However, even younger women can experience a loss of volume due to pregnancy, breast feeding and weight loss. Because the breasts are so strongly linked to a woman’s femininity, the impact on self-esteem and lifestyle can be quite severe.
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, can be can be provided as a stand-alone procedure or carried out at the same time as breast enlargement surgery. It’s a highly effective way to restore the volume and shape of your breasts, improving your body contour and helping you to feel like a better version of your natural self.
The technique we use will depend upon the size and shape of your breasts and the change you wish to see. Generally, however, the treatment involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast, or an incision around the nipple, extending to the groove beneath.
When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together to reshape the breast. Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downwards, and sometimes along the lower crease of the breast.
Some patients, especially those with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging, may be suitable for modified procedures requiring less extensive incisions.
The best results are achieved with small, sagging breasts. If your breasts are large, a breast lift will still be effective but the results may not be as long-lasting.
Also, if your breasts have altered shape due to pregnancy and breast feeding, and you are planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift. While there are no special risks that affect future pregnancies (for example, mastopexy usually doesn’t interfere with breast-feeding), pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and offset the results of the procedure.
Of course, we’re here to answer your questions and provide information to help you decide whether a breast lift will give you the results you’re looking for. When you attend your initial consultation, we will discuss what you hope to achieve through surgery and assess whether your expectations can be met.
As with all surgery, there is a possibility of complications or a reaction to anaesthesia. Also, a breast lift can occasionally result in unevenly positioned nipples, or a permanent loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts.
Bleeding and infection following mastopexy are uncommon, but they can cause scars to widen. You can reduce your risks by closely following our advice both before and after surgery.
Most people experience a temporary loss of feeling in the nipples and breast skin. This numbness usually fades as the swelling subsides after about six weeks, but in some patients, it may last a year or more, and occasionally it may be permanent.
Every effort will be made to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible; but remember that mastopexy scars are extensive and permanent. They often remain lumpy and red for months, then gradually become less obvious and eventually they become pale. Fortunately, the scars can be covered by your bra or bathing suit, and they can usually be placed so that you can wear low-cut tops.
This consultation will involve an examination of your breasts and a discussion about the variables that may affect the procedure, such as your age, the size and shape of your breasts, and your skin condition.
For many women, breast lift and breast enlargement go together, so we will explore if this is necessary to achieve the results you would like.
We will describe the procedure in detail, explaining its risks and limitations and making sure you understand the scarring that will result. We will go through every aspect of anaesthesia and explain the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, and the costs involved.
This consultation is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.
Your breast lift will be performed in hospital as an in-patient and the operation will be performed under general anaesthesia. You should expect to stay in hospital for one or two nights.
Depending on your age and family history, we may ask you to have a mammogram (breast x-ray) before surgery. You’ll also get specific instructions on eating, drinking, smoking and medication before the day of your operation.
While you are making preparations, it’s a good idea to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days so that you can take it easy.
After your surgery, your breasts will be supported with adhesive tape and dressings. Expect to feel bruised and swollen though the pain shouldn’t be severe and can be relieved with tablets prescribed by your surgeon.
After a few days, you can bathe and after a week the tape will be replaced by a soft support bra. You’ll need to wear this bra 24/7 for about three weeks. The stitches are usually absorbable and won’t need removing. Healing is a gradual process. Although you will be up and about in a day or two, don’t expect to return to work for a week or more.
You’ll also need to avoid lifting anything over your head for three to four weeks. You may be instructed to avoid sex for a week or more, and to avoid strenuous sports for about six weeks. After that, you can resume these activities slowly. If you become pregnant, the operation should not affect your ability to breast-feed, since your milk ducts and nipples will be left intact.
Your initial consultation is free of charge. It is difficult to give a wholly accurate idea of the cost of your surgery until we have met and fully assessed your needs and goals. At the end you will be given an exact quote which will cover all treatment, appointments and re-admissions or revisions, should that be necessary. The price guide below should give a reasonable idea of the range of prices for your chosen treatment.
Your second consultation is more in-depth, often including a 3D imaging assessment and simulation of outcome, as well as preparation for the day itself. This costs £150 and is included in the cost of your treatment.
|Treatment||Nights Stay||Total cost without planning fee (£150)||Total cost with planning fee (£150)|
|Bilateral breast augmentation **(+ mastopexy)||One night||£5,761||£5,911|
|Bilateral breast augmentation **(+ mastopexy) GADC||GADC||£5,655||£5,805|
The effect will be permanent but your body will obviously change as you age. You may get some recurrence of the sagginess if further volume is lost over the years but it is unusual to be repeating the uplift unless you undergo significant changes in body weight.
There are benefits and risks in both. An uplift without an implant will not increase your cup size but your bra will feel fuller and you will have better projection. If you want to be significantly bigger or if upper pole fullness is a priority for you, you may need an implant.
Whilst the procedure brings only moderate discomfort, you will be cared for by our specialist team and given medication to help reduce this. We will also prescribe pain relief which you can take at home when you leave hospital.
It’s a good idea to take a week off work though you may need more. Each person recovers at a different pace but you need to be organised before your surgery so that you can get plenty of rest afterwards. This can be discussed in detail at your first consultation.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person