Getting the Best Outcome for Your Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Surgery

By Dr Jake Lim – Plastic Surgeon | Updated: May 22, 2024

Dr Jake Lim’s Top Recommendations to Get Optimal Results after Mastopexy

When considering cosmetic surgery, particularly a breast lift – mastopexy, choosing a trusted surgeon and adhering to his advice are important to achieving optimal outcomes. The importance of following professional advice cannot be overstated. The outcome of a breast lift surgery is influenced significantly by pre-operative preparations and post-operative care. Each step you take, from the initial consultation to your full recovery, contributes to the final result.

In this blog, we’ll explore Sydney Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Jake Lim‘s essential recommendations for anyone considering a breast lift – mastopexy.

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Recommendation 1: Detailed Assessment during the Initial Consultation

The first and perhaps most important step in your breast lift journey is the consultation. This initial meeting with Dr Lim is your opportunity to discuss your aesthetic goals, express concerns, and ask questions. It’s also a time for Dr Lim to assess your medical history, current health status, and anatomical factors that will influence both the surgical approach and the outcome.

During this consultation, Dr Lim will explain the procedure in detail, including the techniques that will be used, the type of anaesthesia administered, and what to expect during the recovery process. He will also provide a realistic overview of the results you can achieve, helping to set appropriate expectations. It’s essential to be as open and honest as possible during this consultation. Transparency about your medical history, lifestyle, and expectations will allow Dr Lim to tailor the procedure to best suit your needs.

Recommendation 2: Pre-operative Health Check

Once you decide to proceed with a breast lift – mastopexy, preparing your body for surgery is the next step. Optimal health before surgery can significantly decrease the risk of complications and enhance your recovery process. Dr Lim advises all potential patients to focus on several key areas to prepare physically and mentally for the procedure.

Maintaining a balanced diet is essential. Nutrient-rich foods can bolster your immune system, aid wound healing, and improve your overall health. Focus on consuming plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Avoiding processed foods and reducing sugar intake can also prevent inflammation and support healing.

Achieving and maintaining a stable weight before surgery can lead to better results. Significant weight fluctuations after a breast lift – mastopexy can alter the outcomes, sometimes negatively. If you are planning to lose weight, it is best to reach your goal weight well before the surgery date and stabilise it to ensure the results are as lasting as possible.

Additionally, routine exercise—tailored to your individual capacity and health status—can strengthen your body, improve cardiovascular health, and enhance blood circulation, all of which are beneficial during surgery and recovery. However, it’s important to discuss with Dr Lim which exercises are safe and recommended in the weeks leading up to your surgery.

Dr Lim also stresses the importance of managing pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, as these can affect surgical outcomes and recovery. Ensuring these conditions are well-controlled before undergoing surgery can reduce risks and contribute to a smoother recovery.

Breast Lift Without Implants Patient 4 — Angle View
Breast Lift Without Implants Patient 4 — Angle View

Recommendation 3: Medication and Supplements Review

Prior to undergoing a breast lift, it’s important to discuss any medications or supplements you are currently taking with Dr Jake Lim. Some substances can increase the risk of complications during and after surgery, primarily by affecting blood clotting or interacting with anaesthesia.

Dr Lim will review your current medications and might advise you to stop taking certain over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory drugs, as these can increase bleeding. Supplements such as vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and herbal remedies like ginkgo biloba, garlic, and St. John’s Wort should also be avoided because they can similarly enhance bleeding risk.

The cessation of these medications and supplements is usually recommended at least two weeks before the surgery. This precaution ensures that they are sufficiently cleared from your body to prevent any potential surgical complications.

Recommendation 4: Smoking and Alcohol Cessation

Smoking and alcohol consumption can significantly affect surgical outcomes, particularly in surgeries like breast lifts, where the healing of incisions is crucial. Smoking restricts blood flow, reducing the oxygen and nutrients available to healing tissues, and can lead to delayed healing, increased infection rates, and more pronounced scarring. Dr Lim strongly advises all patients who smoke to quit at least eight weeks prior to surgery and to remain smoke-free during the recovery period.

Similarly, alcohol can also impede your surgery and recovery process. Alcohol consumption affects blood clotting and can interact negatively with anaesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery. It’s recommended to avoid alcohol for at least two weeks before and after your procedure to ensure the best healing conditions and to avoid complications.

Committing to these lifestyle changes can be challenging, but it is essential for your safety and the success of your surgery. Dr Lim and his team can offer resources and support to help manage these changes, ensuring you are prepared physically for the surgery and recovery phases.

Recommendation 5: Arrange for Post-Surgery Support

Undergoing a breast lift is a significant event, and it’s important to plan for adequate support during your recovery. Dr Lim emphasises the necessity of arranging for someone to drive you home after the surgery and ideally, help you around the house for the first week when you’re most vulnerable.

During the initial recovery period, you will experience fatigue and discomfort, which can affect your ability to perform everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and even moving around. Having a support system in place, whether it be family, friends, or a professional caregiver, can make a substantial difference in your recovery experience.

Dr Lim also suggests preparing your living space prior to surgery to make the recovery as easy as possible. This preparation might include creating a comfortable recovery area, stocking up on easy-to-prepare foods, and placing frequently used items within easy reach to avoid unnecessary strain. Ensuring that your environment is conducive to rest and recuperation can significantly impact your comfort and recovery speed.

Recommendation 6: Follow Specific Pre-Op Instructions

As your surgery day approaches, Dr Jake Lim will provide a set of specific pre-operative instructions designed to ensure your safety and optimise the outcome of your breast lift. These instructions are tailored to your individual needs and are based on Dr Lim’s extensive experience and current best practices in plastic surgery.

Key pre-op instructions include guidelines about fasting—such as not eating or drinking anything, including water, after midnight the day of your surgery. This is important for minimising risks during anaesthesia. You may also receive specific directions regarding bathing with an antibacterial soap to reduce the risk of infection and instructions on what clothing to wear on the day of surgery—loose, comfortable clothes that do not need to be pulled over your head are best.

Recommendation 7: Understand Post-Op Care Procedures

Post-operative care is as important as the surgery itself for ensuring the best results. Dr Lim will provide detailed guidelines on how to care for your incisions, manage pain, and recognise signs of potential complications. It is vital to follow these instructions meticulously to facilitate a smooth recovery and optimal healing.

Post-op care instructions include:

  • Incision care: Keeping your incisions clean and dry is essential. Dr Lim will instruct you on how to care for your wounds, possibly including the application of topical medications or the changing of dressings.
  • Pain management: You will likely be prescribed medications to manage your pain. It’s important to take these as directed to stay comfortable. Dr Lim will also advise on the use of ice packs or other non-medication methods to help control swelling and discomfort.
  • Activity restrictions: To ensure the best healing, you’ll need to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and certain movements that might strain the incision sites. Dr Lim will provide a detailed timeline for when you can resume various types of activities.
  • Monitoring for complications: Knowing what normal recovery symptoms are versus signs of complications is essential. Dr Lim will educate you on symptoms like excessive swelling, redness, or discharge that may indicate infection, as well as what to do if such symptoms appear.
Breast Lift With Implants Patient 15 — Angle View
Breast Lift With Implants Patient 15 — Angle View

Recommendation 8: Adhere to Follow-Up Schedules

Follow-up appointments are a component of your post-operative care. These visits allow Dr Lim to monitor your recovery and ensure that your incisions are healing properly and that your body is responding well to the surgery. During these appointments, Dr Lim can also adjust your pain management plan if necessary and provide further recommendations for care based on how your recovery is progressing.

Your first follow-up visit will be scheduled within the first week after surgery. This initial check-up is important for assessing your immediate post-operative condition. Subsequent visits will be spaced out over the course of several weeks to months, depending on your specific needs and the normal healing process.

Adhering to the prescribed follow-up schedule is vital, even if you feel your recovery is going smoothly. These visits are not only for assessing healing but also for providing reassurance and support throughout the recovery process. Skipping these appointments can risk missing early signs of complications that are best treated promptly.

Post-operative garments are not merely accessories but essential tools that aid significantly in the recovery from breast lift – mastopexy surgery. Dr Jake Lim strongly emphasises the necessity of wearing the recommended compression garments as they play multiple roles in both the short-term and long-term outcomes of breast lift procedures.

Compression garments are designed to support the new contours of your breasts, help reduce swelling by applying consistent pressure, and decrease the risk of fluid build-up which can lead to complications such as seromas or haematomas. Moreover, these garments also aid in skin retraction and can help the healing tissues adapt to their new positions, which is essential for achieving the desired aesthetic results.

Dr Lim will provide specific instructions regarding the type of garment to wear, how it should fit, and how long you should wear it. Usually, you may need to wear a compression bra 24 hours a day for the first few weeks post-surgery, except when showering. It’s important that the garment is snug but not excessively tight, as too much pressure can interfere with blood circulation and delay healing.

Recommendation 10: Long-Term Care and Maintenance

The journey to achieving and maintaining optimal results from your breast lift – mastopexy does not end once the initial healing phase is over. Long-term care and maintenance are crucial for preserving the lift and aesthetics of your breasts. Dr Lim mentions several aspects of long-term care that can help sustain the outcomes of your surgery:

  • Skin Care: Proper skin care plays a role in maintaining the elasticity and condition of your breast skin, which can affect the appearance of scars and overall breast aesthetics. Moisturising the skin, using scar-reducing treatments as recommended, and applying sunscreen to protect scars from sun exposure are important steps. Keeping the skin hydrated can help maintain its elasticity and smoothness.
  • Healthy Lifestyle: Maintaining a stable weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise is also important. Significant weight fluctuations can alter the shape of your breasts and negatively impact the results of the lift. Engaging in exercises that strengthen the chest, back, and shoulder muscles can also support the breasts and help maintain an upright posture.
  • Regular Check-Ups: Continuing to see your plastic surgeon for regular assessments can help monitor the long-term success of your procedure. These visits are an opportunity for Dr Lim to provide advice on any changes that might enhance the longevity of your results and to check that no late post-operative complications have occurred.
  • Avoiding Negative Influences: Factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and prolonged exposure to sun without protection can deteriorate your skin quality and overall health, impacting the longevity of your breast lift results. Avoiding these can significantly contribute to maintaining the appearance of your breasts.

FAQs about Breast Lift – Mastopexy Surgery

FAQs

How long does it take to see the final results of a breast lift?

  • While initial improvements are noticeable almost immediately after surgery, the final results of a breast lift – mastopexy may take several months to fully materialise. This timeline can vary depending on individual factors such as the natural healing process, the extent of the surgery, and adherence to post-operative care instructions. Swelling and settling of the tissues generally resolve over a period of three to six months, after which the true shape and position of the breasts become evident.

Can I combine a breast lift – mastopexy with other procedures?

  • Yes, a breast lift can often be combined with other procedures, most commonly breast augmentation or reduction. Combining surgeries can address both the position and size of the breasts simultaneously. Dr Lim can discuss the possibilities and advisability of combining procedures during your consultation based on your specific ideas and medical history.

What kind of anaesthesia is used during a breast lift?

  • Breast lift surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. This ensures that you are completely asleep and pain-free during the procedure. In rare cases, depending on the extent of the lift and individual health factors, local anaesthesia with sedation may also be an option. Dr Lim will recommend the safest and most effective anaesthesia type for your specific situation.

Will there be visible scars after a breast lift?

  • Scarring is an inevitable part of any surgical procedure, including a breast lift. Over time, with proper care, these scars can fade but will not disappear completely. Dr Lim can provide guidance on scar management techniques that can help minimise their appearance.

Is a breast lift a solution for sagging breasts after pregnancy?

  • A breast lift is an option for addressing changes in breast shape and position that often occur after pregnancy and breastfeeding. The procedure can restore an uplifted appearance to the breasts. However, if you plan to have more children, it might be advisable to delay the surgery, as subsequent pregnancies can compromise the results of the lift. Dr Lim can discuss timing options with you to best fit your family planning.

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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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