Breast Uplift (Breast Lift)

I have gained so much confidence in myself since having my op. It’s one of the best things I have ever done.*


What is a Breast Uplift?

A breast uplift, mastopexy or breast lift operation is very common for woman whose breasts have dropped or lost shape due to childbirth, weight loss or as part of the ageing process. The aim of breast uplift surgery (mastopexy) is to elevate ptosis (sagging) breasts by correcting the shape and size of the breasts.

During the procedure, excess tissue and skin is reduced and the nipple area is positioned higher on the breast. This procedure can be carried out to combat aesthetic, psychological or physical concerns. Mastopexy (breast uplift) takes approximately 2-2.5 hours under a general anaesthetic and requires an overnight stay in hospital. Often referred to as a boob lift or boob uplift, breast uplift surgery is extremely effective in order to give the breasts a more youthful and pert appearance.

A breast uplift can be combined with a breast enlargement (a breast lift and implant surgery) to give a lifted and larger shape – this is called an augmented mastopexy or breast lift and enlargement. Breast uplift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and can take 2 hours with a one night stay in one of our highly-equipped, comfortable hospitals.

Your surgeon will make an incision around the areola (dark area around the nipple), vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease. This type of incision can sometimes be referred to as the anchor due to its shape. Your surgeon will then remove the excess skin and reshape breast tissue,  re-positioning your nipple and lifting it higher.

To ensure full recovery from your breast uplift, we advise waiting 7-10 days before returning to work and 6 weeks before returning to physical activities and exercise. You will also be required to wear a support bra and attend important follow up appointments for your post op care at your local MYA clinic.

What happens at your consultations?

Patient Coordinator Consultation

At your first consultation with a Patient Coordinator, you will be walked through your patient journey with MYA. Some discussion will follow about the level of ptosis (breast sagging) and your expectations. If you are suitable for surgery, you will be told about the possible risks and complications for surgery and your expected outcomes.

Surgeon Consultation

At your pre-operative consultation with your surgeon, they will measure your level of ptosis, discuss scar patterns and what size reduction is appropriate. If you are looking to have an uplift with implants, your surgeon will be able to give you an idea of what implants are appropriate for your frame but they will not be able to guarantee a cup size. We advise you to bring in photographs of breast sizes to your surgeon consultation so you can better articulate what look you are going for.


Day of Surgery

You will receive your admission time 1-2 days before surgery, you should arrive to the hospital at this time. There is typically some time between your admission and being taken for surgery so you should expect a wait of up to 6 hours. You can speak to our hospital staff on the day of your procedure for updates on when you will be taken down.


Breast uplift is always performed under General Anaesthetic (GA). General Anaesthetic stops you feeling pain and gives you a state of controlled unconsciousness (like going to sleep). You will have a needle put into the vein in the back of your hand where the Anaesthetist will feed the anaesthetic through a tube. It only takes 30 seconds to start working but if you are worried about needles, speak to your Anaesthetist on the day.


Breast uplift surgery is a fairly complex operation that can take between 1.5- 3 hours to perform. The surgeon will remove an ‘anchor’-shaped piece of each breast envelope (like below). The remaining skin is then pulled together and the nipple is repositioned higher. This process gives your breasts more fullness and ensure they are positioned higher on the chest wall. The amount of existing breast tissue and whether an implant is used will determine how long the procedure takes.

MYA - Breast Uplift Surgery Diagram

Breast Uplift Recovery

Every woman’s breast lift recovery time is different. In general, you will probably feel a little sore after surgery, this will subside after 7-14 days. Pain relief will be prescribed and administered as required to ease any discomfort you may have.

You will have bruising and swelling that usually lasts 7-21 days, this is normal following all operations. The rate and extent to which the scars heal and fade really changes based on the patient. Scars from your breast uplift will tend to be quite red in the first few weeks, changing to purple over the next 3 months and then fading to white.

Have a look at the photo below for an example of how scarring changes over a 6 week period and how the breast settles.

Read more about aftercare here.

Types of Scarring

MYA - Breast Uplift Scar Types

There are two types of incision techniques used during a breast uplift, resulting in two different types of scars. Your surgeon will typically decide which type is best for you, depending on your existing breasts and the look you are trying to achieve.

Anchor Scar

This is the most common type of scar and it provides the best correction of ptosis. The vertical and inframammary (in the crease) incisions allow the re-sculpting and tightening of breast tissue and the removal of excess and stretched out skin from the bottom and side of your breasts.

Lollipop Scar

This technique might be used for medium sized breasts with a small amount of ptosis. This method minimises the amount of scarring on your breasts.


Breast lift cost depends on the procedure – whether that’s a straightforward uplift, enlargement with implants or nipple correction. We focus on providing high quality care from your initial consultation through every step of your journey and beyond. To ensure you receive the support you deserve, our commitment to service is reflected in our prices. We understand that the cost of a breast uplift can have an impact on your decision to have the procedure.

That’s why we’ve made things simple and stress-free with a choice of flexible finance options. For example, a breast uplift price of £6,150 could be financed with a £500 deposit and 60 monthly payments of £119 (total credit charge of £1490, £7640 total repayable and 9.9% APR representative). Visit our finance page to learn more and to try our Affordability Calculator now!

Try our Affordability Calculator, or book a free consultation here.

A Pay 4 Later finance application process takes only 10 minutes,  and can be completed from home. You will then find out whether you have been accepted or declined within seconds.


  • Must be 18 years and over
  • Must be a UK resident and able to provide 3 years address history
  • Must work a minimum of 16 hours per week
  • Must be able to provide 3 years employment history
  • Must have a valid email address
  • Must have no CCJs, defaults or bankruptcies over the past 3 years


If you’re looking for more information, download our helpful Breast Uplift guides. These can help you on What Questions to Ask Your Surgeon, Assessing Your Breast Shape, How to Prepare for Surgery and understand Why MYA are Best at Breasts. Download now and remember to check back in!

As the world’s most patient-focused cosmetic surgery, MYA offers a wide variety of breast procedures, from breast uplifts to breast enlargements. Click here for more information on what we offer and to view our full list of procedures.

*There is no guarantee of specific outcomes so individual results and experiences can vary from person to person.

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