What is a breast lift? Mastopexy FAQ

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Beat gravity at its own game with expert breast lift surgery from Queensland’s very own Dr Isolde Hertess!

Find out the answers to some of the most common mastopexy questions in this blog post.

Got more questions? Or want to organise your complimentary consultation with a Cairns Plastic Surgery nurse?

Feel free to give the clinic a call on (07) 4031 5755 or fill in this enquiry form.

Why should I consider a breast lift?

The main reason a woman would consider a breast lift is because she is unhappy with the current shape and positioning of her breasts.

This can result a number of ways; some of the most common are touched on below.

Recent weight loss

One of the most prevalent effects of recent weight loss is excess skin on the body – including the breasts.

If you’ve recently lost weight and have been left with smaller, sagging breasts and unnecessary skin, a breast lift can help remove this excess skin while lifting and firming the breasts.


Possibly the most popular reason for a breast lift is post-breastfeeding.

The female body is incredible: it’s able to house a baby for 9 months and then produces milk to nurture and fuel your newborn.

It’s no shock though that after pregnancy and breastfeeding, many women find that their breasts sag and in fact look completely different to their pre-baby chest.


Yes, this is certainly a common culprit and something we have no control over!

Aging is a natural process, and as part of that process, we find that our skin is not as supple and tight as it once was – and that includes the breasts.

Over time it is completely normal to experience sagging breasts purely due to ageing.

We may not be able to stop the clock, but we can certainly help improve the contour and shape of your breasts!

Poor support

This isn’t as common a reason, however it is applicable to those with larger breasts who love to exercise.

We’ve all seen the bra ads: during exercise, breasts can move as much as 21cm, and not just up and down, but left to right too, in kind of a figure-eight shape.

High-intensity workouts or repetitive movements with little support can lead to worn-out breast tissue which results in drooping breasts. In addition, it can be painful!

A breast lift can rectify years of poor support and can once again give you a perky, youthful shape.

How does a breast lift differ from breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation involves inserting an implant to increase the size of the bust, whereas a lift is designed to primarily change the shape and positioning of the breast.

If you want more fullness, particularly at the top of the breasts, implants may be advised in conjunction to a lift.

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Should I get implants when I get my breast lift, too?

These two surgeries can be undertaken separately or in conjunction – it of course depends on what you want!

Many patients choose to combine breast augmentation (implant) with breast lift surgery in order to not only change the shape and positioning of the breasts, but to increase their size, too.

Breast augmentation combined with a breast lift can result in a fuller, rounder, lifted bust.

Similarly, if you have been considering breast augmentation, it alone may not be enough to correct the shape and positioning of drooping breasts – which is why a lift may be suggested in conjunction to implants.

The best way to find out what’s right for you and your body is to visit with one of Cairns Plastic Surgery’s nurses. Book your complimentary consultation today!

What makes a good mastopexy candidate?

Nothing is above safety for Dr Hertess’ patients, so it is important that before anything is decided, Dr Hertess is confident that you are a good candidate for mastopexy surgery.

You are considered a good candidate if you:

  • Are in general good health, and do not smoke
  • Have a clear understanding of expectations from surgery
  • Understand that no plastic surgeon can ever guarantee results
  • Are not using breast surgery as a means to lose weight
  • Understand the risks involved with plastic surgery
  • Are willing to follow all post-surgery recovery advice from Dr Hertess and her team

Breast lift surgery from Queensland’s Dr Hertess

If you’ve been considering breast lift surgery, the first step you should take is to organise your complimentary nurse consultation at Cairns Plastic Surgery.

Come in and see the clinic, meet the team, and have a no-strings chat with one of our nurses to discuss your concerns and what you would like to achieve.

Give us a call on (07) 4031 5755 or fill in this form today!