Breast lift Surgery

Breast lift Surgery

Procedure overview

Our Approach to Mastopexy at FNQ Plastic Surgery

Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to lift and reshape sagging breasts. Sagging breasts can occur due to a variety of factors, including aging, weight loss, pregnancy, and genetics. The result can be a loss of confidence and self-esteem and discomfort or pain in the neck, shoulders, and back.

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we offer various breast lift surgery options, including short scar mastopexy, to help banish the unwelcome consequences of sagging breasts. Our experienced and board-certified plastic surgeons use the latest surgical techniques and advanced technology to achieve beautiful and natural-looking results.

Our approach to breast lift surgery is always professional, with understanding and compassion at the centre of what we do. We understand that a sagging bust can affect your lifestyle and self-esteem, and we are committed to helping you achieve your desired outcome with surgery. Our priority is your safety and satisfaction, and our dedicated team of healthcare professionals will provide personalised care and support throughout your breast lift journey.


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Procedure FAQs

We understand that having surgery can be a big decision, so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for each surgical procedure to provide you with more information and help you make an informed decision.

  • How can breast lift surgery improve your appearance?

    Patients often choose breast lift and augmentation surgery to feel more comfortable and confident in their body. Breast lift surgery permanently lifts the breasts to create more youthful positioning. We also offer various types of breast surgery, including breast reduction, if you’re more concerned with size rather than placement of breasts.

  • Who is suitable for this type of breast surgery?

    Women who wish to rejuvenate their breasts by repositioning them are most suitable for this type of surgery. It is not suitable for women who wish to enhance the size of their breasts (breast enlargement surgery) or reduce the breasts size although we can combine the latter with mastopexy surgery.

  • What happens during breast lift surgery?

    During breast lift surgery excess skin is removed and the breast is repositioned. This very rarely may include detaching and reattaching the nipple and the inclusion of an implant. The technique your surgeon chooses will depend on the severity of the laxity of the skin and tissue, as well as your goals.

    This type of breast rejuvenation surgery takes 2-3 hours, on average but this will vary depending on the patient. Before your surgery your surgeon will discuss the risks and complications associated with this breast rejuvenation procedure.

  • Can I breast feed after a breast lift?

    This is an important question and one to discuss with your surgeon. In many cases, it remains possible to breast feed after breast lift surgery, but this cannot be guaranteed. Many surgeons advise deferring such surgery until after completion of your family, if the possible loss of the ability to breast feed is of concern.

  • Do you remove my nipple during a breast lift?

    Not usually. In most breast lift procedures, the nipple remains attached to the breast throughout. In more extreme breast lift cases, the nipple might be removed and reattached as a ‘free nipple graft’. Often this can be predicted in advance and will be discussed by your surgeon, but it might also be used as a ‘salvage manoeuvre’ in an attempt to save the nipple in the event of a compromise to the blood supply to the tissues.

  • Must I sleep on my back after breast lift surgery?

    It would certainly be helpful at first. Your surgeon will give you specific advice, but sleeping on your back for at least the first week or two is best.

  • How long do I wear a bra after breast lift surgery?

    Your surgeon will advise you about this, but the provided post-operative bra is usually best for the first couple of 4-6 weeks. After this time, it may become a little loose as it stretches, and the post-op swelling reduces. At this time, it might be appropriate to switch into a replacement bra but your surgeon will discuss this with you.

  • What is the recovery like?

    After your breast lift and augmentation surgery to reposition the breasts, you may notice some swelling and soreness. Painkillers can be prescribed to manage any pain. You normally will be kept overnight to ensure you recover well.

    Detailed aftercare information will be provided after the surgery to ensure you know how to care for your scars. You will also receive advice on when to return to work. Usually, patients usually take around 4-6 weeks to recover, but this varies from patient to patient. The full breast lift result may take a few weeks to be seen as the swelling subsides.

    Exercise should be avoided until you’re advised otherwise, and you should wear the compression garments provided. A follow-up appointment allows your breast rejuvenation surgeon to ensure you’re healing well and the implants, if used, are settling well.

  • How long do the results of breast lift surgery last?

    The results are long term although if you gain a significant amount of weight or become pregnant this may change your breast size. Similarly, the ageing process doesn’t stop and your breasts may change as you get older.

  • Who should you trust to perform breast lift surgery?

    It’s advised you pick a breast surgery expert if you’re considering surgery. Regarding this sort of procedure, it’s best to speak to an expert.

    If you decide to proceed with a breast reduction procedure, a skilled surgeon will talk you through the procedure and discuss your options based on your circumstances.

  • Does Medicare Cover Breast Lift without Implants Surgery?

    Generally speaking, to be eligible for Medicare or insurance coverage, you need to fulfil certain strict criteria for item number 45558.

  • Where can you get more information?

    Please contact us if you wish to request a breast lift consultation. We are happy to discuss any type of breast surgery with you, and there is also more information on our breast and chest treatment pages.

Anything we've missed?

If you have any further questions or concerns that we haven’t addressed in our FAQ section, please don’t hesitate to contact us – our team is always here to provide the information and support you need throughout your journey.


The information provided on this website is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.

Surgical procedures carry inherent risks, and the specific risks and potential complications may vary depending on the procedure. It is important to consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon to discuss the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes of any surgical procedure. Individual results may vary.

For more detailed and specific information regarding the risks associated with a particular procedure, please contact our clinic directly to schedule a consultation with our skilled team of healthcare professionals.

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Surgical Costs

Navigating Surgical Costs: Consultations, Insurance, and Financial Options

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we work with you to navigate the cost of your desired procedure, taking into account the various factors that influence pricing, and offering flexible payment options to accommodate your needs.

Medical Consultations for Non-Cosmetic Procedures (skin cancers, hand surgery etc.)

  • Initial consultation: $280
  • Follow-ups: $85

Cosmetic Consultations (in person or virtual)

  • Initial consultation: $350
  • Follow-ups: $100

Children Consultations under 18 years

  • Initial consultation: $250
  • Follow-ups: $85


All prices include GST. You will be required to make a deposit of $100 to secure your booking. Your appointment will be confirmed and secured once paid. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express via electronic banking details over the phone.

Skin cancer

Payment for skin cancer/ skin lesion surgery is due (7) days prior to your surgery booking date.

Cosmetic surgery

To secure an appointment for cosmetic surgery, you are required to make a deposit as outlined below. The final payment is due to FNQ Plastic Surgery 2 weeks prior to your scheduled date. Please reference your surname and contact us once payment is complete.

Surgeon feeDeposit required

Up to $10,000$1,000
$10,000 – $20,000$2,000
$20,000 +$3,000

Payment options

  • Direct Deposit
  • Bank cheque made payable to FNQ Plastic Surgery (we do not accept personal cheques)
  • Major credit cards accepted – including AMEX
  • Cash

Refund policy

If you cancel or reschedule your procedure less than (7) days prior to your surgery date, you will be responsible to pay thirty percent (30%) of the total costs of the procedure (non-refundable and cannot be applied to a future procedure).

Average prices paid for cosmetic and plastic surgery are different across Australia. Prices and Hospital Costs vary for plastic surgery as every patient has slightly different anatomy and varying surgical needs. Your Price for surgery depends mostly on which surgeon, which hospital, the type of prosthesis and how long the surgery will take. It will also vary based on eligibility for Medicare and whether you are insured or uninsured.

A fully personalised quote for your plastic surgery procedure is available when you come for a confidential consultation.

Your quote as part of a fully informed financial consent will outline your specific:

  • Surgeon Fee
  • Hospital Costs based on theatre time and length of hospital stay
  • Anaesthetists Fee
  • Assistants Fee (if applicable)
  • Prosthesis, Implant fee and post-operative garment fee (if applicable)
  • Any Medicare codes that may be applicable to your surgery

Many patients want to know if Medicare will cover plastic surgery. Medicare will cover what is deemed essential reconstructive surgery and procedures that have associated Medicare item numbers listed in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Dr Sorensen and his team can help you understand if Medicare may cover your procedure. However, if you wish to look up a particular type of surgery and its item numbers, refer to the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

Medicare will not cover cosmetic surgery procedures – like a cosmetic breast augmentation.

If you meet the strict criteria, you may be eligible for a Medicare item number Breast Surgery, Tummy Surgery, and post weight loss Excess Skin removal, amongst many other procedures.

You can undertake your surgery as a self-funded (uninsured) patient, or you may be covered by your Private Health Fund. There are many private health funds, some more generous than others.

Your Private Health Fund may partly contribute to the cost of your surgery. If you have a valid medical referral and meet the specific criteria for a Medicare Item Number.

You must also have the right LEVEL of insurance cover – Gold, Silver or Bronze – for the type of surgery you want. You may have to delay surgery after initially joining a health fund – typically, a 12-month waiting period needs to be served before you can have surgery.
If you have private health insurance, it is your responsibility to check your level of cover for this procedure. If you are not covered for the procedure, you will be responsible for hospital fees. Below are listed questions you should ask your health fund:

  • Am I covered for the Cairns Private Hospital or Cairns Day Surgery?
  • Am I covered for the item number(s) listed on my quote?
  • Will I be covered if this surgery is combined with a cosmetic procedure that does not have an item number?
  • Do I have an excess to pay when I go to hospital? if so, how much is it?

Nearly all plastic surgeons now charge a GAP fee on top of what Medicare and Private Health Funds are willing to contribute for your surgery. Medicare rebates have been fixed and have not increased for years. This has resulted in few, if any, NO GAP Plastic surgeons willing to charge the standard Medicare fee and health fund rebate.

You may be able to get early access to your Superannuation Fund to pay for your life-changing surgery.

This will most likely apply to Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Breast Reduction, Body Contouring, Arm lift, Nose Surgery or Skin Reduction after significant weight loss or Bariatric Surgery.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will assess your Early Super Fund Access application for medical procedures that treat life-threatening illnesses or chronic pain. The final decision, however, will be made by your own Super Fund, as some funds will not allow withdrawal. Find out more by visiting the ATO website or contacting Supercare.

Financing for cosmetic & plastic surgery

Flexible Financing Solutions for Your Procedure

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we’re dedicated to making your desired procedure more accessible. That’s why we’re proud to partner with leading Australian financial service Total Lifestyle Credit (TLC) to offer flexible financing solutions tailored to your needs.

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TLC provides personal loans designed for financing medical and lifestyle expenses. With competitive interest rates, flexible repayment terms, and a simple application process, TLC can help you easily finance your procedure. Visit TLC’s website for more information.

DISCLAIMER – Our Practice is NOT a credit provider. We do NOT receive any rebates or commissions from ANY banks or credit suppliers. All finance and credit providers are independent external companies. We provide NO financial advice. You will need to consider your own financial circumstances when deciding if finance is suitable for you.

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