The breast uplift or mastopexy is a surgical procedure performed to raise and reshape sagging breast and can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.

You may decide you would like a breast lift because you have lost volume and tone in your breast having children. Another frequent reason for having this procedure is the loss of a significant amount of weight. Breast uplift can also be done in conjunction with the insertion of breast implants to correct both firmness and size of a woman's breast.

Overview

Length of Surgery:
2.5 - 3 hours

Anaesthesia:
General anesthetic. Can be a day case or overnight, but the procedure is always performed in a hospital operating theatre.

What to expect immediately after the operation:
Pain and discomfort, supportive bra required, drains usually not stitched.

Risks / Complications:
Hematoma < 1%, bruising and swelling, altered sensation in nipples, wound breakdown at T-junction.

Recovery

  • 2 weeks off work.
  • Exercise/walk/ lower torso 4-6 weeks with support
  • Avoid travelling long distances.
  • Massage /Scar Management as soon as the wound healed 10-14 days..
  • Wound check and change of dressing after 1 week.
  • After 2 weeks, no dressing required in most of cases - just covers with Micropore tape.
  • Support shaped bra without underwiring for 3 months.
  • Scars will be raised, lumpy, itchy, painful and red to begin with.
    Full recovery after 3 months.
 

Post Surgery Advice

  • Use recommended painkillers as required.
  • After a few days any gauze dressings can be removed and you may need to wear a surgical bra. It should be worn as directed by the surgeon.
  • Physical contact should be avoided for the first week or so as your breasts will be feeling very sensitive.
  • Your surgeon will advise when to begin exercising and normal activities.
  • Contact your surgeon immediately if you notice any signs of infection or if you experience bleeding or a sudden increase in pain.
  • Keep full details of, your implants: manufacturer, style, and batch number.
  • To improve the healing of scars, patients should consider: Massage; moisturizing cream such as E45/Nivea; micropore tape across healed area; silicon gel or sheet (we recommend Kelocote Gel); supportive bra; no underwire bra for 3 months and healed area must be taped if underwire bra is to be worn for further 2 months
 

A breast uplift improvises the appearance of your breast in several ways: it elevates your breast tissue, removes excess skin from the lower portion of your breast and then reshapes your remaining breast skin. At the same time, it relocates your nipple and areola (the pigment skin surrounding tour nipple) to a higher position. If your areolas have stretched over time, they can de reduced in size. Women who have their breasts lifted often may decide to also have them enlarged. If this is the case, an implant is placed behind the breast tissue or chest muscle. Book your breast uplift consultation.

The Procedure

A commonly performed breast lift technique uses incisions that follow your breast's natural contour. The resulting scar, which is permanent but will fade to some extent overtime, encircles the areola and then extends vertically down the breast and horizontally along the crease underneath the breast. There are other breast lift techniques that may eliminate the horizontal incision, the vertical incision, or both. The use of any particular pattern of incisions depends on individual patient factors and your surgeon's recommendation.

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