Breast Uplift Surgery (Mastopexy)
Reasons for breast uplift surgery
Drooping of the breasts may ocurr as a result of ageing, weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding which can cause the breast skin to break down, stretching the skin and causing loss of skin elasticity, thus losing the original shape of the breast. Both weight loss and weight gain can be a factor of drooping breasts, as when weight is gained and then lost the stretched breast skin is pulled down by gravity. The breast uplift procedure is often performed at the same time as a breast enlargement or breast reduction, to assist in acheiving the desired shape and size and aiming to create a more youthfull appearance. Many women consider the Mastopexy operation once their family is complete as further pregnancy may stretch the breast once again, reducing the effectiveness of the surgical outcome long term. Breast feeding is usually possible after the procedure although some patients may not be able to perform this as a result of surgery.
The breast uplift operation
At Liverpool Cosmetic Clinic, we provide the breast uplift procedure which involves raising the nipple /areola and removing excess skin from under the breast from a lower position to the centre of the breast, so that this can be reshaped. The breast is then remodelled into a tighter and firmer shape and the nipples repositioned at a higher level, in line with the tightenend breasts. Women who are concerned about the size of their breast may seek to enhance the size by placing an implant into the tightened breast for optimum results. The breast uplift procedure is normally successful in improving the appearance of drooping breasts, but will not significantly alter the fullness above the nipples. Your surgeon will discuss the technique and will explain the scarring accordingly (usually an anchor shaped scar), which should fade into fine lines but will still be visible.
There may be temporary loss of nipple sensation following this procedure and you will be advised to wear a supportive bra post-surgery, refrain from driving for approximately 2 weeks and undertake vigorous exercise no earlier than 4-6 weeks after surgery.
Further benefits, risks and your expectations will be discussed and explained during your consultation with a fully registered Consultant Plastic Surgeon.
- Procedure Time: 2-3 hours (general anaesthetic)
- Hospital Stay: 1-2 nights
- Recovery Time: 2-3 weeks off work