Breast Lift Surgery | Melbourne – Plastic Surgeon

Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy): Melbourne Plastic Surgeons

Do your breasts droop, or are they getting saggy? You may want to explore breast uplift surgery.

Mastopexy surgery, also called a Breast Lift procedure, helps reshape, uplift and reposition the breasts and nipples for a firmer, fuller appearance.

Definition and details about Breast Lift/Mastopexy: A breast lift surgery without implants procedure allows for nipple resizing and nipple aerola complex (NAC) reshaping due to where your Surgeon makes incisions (down the front of the breast mound and around the nipple); however, this surgery does NOT increase your overall breast volume or size.

If your nipples and breasts look deflated or ptotic, you may want to explore your Mastopexy Surgery options with a Plastic Surgeon.

Mastopexy lifts the breasts and restores the nipples to a more central location. It helps restore shape and upper-body curves where they once existed but which was lost due to sagging, drooping or skin ptosis. For size increases along with an uplift OR for a replacement of breast implants where there is sagging or drooping, you may want to explore the Mastopexy-Augmentation option (breast lift with added volume using breast implants).  Other surgeries may assist you in reshaping or resizing the breast, including breast reduction surgery options.

  • After a breast lift, your breasts will look fuller than when they are drooping; but in general, will remain similar in size.
  • Other factors such as your body composition (BMI), weight changes or life events may alter the appearance of your breasts, both before AND after having breast lift surgery.
  • Ask your Surgeon what to expect and be sure your read the Guide to Breast Lift/Mastopexy Surgery.


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Breast Lift – What is the Purpose of a Mastopexy Surgery procedure? A Surgery Overview

  • A breast lift surgery helps restore the breasts and nipples to a more central, firmer and elevated position on the chest wall.
  • It is not intended to alter breast size but is an uplift and gentle reshaping of the breasts.
  • Some breasts look FULLER after a breast lift procedure helps restore their breasts or nipple aerola complex to a more central location on the overall breast mound area; other breasts may look about the same in size or volume.
  • A few patients report they look slightly smaller after a breast lift in terms of visual volume, even if no tissues are removed.
  • All invasive surgery has risks you’ll need to consider before consenting to surgery; surgery recovery can also take 1-2 weeks or longer, depending on the patient and how healing progresses during surgery recovery.


Should you have a breast lift with implants or on it’s own?

Many women have a ptotic breast condition that is borderline in terms of whether a breast lift, breast lift with augmentation or an breast augmentation on its own will assist with their specific surgery goals. Only a consultation with a Melbourne expert Plastic Surgeon can help you assess the situation fully, so this information is general only. It does not replace medical advice or a genuine consultation nor does it constitute a patient-doctor relationship.

In brief, however, when you’re considering your breast lift (mastopexy) versus added volumisation with an uplift surgery:


  • If you are generally happy with your existing breast size – but not with how these appear in relation to having ptotic skin (i.e., sagging nipples and low-hanging breast tissues), AND if you want to change your breasts to be firmer, higher or less droopy, then a breast lift performed as a sole procedure (without breast implants) can usually help you regain better breast positioning with approximately the same volume as you currently have (just re-positioned on the chest/chest wall/breast mound).
  • If, however, you have felt your breasts were always under-volumised in terms of your physique, then a combined lift and augmentation may be the surgical solution you’ll benefit most from having performed.

Breast Lift Surgery techniques can elevate the breasts and reshape the nipples if warranted, but the size or volume remains essentially the same – just re-positioned.

Sagging breast tissues and breast appearance concerns related to ptosis (drooping or sagging due to lost skin elasticity) can be treated with surgical methods.

However, if you want to restore the breasts to a higher location AND you’d like a bit more breast volume or cleavage, you can also choose to have a Breast Lift with Breast Implants instead.

Breast Lift Surgery – are you a good surgical candidate?

Breast Lift surgery may be appropriate for you if you are generally pleased with your breast proportions and cup size, but are unhappy with where your breasts sit on the your or torso.

However, good surgical candidates are generally in good health, at a stable weight / BMI, and are non-smokers. (See articles below on smoking and wound breakdown risks/increased recovery complication risks in women who smoke).

Why do some women ask for breast lift surgery?

  • Gravity, skin ageing, pregnancy, weight changes and breast feeding all contribute to a rapid or gradual decline in the breast and nipple position.
  • Where nipples aesthetically face forward on the upper torso or chest, eventually they will start to droop downwards.
  • The breasts can look droopy, saggy or the nipples in the ‘wrong’ position after they have sagged well below their normal position – some women find they don’t mind this at all, but some prefer to have their firmer, fuller breasts to be restored to near where they were BEFORE pregnancy, breast feeding, menopause, weight change or loss of skin elasticity took it’s toll.
  • Many women prefer their breasts to be restored to a more firmer, fuller and higher location and surgery is the long-lasting solution for restoring a shapely, perkier appearance to the breast or chest area.


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What is recovery like after a Breast Lift/Mastopexy?

  • Every patient is different, but you’ll typically wear a post-surgery garment provided to you by our team.
  • You’ll typically have a check up the next day and about a week or 2 weeks later, then at 3 months, six months and yearly.
  •  You will need to avoid heavy lifting for the designated period of time and NOT return to driving or exercising until cleared by your Surgeon.
  • Take it easy and rest, and follow the Recovery advice provided to you by your Surgeon; typical time off from work or other activities depends on the responsibilities and physical nature vs sedentary nature of these activities.
  • Allow at least 2 weeks off from work for comfort and good healing during your recovery, although some patients return to work at 1 week if they have limited or easy physical responsibilities involving no lifting.

Pain: Does having breast lift surgery hurt? Is a Mastopexy painful?

  • Any Surgery that involves excisions of the skin may have discomfort.
  • A good surgeon often injects special pain medications into the chest area DURING surgery, to alleviate the primary discomforts you’d otherwise experience just after surgery.
  • That noted, every person’s skin and nerve sensations are unique. Some people feel discomfort or pain more acutely than others.
  • Most patients are surprised that the pain levels are far less than they anticipated, thanks to pre-surgery injections of pain medications and over the counter pain relief during the first few days.
  • However, sleep and resting may feel uncomfortable so expect a bit of sleep disruption for a few days or weeks after your procedure.
  • If you are worried about pain from a Breast Lift or other breast surgery procedure, discuss your options for pain management with your Surgeon.


Breast Lift Surgeons near me – Experts in Breast Lift and Augmentation or Reduction procedures in Melbourne and Sydney

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See one of our genuine Specialist Plastic Surgeons (FRACS) by phoning us in Melbourne VIC on (03) 8849 1444 or 1800 033 333 (Sydney) – or send us an enquiry form. *Results from Breast Lift Surgery vary from patient to patient and there are surgery risks to consider.



Checklist for choosing a Breast Lift – but only a consultation with a leading Surgeon can help you assess exactly the right procedure to meet your surgery objectives.


  • Have your breasts drooped significantly after pregnancy or weight loss?
  • Are your nipples enlarged or over-stretched from breastfeeding?
  • Are you embarrassed by having droopy, sagging cleavage or stretched-out looking breast skin?
  • Have your breasts sagged with age or gravity?
  • Do you miss having firm, full breasts?
  • Are your nipples pointing south?

Ideal Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery

  • Your breasts have lost their shape and volume, and their pendulous positioning bothers you
  • Your breasts have developed a flatter, elongated shape over time
  • When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease
  • Your nipples and areolas point downwards
  • Your breast tissue is stretched and you have enlarged areolas
  • One breast is lower than the other
  • You have realistic expectations of your outcome
  • You are willing to do the pre-surgery preparation and post-op healing protocols (following your Surgeon’s healing recommendations for best Breast Lift Surgery results)

Our Plastic Surgeons are highly trained professionals with extensive experience in breast lifts and nipple reduction and nipple reconstruction surgeries.

Our Surgeons’ qualifications exceed all Australian benchmarks and will give you sound, practical advice on your procedure options and what to expect during your breast surgery recovery period.

Does Having Droopy Breasts Leave You

  • Feeling you look older than you are?
  • Missing the freedom of occasionally not wearing a bra?
  • Embarrassed by where your nipples sit?
  • Feeling less feminine?
  • Struggling to find a swimsuit that flatters your torso?
  • Missing having firmer breasts?

Do you miss the location and firmness of your breasts, or how they were before children or menopause? If so, you’re not alone. This is the main reason women have a Mastopexy [breast lift surgery procedure].

  • Drooping or saggy breasts are very common in women who have breast fed children, experienced weight fluctuations or significant weight loss, or who have lost elasticity of their breast tissue due to ageing and other reasons.
  • Breast Mastopexy Surgery can resolve Sagging Breasts due to gravity, heredity, breast-feeding or ageing skin. Fortunately, you can correct drooping breast tissue via a breast lift MASTOPEXY Surgery.
  • It can be an excellent solution for women who want uplifted, firmer-looking breasts again and the increased body confidence that often comes after the surgery and healing process

To book your consultation send an Enquiry Form today or Ph (03) 88491444 for Melbourne or 1800 033 333 to speak with our Patient Care Coordinator – we have expert Surgeons in Melbourne, Berwick/Mornington area and in Double Bay/Sydney.

Breast lift surgery types, options and Mastopexy approaches:

Crescent Breast Lift

  • This procedure is also known simply as a crescent lift or a nipple lift.
  • This is a simple breast lift that corrects mild, or Grade I, ptosis.
  • During this surgery, your surgeon will remove a crescent shaped piece of tissue above your areola before he raises your nipple to a higher position.
  • This is rarely performed as many women seek breast lift surgery after more moderate to severe ptosis PLUS it’s not only the nipple aerola complex (ANC) that is drooping – it’s often the entire breast mound that has seemingly slipped below the IMF or inframammary fold (breast crease).

Benelli Breast Lift

  • The Benelli breast lift is also known as a Doughnut mastopexy, Circumareola breast lift, and Apex breast lift.
  • The Benelli is typically considered less invasive than other types of breast lifts and it will correct mild to moderate ptosis in the Grade I or Grade II range.
  • This involves surgery to remove a doughnut-shaped piece of tissue from around your areola before re-attaching the remaining tissue to your areola.
  • Ask about risks to nipple function/nipple sensation.

Vertical Mastopexy Breast Lift

  • Also known as the Lollipop breast lift, LeJour lift or Modified Benelli.
  • The Vertical Mastopexy provides MORE lift (or uplift) than the Benelli for women with moderate or Grade II breast ptosis.
  • During this procedure, your surgeon will remove a doughnut-shaped piece of tissue just like in the traditional Benelli breast lift.
  • In addition, they will make a straight incision from under your areola to your breast crease.
  • The Vertical Mastopexy provides more lift than the Benelli, but less than the Full Mastopexy.

Full Mastopexy Breast Lift

  • The Full Mastopexy breast lift is also known as an Anchor lift or the Inverted-T.
  • This breast lift will correct severe Grade III ptosis. In this procedure,your surgeon will make an anchor-shaped incision that starts at the base of your areola and travels to the bottom of your breast where it meets your ribcage.
  • Your surgeon will cut out a crescent-shaped piece of skin above where your breast meets your rib cage. He will then remove and re-position your nipple so that is sits in a more youthful position.

What is the Post-Operative Recovery like?

Our approach to recovery is simple. We do whatever we can to get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.

  • Following your Breast Lift you’ll be given specific post-op instructions to follow.
  • After the procedure, you can expect some swelling and scarring, but both of these will reduce over time.
  • You’ll usually likely have swelling and discomfort or soreness for about four to six weeks, but this can vary.
  • Pain management is customised for each patient and will be discussed as part of your consultation with your surgeon.
  • Our team will also offer you a holistic ‘science and love’ post-surgery rapid-recovery kit and high-tech scar minimisation procedures (e.g., Fraxel or Healite-II) to ensure a great result.

It is important to follow your Melbourne Surgeon’s post-surgical instructions for best recovery and surgical results.

What is the Normal Recovery Time Off Work when you have a Breast Lift?

  • It depends on the patient and their surgery recovery experiences.
  • Patients with normal recovery processes after breast lift surgery can typically return to work after 7 to 14 days.
  • They should avoid vigorous activities for at least 3 weeks or more and wait to begin exercising again until cleared by their surgeon.
  • Visible bruising should resolve within 2 weeks, and swelling should begin to subside within 3 weeks.
  • You are likely to experience some pain after a mastopexy, so be sure to follow your surgeon’s directions for pain management and expectations.
  • Also be sure to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous work until you are fully recovered – activities like this can affect both pain levels and quality of healing.

How Long Do The Results of a Breast Lift Last?

  • Again, it can vary from patient to patient.
  • When performed properly, by fully-qualified surgeons, breast lift results last for a very long time.
  • It can vary depending on certain factors; for example, having children after your breast lift can influence results due to the many changes your breasts experience in this time, but for women who keep a stable weight, results can certainly last for decades.

How Long Will I Be In Hospital?

After a breast lift, we generally recommend 1-2 nights in hospital.

As part of our service, we place you in a top private hospital, meaning you get a comfortable place to rest and recover, with access to medical professionals and, of course, your surgeon, whenever you need.

Do Breast Lifts Leave Scars?

  • Like most surgical procedures, breast lifts do leave some scars on the breast area.
  • These can fade over time with proper care.
  • The nipple area scars usually fade nicely around the NAC (but this too can vary as everyone scars differently).
  • Ensure you care for the wounds as instructed by your doctor, and try to avoid exposing them to direct sunlight for 12 months.

What are the Risks and Possible Complications of a Breast lift?

Any surgery poses a certain amount of risk and potential complications.

Potential complications include, but are not limited to:

  • infection
  • poor scarring
  • seroma (accumulation of fluid)
  • implant issues (wrinkling, leakage, rupture)
  • capsular contracture
  • asymmetry

Common side effects include bruising and swelling.

  • The shape of the breast may change over time, and the final result may not be realized for a few months.
  • Breast Lift is associated with a lower rate of corrective surgery than breast augmentation. It is highly important that you choose the best possible Melbourne Surgeon to minimise risks associated with your procedure.

Risks of Breast Surgery can include:

  • General Anaesthesia – Most healthy patients respond well to general anaesthesia as modern techniques are very safe. Our team will provide you with the details of your anaesthetists prior to your surgery to discuss any specific concerns.
  • Bleeding (Haematoma)  – This may require a visit to the operating theatre to remove the blood clot.
  • Infection – Your Surgeon will prescribe you with antibiotics and monitor you closely with regular visits at our room.
  • Scarring  – You will receive 3 Fraxel Laser treatments approximately 8 weeks post-surgery to manage and improve scarring with our Dermal Clinician.
  • Delayed Wound Healing – Your Surgeon and our clinical nurse will manage the healing process. This usually occurs within patients who are overweight, smokers or those who have an infection.
  • Nipple Sensitivity – You may lose nipple sensation permanently; however, this is very rare. Most patients lose nipple sensation temporarily and as nerve endings start to re-connect underneath the skin, sensations will return to the area.
  • Nipple Loss/Necrosis – This is a rare complication that occurs often in smokers. It may affect all or part of the nipple.
  • Breast Asymmetry – Most women will naturally have asymmetry to some degree. This is taken into account before the surgery. Asymmetry will also be visible after surgery to some extent but some breasts may have more asymmetry than others.
  • Breastfeeding – Ability to breastfeed after this surgery may be affected.
  • Allergies – To tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agents.


All successful surgery outcomes are the result of realistic expectations of the patient, realistic surgical goals and the knowledge of possible risks and complications.

Nothing is ever guaranteed in science and medicine. Risks are minimised through careful patient screening and planning, high standards of surgical training, meticulous surgical technique and vigilant post-operative care.

Small, less serious issues are common and every effort is made to resolve them quickly. These rarely have a long term effect on an excellent final result.


Find out more about Breast Lift Surgery Techniques.

  • Consultation for breast surgery options is key to ensure both you and your surgeon are on the same page before proceeding with surgery.
  • In the consultation period, you can expect to discuss motivations, expectations, options, the procedure itself, surgical risks, after-care and recovery.

Our surgeons are caring, highly-experienced and professional, helping ease you through every phase.


To find out what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full-history and surgical consultation. Read more about surgical outcome variability on our Disclaimer Page.  *Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is of a general nature.

Cost – Breast Lift Surgery in Australia (Melbourne)

  • A Breast Lift (Mastopexy) surgery cost can vary, depending on what you need performed, and which Surgeon you choose from a group of Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Melbourne.
  • When comparing surgery cost quotes for Breast Lift surgery, be sure you know WHAT’s actually INCLUDED versus going to be billed to you separately.
  • At our Plastic Surgeon group, cost quotes for breast lift surgery are inclusive of post-op garments, post-op recovery kits and follow-up visits. But DO ask your Surgeon if you’re comparing costs of breast lift surgery in Melbourne – as not all breast surgeons are alike in skill, training or outcomes (natural looking results versus very uneven or asymmetrical results or more prominent, jagged-looking scars).
  • For more information on price quotes and costs of a Breast Lift in Melbourne by a top Specialist Plastic Surgeon, send us an enquiry form.
  • You can also phone us on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange a confidential consultation to discuss your immediate concerns about your chest shape, NAC position or degree of ptosis.

NEXT STEP: Book your Initial Consultation for a Breast Lift with Melbourne Plastic Surgeons 

What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes

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  • Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure – call or contact us
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This page last updated on 15 November 2018 (CM).