Most women choose breast uplift surgery because their breast skin has stretched and their breasts have sagged – usually through having children, breastfeeding or aging.
The procedure is very similar to breast reduction surgery. However in breast uplift surgery your breasts are reshaped by tightening the skin, without removing any breast tissue. This means your breasts will remain the same size, but be reshaped so they look firmer and more pert.
This page will give you information about a breast uplift. If you have any questions, you should ask your GP or other relevant health professional.
What is a breast uplift?
A breast uplift (mastoplexy) is a cosmetic operation to remove excess skin from your breasts to improve their shape.
Indications for breast lift surgery.
- Reshape sagging breasts and improve contour
- Increase firmness
- Raise nipple position
- Reduce size of the areolar
- Increase the volume with implant
What are the benefits of surgery?
If the operation is successful, your breasts should be firmer and have a better shape.
What does the operation involve?
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about an hour and a half.
The surgery is achieved by removing excessive skin and reshaping. The nipple is lifted upwards and the shape of the breast is improved. An implant is optional but it can be inserted to increase volume.
What complications can happen?
- Infection in a surgical site (wound)
- Blood clots
- Unsightly scarring
- Developing a swelling inside the breast
- Developing a lump in the breast
- Numbness or persistent pain on the outer part of the breast
- Stiff shoulder
- Loss of skin, including the areola and nipple
- Change of breast and nipple sensation
- Cosmetic problems
- Reduced ability to breastfeed
How soon will I recover?
Your breasts will look discoloured and feel very firm and swollen. You should be able to go home the same day.
Most women return to normal activities within two to three weeks. You should be able to return to work after the second week, depending on your type of job. You should be able to do a limited amount of activity, such as lifting young children, after about two weeks.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, you should ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
The results of a breast uplift improve gradually over the first six months. Your breasts should become softer and more natural.