Improve the shape of your breasts without an implant. We can increase the fullness of the upper breast with no added weight of an implant.
Improve the shape of your breasts without an implant
Increase the fullness of the upper breast
No added weight of an implant
Performed by expert breast surgeons
What’s on this page
- About this Treatment
- Before & Afters
- What to Expect
- Our Clinics
- Things to Consider
- Why the Private Clinic
- Meet the Surgeons
- Related Blogs & News
Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.
Last Reviewed July 12th 2022
Related Cosmetic Surgery
There are many reasons why patients choose to remove their implants but often one of the biggest reasons that leaves them feeling concerned is how their breasts are going to look after the implants have been taken out.
When you remove your breast implants, it can cause your breasts to lack fullness and appear sagged. When the upper pole of the breast is lacking in volume, it can cause breasts to look sunken and saggy.
A breast auto-augmentation is a great way lift the breast and also restore fullness into the upper breast with no implant.
What is a breast auto-augmentation (breast uplift and implant removal)?
A breast auto-augmentation or a breast augmentation-mastopexy or breast lift with auto-augmentation, is a specialised plastic surgery procedure that uses your own natural breast tissue to reshape and enhance the shape of your breasts.
The procedure only uses your natural breast tissue and it has a big advantage over implants in that it will only increase volume in the upper pole, no volume or weight will be added to the lower pole of the breasts. It may be difficult to replicate the same size with implants, but it will be a close match.
Who can have a breast auto-augmentation operation?
Ideal candidates for a Breast Auto-Augmentation procedure are patients who are looking to have their implants removed but do not want sagging breasts post procedure.
It is common for upper pole fullness to decrease following a breast implant removal as the implant was often the reason for the fullness. The shape and appearance of the bust can change for patients who have had large implants or implants for a long period of time. The skin of the breasts can appear stretched and sagged.
1 – 2 hours
Up & Mobile
4 – 6 weeks
Back to work
Full Recovery Time
6 – 12 months
Surgical Bra to be worn for 6 weeks
Sleeping elevated on back for 6 weeks
What are the benefits of an Auto-Augmentation?
- Improving the shape of your breasts without an implant
- Increasing the fullness of the upper breast with no implant
- Correcting sagging of the breast
- Lifting the breasts into a more youthful position
- No added weight of an implant
- A natural implant is achieved
The breast auto-augmentation procedure is similar to a breast uplift however this procedure is instead a reconstruction of the breast for patients who are having their implants removed. A breast uplift tends to focus on relocating the nipple to give the appearance of fuller breasts and the breast tissue is often untouched. An auto-augmentation procedure instead uses the patients existing breast tissue or glands and relocates them to the upper portion of the breast.
Who is the best plastic surgeon for breast auto-augmentation (breast uplift and implant removal)?
Breast Auto-augmentation is a specialist plastic surgery procedure which should only be performed by expert breast surgeons. Very few plastic surgeons carry out this specialist type of procedure so be sure to ask to see previous examples of their work when you visit for a Breast Auto-Augmentation consultation.
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What to Expect
The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of women placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert breast surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.
Your Breast Auto Augmentation procedure journey will start with a consultation with one of our expert breast surgeons who specialise in this procedure.
At your consultation you will be able to find out more about the specialist procedure and if you are suitable.
Your surgeon will also:
- Review your medical history
- Examine your breasts to assess your suitability for auto augmentation surgery
- Discuss your expectations from surgery
- Detail the risks and complications of breast auto augmentation surgery
- Go through the aftercare and recovery process
You will then be allocated a dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to go ahead with the procedure.
In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your breast auto augmentation consultation your medical history will be reviewed and the pre-operative nurse will choose which pre-operative tests to carry out which are going to be most appropriate to you. Most breast implant removal or replacement pre-operative assessments include a blood test, MRSA swabs, urine test and a blood pressure test.
They will also advise you of any precautions you need to take in the days or weeks leading up to your breast implant removal or replacement procedure and advise on any medication that you should stop taking before procedure.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and a T-shaped, anchor shaped or lollipop shaped incision will be created on the lower portion of the breast to help ensure longer lasting results. Firstly the breast implant will be removed from the breast. The outer layer of excess skin (the epidermis) is then removed. At this stage an uplift procedure would remove and discard any excess breast tissue however an auto augmentation instead works to reshape the tissue to fill the upper portion on the breast. The surgeon will select the breast tissue or glands in the lower breast and rotate it up into a new position in the upper pole of the breast. The tissue is not surgically cut to preserve the blood supply. Once in its new position, the tissue is then secured to the chest wall and upper breast tissue. Your surgeon will then relocate your nipple and areola higher up on your breast to give that uplifted appearance before removing any excess skin and closing the incisions with absorbable sutures.
The results from a Breast Auto-Augmentation are instant however your breasts will need to go through a recovery period which may include some swelling. The best results can be seen from 6 weeks post-op but it can take 6-12 months for you to fully heal.
Following your procedure, you may need to stay overnight in the hospital but this will be decided by your surgeon ahead of your procedure. We recommend that patients take 1-2 weeks off work and avoid any intense exercise or strenuous physical activity in the first 3 to 4 weeks following surgery.
Swelling and localised discomfort will subside within a few weeks, but you will need to wear a support bra, with no under-wire, for at least 6 weeks.
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Things to Consider
Our advice on what to consider when deciding to have a breast auto-augmentation procedure:
1. When choosing a clinic, you should always do your research, and only go to an established, reputable clinic.
The Private Clinic has been in the cosmetic surgery industry for over 35 years. We are here to answer all of your questions and give you peace of mind.
2. When choosing a surgeon, make sure you know who you’ll be seeing. Their expertise, qualifications and patient satisfaction rate are important factors to take into consideration.
At The Private Clinic, we only source the most experienced and specialised surgeons. Find out more about our plastic surgeons here.
3. Price should never be the deciding factor when choosing where to have your treatment. Safety should be your number one priority and feeling confident that they will look after you – not only before, but also after your procedure
4. When it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Always find out what your clinic’s reputation is.
Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound shape.