Breast augmentation and lifts are two of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in Western Australia today.

Depending on what your individual body shape is and what you’re hoping to achieve, a breast lift or a breast augmentation (or even both) may be right for you.

How are they different?

Breast augmentation or enlargement is designed to increase breast size, with various options in terms of implant size and shape that we will work through with you in your initial consultation. A breast augmentation will only impact the size of the breast, not the positioning. This is where breast lifts have become increasingly popular. A lift is designed to correct breast ‘drooping’ – commonly occurring with age, weight fluctuations and pregnancy. A lift will raise and firm the breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping the breast tissue to achieve enhanced contours.

Is a breast lift right for me?

If your breasts have lost their shape and volume over time, a lift may be the ideal cosmetic procedure for you. Remember a breast lift will not significantly change the breast size, so if you want your breasts to either look fuller or smaller – an augmentation or reduction may be a better option. Women planning a pregnancy should also be aware that this may impact the results of the lift.

Can I have an augmentation and lift at the same time?

Yes, sometimes a breast lift is performed in conjunction with breast augmentation so the position, shape and volume are enhanced during the one procedure. Depending on what your goals are (ie a change in size, position or both), Dr Lee will advise you if an augmentation and lift is the right fit for you.

What do I do before the procedure?

When you first meet with Dr Lee to discuss your lift, he will request your relevant medical history and undertake a physical exam to ensure this is the best procedure to help you achieve your goals. The consultation before you undergo a breast lift procedure is one of the most important stages of the process. This is the time to ask any questions you have around recovery time, clarify your expectations of the end result and ensure you’re completely comfortable with your decision.

What happens after my breast lift?

After your procedure, you’ll be given a post-surgical bra to promote healing and support your breasts. You’ll have some discomfort for the first few days and likely require some pain medication to keep you comfortable. Some women experience numbness in various places around the breast for up to six weeks, while any form of straining or lifting is strongly discouraged. Stitches (if not dissolvable) will be removed around 1-2 weeks following the lift.

Contact our friendly staff for more information, or to book a consultation.

Although nation-wide plastic surgery statistics are unavailable for Australia, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports a steady increase in ethnic (non-Caucasian) surgeries each year. In 2017, ethnic minorities accounted for 32.1% of the total cosmetic and reconstructive procedures in the US (up 7.5% from the previous year).

Ethnic plastic surgery also appears to be increasing at a faster rate. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that ethnic procedures doubled between 2005 and 2013, compared with a 35 percent increase in the Caucasian population.

Defining ‘ethnically appropriate’ surgery

Instead of aiming to erase ethnic differences, ‘ethnically appropriate’ surgery is informed by multiculturalism. It identifies differences in the needs and interests of different patients. It also determines variations in ethnic skin types in terms of likely reactions to different procedures. For example, patients with darker skin can be more susceptible to developing post-surgical pigmentation abnormalities and keloid (raised, reddish) scars. In such cases, fillers may be injected deeper into the skin to avoid hyperpigmentation. Dr Lee may also recommend pre-treating darker skin before other treatments are administered.

As a specialist plastic surgeon, Dr Mark Lee has a thorough understanding of different surgical and non-surgical techniques for patients with various skin types. He can manage any possible complications, and will always select techniques that will produce the most natural looking results.

Book an appointment at our Skin Enhance clinic to discuss your skin concerns, or contact Dr Mark Lee’s office to arrange a no-obligation surgical consultation.