Mastopexy (Breast Lift) Sydney

About the treatment

As the ligaments in the breast tissue stretch and lose elasticity, breast fullness is compromised, often causing uncomfortable strain on the neck, back and shoulders.

Mastopexy (breast lift surgery) by Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Ania Smialkowski helps to lift and reshape the breasts. The procedure aims to raise and contour the area so that the breasts sit in a more upright position on the chest.

What is Mastopexy (Breast Lift)?

Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a procedure that raises and firms the breasts. The process begins with an incision, which is generally followed by removing excess skin and the tightening of surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.

Breast lift procedures take approximately 2.5 hours and require about 1 to 2 weeks of post-procedure downtime. The results are generally long-lasting, depending on the quality of breast tissue and implant size (if augmentation is performed simultaneously as the lift). Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Ania Smialkowski will consider all factors to build the most suitable, comprehensive plan for your needs.

Who is an ideal candidate for Mastopexy (Breast Lift) Surgery?

Ptosis: Women with moderate to severe ptosis (significant sagging) affecting breast shape are prime candidates. This includes downward-pointing nipples, stretched skin, and breasts falling below the inframammary fold.

Weight loss changes: Individuals who have experienced significant and stable weight loss, resulting in loose skin and diminished breast volume, can benefit from mastopexy.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Women whose breasts have undergone significant changes due to pregnancy and breastfeeding, leading to ptosis, asymmetry, or volume loss, are potential candidates. However, waiting at least 6 months after breastfeeding is recommended to allow for tissue settling.


Depending on your body and what you aim to achieve, mastopexy (breast lift) can be performed with or without augmentation using implants. Dr Smialkowski will discuss these conditions with you and help you determine the most suitable treatment.

  • Helps to lift and reshape the breasts
  • Raise and contour the area so that the breasts sit in a higher position on the chest
  • The areolas are reduced to be proportionate with the breast

Mastopexy (Breast Lift) with Augmentation:

Mastopexy is often combined with augmentation using implants to provide more fullness to the breast while simultaneously improving their positioning on the chest.

Augmentation Mammoplasty (Breast augmentation) uses silicone-filled implants to increase the volume of the breast.

Mastopexy with augmentation is best for those who have had a significant loss of shape, volume and positioning at the same time.


What to expect from Mastopexy (Breast Lift) Surgery

The procedure will remove excess skin and tighten the breasts to project a higher position on the chest wall. The areolas are repositioned. If asymmetry between breasts is a concern, those differences are addressed simultaneously.

Mastopexy is an alternative for those who wish to enhance and support their breasts without implants. This surgery aims to use the existing tissue to restore the breast.

Augmentation Mammoplasty (Breast Augmentation) and Mastopexy (Breast Lift) can be done together or as stand alone procedures.


  • Procedure time: 2.5 hours
  • Downtime required: 1 – 2 weeks (depending on vocational requirements)

Disclaimer: This surgical procedure is performed by Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Ania Smialkowski (FRACS). No before and after image is guaranteed to be the same. Individual results and recovery times may vary. All procedures carry inherent risk. Please contact Shape Clinic on 02 8356 2888 to discuss this with your practitioner before proceeding with treatment. Written and verbal consent for the use of images on our page has been given by all patients photographed. ⁠

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between a Mastopexy (Breast Lift) and Augmentation?

Mastopexy lifts and tightens sagging breasts without changing size, ideal for correcting ptosis due to age and pregnancy Augmentation increases breast size with implants, addressing volume loss.

When Do You See The Results?

While you will see initial results from a mastopexy immediately after surgery, the final results take time to fully develop due to swelling and healing.

What are the risks and complications of Mastopexy (Breast Lift) surgery?

As with any surgery, risks are present, like bleeding, infection, and scarring. Specific complications for mastopexy include nipple sensitivity changes, implant issues (if combined with augmentation), and asymmetry. Discussing these thoroughly with your surgeon is crucial.

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