Breast Uplift & Enlargement
A breast enlargement combined with a breast uplift results in total breast rejuvenation by increasing volume and lifting the breast to a higher position.
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Last Reviewed July 16th 2020
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A breast enlargement with an uplift is a combined procedure that involves performing an uplift / mastopexy procedure which reduces the appearance of sagging, or droopy breasts and a breast augmentation / enlargement with an implant increases the size of the breast.
There are a lot of factors that can cause beast sagging and loss of volume which includes:
- Weight loss or gain
- Breast Feeding
All of these are common reasons as to why patients decide to have a combined mastopexy with implants procedure.
We have a dedicated team of specialist Breast Plastic Surgeons and an experienced medical team to help you throughout your surgical journey. Some surgeons prefer to perform a breast lift and enlargement procedure as a 2-stage procedure. This means that a breast uplift / mastopexy will be performed first and once recovered the patient will have a second operation for their breast enlargement procedure. This is often to help minimise the risks of breast lift and enlargement surgery or if any breast abnormality needs to be corrected first.
At The Private Clinic breast augmentation with uplift is performed by some of the UK’s top consultant plastic surgeons who have decades of experience. We have clinics located in London Harley Street, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Buckinghamshire (Initial virtual consultation followed by an in clinic consultation in London) and Northampton.
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What to Expect
You will attend a consultation with one of our expert breast surgeons. During your consultation, your surgeon will:
- Discuss your expectations from surgery.
- Detail the risks and complications of breast uplift and enlargement surgery.
- Review your medical history.
- Examine and measure your breasts.
- Recommend an implant type, size, and position.
- Discuss whether surgery will be performed as a 1 stage or 2 stage procedure.
- Go through the aftercare and recovery process involved in breast enlargement and uplift surgery.
Following your consultation, you will meet with your dedicated patient co-ordinator who will be your point of contact should you decide to go ahead with the procedure.
You may decide to have a number of consultation with your plastic surgeon and/or their nursing team before booking your procedure.
In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your breast enlargement and uplift consultation your medical history will be reviewed and the pre-operative nurse will advise on pre-operative tests which are going to be most appropriate to you. Most breast uplift and enlargement 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 uplift and augmentation procedure and advise on any medication that you should stop taking ahead of your procedure.
Breast Uplift & Enlargement Surgery
You will arrive at hospital on the day of your operation. Our medical team will admit you and ensure that you are feeling comfortable.
- Your blood pressure will be taken, and you will be prepped ready for surgery.
- Your surgeon will meet with you to go through the procedure again and answer any questions.
- Your pre-operative photos will be taken.
- Your surgeon may draw on your chest to mark you up ready for surgery.
- The anaesthesiologist will administer general anaesthetic.
- Your surgeon will make an incision around the areola, down the breast and along the natural crease underneath the breast.
- Any excess skin is removed from beneath the breast.
- The nipple and areola will be relocated to a higher position on the breast.
- The skin will then be brought down from both sides of the breast and around the areola to form the shape of the new breast.
- If having a 2-stage procedure this is where your surgeon will close all your incisions and complete the operation.
- Your surgeon will create a pocket within the breast for the implant to be placed within, this will be either between the breast tissue and chest muscle (over) or behind the chest wall muscle (under).
- A breast implant is then placed into the breast in most cases using a use the Keller Funnel™ device.
- All incisions will then be closed with absorbable stitches and surgical tape.
- A surgical bra will then also be placed onto the patient which will need to be worn during your recovery period.
- You will then be taken to a recovery room where you will stay for 1-3 hours.
- Once the surgeon and nursing team are happy that you are recovering well, you will be discharged and allowed to travel home accompanied by a family member or friend.
After your breast uplift & enlargement procedure
All patients will be contacted by our nursing team the day after their procedure to ensure that you are feeling comfortable and are happy with the aftercare instructions provided by the surgeon. You will also be given details on how to contact our 24-hours on-call nursing team should you have any concerns during your recovery.
It is advised that you should take 1-2 weeks off work to fully recover, and exercise should be avoided for 6 weeks.
During your recovery it is important to rest and let your body recover however it is also good to keep active by taking regular short gentle walks.
You should arrange for someone to help you around the house and assist with childcare if necessary as you should avoid any heavy or excessive lifting.
4-12 days post-surgery you will have your first follow-up appointment to check your wounds and incision.
A 6 week follow up will then arranged with your surgeon and by this stage you should be ready to return to all your usual activities and your surgeon will be able to advise on anything that you are unsure of.
Your first step on your breast uplift journey is to meet with one of our specialist breast surgeons who will explain the uplift procedure in more detail, assess your suitability and listen to what you wish to achieve from surgery and offer you their expert advice.
Your surgeon will also:
- Review your medical history
- Examine your breasts
- Discuss your expectations from surgery
- Detail the risks and complications of breast uplift 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.
Breast Uplift Surgery
You will be asked to arrive at the hospital usually an hour before your surgery is due to take place.
- The nursing team will record your blood pressure and prep you for surgery.
- You will meet with the surgeon who will go through the procedure again and answer any questions.
- Pre-operative photos will be taken.
- Your chest will be marked up ready for surgery.
- General anaesthetic will be administered by the anaesthesiologist.
- A keyhole-shaped incision will be made which circles the areola, extends downwards, and follows the natural curve of the crease beneath the breast.
- Excess skin is removed from underneath the breast.
- The areola and nipple will be relocated to a position higher on the breast.
- The skin will then be brought down from both sides of the breast and around the areola, shaping the new curve of the breast.
- The incisions will be closed with absorbable stitches and tape will be applied.
- A surgical bra will then be put on for you to wake up in.
- You will then be taken back to your room to recover, where you may be required to stay overnight.
- Once the surgeon and nursing team are happy that you are safe you return home, you will be discharged and allowed to leave accompanied by a family member or friend.
After your breast uplift procedure
A member of our nursing team will call you usually the day following your procedure to ensure you are well. You will have information on how to contact your clinic or on-call nursing team should you have any worries or concerns at any point 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during your recovery time.
When you are discharged from the hospital, you will have a post- operative instruction sheet explaining what to do and what to avoid doing following your operation.
We recommend that you take at least 2 weeks off work and avoid strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks. You should be resting and taking it easy, however it is important to keep active and make sure to get up for regular short walks but do not try to do too much. You should arrange for someone to help you around the house and to help with childcare if necessary.
An appointment will be made for an incision and wound check usually 4-12 days following your breast uplift procedure. A 6-week follow-up appointment will then also be arranged with your surgeon. At this stage you should be pretty much back to your everyday activities, but your surgeon will be able to advise you on anything that you are unsure of or have questions about.
A 2-stage procedure is when your surgical procedure is performed in 2 stages which means two separate operations or procedures. It is common for a breast lift and enlargement to be performed as a 2-stage procedure. This is because two different objectives are trying to be achieved. A breast lift often involves reducing breast skin to lift the areola and nipple to sit higher on the chest. An enlargement or augmentation procedure involves adding an implant to the breast which stretches out the breast skin and adds additional volume. When you combine these two procedures, it can cause excess stress on the scar and in some cases affect the lifting and shaping effect so the result may not be as uplifted as you may have hoped for. If performed as a 2-stage procedure, the breast lift will be performed first and then around 6-12 months later a breast enlargement will be performed.
If you are a patient who has good quality skin, has not experienced any significant weight changes, are not experiencing considerable sagging and want a small implant size then you may be suitable to have your breast lift and enlargement procedure performed at the same time. If you are a patient who has skin laxity, moderate to severe breast sagging or dropping and looking to have a larger implant size then a 2-stage approach is likely to be suggested. Your surgeon will discuss your options with you and go through the risks involved for each procedure.
There is a couple of different incision techniques for a breast lift and enlargement procedure. Most procedures are performed with a lollipop or anchor incision.
- A lollipop incision goes around the areola and down the breast.
- An anchor incision goes around the areola, down the breast and along the breast crease.
Your surgeon will take great care during the procedure however sometimes the milk ducts can be cut or damaged during an uplift procedure which can make breast feeding a challenge post-surgery. If you are feeling concerned, then speak to your surgeon who will be able to discuss the process in more detail.
You will be provided with a surgical bra following your breast lift and augmentation procedure. This bra will need to be worn for at least 6 weeks following your procedure. A surgical bra should have no wires as this can irritate the incisions. Your surgeon will be able to advise on where to purchase a second surgical bra to be worn whilst the other is being washed etc.
Things to Consider
Our advice on what to consider when deciding to have a breast lift with implants surgery:
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 implants are going to be used and what your clinic’s reputation is.
Our surgeons use the highest quality CE Mark and FDA approved implants to ensure the very best results and safety standards.
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.
Outstanding care, patient satisfaction and results mean everything to The Private Clinic Team
To discuss breast shape, sizes, under or over the muscle placement or any other questions book a phone or video consultation.
Why Choose The Private Clinic
Meet our Surgeons
With a reputation for over 35 years of the very best in medical care, we only work with the very best medical professionals.
Our expert Breast Uplift & Enlargement Plastic Surgeons team include:
Mr Adrian Richards
MBBS, MSc, FRCS (Plast.)
GMC Number : 3286812
Mr Davood Fallahdar
BSc, MB ChB (Hons), MD FRCS (Plast), MicroSurg. (Hons), ORL H&NSurg
GMC Number: 4686602
Mr Khurram Khan
MBBS, Bsc, MRCS(Eng), FRCS(Plast)
GMC Number : 6102778
Mr Adel Fattah
GMC Number : 4764599
Mr Dario Rochira
GMC Number : 6130664
Mr William Van Niekerk
MB ChB, MSc, MRCS, FRCS (Plast), FCMI, RAF (qs)
GMC Number: 4362791
Mr Navid Jallali
BSc, MB ChB (Hons), MD FRCS (Plast)
GMC Number: 4404969
Mr Olumuyiwa Olubowale
MB ChB, MSc (Sheffield), FRCSI, FRCSI (Gen Surg)
GMC Number : 6044974
Ms Helena Antoniadou
MBBS, MD & Surg (Hons), FRCS (Eng)
GMC Number: 3700956
Mr Philip Lim
BSc, MB ChB, AFRCS (Ed), MRCS (Eng), FRCS (Plast)
GMC Number: 4219068
Mr Maisam Fazel
MA(Cantab) MB BChir MSEd FRCS
GMC Number : 4767420
Mr Mobinulla Syed
MBBS, MSc, PhD, FRCS, Specialist fellowships in Breast, microsurgical, limb and burn reconstructions.
GMC Number: 6035480