Breast lift surgery – what do I need to know about the recovery?

What is the recovery time?

Following your breast lift surgery, you will need to wear a support bra for approximately 4 weeks to minimise swelling and support your new breast shape during healing.

There may be some soreness, bruising and swelling of the breasts, but once this has dissipated your new, younger-looking breast shape will be noticeable.

Most patients can return to work within 1 week. Most strenuous activities will need to be postponed for four to six weeks.

How long does it take?

A breast lift takes approximately 2-3 hours under a general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital with an Anaesthetist.

Dr Ho only works with board-certified Anaesthetists and will only perform facelift surgery under sterile conditions in an accredited hospital.

Do I need to stay overnight in hospital?

Breast lift surgery may be performed as a day-only or an overnight stay. This is tailored to the individual needs of the patient and will be discussed with you at your consultation.

When is the right time for a breast lift?

A breast lift can be done at any age, as long as your breasts have finished developing. You can also have one before or after you are pregnant as you will still be able to breast feed after a breast lift. Under current rules, Medicare and Health Funds rebate this procedure if your nipple is lower than the breast crease and you are between 1-7 years of your last pregnancy.

How much does a breast lift cost?

A breast lift ranges between $8,000 to $12,000. Additional costs such as the Anaesthetist and Hospital costs can be given to you after your consultation with Dr Ho. Medicare and health fund rebates may apply for some of your costs, so it is advisable to bring a GP referral with you.

Is there any scarring?


Breast Lift Surgery does involve incisions along the breast, however where possible these are made in the natural creases of the breast, or around the areola.


Dr Ho uses his specialist skills to minimise scarring and will support you during the post-operative healing. In some cases, silicone will be used to assist in scar management.





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