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How long does a Breast Uplift last?

A breast lift, commonly known as a breast uplift or mastopexy, is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure available for women who are looking to achieve a fuller, uplifted breast shape. 

March 3rd, 2019 |Ask an Expert

Many patients experience drooping and a loss of shape in their breasts over time, resulting in ptosis (the sagging of the breasts). This can be due to several factors such as weight loss, ageing, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. Breast uplift surgery can improve ptosis and the shape and size of the breasts, creating a more youthful appearance.   

How long does a Breast Uplift last?

MYA recommend that a breast uplift (without implants) should last patients a long period of time, without  needing to be reassessed by a surgeon if they continue to remain fit and healthy and look after their breasts.

It is very important that you attend your post-operative appointments with all MYA medical professionals as they are booked for you. It is important that you follow all instructions provided to you by your surgeon and clinical team to ensure you have the best opportunity to achieve the result desired by you and your surgeon. Failure to follow this guidance may compromise your result.  

What impacts breast uplift longevity? 

MYA recommends patients continue to wear their post-op surgery bra to sleep in following their 6-8 week surgeon sign off and that patients must wear a sports bra when exercising to ensure the longevity of their cosmetic surgery results. Certain factors may impact a patient’s breasts following breast uplift surgery: as we age, our skin loses elasticity and doesn’t bounce back as well as it did in our younger years and sudden fluctuations in weight can cause the skin to stretch and droop.

Breastfeeding and hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can also impact the surgery result, therefore, some patients choose to wait until after they’ve had children to have their procedure.  

A breast lift can be combined with a breast enlargement (implants). This is often known as an augmented mastopexy. A surgeon will use implants along with an uplift to achieve fuller, uplifted breasts. 


What type of breast uplift is right for me? 

There are different types of breast procedures performed to lift the breasts such as, Mastopexy, Augmented Mastopexy and Modified Mastopexy. Depending on the patient’s natural breast quality and existing breast tissue, the MYA surgeon will examine the patient’s breasts at their surgeon consultation and recommend a tailored treatment plan. 

Generally, MYA surgeons recommend a breast uplift with implants (augmented mastopexy) to patients who present with ptosis and are looking to achieve a fuller breast shape. A mastopexy only procedure, is often recommended to patients who do not want breast implants, have excess breast tissue and are looking to achieve an uplifted breast shape to alleviate ptosis.

A modified mastopexy may be recommended to patients who present with only a small degree of ptosis and require a nipple lift and reduction. 

Some patients may require a two-stage breast procedure. If a patient is displaying severe ptosis (sagging or drooping) their MYA surgeon may recommend performing a breast uplift first and then performing a second procedure and adding breast implants at a later date once the breasts have healed from the first operation.  

MYA patient Hannah shares her Breast Uplift journey!

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