Breast Lift Surgery
Would you like more volume in your breasts?
If you want to feel fantastic in a bra and make sure clothes look amazing, a breast uplift procedure offers great results. As its name suggests, the aim here is to lift, re-shape and re-size the breast. It’s hugely popular and can also help with uneven breasts caused by weight loss or breastfeeding your baby on one side. You can choose to have both breasts lifted or just one, which is not uncommon.
Breast uplift surgery takes around 2 to 2.5 hours, under general anaesthetic and you’ll need to stay in our hospital overnight. During the procedure, excess tissue and skin is reduced and the nipple is repositioned for a neater, firmer shape. Your specialist surgeon will take you through the process step by step, explaining every stage and ensuring you’re comfortable with everything from start to finish.
You’ll need to take a week off work and shouldn’t consider physical activities for 6 to 8 weeks afterwards. You’ll also need to wear a post-op bra, which your surgeon will explain during your consultation.
HOW IT'S DONE
The surgical name for this procedure is a mastopexy and here’s how it’s done.
Anchor shaped pieces are removed.
Nipples are repositioned and everything is sutured together, creating a better shape.
Scars are usually minimal and soon fade, as shown here on the right breast.
WHAT WILL SCARRING BE LIKE?
There are two types: the anchor scar and the lollipop scar. The anchor scar is the most common, usually because it ensures a better result overall so it’s often used on those with a fuller chest. Conversely the lollipop scar is more common on medium sized breasts which usually need less re-sculpting. This option minimises the amount of scarring and also gives a great result.
It’s worth remembering that everybody is different, so it’s important to discuss this with your surgeon. They have experience with different skin types and how your body is likely to react to the surgery.
As with most surgery you can expect bruising and swelling, which usually lasts between 7 and 21 days but it can take up to 6 months for your new shape to settle completely.
A little discomfort
You’re bound to feel uncomfortable afterwards, but any pain should fade away after 7 to 14 days. In the meantime, we’ll prescribe and administer pain relief as required to ease any discomfort.
A change in sensation
A few patients have reported an increase or decrease in sensitivity. This usually settles down after a few weeks, though it can last a little longer and for a small number of patients, it can be permanent. It’s caused by disturbing the superficial nerves during surgery and anything from mild tingles to a sharp pain is normal after such a procedure.
Housework and picking up children
Lifting anything heavy, including your children isn’t advised until 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. Any strenuous lifting can damage stitches and may affect your final result. Housework, like hoovering is also considered a strenuous activity so please rest fully for the recommended time.
Sunshine and sunbeds
We’d always advise you to protect the area from sunlight and sunbeds after surgery by using high factors over 35 SPF, or by covering the area completely for 1 year after the procedure.
Because the nipple and milk ducts have been moved you may not be able to breastfeed. This is also true for nipple reduction and nipple lift.
We’d advise you to wait until you’ve had all your family before having this procedure. This is largely because pregnancy and breastfeeding can dramatically alter the size and shape of your breasts which can lead to the possibility of needing another procedure after having children.
Something to think about
If you’ve just had a baby, or recently stopped breastfeeding, you must wait 3 months before considering a breast uplift. A surgeon can’t undertake the procedure if you’re still producing milk and you’ll be asked to return later, once your body’s back to normal.