Dr Mistry Explains: Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

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Possible Risks and Complications

Like any surgical procedure, breast lift (mastopexy) surgery carries potential risks and complications. While major complications are relatively rare, it is still crucial to be aware of both major and minor complications and discuss them with Dr. Mistry during the consultation. Some potential risks and complications of breast lift (mastopexy) surgery include:

  • Scarring: Breast lift surgery involves incisions, which will result in some degree of scarring. While Dr. Mistry employs techniques to minimise scarring, the extent of scarring can vary depending on individual healing and the incision type used.
  • Infection: There is a risk of infection at the incision sites. Your surgeon will provide instructions on wound care and prescribe antibiotics to help minimise this risk.
  • Changes in Sensation: After surgery, some patients may experience temporary or permanent changes in nipple or breast sensation. These changes may range from heightened sensitivity to temporary numbness.
  • Poor Wound Healing: Some individuals may experience delayed wound healing or wound separation, especially if they have certain medical conditions or habits, such as smoking, that impede the healing process.
  • Skin or Tissue Necrosis: In rare cases, there may be a loss of blood supply to the nipple or surrounding skin, leading to tissue necrosis (death of tissue). This complication is more common in smokers and individuals with certain medical conditions.
  • Blood Clots: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (a blood clot that travels to the lungs) is a rare but potentially serious complication associated with any surgical procedure.
  • Anaesthesia Risks: General anaesthesia carries inherent risks, and some individuals may experience adverse reactions to anaesthesia.
  • Hematoma: occurs when blood collects outside of blood vessels, often forming a clot under the skin. In the context of a breast lift, it can happen due to blood vessels breaking during the surgery or post-operation.

Note: Returning to the theatre (operating room) is typically a decision made by your surgeon, Dr Mistry based on the assessment of the complication and the best course of action to address it. It’s essential to follow up with Dr Mistry regularly post-surgery and report any unusual symptoms or concerns promptly to minimise the likelihood of complications that might require further surgical intervention.

After Surgery Recovery

Dr Mistry understands that a successful breast lift (mastopexy) surgery involves not only the procedure itself but also a smooth and comfortable recovery process. Here are some key points you can expect during the after-surgery recovery with Dr Mistry:

  • Post-Operative Care Instructions: Dr. Mistry and his team will provide you with detailed post-operative care instructions. These instructions will cover wound care, medication guidelines, activity restrictions, and tips to promote healing.
  • Discomfort Management: After the surgery, you may experience some discomfort and soreness, which is normal. Dr. Mistry will prescribe appropriate pain medication to manage any post-operative pain and ensure your comfort during the healing process.
  • Compression Garments: You may be instructed to wear a surgical bra or compression garment to support your breasts during the initial healing phase. This helps minimise swelling and promotes proper healing.
  • Swelling and Bruising: Swelling and bruising are common after breast lift surgery and will gradually subside over several weeks. Elevating your upper body while resting can help reduce swelling. Dr. Mistry will provide guidelines on how to manage swelling effectively.
  • Incision Care: Proper care of the incision sites is crucial for minimising scarring. Dr. Mistry will provide specific instructions on how to clean and care for your incisions to promote optimal healing and reduce the appearance of scars.

Dr. Mistry will guide you in gradually resuming normal activities and exercise to protect healing tissues and achieve optimal results. You’ll receive emotional support from Dr. Mistry and his team throughout your recovery journey, ensuring comfort and confidence. Long-term follow-up care is emphasised to monitor results and address any concerns over time. From the initial consultation to full recovery, Dr. Mistry and his team prioritise exceptional care, answering your questions, and ensuring a positive surgical experience. You’re in the hands of a skilled, caring surgeon dedicated to your safety and satisfaction.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Frequently Asked

Dr. Mistry will provide personalised guidance on when you can gradually resume normal activities and exercise after breast lift surgery. It is crucial to follow the recommended timeline to avoid putting strain on the healing tissues and to ensure the best possible results. Generally, patients are advised to refrain from strenuous activities and heavy lifting for a few weeks following the procedure. Dr. Mistry will monitor your progress during follow-up appointments and let you know when it is safe to resume your regular activities and exercise routine.

Yes, Dr. Mistry and his team understand that the recovery process after breast lift surgery can be both physical and emotional. They are committed to providing you with the necessary emotional support and guidance throughout your journey. Their goal is to ensure that you feel comfortable, confident, and well-cared for during the recovery period.

 A breast lift surgery is primarily considered a cosmetic procedure rather than a reconstructive one.

Cosmetic procedures are generally performed to enhance or alter a person’s appearance, such as improving the shape or position of the breasts in the case of a breast lift. These surgeries are typically elective and are done to achieve aesthetic goals rather than to address medical conditions or trauma.

On the other hand, reconstructive procedures aim to restore or improve the function and appearance of body parts affected by congenital defects, trauma, disease, or other medical conditions. Breast reconstruction following mastectomy due to cancer or trauma is an example of a reconstructive procedure.

While a breast lift is usually performed for aesthetic reasons, there are situations where it might have a reconstructive component. For instance, in cases where breast ptosis (sagging) causes discomfort or impedes physical activity, the procedure might have functional aspects as well.

Your surgery might be categorised as a reconstructive procedure, potentially allowing you to claim Medicare benefits for it. Medicare item #45558

It’s essential to understand that numerous factors can influence the long-term results of your procedure, including pregnancy, weight fluctuations, overall health, and more. These elements can impact how your body responds and how the outcome of the surgery evolves over time.

Here are some factors that can potentially affect the long-term outcome of a breast lift surgery:

  • Pregnancy: Changes in breast size and shape during pregnancy and breastfeeding can impact the results of a breast lift.
  • Weight fluctuations: Significant weight gain or loss can alter the shape and size of the breasts, potentially affecting the outcome of the surgery.
  • Overall health: General health conditions and lifestyle factors, such as smoking, can influence healing and the long-term appearance of the breasts.
  • Aging: Natural aging processes can impact skin elasticity and breast tissue, which might affect the lasting results of the surgery.
  • Sun exposure: Prolonged exposure to the sun without protection can lead to changes in skin quality, potentially affecting the appearance of scars.
  • Post-operative care: Following post-operative instructions diligently is crucial for optimal healing and long-term results.

These factors don’t necessarily guarantee negative outcomes, but they can play a role in how the results of the breast lift evolve over time. Discussing these considerations with Dr Mistry and adhering to their guidance can help manage these potential influences on the long-term outcome.

A breast lift and a breast reduction are two different surgical procedures that focus on distinct goals:

Breast Lift (Mastopexy):

  • Purpose: A breast lift is aimed at reshaping and repositioning the breasts to create a more youthful and lifted appearance.
  • Procedure: During a breast lift, excess skin is removed, and the breast tissue is reshaped to lift the breasts higher on the chest. This procedure doesn’t necessarily change the volume of the breasts, but it addresses sagging (ptosis) and improves breast firmness.
  • Candidates: Ideal for individuals who are generally satisfied with their breast size but wish to correct sagging due to factors like aging, pregnancy, or weight fluctuations.

Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty):

  • Purpose: A breast reduction aims to decrease the size and volume of the breasts by removing excess breast tissue, skin, and fat.
  • Procedure: This surgery involves reducing the size of the breasts, lifting them, and reshaping them to achieve a more proportionate size in relation to the body. It addresses physical discomforts associated with overly large breasts, such as back or neck pain.
  • Candidates: Suitable for individuals experiencing physical discomfort, pain, or limitations in physical activity due to excessively large breasts.

While both procedures may involve reshaping and lifting the breasts, a breast reduction primarily focuses on reducing the size and volume of the breasts to alleviate physical discomfort, while a breast lift concentrates on lifting and reshaping the breasts without significantly altering their size. The choice between these procedures depends on individual goals, concerns, and desired outcomes. Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon such as Dr Mistry can help determine the most suitable procedure based on specific needs and expectations.

Understanding the difference between cosmetic surgery vs. plastic and reconstructive surgery

Cosmetic surgery is a medical specialty that primarily focuses on enhancing a patient’s appearance. It is associated with aesthetic goals aimed at improving or altering physical features to achieve a more pleasing look. 

Cosmetic surgery procedures are entirely elective, and they are not typically covered by Medicare or private health funds. In most cases, patients pay for cosmetic surgeries out of their own pockets.

One important distinction to note is that cosmetic surgery is not associated with the Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) in Australia, and as a result, there are no corresponding MBS item numbers or codes for these procedures. Therefore, individuals who choose to undergo cosmetic surgery can expect to bear the full cost of the procedure. Surgical costs include (but are not limited to): 

  • Fee for surgeon
  • Fee for anaesthetist
  • Fee for theatre

Plastic and reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is a medical specialty that is primarily concerned with restoring or improving the aesthetic and function of the body. 

These procedures often involve addressing congenital abnormalities, trauma-related injuries, or medical conditions that affect a person’s appearance or bodily functions. Importantly, many plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures may qualify for coverage by private health fund providers.

In Australia, plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures are typically associated with MBS item numbers. If the criteria specified in the MBS guidelines are met, private health fund providers may partially cover the cost of these procedures. This means that patients who meet the necessary requirements under their insurance policy can benefit from reduced out-of-pocket expenses when undergoing plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Surgeries such as Abdominoplasty for example can be both a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure.