An augmentation mastopexy (breast lift with implants) can aid women with a more comfortable shape, contour and size of their breasts.
Combining a mastopexy (breast lift) with augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation) can provide more volume as required . Dr Lim is experienced at raising and firming the breasts by removing excess skin to tighten the surrounding tissue.
Mastopexy (breast lifts) can help balance uneven breasts, reshape sagging breasts following pregnancy and breastfeeding, raise the position of downward pointing nipples and areolas, reduce the size of the areolas and increase the firmness of soft breasts. Those looking to also enhance the volume of their breasts can achieve this with breast implants at the same time. In some cases, fat injection can also enhance fullness in the upper pole of the breast and help improve cleavage lines.
The augmentation mastopexy (breast lift with implants) procedure can be performed, as long as the natural breasts are fully developed. Please be aware that the size and shape of your breasts will continue to be affected by weight loss and gain, pregnancy, ageing and other natural parts of life following your procedure. The result of mastopexy (breast lift surgery) surgery is longer lasting for women with smaller breasts.
The exact procedure used in your augmentation mastopexy (breast lift with implants), and the required incision, will differ for everyone, depending on the size and shape of your breasts and the changes that need to be made to achieve the desired result.
The incision is commonly made around the areola, while further incisions may be required vertically down the breast (the lollipop incision) or along the breast crease (the anchor-shaped incision). When making the incision, Dr Lim will also take into account the placement of the breast implants.
Breast implant placement depends on the amount of breast tissue available to hide the implant to ensure it cannot be seen or felt. Patients with minimal breast tissue benefit from submuscular (sitting under the muscle) placement to provide more cover above the actual implant and prevent visible rippling of the implant. Submuscular placement also can reduce the risk of capsular contracture (internal scar tissue that constricts the implant).
Dr Lim will do his best to minimise scarring, and the surgical method, required incision and any concerns you may have will be discussed with you in the consultation process.
Silicone gel-filled implants are regularly used in Australia as they are known to achieve a more natural result. At My Klinik, Dr Lim uses both cohesive silicone gel and saline breast implants depending on the patient’s needs.
Breast implant shapes vary from round to anatomical (also known as teardrop shape). Round breast implants are available in low and high profile while the teardrop-shaped breast implants are available in various widths, heights, projections and sizes.
Generally, round implants are more suited to patients that are happy with the breast shape and are looking only to increase in the size of their breasts. Round implants give more upper-pole fullness to the woman’s breast.
Teardrop implants give a much more natural shape to the breast. The more projected lower half of the breast lifts the nipple and may suit those patients with slightly droopy breasts, such as post pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss.
Choosing the size and shape of your desired implants is an important and personal decision. Dr Lim is very experienced in the use of both implant shapes and he will guide you through the decision-making process during your consultation. Dr Lim will help you to select the most optimal implant depending on your chest size and your breast base measurements.
Every surgical procedure comes with risks, and Dr Lim believes in giving patients the power to make informed decisions.
Over the last decade, some types of breast implants have been associated with the development of a very rare form of lymphoma called BIA-ALCL — Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. It is important to highlight that this is very rare, with about 600 cases reported worldwide in 2019 from an estimated 40 million women with breast implants.
While research in understanding BIA-ALCL is early, it seems to be connected with implants with a rougher texture. Both silicone and saline filled implants have a silicone outer shell that is either smooth or rough textured. It has been believed that rough-surfaced implants minimise internal scar tissue and capsular contracture.
The rare cancer BIA-ALCL is associated with rough, highly textured breast implants (macro-textured) such as salt loss reduction and polyurethane surfaces. Smooth or very low textured (nano-textured) implants have not been formally linked and micro-textured implants rarely associated.
Dr Lim now uses either nano-textured (Motiva) or micro-textured (Mentor) breast implants with low surface roughness as these have been shown to be the safest implants available on the market worldwide. These implants have Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approval. We recommend keeping up to date with the latest advice from the TGA.
After consultation with Dr Lim, your ugmentation mastopexy (breast lift with implants) surgery will be performed under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital. The procedure takes about three hours and you can expect to go home the same day.
After surgery, you will wake up with a surgical bra and breast stabiliser. Dr Lim will review you post-operatively and prescribe analgesia and antibiotics that will aid healing and reduce the potential for infection.
My Klinik staff will stay in touch with you after the procedure, monitor your progress and answer any questions or concerns as they arise. You’ll have reviews with Dr Lim one week, three weeks, one month and three months after surgery. Dr Lim recommends a yearly breast ultrasound to check on your implants and breasts.
Our goal is to make your experience assupportive as possible — Dr Lim and the My Klinik staff are always willing to answer any questions you may have.
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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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