Breast Mastopexy (uplift)

The information contained gives a general idea about the operation and does not replace a consultation.
The consultation is personal and specific to the individual concerned.
All consultations involve taking a thorough medical history and a physical examination of the relevant area involved.

How does a breast mastopexy (uplift) help?

  • Ideal for women who have droopy breasts (breast ptosis).
  • This usually happens after a sudden loss in weight.
  • It can also happen after pregnancy.
  • It can result from the ageing process.

A breast uplift may change the volume (size) of the breast and repositions the breast higher on the chest.

A breast uplift can be combined with breast augmentation (enhancement) or breast reduction depending on individual wishes.

By improving the size, shape and position of the breasts can lead to an improvement in psycho-social well-being.

Tell me about the operation?

  • Operation takes 2 to 3 hours.
  • Discharged home the following day.
  • Dissolving stitches will heal on their own.
  • Takes on average 3 months for the breasts to settle in terms of healing.

What are the possible complications?

  • Scars – these will be around the nipple/areola and down into the breast crease, occasionally also running in the breast crease like an inverted “T.”
  • Infection – this can happen after the operation and may require antibiotics
  • Bleeding – occasionally a collection can form in the breast which would need removal.

Combining the procedure with a breast enhancement or breast reduction therefore includes those complications.

These are the commonest complications. Other more rare ones would also be discussed at the consultation.

When can I get back to work?

  • A rest period of 2 weeks is usually recommended.
  • Return to lighter duties initially to prevent soreness.
  • A non-underwired bra such as a sports bra should be worn day and night for up to 6 weeks to give added support.