Breast Uplift – Mastopexy
A Breast Uplift or Mastopexy, as it is otherwise known, is a surgical procedure. Surgeons use a variety of different techniques, all of which involve the removal of excess skin and a reshaping of the breast using the remaining skin. Some techniques also involve moving the areola into a higher position. Depending on the amount of breast tissue you have prior to surgery, you may wish to consider having a breast implant inserted at the same time as your uplift. An implant can help to create a more pleasing shape and final result.
How Long does the Procedure take?
Breast Uplift surgery normally lasts between 2 to 3 hours.
What Anaesthetic is available?
A Breast Uplift can be performed either under General Anaesthetic or Local Anaesthetic with IV Sedation. You can discuss which Anaesthetic options are most suitable for you at your initial consultation with the surgeon.
Following surgery, your breasts and nipples should appear higher. Breast Uplifts can be permanent, however the breasts may start to sag or droop again as you get older, gain weight or become pregnant.
Factors to Consider
Regular exercise and healthy eating can change the shape of your breasts. You might wish to look into the aforementioned options before considering a breast uplift. Breast Uplift surgery leaves permanent scars which can initially be red and lumpy. These scars will normally fade close to your natural skin colour over several months following surgery. Breast uplift surgery may also leave you with breasts that are not the same size as each other, asymmetrical nipples, or a permanent nipple loss, or loss of feeling in your nipples or breasts. Please discuss these and any other concerns you may have with the surgeon, at your initial consultation.
What is the Recovery Period?
It is recommended that you take 2 weeks off work to rest, but please discuss this with your surgeon at your initial consultation. You should avoid lifting and physical exercise for approximately 6 weeks after your surgery. It is very important that the breasts are well supported by a firm dressing initially and then a supportive bra e.g. a sports bra. Your sutures are removed between 7 and 14 days following your surgery and it is important to keep the incision wounds out of the sun for a minimum of 1 year.