Mastopexy (breast lift)
What is it?Mastopexy is lifting, tightening and reshaping the breasts
while keeping them the same size in a bra. If you feel your
breasts are also too small in a bra as well as being too low,
you may need an augmentation as well. See the additional
information sheet on “augmentation-mastopexy”.
Is Mr Callan experienced at this procedure?
Mr Callan has over 20 years of experience at this procedure.
He performs mastopexy regularly and keeps up to date with
the latest techniques. As a fully trained plastic surgeon,
Mr Callan performs this procedure to the highest standard
Can I see photographs?
You can see photographs of people who have had this
procedure when you have your consultation. As Mr Callan
performs this procedure frequently, we have a large number of
photographs of women who will have had a problem similar
Who has mastopexy?
Usually women whose breasts have sagged after breastfeeding
or after weight loss. Occasionally younger females
have breasts which sag low because they have formed that
way and need correction.
Am I suitable?
You need to be sensible and honest about your reasons for
wanting mastopexy and happy with your informed decision.
You should also be as healthy as possible. A time of personal
crisis is no time to be making decisions about such surgery. If
you have a family history of breast cancer, this will need to be
discussed at your consultation.
What would stop me from having the surgery?
Smoking, being outside the BMI (body mass index) range of
18-28, under stress when making your decision, or having a
medical condition that would make surgery unsafe.
How is it done?
Mr Callan performs all his surgery at St John of God Hospital
in Geelong, a fully accredited hospital. An incision is made
around the areola (coloured part around the nipple), and
another vertical incision below that. Rarely, a horizontal
incision is made in the fold under the breast. The excess skin
is removed and the breast remoulded to an aesthetically
Will I have scars?
The only incision lines are ones around the areola and one
vertical incision line below that. Very rarely there will be a
horizontal one in the fold under the breast but this is not
usually visible when sitting up. The incision lines are always
there but they usually improve to the extent that they are not
a great concern for most women. As a rule the incision lines
What are the benefits?
What you get out of surgery is entirely a personal matter.
If the appearance of your breasts currently distresses you,
elevated and slightly firmer breasts may make you feel bette r
about your appearance in general. Back, neck and shoulder
pain may be relieved in some women.
What are the risks?
All surgery carries some element of risk. You can
minimise your risk by being as healthy as possible and
as psychologically prepared as possible, by selecting an
experienced and qualified surgeon, and by giving yourself a
stress free time during which to recover. The particular risks
and complications of this surgery will be discussed at your
first consultation. The most common of these is that it takes
a couple of months for the breasts to assume their fina l
shape. A few women may lose some sensation in the breasts
or nipples but most do not. Breast-feeding is possible afte r
mastopexy but some women find it difficult as they may have
insufficient milk. There are other risks common to all surgery
and you will be made aware of these.
How long will I be in hospital for?
Mastopexy can be done as a day procedure but may involve
an overnight stay depending how you are after the anaesthetic.
Someone will need to take you home from hospital and should
stay with you the first night. Mastopexy is not a particularly
painful procedure but can be a little uncomfortable for a
couple of days. You will be given medication to keep you
How long will I need to recover?
This ranges from a few days to a few weeks depending on
what you do. If your activities are sedentary then you may
only need a few days, but if you do heavy work and lifting you
may need up to three weeks. It’s a good idea to take some
time out from more strenuous activities so you don’t prolong
your recovery. The same guidelines apply to exercise, with
mild to moderate exercise allowable early on and full aerobic
activities after three weeks. You can shower within hours of
surgery as dressings are minimal (tape only). You must not
drive until you are fully recovered from both the anaesthetic
and the discomfort of surgery. If in doubt, don’t.
Will I wear a bra after surgery?
You will be given instructions on the purchase of a soft
bra prior to surgery. This bra is important in the early
postoperative period to help shape the breasts and keep
discomfort to a minimum. After a couple of weeks you can
wear any bra you want.
Will I need to be seen after surgery?
Yes. We will keep in close contact with you by telephone for
the first few days and then will see you about 3-4 days after
surgery, then at three weeks and three months then a year.
You are of course welcome to call or visit any time with any