Factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss or ageing can alter the appearance of a woman’s breasts. Breast lift surgery is designed to correct these changes by restoring shape to the breast tissue. A breast lift can also be used to correct breast asymmetry.

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Who is a good candidate for a Breast Lift?

The ideal candidate for breast lift surgery is someone who is:

  • Within five kilograms of their ideal weight
  • Finished breastfeeding and having children
  • In good overall physical and mental health
  • Has realistic wants and expectations


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For best results, a breast lift may be combined with other procedures, such as Breast Augmentation or Fat Transfer.

Types of Breast Lifts

The nipple position, ptosis (sag) of the breast, and aesthetic goals of the patient will determine the type of breast lift required:

Benelli Lift

The Benelli lift is indicated for patients with mild ptosis. It involves removing a doughnut-shaped piece of breast tissue from the periareolar (outer part of the areola). The tissue is re-sutured, pulling the breast tissue together and tightening the breast.

Full Mastopexy

A full mastopexy is indicated for severe ptosis. It involves incisions that are shaped like an anchor.

If you think you may require a breast lift, please use our complimentary, obligation-free online assessment form below. One of our surgeons will review your pictures, and the clinic will provide you with a quote estimate.

Complimentary Virtual Assessment

Breast Lift with use of breast implants

Although a breast lift can reposition the breast tissue, it cannot restore lost volume, particularly in the breast’s upper pole. Many women choose to undergo a breast lift with the insertion of implants to create a full, natural bust. Breast lift and breast augmentation are usually undertaken during the same procedure. However, if a patient has a large amount of natural breast tissue or severe ptosis, the lift and augmentation can be performed as two separate procedures to minimise complications.

Recovery from a Breast Lift

While recovery varies from patient to patient, most patients describe the sensation as mild aches and pressure rather than pain. We ensure your post-operative comfort with oral pain medication prescribed after the procedure.

Following the operation, patients will require a dressing change at one week and two-week intervals. We provide Out of Town Patients with a letter containing detailed dressing change instructions to give to their GP if you cannot attend dressing change appointments at the Brisbane clinic.

Most patients should expect to take around one to two weeks off work. Patients with office jobs can usually return to work after one week; however, more physically demanding jobs will require a longer recovery period. You can usually resume normal activities, including gym exercises, by six weeks.

Patients will experience swelling, and there may be bruising after the procedure. Major swelling usually subsides by three months, and the final results are noticeable at around the one-year mark. A compression bra will need to be worn continuously for six weeks following surgery.

We will schedule post-operative appointments throughout the following year. These appointments can be conducted via our Virtual Clinic or in person at our James St clinic.


1.5 – 3 hours


Day surgery




Required at weeks 1, 2, & 3


1 – 4 weeks


None for 6 weeks


Required for 6 weeks


3 months


For more before and afters please visit our Gallery

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Dr Chinsee patient before and after breast lift surgery with implants 400-500 cc, angle photo 01

Scarring from a Breast Lift

Scarring depends on several factors, including the extent of the breast lift performed. Incisions are placed discreetly to minimise scar visibility, and most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.

Please visit Scarring After Surgery for more information.

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All surgeries carry associated complications and risks. Including: bleeding, infection, reaction to anaesthesia, changes in breast or nipple sensation, nerve damage, breast asymmetry. Please request a copy of our breast lift information sheet and surgical consent for more information.

In some cases, the breasts may appear slightly smaller once the excess skin has been surgical removed, and the breasts have been lifted into their new position.

There is no ‘best’ breast lift and the extent of the breast lift required is based upon nipple position, severity of ptosis (sagging), and personal aesthetic goals.

Patients are required to wait a minimum of six months after pregnancy or six months after finishing breast feeding. It is recommended that women wait until they have finished having children.

A breast lift is a long-term surgical solution to breast ptosis (sagging). However, your breasts will still change due to natural ageing processes, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy.

The cost of your breast lift can be broken down into three main components: the surgeon’s fee charged by Dr Chinsee, anaesthetist fees and hospital fees. At Inigo Cosmetic, we customise our surgeries to each individual patient. To receive a detailed cost breakdown, please get in touch to book a consultation with Dr Chinsee.