Breast uplift, also known as mastopexy, is a procedure designed to lift breasts that have sagged due to age, gravity, pregnancies, or loss of tissue elasticity. Often in saggy breasts the nipple position has also sagged and is too low on the breast. In extreme cases, the nipple may actually be pointing downward. A breast uplift procedure will help achieve a more youthful shape, creating a rounder contour through excising and tightening of the skin and by repositioning the nipple areola to a more central location.
Why do breasts sag?
- Loss of skin elasticity due to aging
- The natural effects of gravity over time
- Loss of breast volume after losing weight
- Changes in breast size associated with pregnancy and breast-feeding
Who is suitable for breast uplift?
- Women who are satisfied with the size of their breasts, but who consider them to be too droopy or pendulous
What to consider at this stage
Before meeting your surgeon, it is important that you consider what you would like to achieve from your breast surgery. Particularly, you should decide whether you just want your breasts lifted, or whether you also want to alter the size.
The procedure for breast uplift surgery
- The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic
- The operation takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes
- The majority of patients stay in hospital for 1 night
- If you are involved in non-physical work, you can expect to return to work after 1 week
- You can anticipate returning to normal physical exercise within 4 to 6 weeks
As with the majority of surgical procedures, many options can be considered. These depend upon the wishes of the patient, technical considerations and preferences of the surgeon.
At your consultation, your surgeon will provide you with advice upon the best options for you, taking all known factors into account.
There are essentially 3 possible types of incision:
- Around the areola
- Around the areola and vertical running from the areola to the breast crease
- Around the areola and vertical running from the areola to the breast crease then continuing horizontally along that crease
If you decide that in addition you prefer to alter the size, then implants can be inserted at the same time as the uplift. For more information please visit our Breast uplift with Implants page. The size and type options for the implants will be discussed with you in detail at your consultation.
Following the operation
As with all types of surgery, you should expect to feel bruised and sore following your operation. Your breasts are also likely to be swollen. You might also be requested to sleep on your back and to avoid strenuous activities and bending for a few weeks. You will also have to wear a support bra. Most patients can return to normal activity within 3 to 4 weeks.
As is normal with all scars, they will fade over a period of time. They will typically heal to form very faint white lines. However, it is important to remember that no surgical scar will ever disappear in its entirety.
Risks & Complications
Cosmetic surgery is amongst the safest of all medical procedures. However, it should be understood and accepted by all patients that no surgical procedure is totally risk-free.
For additional information about the potential risks and complications associated with Breast Uplift, please refer to Risks and Complications of Breast Uplift.
At your Consultation, your surgeon will discuss these risks with you.
How long will the results of your breast uplift last?
For most women, the results last for very many years.
Factors that may reduce this period include:
- Larger heavier breasts tend to sag again somewhat earlier
- Women who select larger implants
- Women who gain significant amounts of weight following surgery
- Women who become pregnant may develop significantly larger breasts that again sag