What Is an Internal Bra?

By Dr Jake Lim – Plastic Surgeon | Updated: February 16, 2024

Benefits of the Internal Bra Lift Technique

The internal bra technique is tailored specifically for those seeking a robust and enduring breast lift. When this procedure is performed, Dr Jake Lim meticulously elevates, firms up, and anchors your inner breast tissue using resilient sutures. The profound tissue within your breasts undergoes reshaping, forming a sling-like support that ensures your breasts remain uplifted for an extended period.

Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Jake Lim performs the internal bra technique as part of a breast reduction/ lift but not in general for a stand alone breast lift.

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What Is an Internal Bra Lift?

The Internal Bra Lift is a contemporary surgical procedure designed to provide enhanced support and lift to the breasts. Think of it as an internal support system. Instead of relying solely on the skin to hold the breast up, this technique uses internal structures, including sutures and sometimes even mesh materials, to create a sort of “sling” that holds the breast in a more uplifted position.

This method stands as an alternative to traditional breast lifts by offering an internal structure that mimics the natural ligaments of the breast. The aim? To offer a longer-lasting lift and improved breast shape.

Why Opt for an Internal Bra Lift?

The hallmark of this technique is its enduring support. While conventional mastopexy methods provide a lift, the results can wane over time owing to gravitational forces. In contrast, the internal bra lift assures more sustained outcomes, akin to having a built-in bra.

The Internal Bra Lift takes a different approach to the traditional breast lift. It creates an internal framework using sutures or mesh. This offers added support and can lead to more durable outcomes. Since the breast’s weight is shared by the internal bra, there’s less tension on the skin, potentially leading to reduced sagging in the future. It can be tailored to individual needs, ensuring optimal results based on the patient’s unique breast structure.

Internal Bra Lift vs Other Breast Enhancement Techniques

When considering breast enhancement, understanding the distinctions and potential advantages of various techniques is beneficial. Among these methods, the Internal Bra Lift has gained attention, but how does it compare to other popular techniques?

  • Traditional Breast Lift: This procedure, as touched upon earlier, differs fundamentally in its approach compared to the Internal Bra Lift. Traditional breast lifts predominantly hinge on tightening the skin to achieve the desired uplift. In contrast, the Internal Bra Lift emphasises providing an internal support system, offering a unique advantage in terms of structural reinforcement and potential longevity of results
  • Breast Augmentation: A distinct procedure, breast augmentation primarily focuses on enhancing the volume of the breasts through the placement of implants. While it’s centred on size enhancement, it’s worth noting that it can be paired with an Internal Bra Lift. Such a combination can cater to individuals looking for both a volume boost and an upward lift, creating a comprehensive enhancement
  • Breast Reduction: Designed for individuals who grapple with the discomfort of overly large breasts, breast reduction focuses on removing excess tissue to provide relief and a more proportionate appearance. While its primary goal is size reduction, it’s possible to incorporate aspects of the Internal Bra Lift. This integration ensures that, alongside the reduction, there’s an added element of lift
Breast Lift Without Implants Patient 2 — Angle View

Choosing Natural Tissue in Internal Bra Lift Procedures

Within this technique, there’s a choice to make between using synthetic materials and opting for natural tissue. So, why is natural tissue increasingly becoming the preference for many surgeons and patients alike?

  • Safety Concerns with Synthetic Materials: While synthetic materials like silk mesh or absorbable stitches have their merits, they are foreign to the body. Introducing non-native materials can elevate the risk of complications, such as delayed infections, rejection, or even allergic reactions. Natural tissue, being inherently part of the patient’s body, sidesteps many of these potential pitfalls
  • Harmonious Integration: Natural tissue tends to integrate seamlessly with surrounding structures. This harmonious fusion ensures that the results are not just aesthetically pleasing but also feel natural to the touch. The body recognises its own tissue, ensuring smoother healing and recovery
  • Durability and Longevity: The body’s natural resilience is unparalleled. When using a patient’s own tissue for support, the results tend to be durable, with the tissue maintaining its integrity over time. This means that the uplifting and rejuvenating effects of the surgery are likely to last longer
  • Minimised Risk of Complications: By steering clear of synthetic materials, the potential for complications like breast deformities, scarring, or issues with the placement of foreign materials diminishes. The body’s response to its own tissue is predictable, reducing unforeseen challenges post-surgery
  • Patient Peace of Mind: For many patients, knowing that their enhanced look is achieved using their own tissue rather than foreign materials offers a sense of comfort. This psychological aspect shouldn’t be underestimated, as feeling at ease with the chosen procedure can influence overall satisfaction and recovery

A Step-by-Step Overview of the Internal Bra Lift Technique

Breast procedures are significant decisions, and it’s essential to understand what the journey entails from start to finish.

Consultation and Preparation

Before undergoing any surgical procedure, a consultation with Dr Jake Lim is necessary.

  • Understanding Your Goals: Dr Lim will discuss your desired outcomes and expectations
  • Medical History: It’s essential to review any previous surgeries, allergies, medications, and overall health
  • Physical Examination: Dr Lim will evaluate the size, shape, and sagging level of your breasts
  • Pre-surgery Instructions: You might be advised to stop certain medications, refrain from smoking, and maintain a stable weight

The Surgery Process

While the exact process can vary based on individual needs and the plastic surgeon’s techniques, here’s a general overview:

  • Anaesthesia: The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia
  • Incision: Dr Lim will make a discreet incision, the location and size of which will vary based on the technique being used and the amount of lift required
  • Creating the Internal Bra: Using sutures, Dr Lim will craft the internal support system. This step involves lifting the breast tissue and securing it to offer the desired elevation and shape
  • Closing the Incisions: Once the lift is achieved, Dr Lim will close the incisions, often using sutures that are absorbed by the body over time

The procedure’s duration can vary but usually it takes a few hours.

Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery is important, and adhering to post-surgery instructions can greatly influence the results and your overall.

  • Immediate Recovery: After the surgery, you’ll be monitored in a recovery room for a few hours before being discharged
  • Supportive Garments: Wearing a surgical bra or compression garment can aid in reducing swelling and supporting the newly lifted breasts
  • Activity Restrictions: It’s advisable to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks. Light walking can usually be resumed within a few days
  • Medication: Pain relief and antibiotics might be prescribed to manage discomfort and prevent infection
  • Follow-up Visits: Regular check-ins with Dr Lim are essential to monitor healing and ensure the desired results are on track

Potential Benefits of the Internal Bra Lift

When thinking about breast lift procedures, many patients find the internal bra lift mastopexy appealing for several reasons. This modern surgical approach presents a range of benefits, leading to its growing popularity among our breast surgery clients.

·       Longer-lasting Results

The incorporation of sutures or mesh provides a robust foundation, ensuring the breast tissue remains in its new position for a longer period. Traditional lifts may sometimes place excessive stress on the skin. The internal support diminishes this reliance, potentially enhancing the longevity of the results. Weight changes, age, and gravity are inevitable. However, with an internal bra, there’s an added layer of resilience against these factors.

·       Minimal Scarring

For many contemplating breast procedures, scarring is a frequent concern. However, the Internal Bra Lift provides several benefits in this area. Plastic surgeons, skilled in this method, are adept at making strategic incisions in discreet areas like natural folds, helping to make scars more subtle. Additionally, because the internal bra distributes the weight of the breast, there might be reduced tension on the incision areas. This reduced tension can lead to finer scars that become less noticeable as time passes. Furthermore, adhering to post-surgery care guidelines recommended by the plastic surgeon can enhance the healing process, ensuring scars heal in the best possible manner.

·       Improved Breast Shape and Position

The Internal Bra Lift technique offers more than just elevation; it significantly enhances the overall aesthetics of the breasts. By aiming for an uplifted yet natural contour, this method avoids the appearance of having had excessive work done. Achieving symmetrical, balanced breasts is a priority for many, and this technique enables surgeons to make precise adjustments to ensure both breasts sit in harmony. More than this, the procedure boasts versatility. Whether the concern is mild sagging or a more pronounced droop, the approach can be customised to meet individual aspirations and goals.

Who’s the Right Candidate for the Internal Bra Lift Mastopexy?

This technique complements a range of cosmetic breast procedures, touting benefits like extended lift and enhanced support.

  • Complementing Other Breast Surgeries: If you’re already on the path to a breast augmentation, reduction, or the standard lift, integrating an internal bra could elevate the overall outcome
  • Addressing Mild to Significant Breast Droop (Ptosis): Those experiencing mild to substantial breast sagging stand to benefit immensely. The internal bra bestows extra lift and support, making it apt for those in need of a moderate upliftment
  • Desire for Enhanced Implant Stability: If breast implants are on your radar, the internal bra lift offers an added layer of support to the implant enclosure. This can curtail the likelihood of the implant sinking or shifting downwards
  • Prioritising Long-Term Results: For those who weigh the longevity of a breast lift’s effects, the internal bra presents a solution that’s designed to last and retain its structure over extended periods
  • Reinforcement of the Under-Breast Crease: The technique solidifies the natural curve beneath the breasts. This not only maintains the shape and positioning of the natural breast tissue but also offers a stable foundation for implants
  • Going for the Inverted T Cut: For those whose procedure involves the inverted T cut – a staple in extensive lifts and reductions – the internal bra can amplify the procedure’s lifting and support potential

Potential Risks and Complications of the Internal Bra Lift

No surgical procedure is without risks. It’s essential to be aware of potential complications and side effects:

  • Common Post-surgical Effects: Swelling, bruising, and mild pain are typical after breast procedures. These usually subside over time with proper care
  • Infection: While rare, any surgical incision has a risk of infection. Following post-operative care instructions can minimise this risk
  • Changes in Sensation: Some may experience changes in nipple or breast sensation. Often, this is temporary
  • Scarring: Even though efforts are made to minimise them, scars are a natural part of the healing process. Their appearance can vary based on individual healing characteristics
  • Implant-Related Issues: If the procedure involves the use of mesh or other implants, there’s a possibility of complications, though these are uncommon

FAQs about Internal Bra Lift


What exactly is an Internal Bra Lift?

  • The Internal Bra Lift is an innovative breast surgery technique designed to provide lasting support to the breasts from within. Unlike traditional methods that mostly focus on tightening the skin, this procedure uses either natural tissues or surgical materials to create a supportive “bra” inside the breast. This ensures a more durable and natural-looking lift.

How does it differ from traditional breast lift procedures?

  • Traditional breast lift procedures primarily rely on removing excess skin and reshaping the breast tissue to achieve a lifted appearance. Over time, the results can be influenced by gravity and age. In contrast, the Internal Bra Lift adds an internal support system that enhances the longevity of the lift, making it more resistant to the usual factors that cause sagging.

Are there any additional risks involved with this procedure?

  • As with any surgical procedure, there are inherent risks involved. However, the Internal Bra Lift is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Specific risks might be associated with the type of internal support used, whether natural tissue or synthetic materials. It’s essential to discuss any concerns with Dr Jake Lim, who can provide detailed information tailored to your specific situation.

How long is the recovery period?

  • The recovery period for an Internal Bra Lift typically aligns with that of a traditional breast lift. Most patients can expect some swelling, discomfort, and bruising post-surgery. These symptoms usually subside within a few weeks. Patients are often advised to avoid strenuous activities for 4-6 weeks and to wear a supportive bra during this period. Always follow your Dr Lim’s post-operative care recommendations for the best results.

Will I still be able to wear regular bras after the procedure?

  • Absolutely. Once the healing process is complete, which usually takes a few weeks to a couple of months, you can resume wearing regular bras. The internal support from the procedure does not interfere with external bras, and many patients find they can wear a broader range of bra styles comfortably after the surgery.

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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

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