Breast Lift Surgery – Myths and Facts

By Dr Jake Lim – Plastic Surgeon | Updated: May 5, 2024

Mastopexy – Separating Myths from Facts with Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Jake Lim

The decision to undergo breast lift surgery (mastopexy) is often accompanied by a sea of questions, concerns, and, unfortunately, a fair share of myths that can cloud judgement and decision-making. In this blog, Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Jake Lim aims to help you make informed decisions by separating myths from facts and providing an insightful, medically-backed perspective to those considering the breast lift – mastopexy procedure.

With years of experience under his belt and a compassionate approach that resonates deeply with his patients, Dr Lim performs breast lift surgery and other breast procedures for his patients in Sydney.

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Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Guide

What Is Breast Lift – Mastopexy Surgery?

Breast lift surgery, medically known as mastopexy, is a procedure designed to elevate and reshape sagging breasts, a condition known as ptosis. This sagging can result from a variety of factors including ageing, gravity, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. The goal of mastopexy is not only to lift the breasts but also to improve their symmetry and enhance their overall appearance by repositioning the nipple and areola and removing excess skin. The procedure is tailored to the individual’s anatomy and desired outcomes, making it a unique and personal experience.

The Importance of Choosing a Specialist for Your Mastopexy

The choice of surgeon for a breast lift – mastopexy procedure cannot be overstated. The intricacies of this surgery require not only a skilled hand but also an artistic eye. Choosing a specialist ensures that you’re under the care of a surgeon who:

  • Has Extensive Experience: Dr Lim’s expertise in breast lift surgery comes from years of performing the procedure, allowing him to navigate the complexities of each individual case with precision and care.
  • Prioritises Safety and Well-being: Patient safety is vital in any surgical procedure. Dr Lim’s approach integrates the latest surgical techniques with meticulous attention to safety standards, ensuring that each patient’s well-being is the foremost consideration.
  • Offers Personalised Care: Understanding that each patient’s body and goals are unique, Dr Lim provides personalised care tailored to meet those specific needs and expectations.
  • Is Board Certified: Certification by a recognised board is a testament to a surgeon’s training, skill, and commitment to excellence.
  • Provides Comprehensive Consultation: The consultation process is an integral part of the journey, offering you a chance to discuss your goals, ask questions, and understand the procedure in depth.
Breast Lift With Implants Patient 7 — Front View
Breast Lift With Implants Patient 7 — Front View

Debunking Common Mastopexy Myths

Myth 1: Breast Lift It’s Only for Older Women

The misconception that breast lift – mastopexy surgery is exclusively for older women persists, clouding the perceptions of those who might benefit from the procedure at different stages of their lives. This myth suggests a narrow understanding of the reasons behind breast sagging and the diverse demographics affected by it.

Breast sagging, or ptosis, is not merely a byproduct of ageing. Numerous factors contribute to changes in breast shape and position, including genetic predisposition, significant weight loss or gain, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. These conditions can affect women at various ages. The desire for a breast lift, therefore, transcends age, aiming to restore a more lifted breast profile that some women seek, regardless of their stage in life. Women in their 20s and 30s, for instance, who have experienced significant changes in their breast size and shape due to pregnancy or weight fluctuations, can also be good candidates for this surgery.

Dr Jake Lim emphasises the importance of evaluating each patient’s unique situation. During consultations, he discusses the physical reasons behind the desire for a breast lift, addressing any concerns and setting realistic expectations. The focus is on understanding your aesthetic goals and how a breast lift can help achieve them, rather than considering the procedure through the narrow lens of age.

Myth 2: It Will Solve All Cosmetic Breast Concerns

A pervasive myth about breast lift surgery – mastopexy is that it acts as a panacea for all cosmetic breast issues. This belief leads many to think that a breast lift alone can address size, shape, fullness, and position concerns simultaneously. However, understanding the specific aims and outcomes of a breast lift is crucial for setting realistic expectations and achieving patient satisfaction.

Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, primarily focuses on correcting breast sagging (ptosis) and improving the position and shape of the breasts and nipples. The procedure involves removing excess skin, tightening the surrounding tissue, and repositioning the nipple and areola to a more elevated height. While these changes can significantly change the breast’s appearance, they do not alter the breast size or significantly change the breast’s fullness, especially in the upper pole.

For patients seeking not only a lift but also an increase in breast size or a change in shape, Dr Lim might recommend combining a breast lift – mastopexy with breast augmentation. This combination can address sagging while also adding volume, providing a solution tailored to the patient’s desires.

Conversely, for those looking to reduce their breast size while also addressing sagging, a combination of breast reduction and lift might be the most effective approach. This integrated procedure can alleviate discomfort from overly large breasts while also elevating and shaping the breasts for a more proportionate and comfortable result.

Dr Lim’s approach to addressing this myth involves detailed discussions about the available surgical options and how they can be customised to meet your needs. By educating patients on the distinctions between breast lift, augmentation, and reduction, he ensures that they have a clear understanding of what each procedure entails and how they can be combined to achieve the desired outcome.

Myth 3: Recovery Is Extremely Long and Difficult

The belief that recovery from breast lift surgery – mastopexy is always a long and challenging process is a common misconception that can deter potential patients. However, with advancements in surgical techniques and post-operative care, the recovery journey can be much more manageable than anticipated.

Dr Jake Lim employs modern surgical methods that focus on minimising tissue trauma and reducing recovery time. While individual experiences vary, most patients can return to normal daily activities within a week, albeit with some limitations on physical exertion. Pain and discomfort are typically manageable with prescribed medications.

 It’s important to follow Dr Lim’s post-operative care instructions closely, including wearing support garments, avoiding strenuous activities, and attending follow-up appointments. Adhering to these guidelines not only facilitates a smoother recovery but also optimises the surgery’s outcome.

Myth 4: Scars Are Highly Visible and Unattractive

Concerns about scarring can also cause hesitation among those considering a breast lift – mastopexy. While it’s true that the procedure involves incisions, they are typically made in areas that can be hidden by most bras and swimwear, such as around the areola, down the breast, and sometimes under the breast fold.

Post-operative care plays a crucial role in scar healing and appearance. Dr Lim provides detailed guidance on scar care, including the use of silicone sheets and scar massage, which can significantly improve their appearance over time. With proper care, scars might fade and become less noticeable.

Breast Lift With Implants Patient 8 — Angle View
Breast Lift With Implants Patient 8 — Angle View

The Truth about Breast Lift – Mastopexy Surgery

As we move beyond the myths surrounding breast lift surgery, it becomes essential to focus on the factual, evidence-based aspects of the procedure. Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is a nuanced and complex process tailored to address the unique needs and desires of each patient. Dr Jake Lim is committed to providing his patients with the highest standard of care, utilising different techniques and a personalised approach to ensure optimal outcomes. Here are some key facts about breast lift surgery – mastopexy that potential patients should consider:

Fact 1: Customised Surgical Approaches

One of the most important aspects of breast lift surgery is the customisation of the procedure for each patient. Dr Lim understands that every patient’s body and aesthetic goals are unique. Therefore, he conducts thorough consultations to discuss each patient’s desires, assess their anatomy, and recommend the most appropriate surgical technique. Whether it’s repositioning the nipple, removing excess skin, or reshaping the breast tissue, each step is carefully planned and executed to achieve a natural result.

Fact 2: The Role of Technology in Surgery

Advancements in medical technology have significantly impacted breast lift – mastopexy procedures, making them safer and more effective. Dr Lim incorporates the latest surgical techniques and technology to help minimise scarring, reduce recovery times, and improve the overall surgical experience. From 3D imaging to assess and plan the desired outcome, to less invasive techniques that reduce tissue trauma and post-operative discomfort, technology plays a crucial role in the process. These technological advancements also allow for more precise results, ensuring that the final outcome aligns closely with the patient’s expectations.

Fact 3: Comprehensive Patient Support

Dr Lim’s commitment to his patients extends beyond the operating room. He and his team offer comprehensive support throughout the entire surgical journey, from the initial consultation through to post-operative care. This support includes providing detailed pre-operative instructions, managing expectations, offering nutritional and lifestyle advice to enhance recovery, and being available for any questions or concerns that may arise. Post-operative care is tailored to each patient, with follow-up appointments to monitor healing.

The Importance of Realistic Expectations

An essential part of Dr Lim’s process is setting realistic expectations. While breast lift – mastopexy surgery can produce optimal results, it is vital for patients to have a clear understanding of what the surgery can and cannot achieve. During consultations, Dr Lim discusses potential outcomes, limitations, and the natural ageing process that will continue to affect the breasts over time. By providing a clear and honest assessment, you can make informed decisions about proceeding with surgery, with a realistic outlook on the results you can expect.

FAQs about Breast Lift – Mastopexy Surgery


How long do the results of a breast lift last?

  • The longevity of breast lift – mastopexy results can vary significantly among patients, influenced by factors such as genetics, lifestyle, and changes in body weight. While a breast lift provides visible results, the natural ageing process continues, and some sagging can occur over time. Maintaining a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle can help prolong the results. It’s also advisable to wear supportive bras to provide additional support to the breasts.

Can a breast lift be performed without scars?

  • All surgical procedures that involve incisions will result in some form of scarring. Over time, with proper care, scars might fade and become less noticeable. It’s important to have a discussion about scarring with Dr Lim during your consultation to understand the scarring you can expect.

Is there an ideal age for undergoing a breast lift – mastopexy?

  • There is no “ideal” age for a breast lift as the suitability for the surgery depends more on your physical health, the condition of your breasts, and your personal goals rather than your age. Whether you’re in your 20s or your 60s, the key is assessing whether a breast lift can achieve your desired outcome. Dr Lim can help determine if a breast lift – mastopexy is right for you during your consultation.

What’s the difference between a breast lift – mastopexy and breast augmentation?

  • A breast lift focuses on raising and firming the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Breast augmentation, on the other hand, involves inserting implants to increase the size and fullness of the breasts. For some patients, Dr Lim may recommend combining both procedures to achieve both lift and volume enhancement.

How should I prepare for a breast lift surgery?

  • Preparation for breast lift – mastopexy surgery involves several steps to ensure your safety and optimise the outcome. Dr Lim will provide specific instructions, which may include undergoing a medical evaluation, adjusting current medications, avoiding aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs that can increase bleeding, and stopping smoking well in advance of surgery to improve healing. Additionally, arranging for someone to drive you to and from surgery and help you out for a few days post-surgery is essential for your recovery.

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About Dr Jake Lim

Highly qualified and experienced specialist plastic surgeon Dr Jake Lim focuses on facial plastic, cosmetic breast and body contouring after significant weight loss

Dr Lim creates the best possible plastic surgery results for his Australia-wide and international patients.

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