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Breasts can lose their firmness and pert appearance as a result of ageing, motherhood, weight loss and the force of gravity taking its toll. Skin can lose its elasticity and stretch, causing breasts to sag.
Breast uplift surgery, or mastopexy, is a procedure that can correct this effect by removing excess skin and restoring the bust to a firm, full and uplifted shape.
As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, the decision about whether to have a breast uplift procedure is one to consider carefully. Book an appointment with our experienced medical team in order to find out more about details and read on to discover the answers to some commonly asked questions.
You may be a good candidate for breast uplift surgery if:
However, if you are also unhappy with the size of your breasts, you may want to consider combining a breast uplift procedure with a breast augmentation or breast reduction. Implants can be inserted during the breast uplift procedure. We only use quality implants that have been FDA approved.
You will undergo a consultation process to determine exactly what it is you want to achieve with breast uplift surgery. Our medical team will supply you with advice and guidance as to what size, shape and procedure will work best for you and ensure you have a clear understanding of the surgery and aftercare process.
First of all, a general anaesthetic will be administered. Although there are several techniques which your surgeon will talk through with you, the typical procedure involves making an incision around the nipple and down, to the crease below the breast.
The nipple will be moved to a more suitable position and excess skin will be taken from below the breast as the surgeon reshapes the bust. The incisions will be sutured, dressed and in some cases, drainage tubes will be inserted.
It is important to take at least a week off work to rest and to avoid too much physical movements or over-the-head lifting during the first few weeks whilst the skin heals. You will also need to wear an extra supportive bra in the first few weeks.
The healing pace changes from person to person but generally it can take four to six weeks to fully heal. Your breasts will take time to settle into their new shape as there will be swelling immediately after the operation. Do not be alarmed by this – it will go down.
There is always going to be a degree of soreness after any surgical procedure. However, the medical team will provide medication and advice on how best to handle this discomfort. Severe pain is very rare so must be reported immediately.
There will be scars at the incision sites around the nipple and in vertical lines beneath the breasts. They are generally fine lines that fade with time and the correct aftercare. Due to the positioning of the scars, they will not be noticeable when you are wearing a bar, low-cut top or bikini top.