What is a breast uplift?

A breast uplift (mastopexy) is an operation to remove excess skin from your breasts to improve their shape.

What are the benefits of surgery?

Your breasts should have a better shape.

Are there any alternatives to a breast uplift?

Using padded bras or inserts can make your breasts appear to have a better shape.

If there is not much excess skin and your breasts are not droopy, your surgeon may be able to assess you for a breast augmentation.

If you have a large breast size, your surgeon may be able to assess you for a breast reduction.

What does the operation involve?

The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about 90 minutes to two hourse.

Your surgeon will make a cut on the line of the areola (the darker area around your nipple) and a vertical cut underneath your areola. They will remove excess skin and reshape your breast tissue. Your surgeon will lift your nipple so it is in a higher position (see figure 1).

What complications can happen?

1 General complications

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Unsightly scarring
  • Blood clots

2 Specific complications

  • Developing a swelling inside a breast
  • Developing a lump in your breast
  • Numbness or continued pain on the outer part of your breast
  • Stiff shoulder
  • Loss of skin, including the areola and nipple
  • Change of breast and nipple sensation
  • Cosmetic problems
  • Reduced ability to breastfeed

How soon will I recover?

Your breasts will look discoloured and feel firm and swollen. You should be able to go home the same day.

You should be able to return to normal activities after two to three weeks. You should be able to return to work after two weeks, depending on your type of work. You should be able to do a limited amount of activity, such as lifting young children, after about two weeks.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

The results of a breast uplift improve gradually over the first six months. Your breasts should become softer and more natural.

Summary

A breast uplift is an operation to improve the shape of your breasts. It is suitable only for certain women. You should consider the options carefully and have realistic expectations about the results.

Acknowledgements

Author: Mr Eoin O'Broin MD FRCS (Plast.)

Illustrations: Medical Illustration Copyright © Nucleus Medical Art. All rights reserved. www.nucleusinc.com

 

This document is intended for information purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

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