Breast Lift Surgery Sydney

A mastopexy (breast lift) is reshaping and raising sagging (ptotic) breast tissues and the nipple

Breast Lift Surgeon Sydney

Dr Ilias Kotronakis and Dr Amira Sanki are highly experienced implants and breast lift surgeons in Sydney. Breast sagging or “ptosis” is commonly experienced after pregnancy and breast feeding, weight loss and ageing. The active lifestyles we have in Sydney leaves little room for wearing uncomfortable bras and clothing to help support sagging breasts. Breast lift and breast lift with implants are indicated if you have sagging breasts and feel.

  • A loss of self esteem when confronted by your body image
  • Discomfort when not wearing a bra
  • Limited in what clothing and bras you are able to wear
  • Itchy and hot at the fold of your breasts

Breast lift Sydney surgery involves removing excess skin, raising the nipple position, and tightening the breast tissue whilst preserving breast volume. A breast lift can usually be performed without removing any breast tissue. Larger breasted women (DD cup and larger) wishing to have a breast lift, are usually recommended to have a small breast reduction. A breast lift produces a scar around the areola and also at the lower aspect of the breast.These scars will not be visible through your clothing or swimming costume.

Breast lift Sydney surgery and enlargement (Augmentation mastopexy)

Some patients require their breasts to be lifted as well as enlarged, this is called an augmentation mastopexy and uses breast implants as well as rearrangement of the breast skin and tissue.

It is sometimes difficult to know whether you would benefit from a breast lift alone, breast implants alone or a combination of both. Your breast lift surgeon in Sydney will be able to explain what effect each of these procedures would have on your appearance, as well as show you before and afters of women who have a similar problem to you.

What to expect at your first consultation with your breast lift surgeon in Sydney?

Dr Sanki and Dr Kotronakis, your breast lift surgeons in Sydney, will listen to your concerns regarding your breast size and shape, and ask what your goals are. Most women see a plastic surgeon for breast lift Sydney surgery after suffering many years and after considering the surgery for a long time. While breast lift Sydney surgery is a safe and commonly performed operation, the consultation will be performed with sensitivity to your opinions and thoughtfulness to your concerns. Any additional health problems that might affect your treatment will be identified.

Following this, your breasts will be examined, with clinical measurements and photographs taken.

Written information will be provided to you, so that you can consider your options. A breast lift is a major operation, so a second consultation to discuss the advice you are given is recommended.

Women having breast list Sydney surgery should bring their most recent mammogram or ultrasound with them to the consultation.

Who shouldn’t have a mastopexy or augmentation mastopexy?

Breast lift Sydney surgery deals with a long-existing problem, and should therefore be done when you are best motivated and physically fit for the procedure. While the surgical standards for a breast lift in Sydney are one of the highest in the world, the cosmetic result and your health for an anaesthetic are adversely affected if you smoke or are obese.

After giving birth, your self-esteem can be damaged by your body’s fuller appearance and excess skin. While this can add to the difficulties of having a newborn, it is best to allow a year following childbirth for your body to settle before considering surgery.

What the procedure involves

A mastopexy is a two to three hour operation that is performed under a general anaesthetic in an accredited operating theatre. In common with most breast lift surgeons in Sydney, Dr Kotronakis and Dr Sanki perform a vertical pattern breast lift operation that produces a lollipop shaped scar (around the areola and as a vertical line down the lower pole of the breast). Breast lift surgery involves removing excess skin whilst preserving the existing breast volume. The breast tissue and nipple are lifted to suit your body frame, and the skin is re-draped. The exact position of the scars will be determined by the amount of lift necessary, but every effort is made to minimise your scars.

An augmentation mastopexy is a complex operation. Implants are inserted to produce a fuller bust after the breasts have been lifted. It is sometimes best performed as two operations separated by at least 12 weeks. A better and more predictable cosmetic result can be achieved this way. In most instances, the breasts are first matched in size and position in a mastopexy procedure. This allows you and your breast lift surgeon in Sydney to more accurately pick the type and size of breast implant required. In the second procedure a small portion of your existing scar line is reopened to allow the implant to be inserted.

How long will I stay in hospital?

Breast lift Sydney surgery may be a day surgery, or involve a 1 night stay in hospital, depending on the complexity of the case.

How long after my breast lift can I return to work, exercise and drive?

Most Sydney women having a breast lift are able to return to desk style work after one week. Women having large implants at the same time as their breast lift should expect more pressure and pain, and should plan to have two weeks off work. It is best not to perform any strong exercise for 6 weeks, to allow your wounds to mature so that you get the best possible cosmetic result.

Does breast lift surgery affect breast screening and the risk of breast cancer?

There is good evidence to suggest that breast lift Sydney surgery does not increase the risk of breast cancer. Since the surgery rearranges your breast tissue, a new “baseline” mammogram will need to be performed one year after the surgery.

Which hospitals do Dr Sanki and Dr Kotronakis operate in?

Dr Sanki and Dr Kotronakis are Sydney breast lift surgeons in Sydney and perform their surgery at major hospital facilities including St George, Hurstville, Bondi Junction and St Luke’s private hospitals. We select our hospitals based on their high standards of peri-operative care and their outstanding surgical equipment.

Is it possible to have an all female surgical team?

Dr Sanki, our female breast lift surgeon in Sydney, has an all-female, surgical team available weekly. Surgery can be a vulnerable time for women, and having the security of an all female surgical team can be comforting and reassuring. Dr Sanki’s team are not picked upon their gender, but are picked for their experience, dedication and skill.

Can private health insurance be used?

Medicare and your private health insurance can only be used if very significant breast ptosis is present. The Medicare requirement is that the nipples must be pointing to the ground and two-thirds of the breast tissue lie below the inframammary fold. Medicare also require that photographic evidence is provided in your file to confirm these examination findings. Private health insurance usually pays for all your operating theatre and hospital costs, including the post-operative stay. Medicare and your private insurance may also contribute to the doctors’ bills. You can call your health fund and see if you are covered for Medicare Benefits number 45558. Breast implants are not covered by Medicare or your health fund.

Who should perform breast lift Sydney and augmentation mastopexy operations?

An experienced breast lift surgeon in Sydney should perform the surgery. A breast lift with implants may sound simple but it is real surgery, and should be performed with sophisticated surgical technique for the safest and best results. It carries real risks, and as such should be considered carefully. Fortunately, breast lift surgery in Sydney is safely performed by our highly experienced surgeons.

We recommend that you carefully consider your choice of surgeon. Unfortunately doctors without surgical qualifications beyond their medical degree are allowed to perform surgery. Your breast lift surgeon in Sydney should be appropriately qualified with at least a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons FRACS (plast) in plastic surgery, which means that they have specialist surgical training. FRACS(plast) is the standard qualification required in Australia to perform plastic surgery in private and public hospitals.

Members of the Australasian Society of Plastic Surgeons have a FRACS and specialised training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, including breast lift surgery.

Our breast lift Sydney surgeons, Dr Amira Sanki and Dr Ilias Kotronakis are fully qualified Plastic Surgeons. They are both Australian University trained, having received Honours degrees in their medical schools. They both have FRACS qualifications as Specialist Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and are members of the Australasian Society of Plastic Surgeons. They both have extensive experience and training in breast lift Sydney surgery and implants, including the most advanced and up to date techniques. They are committed to giving their patients the safest and best treatment available.

Where to get more information

A consultation with a qualified breast lift surgeon in Sydney is the best place to get the right advice. More information on breast lift Sydney surgery is available online at the Australasian Society of Plastic Surgeons and Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons websites.

Plastic surgery, like any other surgical procedure, carries certain risks and potential complications. It is important for individuals considering plastic surgery to be aware of these risks before making a decision. Your plastic surgeon will explain the specific risks of your procedure and your risk profile in the context of your general health and the complexity of your procedure. Here are some of the common risks associated with plastic surgery:

1. Infection: Any surgical procedure has the risk of infection. Surgeons take precautions to minimise this risk, such as sterile operating environments and proper wound care, but infections can still occur.

2. Scarring: Scarring is an inherent risk of plastic surgery. While surgeons strive to minimise visible scarring, some procedures may result in more noticeable or keloid scars.

3. Pain and discomfort: Plastic surgery involves incisions and tissue manipulation, which can lead to post-operative pain and discomfort. The level of pain varies depending on the procedure and the individual’s pain tolerance.

4. Hematoma and seroma: Hematomas are collections of blood that can form under the skin after surgery, while seromas are collections of fluid. These fluid collections may require drainage.

5. Nerve damage: Nerves can be damaged during surgery, leading to temporary or permanent numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in the affected area. Nerve damage can also cause muscle weakness or paralysis.

6. Blood clots: Surgical procedures carry a risk of blood clot formation, particularly in the legs. Blood clots can be serious if they travel to other parts of the body, causing complications like pulmonary embolism.

7. Anesthesia risks: Plastic surgery usually requires the use of anesthesia, which carries its own set of risks. These include adverse reactions to anesthesia, breathing difficulties, and, in rare cases, life-threatening complications.

8. Unsatisfactory results: Plastic surgery outcomes may not meet the patient’s expectations or desires. It’s important for individuals to have realistic expectations and to communicate clearly with their surgeon about their goals and desired outcomes.

9. Revision surgery: In some cases, additional surgery may be required to achieve the desired results or to correct any complications or unsatisfactory outcomes. This can increase the financial and emotional burden on the patient.

10. Psychological and emotional effects: Plastic surgery can have psychological and emotional impacts, both positive and negative. While many people experience improved self-esteem and body image after surgery, others may struggle with unrealistic expectations, body dysmorphia, or dissatisfaction with the results.

It’s crucial for individuals considering plastic surgery to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who can thoroughly explain the risks and benefits specific to their desired procedure. Understanding and carefully weighing these risks against the potential benefits can help individuals make informed decisions about whether to proceed with plastic surgery.