Breast Uplift, also known as Breast Lift or, medically, Mastopexy, removes excess sagging skin in order to lift, reshape and firm your breast, and hence produce a more youthful breast contour.
Whilst not strictly correct, a good way to think about the problem is as follows:
- At one time, you may have been happy with your breasts. Perhaps they were a size B-cup and firm (ie B-cup breasts in B-size skin).
- Following pregnancy etc, your breasts are still the same size, but seem to have lost a lot of their firmness and are saggy (B.cup breasts in C or D-size skin).
- Breast Uplift alone allows you to go back to B-cup breasts in B-size skin.
- Breast Uplift with breast implant would allow you to have a C-cup breast in C-size skin.
Why do breasts sag?
- Loss of skin elasticity with age
- The natural effects of gravity
- Loss of breast volume following weight loss
- Changes in breast size associated with pregnancy and breast-feeding
Who is suitable for breast uplift?
- Women who are happy with the size of their breasts, but who consider them to be droopy or pendulous
- Women who consider their breasts to be both too small and too saggy
What to consider at this stage
It is important that before you see the surgeon, you consider what you are trying to achieve from your surgery.
In particular, you must decide whether you just want your breasts uplifting, or whether you wish for your breasts to be made larger also.
The procedure for breast uplift surgery
- The operation is performed under general anaesthesia
- It takes about sixty to ninety minutes
- Most patients stay in hospital for one night
- If you work is not physical, expect to return to work after one week
- Expect to be back to normal physical exercise within four to six weeks
As with most surgical procedures, there are many options, depending upon the patient’s wishes, technical considerations and surgeon preferences.
At consultation, Dr Rezai will advise upon the best option for you. However, basically there are three incision types:
- Around the areolar
- Around the areolar and vertical running from the areolar to the breast crease
- Around the areolar and vertical running from the areolar to the breast crease then it continues horizontally along that crease
If you decide that you want your breasts made larger, then at the same time as the uplift, implants can be inserted in your breasts. The size and types of these implants will be discussed with you at consultation.
Following the operation
As with all surgery, you must expect to feel bruised and sore. Your breasts are likely to be swollen. You may be asked to sleep on your back, and to avoid straining or bending for a few weeks. You may also have to wear a support bra. Most patients are able to fully resume normal activity within three to four weeks.
As with all scars, the scars from breast uplift surgery will fade over a period of time. In many women, they heal to form very faint white lines. However, it is important to remember that no surgical scar ever totally disappears.
Risks & Complications
Cosmetic surgery is amongst the very safest of medical procedures. However, all patients must understand and accept that no surgical procedure is absolutely free from risk.
For further information concerning the risks and complications associated with Breast Uplift, please refer to Risks and Complications of Breast Uplift.
At Consultation, Dr Rezai will discuss these risks with you.
How long will the results of your breast lift last?
For the great majority of women, the results last for very many years.
Factors that may reduce this period include:
- Women with larger heavier breasts tend to sag again somewhat earlier
- Women who opt for larger implants
- Women who gain significant amounts of weight following surgery
- Women who become pregnant may get significantly larger breasts that sag again