Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery, called "mastopexy", is surgery requested by women who feel that breasts have begun to droop and become less firm as they have got older. In many cases this is just caused by the natural aging process, but weight loss, pregnancy and not wearing supportive bras can all be contributory factors.

What happens during the operation?

The surgeon removes excess skin from around the areola (the darker coloured area that surrounds the nipple) and sometimes from under your breasts, reshaping the breast into a more youthful cone shape. Some women also choose to have their areolas reduced in size. The nipple is then repositioned higher to give the breasts a more perky appearance. This operation can be combined with breast implant surgery if the breasts need to be increased in size to achieve the best result.

What results can I expect?

The best results are obtained with small droopy breasts. The results may not last as long with heavier breasts. It is adviseable to wait until you have completed your family before having this surgery - whilst it is usually fine to get pregnant and breast feed after having the surgery, the pregnancy process may again leave you with sagging breasts.

You will also be left with some scarring on your breasts and you may experience a loss of sensation in your nipples. It is possible that you may not be able to breast feed after surgery.

What are the risks?

As with all surgical operations, there are risks associated with the surgery. These can include:

  • Chest problems and deep vein thrombosis, especially if you smoke or are taking the contraceptive pill.
  • Infection, which can worsen the final appearance of the scars.
  • Excessive bleeding which may require further surgery to correct
  • Loss of nipple sensitivity
  • Haematoma