A breast uplift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to correct the positioning of the breasts on the body. Surgery involves removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple, resulting in a lifted and firmer appearance.
Your surgeon will seek to understand your ideal breast size and shape and will share before and after photographs so you can fully understand the options available and help make the right choices for you.
Surgery is carried out under a general anaesthetic and usually requires a one to two night stay in hospital.
Excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is tightened and the nipple moved to a higher position. The skin can either be removed from underneath the breast or from around the areola (the dark tissue around your nipple). The incisions are closed with dissolving sutures.
Dressings and a supportive bra will be fitted. Tubes may be fitted to drain away any excess fluid. These will be removed prior to discharge.
It is normal to experience some discomfort, swelling and bruising in your breasts. This should subside after a few weeks. The shape of the breasts can take several months to settle.
Your anaesthetist will prescribe painkillers to reduce any potential discomfort. It is important to discuss any discomfort with our nursing team.
Your surgeon will advise when to wear your support bra and for how long. It’s important that you do not wear an under-wired bra until advised to do so.
You must avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, swimming and vacuuming for four to six weeks after surgery.
The length of time you will need to be off work will depend on the type of work you do. Your surgeon will advise, however a minimum of two weeks is usual.
Breast uplift is a commonly performed and generally safe procedure. Nonetheless, all surgery and anaesthetic have some risk associated. Risks to all surgeries include infection, excessive bleeding, adverse reaction to anaesthetic or blood clotting.
Your surgery will result in scarring, however it should gradually soften and fade over several months.
Changes in sensation, including increased or decreased sensitivity may occur in different parts of the breast, including the nipple. These changes are usually temporary, lasting up to six months, however in some cases numbness is permanent.
In some cases it is not possible to breast feed following surgery.
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