Breast Lift or Breast Uplift
A breast lift without implants also referred to as a mastopexy is a surgical procedure that changes the size and shape of the chest by lifting the breasts. A breast lift, also known as a breast uplift or boob lift, removes excess skin and breast tissue before reshaping the breast and restoring a more youthful appearance.
If you would like to enhance the shape and profile of your breasts, implants may not always be the right choice for you. Your breasts may be sagging but still have sufficient volume, in these instances a breast lift without implants will address this, resulting in breasts that have a more pert appearance. The most common causes of droopy breasts are pregnancy, breastfeeding or significant weight loss.
Is a breast lift right for me?
Breasts can naturally sag over time, but also commonly do so after pregnancy or breast feeding. This can leave women feeling self-conscious over their appearance. The degree of breast sagging (pstosis) varies and can be seen below:
In cases where the breast retains sufficient volume, a breast lift without an implant can help to achieve full, pert and shapely breasts, helping to restore confidence. In some cases, there is not sufficient volume to achieve the desired look without an implant, in which case a breast lift with implant procedure is preferred.
Your surgeon will be able to advise on which procedure will be right for you.
What does breast lift surgery involve?
The mastopexy operation involves raising the breast by tightening and removing excess skin and breast tissue in order to produce an uplifted breast. The amount of scarring that occurs will depend on how much the breast needs to be lifted to achieve the ideal look.
Lifting your breasts
The procedure involves lifting the nipple, removing excess skin and reshaping the breast.
Lifting the breast will involve a certain amount of scarring. The incision required will depend on the droopiness of the breasts. These scars may be restricted to the area around the nipple (circumareolar) or extend onto the breast (lollipop or anchor).
The procedure is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic and will require an overnight stay in the hospital. In the majority of cases, you will be discharged the following day.
How much does a breast lift cost?
The exact cost of a breast lift without implants will depend on your personal situation and your desired results. At your £25 surgeon consultation, you will receive a premium cosmetic surgery experience, your surgeon will fully examine you and discuss your personal surgical requirements. Then they will talk you through exactly how much your procedure will cost based on your precise requirements, so there will be no surprises and no hidden extras.
Take a look at our guide prices page, you can use our starting price as a general indication of the breast lift cost and also see what a maximum budget could be for a more complicated or intensive procedure.
If you’d prefer not to make the full payment up front, we also offer Finance Packages so you can spread out your payments.
How long is recovery from breast uplift surgery?
Following surgery you will stay in hospital overnight to be monitored. Your surgeon may place a drain on both sides of your body, but this is perfectly normal.
Your dressings will remain for two weeks, and you are often required to wear a surgical support bra for 2-4 weeks following your operation. Your surgeon will let you know exactly what to expect and how to best support your recovery from surgery.
In terms of everyday activities, you can generally expect the following timeframes:
- Back to work – 10-14 days
- Long haul flights – 4 weeks
- Exercise – 4-6 weeks
- Sex – 4-6 weeks
- Swimming – 4-6 weeks
A full recovery from a breast lift without implants usually takes around 6-8 weeks.
How do you know if you need a breast lift?
Breast lifting is a surgical procedure designed to help women with drooping breasts to lift the breasts back to their original position on the chest, by removing excess skin and breast tissue. If you are concerned about the look of your breasts and you feel they are drooping breast uplift surgery may be an option for you.
Our plastic surgeons can advise you on the most appropriate cosmetic surgery procedure to help you get the look you would like.
How long does a breast lift last?
Every patient is different but for most patients breast lift surgery results last for 10-15 years though in many cases results can last even longer. As the body ages there will inevitably be some changes and if you put on or lose weight this can also affect breast size and the shape of your breasts.
Speak to your surgeon about what you should expect from your surgery so you feel confident before undergoing surgery.
How painful is a breast lift?
Everybody’s experience of pain following a breast lift is unique and different. Most people describe the pain as moderate discomfort for the first few weeks. Again if you have concerns it is best to speak to your cosmetic surgeon before you have the procedure so you know what you are likely to experience.
Is a breast lift worth it?
A breast uplift, or mastopexy, will give you a more youthful appearance and more shapely breasts. Most patients feel an increase in body confidence once they have recovered from their operation. If you’d like to learn more about some of our patient’s experiences following surgery you can visit our testimonials page for more details. We have had over many five star reviews from satisfied patients on Trustpilot.
Do breasts sag after a breast lift?
Breast lifts can reduce the signs of aging and breast sagging or ptosis and help maintain a more youthful look for longer. Women with smaller breasts tend to see less sagging after a breast lift. Larger breasts are always more prone to sagging, If you are concerned about this please discuss it with your surgeon who has experience with hundreds of breast lift procedures and will be able to advise you on what you should expect after your breast uplift surgery.
At what age should I get a breast lift?
For most women the breasts continue to develop until the age of about 17 but for some women they continue to develop until into their 20s. Breast lift surgery is not recommended for patients whose breast development is not yet complete.
Usually if a patient’s breasts have not changed size of shape for a year this suggests the breasts are fully developed. If you have any concerns about this subject your plastic surgeon will be able to advise you. We do not operate in patients under the age of 18.
Will my breasts be smaller after a breast uplift?
The aim of breast uplift surgery is to change the profile, rather than the size, of the breasts, to lift them back to where they used to be on your chest.
That said a study in America showed many women have reported wearing a smaller cup sized bra following breast uplift surgery. This was accounted for by the change in profile rather than breast size with a smaller bra feeling a better fit and more comfortable. Any form of breast surgery may have an impact on the style of bra that fits best and how comfortable you feel wearing it.
Can I go without a bra after breast lift?
You should follow recommendations from your surgeon about wearing the right bra for the weeks following breast uplift surgery. In general you should wear a surgical support bra for 2-4 weeks after surgery. Please do speak to your plastic surgeon about what is best in your case.
In the long term
At MyBreast, we are committed to providing you with the highest possible standard of care. Whether you have come to us for a breast enlargement, breast reduction or breast lift, we promise to look after you before, during and after surgery.
Our commitment to you, which you will experience through our long-term care policy, is just as serious as your commitment to having surgery.
Lifetime aftercare policy
We operate a lifetime follow-up policy for all our patients. If you need to consult MyBreast or a surgeon from MyBreast at any time after your initial follow-up consultation phase, you are very welcome to do so.
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