What to Expect When Getting Mastopexy Surgery in Australia

Published January 26, 2015

What to Expect When Getting Mastopexy Surgery in Australia

Setting expectations in breast lift (mastopexy) surgery

Are you interested in getting mastopexy surgery in Australia? Perhaps you’ve already booked a consultation for the procedure with a breast surgeon of your choice? The process can be quite daunting especially for patients who are new to breast surgery. Of course knowing just what to look out for definitely helps. Don’t just look at mastopexy before and after photos – read on to know more about the process of getting mastopexy surgery and approaching the operation with reasonable expectations.

Undergoing mastopexy in Australia – the process

Your first step in getting a mastopexy operation is to walk in for a consultation. You can expect your breast surgeon to thoroughly inquire about the results that you would want to achieve with the operation. The consultation process is a good opportunity to clarify all of your concerns regarding the operation – cost, possible risks, recovery, etc. Avoid surgeons that seem vague or uninterested about your goals in undergoing the operation. After all, how is such a surgeon supposed to address your needs in the first place?

After the consultation, you can expect to undergo a thorough physical examination to assess your breasts and make sure that you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. Your body measurements will be taken along with a thorough review of your medical history and any medications that you might be taking. Keep in mind that certain medications or underlying medical issues can make the operation dangerous so it’s important not to withhold any details from your surgeon.

The mastopexy operation
Mastopexy in Australia generally starts out with the proper administration of general anaesthetics. The surgeon then proceeds to create required incisions to remove excess breast tissues. How much is removed depends on the extent of the ptosis and the extent of the surgery in achieving the desired results. Depending on the condition of the patient, additional breast surgery operations may be required – breast augmentation mammoplasty, nipple correction surgery, etc.

Considering that the operation involves taking and removing skin, fat and breast tissues, patients can expect to deal with a lot of swelling, tenderness and pain after the procedure. You will be prescribed to wear a surgical bra for the first few days to help control the swelling. Pain medications ought to help with the pain. You can expect to be able to drive and get back to work a week after the operation although you would want to avoid doing anything that causes tension in your chest area. One can expect complete recovery within 9 weeks.

In terms of risks, a mastopexy operation carries the risks of infection, breast asymmetry, nerve damage, excessive bleeding, etc. Most of these risks are common in any surgical operation and can be somewhat mitigated by the skill of a qualified and reputable breast surgeon. You can expect just that from our very own Dr Tavakoli! Call us on 1300 368 107 to arrange a consultation about mastopexy surgery in Australia!

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an Australian-trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the International Society (ISAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is knowledgeable in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the world on these topics.