftercare himself, and doesn’t get surgical assistants or nurses to treat you during or after your operation.
  • Dr Colbert and his staff are renowned for their amazing patient care, delivered in a comfortable and stress-free environment.

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How much does breast lift surgery cost in Perth?

Costs associated with surgery can be confusing, so to help make things clearer we have listed the the following fees that make up the final cost.

  • Surgical fee: The total cost for breast lift surgery will depend on many factors, but will usually range between $5000 and $7000. Your procedure may be partly subsidised by Medicare and your private health fund, provided you meet specific eligibility criteria set by Medicare. Please note that there are often an out of pocket costs to pay, and the exact amount of these costs are always provided before surgery.
  • Anaesthetic fee: the anaesthetic fee may be partly covered by Medicare and your private health fund, however there are often an out of pocket costs to pay. These costs are provided before surgery.
  • Hospital fee (this includes operation room fee, bed costs, surgical or medication fees, and any other hospital extras): Medicare does not cover this fee. If you have private health insurance then this may be covered by your insurance fund, but you should check with your fund if there is any out of pocket expenses. If you have no private insurance then you will have to pay this fee on discharge from the hospital.

Where can I find out more?

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