Breast Lift

What is a breast lift?

Breast Lift in Birmingham

The only plastic surgery clinic in the country specialising in breast and body contouring

Many women come to see me enquiring about breast reshaping. They may have had children and their breasts have lost the shape they used to have. In fact, often they do not need implants. The best treatment in these cases may be a breast lift.

Breast lift or “mastopexy” aims to reshape breasts which have dropped or have become “droopy”. Breast tissue, like all tissues in the body, is subject to the forces of gravity. It is measured depending on how low the nipple has descended. This droop is known as ‘breast ptosis’. Breast ptosis is part of the normal ageing process, but can be exacerbated if the skin of the breast is stretched and then the stretching force is removed.

This commonly occurs after massive weight loss or following childbirth when the breasts become swollen. A breast lift involves removal of skin and mobilisation of the gland to lift the breast. During the procedure, the nipple is lifted to a higher position and the width of the breast is narrowed to create a better shaped breast.

It is important to be aware that scars will be inevitable and the extent of the scarring depends on the amount of tightening that is required. There is always a scar around the nipple, and this may be the only scar. However, it is usually necessary to also have a scar running down from the nipple to the chest wall and one along the inframammary fold (the fold in which the wire of a bra sits) in a similar pattern to that after breast reduction. The scars are red and obvious for the first 3 months but usually fade fully within 6-18 months.

This 42 year old lady is shown 7 months following breast lift. She has two children and had previously lost 4 stone in weight – both of these events cause the breasts to swell and then shrink. It is the redundant skin that fails to recoil that causes the breasts to droop. She was happy with the size of her breasts and so did not need implants. She has got a great result from lifting the breasts back to a more youthful position.
This lady is shown 5 months following bilateral breast lift.
This 29 year old lady is shown 2 months following breast lift with 320cc implants. Her breasts have dropped and lost volume and so they have been lifted to bring the nipples up on to her chest and the volume restored with implants. She has gone from a C to an F cup.
Thank you for the excellent work and the equally outstanding service. I am really happy with everything and now feel so much better within myself and my confidence levels are through the roof. I feel like an early 20 something again and for that, I am eternally grateful.
– Words by LA - Breast Lift Patient

Breast Lift with Implants – ‘Augmentation Mastopexy’

A breast lift improves the shape of the breasts and breast augmentation increases the size of the breasts. Often by lifting the breasts with a breast lift and restoring the volume of the breast higher in the chest, it feels like the breasts have been enlarged. However, if the volume of your breasts when you are wearing a bra is too small, then you may choose to have a breast enlargement as well as a breast lift. This will lift the breasts as well as increasing the volume. This can be done in two operations or it can be performed in one operation, although this is technically more difficult. I like to explain all of the options to patients and will perform a breast lift and augmentation in one operation if desired and will go through all of the pros and cons with you in the clinic.