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.
The procedure 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 you rest and recuperate, 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.
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.
How is breast enhancement surgery done?
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.
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 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.
Types of Scarring
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.
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.
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.
Cost and Finance
How much does a Breast Uplift cost?
Breast lift cost ultimately depends on what kind of procedure you have – whether you have 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 £5,800 could be financed with a £500 deposit and 60 monthly payments of £111 (total credit charge of £1,360, £7,160 total repayable and 9.9% APR representative). Visit our finance page to learn more and to try our Affordability Calculator now!