Breast Lift FAQ
How can I tell if I need a breast lift?
If your nipple is at or below the inframammary fold it is likely that you will need a breast lift
How can I tell how much lift I need?
Stand infront of a mirror. By using you hand first lift and position your nipple so that it in the center of your breast.
Mark this position by drawing a horizontal line across to the centre of your chest or sternum. Release the nipple and let it rest naturally. Redraw the horizontal line from the nipple to the sternum in the new position. Measure the vertical distance between the two lines in centimetres.
Is this distance important?
This distance determines what type of technique you require.
Are there any situations that make it more likely that I will need a breast lift?
If you have lost a lot of weight, or if you breasts became very large whilst you were breast feeding, it is likely that you have damaged the supporting ligaments within the breast and this makes it more likely that you will need a breast lift.
I feel I am borderline - can I avoid a scar?
If you are willing to have an implant, a surgical technique called a dual plane procedure may allow you to avoid a scar.
In certain circumstances lowering of the inframammary crease may also allow you to avoid a breast lift.
I really hate the scar – what can I do to minimize it?
Modern surgery uses a vertical scar without the large horizontal scar underneath your breast. This technique, called a Hall Findlay mastopexy, results in significantly less scarring and better breast shape compared to the traditional Wise or anchor pattern scar. If the amount of lift required is between one and two centimeters you may be a candidate for a circumareolar or Benelli technique.
Why cant I use a Benelli technique if I need more than 2 cm of lift?
More that 2 cm is very difficult to achieve without producing unsightly bunched scarring and a flattened pancake looking breast. You are much better to accept the vertical scar and go with the vertical scar technique
I dont want implants – can I still have a lift?
Is it painful?
Surprisingly a breast lift is usually not very painful at all. Most patients only require panadol post operatively.
Is it performed in hospital?
Will I lose sensation?
Can I breast feed afterwards?