Often after childbirth, breastfeeding, weight loss or with age, and with the force of gravity, your breasts develop a drooping appearance.
A breast uplift, also called a mastopexy, will lift and reshape your pendulous breasts to create a more youthful and perter looking breast.
Breasts can decrease in size as a result of breastfeeding. Breast uplift surgery can be combined with breast augmentation surgery to give you fuller and supported breasts.
What is breast uplift?
A breast uplift is a cosmetic operation to remove extra loose skin from your breasts, raise, reshape and support them, and reposition your nipple to achieve a more fresh and pert appearance. It is suitable for women who have sagging breasts, flat and deflated looking breasts, or nipples that point downwards.
There are different types of breast uplifts and your consultant will discuss the best type for you based on your breast size and the result you want to achieve.
What does breast uplift involve?
A breast uplift is performed under general anaesthetic and typically takes about an hour and a half.
The most common type of breast uplift, is a cut around your areola and vertically down to your breast crease.
Sometimes a cut is made around your areola only, or around your areola, vertically down to your breast crease and horizontally along your breast crease to make an anchor shape.
Your cosmetic surgeon will remove extra skin from underneath your breast, reshape your breast and make it tighter, and move your nipples to a higher level. Your areola size can also be reduced to suit your new breast size.
If your breasts are small as well as droopy, you may decide to have a breast uplift and an enlargement. A breast enlargement can be achieved by inserting breast implants.
After your breast uplift you will have dressings applied to the cuts. A small drainage tube may be placed temporarily in your breasts to drain any fluid or blood following surgery.
What are the benefits of breast uplift?
The benefits of a breast uplift are to:
- Create higher and firmer breasts
- Reinstate a younger looking nipple position
- Craft a more feminine appearance
- Increase self-confidence
- Wear a wider range of clothing, without a bra if desired
- Have symmetrical breasts
- Reduce breast skin contact on your chest.
What is the cost of breast uplift?
The cost of breast uplift surgery will depend on your individual requirements. It ranges from £5620 at Clifton Park Hospital.
A breast uplift is not normally covered by private health insurance and is not available on the NHS for cosmetic reasons.
Breast uplift recovery and aftercare
You may go home the same day, or stay in hospital overnight. You should arrange for an adult to stay with you if you go home.
Your breasts and ribs below your breasts will be sore and swollen. Your chest will feel tight. Over the counter painkillers will relieve this.
If you have a drainage tube, this will be removed before your discharge from hospital.
You may need to wear a special supportive bra for six to eight weeks after surgery.
After around two weeks, you can expect to return to normal activities including lifting children and going back to work, if it is not too strenuous.
Your breasts will become more natural over the first six months. You will have a scar and the type of scar will depend on your uplift. It should not be visible when wearing normal clothes including bras and bikini tops.
Breast uplift with Clifton Park Hospital
If you’re considering breast uplift surgery you can rest assured that at Clifton Park Hospital all of our breast uplifts are performed by experienced, qualified and GMC-registered surgeons who hold a plastic surgery qualification, and our hospital is regulated and inspected by the Care Quality Commission for the very best clinical outcomes.
We offer appointments that are convenient to you and advice, support and care that is provided by our professional and friendly medical and clinical staff in a relaxed environment.
We believe in providing our patients with clear and honest information about their breast uplift so that they can make an informed decision about their treatment.
We have self-funding options so that you can choose the best way to pay for your breast uplift to suit you and your finances.