All You Need to Know about Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Plastic Surgery

Published January 4, 2015

All You Need to Know about Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Plastic Surgery

Investing on mastopexy surgery

Are you interested in undergoing mastopexy plastic surgery? Breasts come in many shapes and sizes, and there are many reasons why a woman might decide to invest in breast surgery. While some wish to address deformities or irregularities, others may desire a different size, position, or shape. Mastopexy surgery is one of the most popular breast surgeries.

A good look at mastopexy plastic surgery

Also known as “mastopexy”, breast lift surgery is a surgical operation aimed at removing excess breast tissues, skin and fat. It can lift the position of the breasts on the woman’s chest.

Breast descent or ptosis is a natural consequence of aging in a woman’s body and if that is something that particularly bothers you then a mastopexy operation is definitely one solution that you could look into. Women can also often experience breast ptosis after child birth and breast feeding. You might have seen mastopexy before and after photos posted by any of the number of surgery clinics in the country

Of course if you are interested in undergoing a mastopexy plastic surgery operation then there are a number of things that you need to know before, during and after the procedure:

Before the operation

A mastopexy operation is not as complicated as other type of breast surgery operations but it is still something that patients ought to make a good effort to prepare for. To be considered as a good candidate for the operation, one must not have any significant health issues that may render the operation unsafe or ineffective. Hence a good breast surgeon ought to do a thorough review of their patient’s medical history which can include a number of medical and laboratory examinations (usually mammograms).

Your surgeon may have you for go any current medications that you might be taking or introduce some temporary changes to them. If you smoke or drink then you’ll be asked to refrain from such vices for a period of at least 8 weeks before the operation. Only then will you be scheduled for surgery – make sure that you follow all pre-operative instructions. You’ll be advised to get help from friends or family for at least a few days after the operation.

The day of the operation

Mastopexy can be a very invasive operation – it all depends on the amount of skin, fat and breast tissue that needs to be removed in order to achieve the desired results. These are factors that your breast surgeon will have to determine following the consultation.

The operation is done in a sanitary operating area in a clinic or hospital setting. Patients are administered general anaesthetics to manage any pain or discomfort. The surgeon then proceeds with the required incisions (usually an anchor or inverted T-shaped incision) to eliminate extra skin, fat and breast tissues contributing to the breast ptosis. The incisions are then sutured in place and secured with a sterile bandage.


You’ll be instructed to don a special kind of bra for the first few days after the operation. Patients can expect some pain and discomfort which can be managed with pain medications. You’ll be scheduled for a check up after a week or two following the operation to monitor recovery.

Would you like to know more? Get in touch with Dr Tavakoli on 1300 368 107 and better discuss your needs for a mastopexy plastic surgery operation.

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.