It is possible you may wish to have breast implants, but would get a better result with a breast lift (mastopexy) or a breast lift combined with implants.
When considering which procedure is more appropriate, important factors are:
How loose are your breasts?
If your breasts are too loose, implants will not fill out your breast properly. This results in breast tissue hanging off the implant.
Where are your nipples?
If your nipples are too low, they need to be lifted.
What is the final size and position you wish to achieve?
If your breasts are loose, a large implant may be required to fill them out. This size may be larger than what you want. A breast lift will allow you to have a smaller implant because your breast is also tightened as well as lifted.
Some causes of loose breast tissue can include breast feeding, weight loss and developmental differences.
What types of breast lift are there?
There are 3 main types of incisions for breast lifts:
Peri-areolar (“doughnut”) mastopexy
This type of breast lift is primarily aimed at lifting your nipple. It is mainly used when your nipple is low but your breast is not too loose.
An incision is made around your areola and your nipple can be lifted up to 2 to 3cm.
A peri-areolar mastopexy is often used in combination with an implant.
Vertical ( “lollipop”) mastopexy
This type of breast lift is the most common and is used when you have loose breast tissue as well as low nipples.
An incision is made around your areola as well as down the middle of the front of your breasts. Both your nipple and your breast can be lifted significantly with this technique.
This is an extended version of the vertical lift. This technique is used when your breast tissue is very loose as might occur after massive weight loss.
An incision is made around your areola, down the front of the middle of your breast and also in the crease below your breast.
Is it possible to have a lift without implants?
You can choose to have a breast lift without implants if you are just seeking firmer, higher breasts with a better nipple position.
A lift alone however, will not provide upper fullness. Many women choose to have implants as well as a lift in order to achieve upper fullness.
Borderline Situations: Polyurethane implants can be helpful
You may be suitable for implants or a lift, depending on the final outcome you are seeking.
This might occur if you have loose breast tissue but a good nipple position. The goal in this case is to choose an implant which is large enough to fill out your loose breast tissue.
Polyurethane implants can be helpful in this situation as they hold their position longer than other implants. Because of this, they are less likely to stretch the already loose breast tissue. As a result, it may be possible to use these implants instead of having a lift. More information about polyurethane implants can be found here.
The cost for a consultation with Dr Szalay is $75.
The cost of a breast lift is from $8200.
The cost of a breast lift and implants is from $14,500.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner
Book your initial consultation
Our team will make you feel right at home. Call Precision Cosmetic Surgery on (07) 3839 7222 and schedule a consultation with Dr Michael Szalay.