Breast uplift (alternatively: breast lift, mastopexy) lifts and reshapes the breasts by excess skin being removed. This aims to produce a lifted breast with a more youthful position and shape. At Aset, we are proud to have highly experienced and well renown elite breast surgeons in the country.
Our Consultant Plastic Surgeons are members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) and all have a variety of professional qualifications.
A breast uplift is a procedure for women who want more youthful looking breasts. Many of our patients come to us after pregnancy or breast feeding – or simply because their skin has lost the lift and elasticity it once hand. Some women may naturally develop drooping breasts, and breast uplift surgery is often the best way to regain youthful looking breasts.
For women who are also seeking fuller or larger breasts (but have droopy breasts), the combination of uplift and breast enlargement (information on breast enlargement) is also available. The two procedures together can improve the size, shape and overall appearance of the breasts.
Is Breast Uplift the right choice?
Some common reasons for breast uplift include:
• Following pregnancy and breast feeding, breasts can become flatter and ‘empty’ looking, losing breast roundness and fullness
• Weight loss can leave the breast flatter with excess loose skin
• If breasts are no longer firm it can be difficult to wear certain types of clothes without the support of a bra
• Boost confidence and improve body image
A consultation with one of our expert cosmetic surgeons is invaluable prior to making a decision about proceeding with breast uplift surgery. The surgeon will be able to advise you about your suitability for this procedure and the options available to you.
As with all our procedures, your journey begins with a consultation with our expert surgeons. From here, suggestions will be made as to the options available to you. We ask our patients to cease smoking prior to their operation. It is proven that smoking introduces toxins into the blood that increase the risk of healing problems, skin loss and anaesthetic complications. It is therefore essential that smokers stop well before the surgery date (at least 6 weeks) and don’t start again until the wounds have completely healed. Further, we ask that you stop taking oral contraceptive pills, aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs as they increase the risk of bleeding. Off the shelf herbal medicines and nutritional supplements must also be discounted before surgery. To ensure your health during surgery, you will be required to attend a medical examination at a pre-operative assessment clinic where certain tests may be carried out. This is to minimise risk during surgery and ensure your health.
The procedure involves the repositioning of nipples to a more balanced position and this depends on your height and build. The breast tissue is also moulded into a new shape, and any excess skin is removed to give better appearance. If you have chosen an enlargement to be done at the same time, a breast implant is also inserted.
Breast uplift can be carried out using many different methods. There are two most commonly used. The first methods leaves an anchor-shaped scar (a circle around the nipple, with a straight line below it and an upward curve under the breast). The other method leaves a scar in a circle around the nipple. The scarring will take around 18 months to mature and improve, and they tend to be red and sometimes lumpy in the first few months.
To help you decide on the best option, we take into account your individual breast shape, nipple position and what your aims are. All breast uplift procedures will involve removing some skin, and this will leave scarring on the breast. Your surgeon will try their best to make the scars as fine as possible, however the final result will be determined by how you heal. In an uplift procedure, no breast tissue is removed. A different method of breast uplift is called ‘Auto Augmentation’ and involves a more invasive distribution of breast tissue. This may be suitable in cases where a filler look is desired, without the need to use an implant. .
The most common cause of dissatisfaction after this procedure is a mismatch between the expectations of the patient and what can be physically achieved safely. It is very important that each patient holds a realistic expectation and a solid understanding of what is physically achievable – this is why, at Aset, we have such a detailed consultation process.
An uplift is a major surgical procedure: some bleeding, oozing, bruising, swelling, scars and discomfort are inevitable after this surgery. The potential risks with an uplift include infection, poor scarring (wide, red or lumpy), haematoma, asymmetry, excessive drooping, pain, loss of sensation, nipple and skin loss, DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and PE (pulmonary embolism). Your surgeon will explain the limitation and the potential risks of this procedure during your consultation, allowing you to make a fully informed decision. If implants are used, further risks of capsular contracture and implant rupture are also present.
This all sounds very scary, but an uplift is a surgical procedure like any other. It is important to be open about the risks so they can be best minimised. Although breast shape and size can be altered and improved with this procedure, after the surgery the shape, size and position of the breast will continue to change due to gravity, weight changes and the ageing process.
* Individual results may vary.
Your well being is our priority, Aset Hospital will provide a comprehensive and personalised aftercare package which is included in your treatment. The exact procedure depends on your chosen course of treatment, however most surgeries for breast uplift will require a two night stay in hospital.
Aset will provided a personalised aftercare package, included in your treatment package.
After you are discharged, you will be provided with post-operative care instructions, and 24-hour access to trained staff to advise and assist with any questions or concerns. Follow-up examinations with your surgeon will be arranged to monitor progress, and check you are recovering well.
From experience, our surgeons estimate that it takes around 2-3 weeks to recover and heal from this procedure. Standard follow-up schedule: Approximately 2 weeks after surgery: a member of Aset hospital’s trained surgical staff will see you and check your wounds to ensure proper healing and no infections. Approximately 6 weeks after surgery: further follow-up to check recovery. After 6 weeks, the follow-up appointments will continue at regular intervals if you are not yet fully healed.
Appointments will continue until you are completely healed. These follow-ups are standard and provided at no extra cost. Please be aware that your exact schedule may vary slightly from the example due to your specific needs.