Breast Lift in London
At our five-start clinic in London, breast lift, also known as Mastopexy, breast uplift, or breast reshaping, is a plastic surgery operation performed to lift and reshape drooping or sagging breasts to achieve a more youthful appearance.
Your breast lift will be performed by esteem plastic surgeon, Mr. Christopher Inglefield. We strive to perform the best breast lift in London and place patient saftey and comfort as our top priorities.
What is a Breast Lift?
Before deciding if this is the right surgery for you, it’s important to have a better understanding of the operation.
The textbook definition of a breast lift (or uplift) is mastopexy. This is a surgical procedure performed to reshape a woman’s breast by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple, to restore a youthful, natural aesthetic appearance.
Mastopexy is carried out to improve the shape and firmness of the breast after weight loss or breastfeeding. The desire to improve breast size and or shape is something shared with nearly 60% of women. Mastopexy is used to reshape the breasts and equalize differently shaped breasts to improve symmetry.
What are the Benefits of a Breast Lift?
Our London breast lift patients are constantly expressing wonderful advantages to this surgery. We are proud to be able to impact their day-to-day lives. Below, we’ve included some of the benefits we see firsthand from our patients.
- The procedure is a plastic surgery operation to reshape the breast in a woman who feels that her breasts have drooped or sagged as a result of natural aging changes or following pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- The operation is commonly performed to restore a more youthful breast shape and fullness.
- The surgical procedure can be carried out to improve symmetry and shape where there is a difference in breast size and or shape.
- Many of our patients feel a new sense of self-confidence following their surgical procedure.
- Our patients have expressed looking sexier in bathing suits and clothes that they’ve always wanted to wear
Who are the Best Candidates for a Breast Lift?
Most of our patients that come to us in need of a breast lift are wanting to lift their breasts. Below, we’ve included some of the candidates that we see in our London-based clinic. If you meet the following criteria, then our London Breast uplift may be right for you:
- Patients are looking to improve their breast shape and have been concerned by this for a long time
- Candidates should not have any breast disease or serious medical conditions
- Our patients desire to achieve a more balanced proportion and comfort
- Candidates should be psychologically stable and have a realistic expectation of what the surgery can achieve
- Patients should be in good overall health and not smoke cigarettes
What to do Before a Breast Lift?
The first step to getting a breast lift in London is to get in touch. By giving us a phone call or filling out a contact form on our website, we’ll schedule a consultation for you to meet one-on-one with Mr. Christopher Inglefield. During your appointment, you’ll be able to express your aesthetic goals and ask questions. Mr. Inglefield will provide a thorough examination and detail his expert recommendations.
If you’re happy with our suggestions, surgery will be booked and pre and postoperative instructions will be given. It’s vital that you follow these instructions, as they will help reduce complications and lead to optimal surgical results.
Tip: Be as open and honest during your consultation with Mr. Inglefield as possible. Great communication leads to great results.
Below, we’ve included a list of some of our preoperative breast lift Instructions:
- Smoking – Essential to stop smoking at least 3 weeks before your Breast Uplift surgery and until wounds are fully healed or at least 2 weeks after.
- Previous surgery – Previous breast surgery or scars may alter the type of operation recommended for your optimum result.
- Mammogram – Recommended if >40 years or family history of Breast Cancer. It is essential to ensure your breast health before undergoing any breast surgery.
- Drugs – Avoid aspirin/ibuprofen type analgesics for 2 weeks before and after your Breast Uplift surgery. Stop Vit. E one (1) week before your Breast Uplift surgery.
Types of Breast Lifts
Various types of breast lift techniques are available and the optimum procedure for you will depend on your goals and existing size and shape. The significant factors are your initial breast size, degree of drooping, and skin elasticity, which determine the technique which is optimum for you in order to achieve the best aesthetic natural result.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Breast Uplift, Mastopexy plastic surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, commonly as a day-case or overnight procedure. Mastopexy, Breast Uplift surgery normally takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to perform depending on your size and shape.
The use of drains (thin tubes from each breast) may be necessary depending on the extent of the Uplift required. At London Bridge Plastic Surgery, we believe that any blood or fluid in the breast leads to inflammation and scarring with a longer healing time. Any drains will be removed before you leave the hospital. Below, we’ve included more information about breast lift surgery:
Scars – Around the nipple only – Periareola, or with a scar down to the crease under breasts – Vertical Scar, or along crease – Inverted T / Anchor Scar. Nipple – Remains attached to breast tissue to preserve sensation and circulation
Sutures – Dissolving, buried – no sutures to be removed following your Breast Uplift Surgery.
Drains – If required post-operatively; removed before discharge from hospital.
Dressing – Waterproof Supportive dressings for 14 days and Bra following your Breast Uplift Surgery.
Does a Breast Lift Leave Scars?
Unfortunately, it is necessary to have a scar as a result of Breast Uplift, but every effort is made to minimize the scars and ensure that these areas are as inconspicuous as possible. The goal is to achieve scars that are as short as possible for the safe performance of the surgery, and which, once fully healed are barely visible.
The scars are placed around the nipple – periareolar scars, with additional scars down from the nipple to the crease under the breast – Vertical Scar, with or without a scar in the crease – Inverted T Scar. The optimum scars for you will depend on your size, breast shape/drooping, skin elasticity, and desired cup size /shape following your Breast Uplift.
*If you need or desire an increase in volume, breast implants with uplift, commonly a periareolar scar only may be required or a Vertical scar technique.
Breast Lift Recovery
Moderate pain/discomfort is expected for 3 – 5 days. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities after 2 weeks, but avoid strenuous exercise/activity for 6 weeks. It will be necessary to wear a support bra for the first 6 weeks, day and night, and the second 6 weeks during the day. The majority of swelling will resolve in 2 – 3 weeks but it will take up to 3 months for the breasts to return to normal feel following breast uplift surgery.
Below, we’ve included some of our postoperative breast lift instructions:
- Bra – Non-under-wired support bra, worn day and night for 6 weeks, and then during the day for 6 weeks following your Breast Uplift. We will provide two bras post-operatively that can be worn. The sizes of these bras will be discussed with you at the consultation, and further advice will be given to you by one of our nurses when you book your procedure).
- Exercise —Avoid vigorous exercise for 6 weeks. Gentle exercise permitted ( e.g. Swimming ) until 3 months after your Breast Uplift. No arm lifting for 3 weeks.
- Showering – Showering ONLY permitted when home and daily thereafter.
- Care of scars – Apply Micropore tape (1 inch) along the scar for 3 months to prevent stretching and accelerate scar softening. Vit. E creams may be used after this period.
Breast Lift Results
The results are first and foremost natural! The goals of Breast Uplift, Mastopexy are to reshape your breasts to achieve a natural youthful aesthetic appearance. The result should boost your self-confidence; allow you to wear the clothes you wish and feel comfortable.
What are the Risks of Breast Uplift, Mastopexy?
Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with surgery. However, Breast Uplift is a very safe procedure if performed by a fully qualified and trained Plastic, Cosmetic Surgeon in Hospitals with a high standard of care.
The common risks are bleeding inside the breast (less than 0.1%), infection (less than 0.1%) and poor nipple healing/loss (less than 1%), fat necrosis – hardening (less than 1%). Each of these risks may require revision surgery and at LBPS the cost of any revision surgery will be covered for the first year after your breast uplift surgery. Other risks that may occur are; loss of nipple sensation, poor scars, asymmetry of the breasts.
Below, we’ve included more potential problems & complications with Breast Lift:
- Pain – Moderate discomfort expected following your breast lift surgery.
- Bruising – Uncommon, may last for 2 -3 weeks. Avoid Aspirin/Ibuprofen.
- Wound – Occasionally, mild infection. Rarely, serious infections requiring antibiotics ( Risk less than 0.1 %). Rarely, haematoma (blood collection – risk less than 0.1%) may require drainage.
- Sensation – Some diminished sensation is expected around the scar. May affect the nipple following Breast Uplift. Return to normal may take up to 3 months.
- Firmness – Initially breasts are swollen and firm. An uncommonly firm or hard area may appear – indicating fat necrosis following breast uplift surgery, which may require removal.
- Asymmetry – Uncommon following breast lift surgery, but may require minor adjustment once fully healed.
- Scars – Expected to be thin flat and pale following breast lift surgery. Uncommon may become pink/red and thickened – Hypertrophic scar. Rarely become Keloid.
How Much Does Breast Lift Cost in London?
The cost of a breast lift in London will vary on a number of factors. No two patients are the same and they all have different aesthetic desires and needs. The best way to get the most accurate cost will be to book a consultation. During your appointment, we’ll be able to answer all questions and provide a full breakdown of the associated costs. Financing options are available to help manage the payment.
Breast Mastopexy / Breast Uplift FAQ’s
Can breast lift/mastopexy be performed with Breast Implant Surgery?
Yes, some women with significant drooping of the breasts together with loss of fullness or volume may require breast augmentation with an implant combined with an uplift/mastopexy. The extent of breast uplift required will depend on the degree of breast drooping and the amount or volume necessary to shape the breast.
How long do the results of Breast Uplift Surgery last?
The results of Breast Uplift surgery are expected to be long-lasting using the current techniques. However, you should be aware that in some circumstances, your breasts may droop further with natural aging or if your weight changes significantly. Drooping can also be exaggerated by smoking – so we strongly advise you to stop smoking if you are considering Breast lift surgery / Mastopexy.
Do I need a mammogram before my Breast lift, Mastopexy Surgery?
Our guidelines are that any woman over the age of 40 should have a mammogram before any breast surgery including Mastopexy, Breast Uplift. Under the age of 40, no screening is necessary if there is not a family history of Breast Cancer or other cancers. A screening mammogram can be arranged for you at the time of your consultation if required.
Will I be able to breastfeed after Breast Uplift, Mastopexy?
With the current techniques used for surgery, most patients retain the ability to breastfeed. However, you should be aware that if you have never breastfed, there is a significant chance that you may not be able to breastfeed naturally even before your surgery.
What reassurance do I have with Breast lift Surgery?
At London Bridge Plastic Surgery, we understand that breast lift surgery is an important and daunting decision for you and we aim to support you before, during, and long after your surgery. Right from your first contact through to your 1-year follow-up visit, we will provide you with the highest standard of care.
Schedule Your Consultation
Our London breast lift patients find the surgery can make drastic improvements in their lives. If you’d like to learn more or schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeons, please contact us today. The talented team at London Bridge Plastic Surgery is excited to answer any questions and begin this journey with you.