You may be happy with the size of your breasts but the impact of ageing or the after-effects of pregnancy and childbirth may have left you with a saggy appearance. Having a breast lift will restore the pertness to your breasts without changing their size.

A mastopexy, or breast lift, is a more extensive surgical procedure than breast augmentation, which generally just involves having implants inserted. In some cases, a breast lift and a breast augmentation can be done together to accomplish the desired final result.

As with other forms of cosmetic breast surgery, your initial consultation with one of our specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeons will be an important meeting. You will explain the result that you would like to obtain and your consultant will advise you on what is possible and if there are any options to choose from.

Having a breast lift: what to expect

If you have droopy breasts following pregnancy or childbirth, or just because of the effects of ageing, a breast lift can boost your confidence significantly. At The London Clinic the first step towards having a mastopexy, either alone or in conjunction with other forms of cosmetic breast surgery such as a breast augmentation, is to have an initial consultation with one of our plastic and reconstructive surgeons.

Your consultant will examine you and take your medical history making sure that the shape and size of your breasts make you suitable for breast uplift surgery. If you are overweight, we may recommend weight loss prior to your breast work.

The health of your breasts will also be taken into account and you will be asked about any discharge that you have had from your nipples, and any lumps, cysts or problems on the skin of the breasts. We also ask about your family history of breast cancer so that we can make sure your breast health will not be put at risk if you undergo a breast lift.

If you are a smoker, we recommend you give up at least 6 weeks before your breast lift surgery and to carry on being a non-smoker until you have fully recovered to aid healing.

Breast uplift surgery

A breast uplift operation takes 2-3 hours but the technique used, the incision pattern and the way the surgery is combined with other cosmetic breast procedures will depend on your individual case. Your consultant will explain exactly what will happen and will discuss in detail the final result that you want to obtain.

Various incision patterns are possible and the objective is to remove excess skin and then stitch the remaining tissue in place so that the breasts have a more youthful, pert appearance. The main incisions may be:

  • Circular, following the outline of the areola around the nipple.
  • Around the outside of the areola, where it meets the skin of the breast, and then vertically downwards towards the breast crease.
  • For larger, more pendulous breasts further incisions may be made at the side of the breasts to remove excess skin and fatty tissue.

Recovery from breast uplift surgery

If you have a breast uplift without any other procedure you will normally only remain in The Clinic overnight. Your wound will have a drain to start with but if all is well the next day you will be able to go home.

You will feel sore and bruised for the first few days, but this will ease and can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers.
Your scars will be obvious at first but these will fade gradually and will continue to improve over the next 12 months. You should be able to see the new shape of your breasts very soon after surgery but we recommend that you wear a supportive, professionally fitted bra without underwiring 24 hours a day for at least 2 weeks. After that, you should wear the bra at all times during the day for at least 6 weeks. Your final result will be apparent after 4-6 months.

Most women get back to normal activities within 3 weeks but strenuous activity and exercise is not recommended for at least 2 months.