Breast Uplift Surgery (Mastopexy)
It’s normal for our breasts to alter over time, through weight loss and childbirth, but if you’re concerned about sagging breasts that sit too low and long for a perkier bust then a breast uplift procedure can provide you with a natural lift, improving the contours of your profile.
What is a mastopexy?
A mastopexy, also referred to as a breast uplift procedure or breast lift is an operation that removes excess skin from a sagging bust whilst remodelling the breast tissue. You are likely to be suitable for a breast uplift procedure if your nipples lie in a low position and you lack volume in the upper portion of your breast. Mastopexy surgery lifts your breasts higher, providing a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance.
Breast ptosis or drooping of the breasts can occur for a number of reasons. Most commonly childbirth, breastfeeding and weight loss. Each of these factors can result in a loss of breast volume and firmness. This can have implications for your mental health, causing you low self-esteem, particularly in the bedroom or when wearing lingerie but can also have a negative impact on your physical health. We often hear of women experiencing back pain from the downward pull of their breasts hanging too low. A breast uplift procedure can therefore provide a huge boost to both your mental and physical wellbeing.
It’s important to consider that breast uplift surgery cannot make your breasts larger. If you are looking to increase the size of your bust then you will need a breast implant inserted via a breast augmentation procedure. A mastopexy alone simply remodels your existing tissue. However, you can combine a breast implant with breast uplift surgery to both increase volume and provide lift.
The breast uplift procedure
A mastopexy procedure normally takes between 1 and 2 hours to perform under a general anaesthetic. Your Plastic Surgeon will begin by removing any excess skin in the lower portion of your breasts to tighten the area. They will then move your nipple into a higher position before closing their incisions with sutures.
There are a number of techniques that can be used by your Plastic Surgeon during your mastopexy operation, each presenting their own scarring. Most commonly used is the short transverse scar mastopexy. This runs around your areola, also known as your nipple, straight down towards the bottom of your breast and then along your breast crease.
Your breast uplift consultation
Your consultation is the perfect opportunity to meet with Mr Adrian Richards and his nursing team, find out everything about your breast uplift procedure including risks, recovery and expected results and ask any questions.
Come to your consultation already prepared with a list of questions for your Plastic Surgeon. This ensures you won’t forget anything!
During your consultation Mr Richards will discuss with you the following important elements of surgery:
- Your suitability – will you achieve your desired results?
- Technique – which technique will provide you with optimum results
- Combination procedures – would you benefit from a breast implant procedure as well.
Mastopexy is an individualised procedure and is not suitable for everyone. It’s therefore important to attend a consultation with your Plastic Surgeon so they can determine whether this procedure is right for you.
Recovery following breast uplift surgery
Following your mastopexy operation you will be required to stay overnight in hospital. You will need to ensure that a good support bra is worn to aid recovery in the weeks following your procedure. It will take approximately 2 weeks to return to driving and working following a mastopexy, depending on your occupation. You can return to your full exercise regime around 4-6 weeks post-surgery.
A comprehensive aftercare package will be provided to you by your Plastic Surgeon.