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The Problem

Sagging, or droopy breasts,  which result from the relaxation of ligaments, can affect a woman’s self-esteem and resulting in a negative body image. It can make you look and feel older than you’d like.

Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic. Last Reviewed July 16th 2020.

What are the advantages of a breast uplift?

Breast uplift, Breast lift or Mastopexy surgery can offer you a great way to regain your body confidence, giving you fuller-looking breasts and correcting their positioning on your body for a more uplifted appearance.

At The Private Clinic breast uplift surgery is performed by some of the UK’s top consultant plastic surgeons. Our specialised breast surgeons are available for consultations at our clinics in: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Buckinghamshire, Northampton and Bristol. We also offer free patient coordinator consultations at our consulting rooms in Milton Keynes.

A Mastopexy procedure can give your body back its youth and create firmer breasts.

What type of breast issue do you have?

  • Breast size, shape and sag: If your breasts are empty or saggy, or you are unhappy with the shape of your breasts or the position of your nipple, a Breast Uplift or Mastopexy may be the most suitable option for you.
  • Breast volume loss and tone: Sometimes the problem isn’t size, but the loss of volume and tone. If your breasts appear ‘empty’ or simply make you feel old and unattractive, a breast lift, also known as a Mastopexy, can restore and rejuvenate this part of your body.
  • Breast skin, large areolas and nipple position: Stretched and thin skin, overly large areolas and downward-pointing nipples may affect how you feel about the look of your breasts, something a Mastopexy can effectively treat.Combined breast procedures may help?

It is very common for an uplift procedure to be carried out in conjunction with Breast Augmentation, resulting in fuller, correctly positioned breasts. We also offer Breast Auto-Augmentation which is a great option for patients who are looking to remove their breast implants but are worried about losing too much volume. Your breast surgeon will use your existing breast tissue to help reshape the bust to give you fullness in the upper chest along with an uplifted appearance too.

The Private Clinic gives you peace of mind

The Private Clinic’s Plastic surgeons are experienced in surgical breast reduction and uplift procedures. You will have the chance to discuss alternative procedures with a your surgeon who is familiar with all breast techniques.

We believe information is important when you start your journey ensuring peace of mind when making the decision. Have a read to find out more.

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The Problem

Sagging, or droopy breasts,  which result from the relaxation of ligaments, can affect a woman’s self-esteem and resulting in a negative body image. It can make you look and feel older than you’d like.

Your breast uplift journey will begin with a consultation with one of the best breast uplift surgeons who will explain the procedure in more detail, assess your suitability and listen to what you wish to achieve from surgery and offer you their expert advice.

The Breast Uplift Procedure

A Mastopexy, or Breast Uplift, is a cosmetic procedure, where excess skin is removed so that the remaining skin can be tightened and the nipple moved to a higher position, resulting in a firmer appearance. The skin can be removed from underneath the breast or around the areola (the dark tissue around your nipple).

The surgery most commonly involves a lollipop shaped scar and aims to:

  • Reposition the nipple to the midline of the upper arm
  • Pull up the breast tissue
  • Reduce the amount of excess skin

If the degree of droop is only very minor then your surgeon may suggest that a ‘mini uplift’ is only needed. This involves an incision around the lower area of the areola only.

Many women seek breast uplift surgery after their families are complete. If you are planning to have more children, you may want to consider postponing the procedure. Although the procedure has no risks for future pregnancy or breastfeeding, your breasts may stretch again and reduce the effectiveness of the surgery.

It is important to discuss your expectations with your surgeon before the surgery so that you understand how much the breast reduction or lift will achieve. Our doctors will also explain the most appropriate surgical methods for your breast reduction and explain where you will see the scars.

A breast reduction and lift, occasionally combined with a Breast Augmentation procedure, will lift and reshape your breasts, making them look more youthful and firm.

The Breast Uplift Results

The results will make your breasts fuller and more uplifted. The position of your nipples and areolas will be improved.

Scars are usually quite red for the first six weeks after surgery. They then change to a purple colour over the next three months before fading. You can expect some swelling and bruising for a few weeks, with the full result evident within a few months of the procedure. We have a lot of satisfied patients and feel confident in offering the procedure, knowing we can provide great results that last and are safe.

Downtime

Following the procedure, you will need to stay in the hospital overnight. Once you have returned home, depending on your age and general fitness, you will need to rest for two to six weeks. We recommend that you take at least 2 weeks off work and avoid strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks.

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.

Breast Uplift Mastopexy Cost

The Private Clinic prides itself on its commitment to Medical Expertise, Patient Care and Satisfaction, Honest advice and most importantly results. We are above all committed to Quality. Please feel free to contact us for any advice or to book a consultation with one of our expert Breast surgeons. Breast Uplift Cost can be part of your decision to undergo a procedure but it should never be the deciding factor. For more information about The Private Clinic, our experience and medical expertise click here

The Private Clinic ensures you have the best cover and quality which includes;

  • 24 hour patient helpline to ensure you are always in the best of hands.
  • Three years cover for all surgical, hospital and nursing care, in case of any medical issue giving you peace of mind.
  • Comprehensive Breast Uplift Patient Guide.
  • Highly experienced Cosmetic Breast Surgeons who have decades of experience.
  • Outstanding hospital facilities.
  • As many post-operative care and appointments with your surgeon and nursing team as required.
  • Our experience and medical expertise makes your journey a reassuring one click here

The cost of a bilateral mastopexy procedure starts at £7,340. We don’t follow a one-price-fits-all policy and prices are quoted on a case by case basis. We can also combine mastopexy with breast implants. You will be given an accurate quote for your requirements following your consultation.

The Private Clinic sees over 15,000 new patients every year and perform over 10,000 procedures, with one of the highest –patients’ satisfaction in the sector, Trustpilot 9.4, 5 star rating, 96% would recommend us to their friends and family. We are a multi award winning provider and have been voted the Aesthetic award for Best UK Clinic Group 2017.

When it comes to researching breast surgery procedures there are a lot of words and abbreviations that may seem confusing. We have created a glossary of the most popular Cosmetic Surgery words which you can view here.

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FAQs

What is a Mastopexy?

A mastopexy is the surgical name for a breast uplift procedure. A breast lift is a cosmetic procedure, where excess skin is removed so that the remaining skin can be tightened and the nipple moved to a higher position, resulting in a firmer appearance.

 

How do I know if I need a breast uplift?

  • Does one of my breasts droop lower than the other?
  • Do my breasts have a long shape?
  • Do my areolas or nipples point downwards?
  • Do my nipples drop lower than my breast crease?

If you answer yes to any of the above questions then you may be suitable for a mastopexy but the best way to find out is to book a consultation with one of our expert surgeons.

What happens at a mastopexy consultation?

At your breast uplift/mastopexy consultation you will meet with your surgeon and discuss the procedure. Your surgeon will then assess your suitability for the procedure by examining you. At this stage they will be able to go through the best procedure plans to ensure that you achieve the results that you are asking for. Your surgeon will also go through any concerns of surgery that you may have and cover all of the risks. You will then meet with a patient coordinator who will be able to provide you with a quote and information to take away about the procedure.

What anaesthesia is used during an uplift procedure?

What anaesthesia is used during an uplift procedure?

What does a breast uplift procedure involve?

An incision will be made on the breast and any excess skin will be removed. The skin and surrounding tissue will then be tightened and your nipple moved to a higher position. The incision is then closed and bandages applied.

Do I need to have breast implants with my uplift procedure?

It is not essential that you have breast implants with a breast uplift procedure and the majority of procedures are performed without this combined procedure. A breast implant will make your bust larger so unless this is what you want to achieve from surgery then a breast implant would not be required.

Will my breasts be smaller after an uplift procedure?

A breast lift procedure is designed to lift the breasts to higher position but in some cases it can involve removing a small amount of excess skin. When skin is removed, this can cause the breast to appear smaller. If you are looking to reduce the size of your breasts then a breast reduction would be more suited as the amount of size lost during an uplift procedure is minimal.

Can I have a breast enlargement at the same time as a breast lift?

It is possible to have breast implants at the same time as a breast lift procedure however many surgeons have found performing the procedures in separate stages often provides better results. 2 Stage procedures are becoming increasingly popular and it allows the incisions of a breast uplift to heal without the added pressure of an implant stretching them. It also allows the patient to choose an implant more accurately based on the new appearance of their bust. In some cases the procedure is still performed at the same time but this decision will be down to your surgeon’s preferences.

Can a breast uplift correct asymmetry?

Breast asymmetry is actually very common with the majority of women having one breast slightly larger than the other. In some cases however breast asymmetry can be a little more severe causing distress to the patient. A breast uplift procedure can help to correct asymmetry but it can’t be guaranteed. In some cases the breast asymmetry may be caused by asymmetry in the chest wall rather than the breast itself which unfortunately can’t be corrected with a breast uplift procedure. Breast asymmetry can be discussed with your surgeon at your consultation which will enable them to create a personalised treatment plan.

What is the recovery process?

Following the procedure, you will need to stay in the hospital overnight.

Once you have returned home, depending on your age and general fitness, you will need to rest for two to six weeks. We recommend that you take at least 2 weeks off work and avoid strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks.

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.

Scars are usually quite red for the first six weeks after surgery. They then change to a purple colour over the next three months before fading.

Why choose The Private Clinic?

The Private Clinic is experienced in both minimally invasive and surgical breast reduction and uplift procedures, so you will have the chance to discuss alternative procedures with a surgeon who is familiar with all techniques. We take the hard work out of choosing your surgeon because we only work with doctors who lead their field and have performed hundreds of successful procedures.

Will I need implants as well?

Some patients may need breast implants to achieve the full look and feel they want but many patients just need the support and results a Mastopexy provides to get the results they have always wanted.

Will it hurt?

Each patient responds differently to the procedure but generally the pain can be managed by prescription pain medication and will be at a completely manageable level The pain and discomfort will not last long and dissipate quickly for most patients.

Will I have scars?

There are 3 types of incision techniques associated with a breast uplift procedure. A Periareolar incision which goes around the edge of the areola, a lollipop incision which involves an incision around the areola and down the breast to the inframammary fold and an anchor incision where the line will run along around the areola, down the breast and then along the inframammary fold.

Periareolar incisions are not commonly used anymore as they tend to stretch over time and distort the appearance of the areola. Lollipop incisions also known as a vertical lift are the most popular type allowing the surgeon to lift the nipple and reshape the breast in the most effective way. An anchor scar is only really used if the patient has too much skin for a vertical lift.

Your scar will initially appear red but will eventually start to fade as you heal. Your surgeon will give you scar care advice to help you achieve the best results.

How long does swelling last for after a breast lift procedure?

Swelling after a breast uplift procedure usually starts to go down a week post-procedure. It may seem that the majority of the swelling is gone after a month, but it can actually take up to a year for all swelling to reduce but the effects of it as this stage are often not noticed.

Will I be bruised after a breast uplift?

Every patient heals differently; bruising can appear but after around 10 days it tends to have all faded out.

Will I need to wear a special bra after a breast lift procedure?

It is usually advised that your surgical bra is worn day and night for 6 weeks post-op however your surgeons’ advice may vary depending on their preferences and how you are healing. You will be able to return to wearing underwire bras after 6 weeks when given the go-ahead by your surgeon.

Will I be able to breastfeed after a breast uplift?

Although great care is taken during the procedure, sometimes the milk ducts can be cut which will make breast feeding after breast uplift surgery a challenge. If you are concerned about breast feeding post-procedure then we recommend you speak to your surgeon.

How long does a breast uplift last for?

A breast uplift is a permanent procedure and your breasts will remain in their new lifted position for a long time. Things that can affect the results include weight gain, pregnancy and ageing.

Will a breast lift make my breasts look fake?

A breast lift will never be able to give you a high, round or fake appearance to the bust. The procedure is using your natural breast tissue to reshape the breast. Your breasts will appear lifted and shapelier but not ‘fake’.

Can I still get breast mammograms after a breast uplift procedure?

A breast lift generally does not have much of an effect on a mammogram screening procedure. If you have had a mammogram previously that took place before your breast uplift procedure then your images taken before may not be helpful to compare future mammograms against. We suggest that you speak to your doctor and book in for a mammogram around 6 months after your breast uplift procedure to create a new baseline mammogram image to work from in the future allowing them to identify change. The actual mammogram procedure can take place as normal.

Can I drive after a breast uplift?

We advise that you avoid driving until the anaesthetic has cleared from your system and you are off any pain medication. You should also only drive if you feel comfortable to do so and have full movement without any restrictions. Generally we recommend waiting 1-2 weeks and then getting the go-ahead from your surgeon at your post-op appointment. Driving too soon after a surgical procedure could void your insurance so please check before getting behind the wheel again.

When can I fly after a breast uplift?

Short-haul flights can be taken 2 weeks after your procedure but long-haul flights will need to be avoided for 4-6 weeks. We recommend speaking about any travel plans with your surgeon before booking your procedure to ensure you are healed in time.

When can I return to work after a breast uplift procedure?

Everyone heals differently so the time you will need to stay off work varies between patients.  Most patients return to work 1-2 weeks post-procedure as long as their job role does not involve heavy lifting or stretching.

When can I exercise again after a breast uplift?

Exercise should ideally be avoided for 6 weeks however we recommend that you stay active by taking regular walks during the recovery process. Upper arm exercises and swimming can begin after four to six weeks. Always wear a good quality sports bra when exercising.

Can I pick up my child after breast lift surgery?

We recommend that you organise help with childcare for at least the first week after your breast lift procedure. At your 2 week appointment, check with your surgeon to get their advice as they will be able to assess how you are healing.  When you start to lift your child again, be sure to lift with your knees, ensure the child is not moving around excessively, do not hold for excessive periods of time and if it hurts or starts to hurt – stop immediately.

How much does Breast Uplift cost?

The Private Clinic sees over 15,000 new patients every year and performs over 10,000 procedures, with one of the highest patients satisfaction in the sector, TrustPilot 9.4, 5-star rating and 96% would recommend us to their friends and family. We are a multi-award winning provider and have been voted the Aesthetic award for Best UK Clinic Group 2017.

The Private Clinic prides itself on its commitment to Medical Expertise, Patient Care and Satisfaction, Honest advice and most importantly results. We are above all committed to quality. Please feel free to contact us for any advice or to book a consultation with one of our expert breast surgeons.

The cost of a Breast Uplift can be part of your decision to undergo the procedure but it should not be the deciding factor. For more information about The Private Clinic, our experience and medical expertise click here.

The cost of a Breast Uplift is approximately £7340. All prices are quoted on a case-by-case basis and you will be provided with a more accurate quote following your consultation.

Consultations with our breast surgeons are £100 at our London Harley Street Clinic.

Consultations with our breast surgeons are £50 at our Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton clinics.

We offer consultations with our highly experienced Patient Coordinators which require a £25 refundable deposit to secure your place.

Patient coordinators are able to offer you all the information you require prior to meeting a surgeon.

Please note all consultations at our Harley Street clinic are with a surgeon.

Will I be able to go bra-less after a breast uplift?

It will be possible to go bra-less after a breast uplift however we do advise that this is for short periods only. If breast droop was an issue before your surgery then you are often more prone to this happening again, the more you wear a bra the less risk you have of breast drooping or sagging occurring again prematurely.

What are the risks of Breast uplift surgery?

There are risks associated with all surgical procedures and these will be fully discussed at your post-op appointments.

Risks that are specific to breast uplift procedures can include; breast asymmetry, undesirable scarring, change in breast/nipple sensation and recurrence of breast droop.

Breast Implant Safety and Risks

For information on Breast Implant Safety and risk please see;

Is there a breast uplift clinic near me?

The Private Clinic has clinics nationwide so we are sure to have an expert breast surgeon located near to you.

Our clinics are in;

  • London – 98 Harley street, W1G7HZ
  • Manchester –  25 St John Street, M3 4DT
  • Birmingham – 88 Hagley Road, B16 8LU – West Midlands
  • Leeds – 45 Park Square North, LS1 2NP – Yorkshire
  • Buckinghamshire – Stokenchurch Medical Center Oxford Road, HP14 3SX – South East England
  • Bristol – 92c Whiteladies Road, BS8 2QN – Clifton
  • Northampton – 82 Billing Road, NN1 5DF – East Midlands

We also have consulting rooms in Milton Keynes where you can have consultations with one of our patient advisors.

To find out more about booking a consultation at a clinic near you, contact us here.

What does a free breast uplift consultation mean?

Free phone or video breast uplift consultations are available with our experienced patient coordinators who are able to provide information on the best breast uplift augmentation surgeons to suit your requirements.

In order to secure the timed video or phone call appointment we ask that you pay a £25 deposit which is refunded back to you once the consultation takes place. You will be able change your appointment time up to 48 hours before.

Book your free phone or video consultation.

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    I had my surgery 6 weeks ago. From start to finish I received a faultless, professional and friendly service. Mr Adrian Richards performed my procedure. I cannot thank him enough for the results. Absolutely perfect and exactly what I wanted. I would highly recommend him!
    Nurse Aggie Oakley was a shining star. She was there from my initial consultation, to the operating theatre, to my final appointment today, where I was given the all clear to return to normal activities. She is a credit to the clinic! Thank you Aggie, Mr Richards and all the Private Clinic Staff at Northampton

    Maggie, MK

    ‘Fantastic surgeon – was the first surgeon I saw when I was considering the operation and I had no doubt he would do a fantastic job’ *

    London

    “Fantastic process from start to finish from everyone involved.” *

    Helen, London

    Absolutely delighted with the results. The surgery was nice and easy. I always received good advice and guidance from the doctor and nurses. I was looked after so well during my recovery period. I love my new shape and couldn’t be happier. Only regret that I didn’t do it earlier. Thanks a lot! *

    I.P., London

    “Dr Fallahdar was amazing, I did my research before coming to the clinic and I wouldn’t of gone with another doctor except Dr Fallahdar.  I would highly recommend him as he has changed my life more than you could imagine.  Thanks so much!” *

     

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