“Many women come to see me enquiring about breast enlargements. 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 uplift.”
Mastopexy or Breast Uplift
Breast uplift 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 uplift involves removal of skin and mobilisation of the gland to uplift 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.
Breast Uplift with Implants – ‘Augmentation Mastopexy’
Mastopexy improves the shape of the breasts and breast augmentation increases the size of the breasts. Often by lifting the breasts with a mastopexy 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 uplift. This will lift the breasts as well as increasing the volume. This can be done in two operations (uplift first, then breast enlargement with implants second) 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 mastopexy and augmentation in one operation if desired and will go through all of the pros and cons with you in the clinic.
Inital ConsultationIn this initial consultation you can talk over your hopes and fears, the procedure itself, funding, our free aftercare and you can also look at Jonathan’s portfolio in more detail. Read more.
Cooling off period
Take your time to think about your options. Read more.
Full and final check that you are fit and healthy for the procedure. Read more
Surgery ProcedureLed by Jonathan Staiano and his team of professional nurses, you will have 24/7 hour care at one of our prestigious clinics. Read more.
We believe our after care package is unrivalled by any other practice. It has our central commitment of patient satisfaction at the heart of it. Read more