Mastopexy (Breast lift surgery)

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Burleigh Waters QLD 4220

Due to ageing, pregnancy or heavy weight loss, your breasts can begin to show the effects of ptosis (or breast sag).  Mastopexy or breast lift is a cosmetic procedure designed to help raise and reposition your breasts. 

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What is a breast lift?

Breast lift surgery is designed to restore the volume and position of the breast and the nipple to the chest wall. During this cosmetic procedure, we restore the majority of the breast tissue back to its natural position and remove excess skin. Breast tissue descent, known as ptosis, is a natural consequence of aging and commonly occurs after breastfeeding. 

The most common reasons for mastopexy are:

  • Repositioning breasts that have sagged.
  • Restoring loss of firmness of the tissue and skin.
  • Addressing shoulder and neck pain related to breast tissue descent.

During your consultation we will talk about your individual reasons for this type of surgery, your goals and expectations. We will also discuss your past medical history, past surgical history, medications, allergies, the risk of surgery, potential complications and expected recovery after surgery.

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Dr Andrew Hadj

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Breast lift surgery or mastopexy is often combined with breast augmentation, another cosmetic procedure designed to increase breast volume.

You may be a good candidate for mastopexy if your breasts have sagged, lost shape and firmness or your nipple falls below the breast crease. This surgery is designed for patients who are healthy and we recommend waiting until your family is complete and you’re no longer breastfeeding.

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Some patients require combined surgery or staged surgeries and this will depend upon discussions we have together. 

Where do you operate?

I consult from my private rooms at Mater Private Clinic and I operate as a plastic surgeon at many private hospitals in Brisbane, Queensland. I can see Gold Coast patients from my private rooms at John Flynn Medical Centre and I operate at

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Mastopexy: step by step

Step 1


First, you will meet the theatre team and anaesthetist. Then, you will be given a general anaesthetic and once you’re asleep we’ll start the procedure by making incisions. 

Step 2

Incisions and reshaping your breasts

We will make an incision to reposition the nipple and to restore the breast tissue we most commonly use an inverted T incision, with a scar around the areola, straight down to the centre of the breast crease and across the breast fold. 

Step 3

Closing the incisions

After reshaping and removing excess skin, the skin is closed and soon after you will wake up in the recovery room. 

Step 4


You will immediately see the result. 

The best preparation is to stay fit and healthy, minimising alcohol intake and not smoking. It’s important that you tell us which medications and supplements you’re taking prior to surgery. 

It is recommended to complete breastfeeding prior to this operation as there is a risk of disrupting breast ducts during the operation 

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Recovery after breast lift surgery

Mastopexy is well tolerated by most patients. 1 week off work is required for recovery. We don’t recommend any type of sports or heavy lifting in the first 4 weeks after surgery. Most surgery is day surgery however some patients require 1 night in hospital. 

Day 1

When you wake up, you will feel slight discomfort and there will be some bruising. 

Day 7

By the end of day 7 most bruising will have gone and you will be quite comfortable. You will have your first post-op appointment with the clinic nurse on day 7. 

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Risks and complications

The following risks are associated with breast lift surgery: 

  • Infection.
  • Bleeding.
  • Recurrence.
  • Nipple asymmetry.
  • Nipple scar.
  • Nipple loss (scabbing of the nipple requiring dressings).
  • Need for revision surgery.
  • Nipple numbness.
  • Loss of erectile function of the nipple (often temporary).
The scars are more significant than breast augmentation surgery. The scar will be along the IMF (breast to chest wall fold) and vertically to the nipple as well as circumferentially around the nipple. These scars settle in time very well.

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What does the procedure cost?

As a plastic surgeon here in Brisbane and Gold Coast, I believe that this type of surgery should be affordable. For details about costs, please contact my practice

There are many low-cost options both in Australia and overseas and great care should be taken when dealing with a surgeon who is not an ASPS / AHPRA / FRACS-recognised Plastic Surgeon.

Unfortunately, many patients confuse plastic surgeons with cosmetic surgeons (as mentioned in the ABC Four Corners report) and the training differs significantly.


A plastic surgeon has undertaken over 12 years of post-medical specialist training. That’s an important indicator when it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon.

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Dr Andrew Hadj

Plastic surgeon Brisbane & Gold Coast

It’s also recommended to always seek second opinions if you have concerns. Ultimately you should feel comfortable with the plastic surgeon you are seeing. 

There is a medicare rebate on this surgery to be discussed with your surgeon. 

Breast lift surgery will not add tissue or volume without the placement of an implant. This will occasionally be required either at the same time or as a delayed procedure 3.
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