Breast Uplift (Mastopexy)

Breast uplift surgery is an operation to lift and re-shape your breasts. Often a breast uplift, also known as a mastopexy, is performed at the same time as a breast enlargement or reduction.

What happens?

The operation can take two to three hours under general anaesthetic, depending on the exact type of procedure you have. Your surgeon will make several cuts on your breasts. The exact number and position of the cuts will vary, depending on the technique your surgeon uses.

Your surgeon will remove skin from around your areola or from under your breasts. He or she will then re-position your nipples and may reduce the size of your areola to suit the new shape.

When the operation is complete, your surgeon will close the cuts with stitches and may wrap your breasts in a special supportive dressing or use tape for support.

You will stay in hospital for at least 1 night. It usually takes about 4 weeks to make a full recovery from breast uplift surgery. If you need pain relief, you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

You will need to wear a support bra for up to six weeks after your operation. This will help to stop the weight of your breasts pulling on your healing wounds.

What are the risks?

Side-effects of breast uplift surgery include:

• Soreness, swelling and bruising
• Scarring
• Altered (reduced) nipple sensation

Complications specific to breast uplift surgery include:

• Infection
• Bleeding under your skin (haematoma)
• Unusual red or raised scars (keloids)
• An unevenness in size and shape
• Loss of part, or even all, of your nipple

Be sure to discuss with your surgeon how any risks might apply to you.