A breast uplift or mastopexy, lifts up the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. At the same time, the size of the areola can be reduced.
A Breast Uplift can rejuvenate your figure giving your breast profile a more youthful appearance. It is normal for the breasts to lose their youthful shape and firmness over time. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can be as a result of:
- Pregnancy and breast feeding
- Weight fluctuation
It is possible to combine an uplift with a breast augmentation to increase fullness and volume at the same time. It is not advisable in this case to choose big implants as it will affect the result and the longevity of the lift (the heavier the breasts the sooner they will drop again).
Breast Uplift Information
A breast uplift can be achieved with different techniques and incision patterns. Mr Netri will discuss with you the different options and will find the one that suits your needs and expectations at the time of your consultation.
The appropriate technique for you will be based on the size and shape of your breast, size and position of you areola and nipples, skin quality and elasticity and amount of skin to be removed.
- Anesthesia: the operation will be under general anesthetic so you will be unconscious during the procedure
- Incision: depending on assessment Mr Netri could decide to perform:
- A Periareolar Mastopexy: in this case the skin excess will be removed from the central part of the breast leaving only a scar around the areola where the normal passage of colour variation will help in disguising the final scar or
- A Full Mastopexy: in this case the scar will be around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease (“anchor shape”)
- Breast Reshaping: the breast tissue will be lifted and reshaped to improve contour and firmness, the nipple and areola are repositioned in a higher place (without removing the nipple from the breast), the size of the areola will be reduced if necessary and the excess skin will be removed
You may be a good candidate if:
- You are over 18
- You are healthy and you do not smoke
- You are stable with your weight
- Your breasts are saggy (ptosis), have lost volume and shape, your nipples are pointing downwards and/or you feel that your areola are too large
The decision to have plastic surgery is very personal and only you can decide if the benefits will achieve your goal and if the risks and potential complications of surgery are acceptable.
You will be asked to sign a consent form to ensure that you fully understand the procedure, its benefits and any risks and potential complications.
Possible risks of a Breast Uplift include:
- Anaesthesia risks
- Seroma (fluid accumulation)
- Poor healing of incision and bad scarring
- Changes in nipple and breast sensation that can be permanent
- Partial or total loss of areola and nipple
- Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
- Need for revision of surgery.
These risks and others will be fully discussed by Mr Netri prior to your consent.
A breast uplift can be scheduled as day case surgery or as an overnight stay depending on different circumstances that will be discussed at the time of your consultation.
Before leaving the hospital you will be given specific instructions on how to care for your breasts, on medications to take and when to follow-up with your surgeon.
- You will need to keep the dressing dry and clean for two weeks after surgery
- You will need to wear a sport or post surgical bra for six weeks night and day
- You should refrain from exercise and heavy lifting for six weeks after surgery
- You can drive after one week and go back to work after one to two weeks depending on the physical requirements of your job
Result will vary significantly from person to person. It is very important to understand that your anatomical features will determine the type of result that you will achieve. The conformation of the chest, the position of the breast on the chest (breast footprint), asymmetry, the gap between the breast, the quality of the skin, the lifestyle (smoking, exercise etc), previous pregnancies and weight loss are all elements that will contribute to the final result.
Cup size is never guaranteed.
If implants are used in combination with an uplift there is a limit to the size of implant that can be used (heavy implants will minimise or reverse the result of the uplift and create tension on the wound which increases the risk of poor healing and scarring).
Previous asymmetry of size, shape and nipple position can become more noticeable. Position where nipple face (outwards or inwards) will not change.
Overtime your breast will continue to change due to ageing and gravity.
How long the result will last is unpredictable but it is important to maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle.
Future pregnancies and weight loss/gain will affect the result of an uplift.
Looking at or showing pictures during consultation will only be useful for you to explain the kind of result that you are or you are not looking for and for your surgeon to understand your expectation but the results can be significantly different from the ones shown.
Your breast uplift consultation with Mr Netri will last approximately one hour.
During this time you will be able to discuss the reasons why you are considering this procedure, your expectation, your desired outcome and your concerns. Mr Netri will collect your family history and your personal medical history and will ask you for the permission to contact your GP in order to receive all the important medical information that will make the operation as safe as possible. A psychological assessment may be required as recommended by new guidelines for cosmetic surgery in the UK.
Mr Netri will examine and measure your breasts and take note of size, shape, nipple position and skin quality.
Based on this examination different options and the possible outcomes will be discussed with you. Mr Netri will explain in detail the operation, risks and possible associated complications. Pictures can be used to show scarring and results.
You will have all the time that you need to make questions and Mr Netri will do his best to answer these as clearly as possible.
You will then be booked a second consultation nearer the time of the operation to re-discuss the surgical plan and to make questions that you might have forgotten during your first appointment.
A cooling off period of a minimum of 14 days is required by Mr Netri from the last consultation up until the day of the operation.
- Before surgery you may be asked to see an anaesthetist for an assessment and have blood tests or other investigations performed
- A psychological assessment may be requested
- You may be asked to suspend or adjust your current medications
- You will be asked to stop smoking and suspend aspirin or other anti-inflammatory that can increase risk of bleeding
- Arrange somebody to pick you up from the hospital and somebody that can stay with you the first night at home
An average price for a breast uplift would be between £5,500-7,500. Prices may vary depending upon facility and implant selected if implants are required.
- Anesthesia fees
- Hospital facility costs
- Cost of implants
- Surgeon fees
*Extra costs can be applied for preoperative tests, surgical bra, medication, breast band, and revision of surgery. Discuss these details at the time of your consultation.