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Mastopexy procedure

A mastopexy, or breast lift, aims to lift the breasts and create a firmer appearance by removing excess skin and tightening surrounding tissue. The specifics of the procedure will differ from person to person, as details such as the incision type that will be used are dependent upon on your individual needs and goals.

Mastopexy Incision Types

Dr Peters will help you to determine the incision type that will be best to achieve your desired results. In the meantime, you can familiarise yourself with the types of incisions that are typically used during breast lift surgery.

Types of incisions used for mastopexy include:

  • Wise-Pattern (or Anchor)
    A circular incision around the areola, a vertical incision towards the bottom of the breast, and a horizonal incision across the breast crease.
  • Benelli (or Peri-Areolar)
    A single circular incision around the areola.
  • Vertical (or Lollipop)
    A circular incision around the areola, and a vertical incision down towards to the breast crease.
  • Crescent
    A single semi-circle type incision along the top of the areola.

The most common incisions used by Dr Peters during breast lift surgery are the Wise-Pattern (Anchor) or Benelli (Peri-Areolar) methods.

Deciding which to use will come down to your anatomy and the amount of breast tissue you have. During your consultation with Dr Peters, he will consider these factors to suggest the best approach for you.

Mastopexy preparation

The first step is to organise a consultation with Dr Peters in Brisbane, where you can discuss your concerns and expectations, ask questions, and learn more about what happens during the procedure. Then, you can begin to think about how you can prepare for your surgery to ensure a sufficient recovery afterwards. We suggest:

  • Preparing an area in your home designed for you to recover comfortably
  • Making sure that you will have access to pillows, ice packs, and entertainment to keep you comfortable and occupied while you are recovering
  • Pre-preparing some healthy meals
  • Ensuring that you have enough comfortable and loose-fitted clothing to wear
  • Filling any needed prescriptions before your procedure date
  • Organising for somebody to help you around the house for the period of time suggested by Dr Peters and/or a Valley Plastic Surgery nurse

You will be provided with information about how to best prepare for your specific procedure and post-surgery care requirements by Dr Peters and a Valley Plastic Surgery nurse.

Your initial consultation

During your initial consultation, you and Dr Peters will discuss your aesthetic concerns, as well as your goals and expectations for the procedure. Dr Peters will examine your breasts and may take photographs for medical records. Afterwards, he will discuss your surgical options and recommend a treatment plan.

Dr Peters will provide detailed information regarding the procedure steps as well as the associated risks and recovery period. It is likely that you will also meet with a Valley Plastic Surgery nurse to further discuss pre and post-operative requirements and any other questions or concerns you have.

If you and Dr Peters decide that surgery is an appropriate option for you, you can opt to receive an obligation-free quote and proceed from there.


Details of your recovery including symptoms that you may experience or specific postoperative care instructions that you need to follow will be provided by Dr Peters during your breast lift surgery consultation.

You can discuss any concerns you may have about your recovery during your pre-operative consultation with Dr Peters and a VPS clinic nurse as well as your review appointments post-operatively.

How much does a mastopexy cost in Brisbane

The costs associated with surgery vary greatly with the type and complexity of the procedure. When you attend an initial consult, and decide you would like to consider surgery, you will receive a surgical quote which will also include estimates for any rebates you may be eligible for.

As a general rule, plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons is not covered by private health insurance funds or Medicare. Some operations, that have a significant functional aspect, may be considered medical rather than cosmetic and, as such, may attract a small rebate. These procedures have Medicare Item Numbers and if applicable, will be outlined in your quote.

Mastopexy surgery Risks & Complications

Every surgery has general risks, in addition to procedure specific risks. The risks associated with breast lift surgery will be discussed with you during your consultation with Dr Peters.

Adhering to recovery guidelines can help minimise certain risks and complications. Ensuring that you closely monitor how you are feeling and notifying your doctor of any concerns is the best way to mitigate your risk of adverse outcomes.

You can discuss any concerns that you may have about the possible risks and complications of undergoing breast lift surgery in Brisbane with Dr Peters.

Your questions answered Frequently Asked Questions

Typically, mastopexy surgery does not impair your ability to breastfeed, provided that your anatomy allowed you to do so beforehand. If this is a concern of yours, please discuss this with Dr Peters during your initial consultation.

It is best to avoid sleeping face-down or on your side for a few weeks after your procedure, and instead sleep on your back. If you can, sleep with two to three extra pillows, as this can also help to reduce swelling.

Often, breast implants alone are not enough to provide the appearance of a breast lift, and cannot address specific issues such as nipple and areola placement like a breast lift can. Breast implants are designed with the purpose to add volume to the breasts, while the mastopexy procedure is designed to remove excess skin and tighten the breasts, creating a lifted appearance.

Usually, procedures of this nature are not covered by Medicare unless they are deemed necessary by a doctor or specialist to address concerns that affect the patient’s mobility or health. If your procedure is deemed medical during your consultation with Dr Peters (i.e., you meet the requirements stipulated by Medicare for your procedure to be considered medical), this will be outlined in your surgical quote.

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