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Breast uplift surgery, also known as a mastopexy or a ‘lift’, is an operation which reshapes your natural breasts. During the surgery, your surgeon will create a firmer feel for your breasts and lift them higher than they were before. The procedure involves reshaping the skin and tissue around the breasts, which may have naturally stretched and dropped with age or after weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding.
When the skin and breast tissue is stretched, the fibrous ligaments in the breast are weakened, so the breast tissue becomes less supported, causing them to sag. Although it isn’t possible to recreate the natural fibrous support of the breasts, they can be lifted by removing extra skin and restructuring the area. It is also possible to position the nipples higher so that they sit in the right place on the newly-uplifted breasts. Other options you may want to consider are to reduce the size of the areola (the skin surrounding the nipple), or to have breast implants inserted (breast augmentation) at the same time as your uplift procedure. These can be discussed in more detail at your free consultation.
Having a breast uplift will give you breasts with a firmer feel, and their shape will be more attractive. As a result, you are likely to feel more confident about your body after the procedure.
Breasts of any size and shape can be lifted. However, women with smaller, sagging breasts may have the best results after treatment, as large, heavy breasts can eventually reverse the procedure due to their weight. In this situation, you may wish to discuss having a breast reduction at the same time as your uplift procedure with your surgeon.
The results of a breast uplift may boost your confidence, as they will be firmer, higher and more youthful. You may also feel that you have a broader choice of clothing options. Following the procedure, your breasts may look in better proportion with your body.
A breast uplift reverses the sagging, loose skin effect that comes with age, pregnancy and weight loss – so higher, perkier breasts can help you feel like you are regaining some of your youth and boosting your confidence.
All surgical procedures pose a potential risk, and it is important know what these are before you go ahead so that you can weigh them up against the benefits your procedure could bring. During your consultations you will talk through these potential complications and you can ask any questions that you have about them.
As a guide, these may include bleeding, infections, bruising, numbness, scars and rupture.
You may be considering a breast uplift if you are distressed by the sagging and ‘empty’ look and feel of your breasts. This procedure will help make them look perkier and firmer.
It is worth noting that most surgeons are unlikely to perform breast uplift surgery if you are planning a pregnancy. This is because it is likely that your skin and breast tissue will be stretched again during a pregnancy. If you are currently breast feeding, then we recommend you wait at least 6 months after finishing before having your surgery, so that your breasts are able to return to their natural size.
Weighing up the pros and cons of treatment is all part of the decision-making process and we’re here for you every step of the way as you consider having a breast uplift procedure.
The Hospital Group is a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, so we understand that each procedure is different and tailored to your requirements and individual needs. At your free consultation, your surgeon assistant will be able to discuss the surgery with you, let you know the cost, and the payment plans available.
We have several finance options to choose from, ranging from paying for the procedure outright, to spreading the cost over a number of years on our flexible finance plans. Learn more about these on our Pricing and Finance page.
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Your Journey Step by Step
Your journey with The Hospital Group begins with a free telephone consultation with our friendly surgeon assistants. During this conversation you can talk through why you are interested in surgery, how much it costs, the finance options available to you, how much recovery time you will need, and potential surgery dates.
If you would like to proceed, we will book your surgical consultation.
During this consultation you will talk about your goals for surgery and go through your medical history to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. You will also discuss the results you might expect, as well as the possible risks and complications of surgery. Our specialist surgeons are extremely knowledgeable, so they can answer any questions you might have.
If you feel you would like to go ahead, you will then be referred to a clinic nurse for pre-operative assessments and tests.
You will see your surgeon on the day of your surgery so that you can talk through any final questions and read through the consent form. The whole surgical team will be introduced to you before heading into theatre for the procedure.
The specifics of the surgery will be discussed prior to the day – you will find out how long it will take, the types of anaesthetics used, and they will talk you through the procedure itself.
The surgeon will let you know whether you will need to stay in the hospital overnight. You might feel swollen and tender for a while, but this is completely normal and should settle fairly quickly. We’ll provide any pain relief you need whilst you’re in hospital.
Your nurse will call you once you get home to make sure you feel okay and book you in for your post-operative review in the clinic when needed. We’ll also give you our 24/7 patient helpline number so that you can speak to a member of the clinical team at any time.
At The Hospital Group, we offer a full package of aftercare support with all our cosmetic surgery procedures to give you complete peace of mind. You’ll benefit from the following aftercare: unlimited post-op appointments with a member of our clinical team whenever you need them, surgical cover for 2 years, with an additional 3 years available for breast procedures – revision surgery where clinically indicated, additional days’ stay in hospital when needed, additional medication and dressings at no extra cost, and emergency telephone support which you can use at any time.
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