Breast uplift (mastopexy) 


York Plastic Surgery is one of Yorkshire's leading Cosmetic Surgery Clinics providing breast uplift (mastopexy) and enlargement-uplift (augmentation-mastopexy).

All our cosmetic surgery is performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 10 years clinical experience delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to both men and women of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his team at The Nuffield Health York Hospital, York's premier private hospital. So you can rest assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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What is breast uplift (mastopexy)?

Many women become unhappy with the size and shape of their breasts, particularly after children and breast feeding. The main complaints are loss of volume and droop (ptosis). Breast uplift is an operation to improve the size of your breasts to give them an uplifted and more-youthful shape.

Some women want to be a little larger when they have an uplift. This involves uplift and placement of an implants behind the breast to improve size and shape (augmentation-mastopexy). This can be done as one stage but sometimes it is better to do in two stages.

What could breast uplift (mastopexy) do for you?

Improve the size and shape of your breasts
Increase your self-confidence and self-esteem
Enable you to wear the clothes you want and even go without a bra

Do I need a breast uplift or enlargement-uplift?

You would benefit from breast uplift if your breasts are droopy and your nipples are low down on your breasts. An implant is needed if your breasts are empty and need ‘refilling’ or if you have always wanted your breasts to be a little larger.

What happens before my breast uplift?

During your first appointment you will be assessed and advised by a UK-trained Consultant Plastic Surgeon. This assessment includes taking a full medical history and breast history and examining you in the company of one of our nurses. Next we will discuss the result you are hoping to achieve, in terms of size and shape. We will go through what breast uplift involves, including the potential risks and complications. Following this we will give you further information, to help you decide if this is the right choice for you, and encourage you to attend for a second appointment, to give you a chance to ask any further questions and prepare you for surgery.

What does breast uplift involve?

There are a number of different techniques for breast uplift and we will help you choose the best one for you. The operation involves removal of excess skin and lifting the nipple to a more youthful position. The skin is then closed with dissolving stitches and a waterproof dressing. A drain may be used to stop fluid building up (like a safety valve). The operation usually takes 1-2 hours and is performed with you asleep (general anaesthetic).

What happens after my breast uplift?

When you wake after surgery you will have a drip and pain relief. Most patients go home the following day. You will need to wear a crop-top until you are comfortable to be fitted for your new bra. Wounds usually heal in 1-3 weeks and you can expect some swelling and tenderness for 3-4 weeks. Scars take 6-12 months to settle down. You will be encouraged to mobilise as soon as possible after surgery and return to work and other activities 1-4 weeks later, depending on you and the activity. You should rest from gym work for about 6 weeks.

What are the downsides to breast uplift?

There is no such thing as risk-free surgery and breast uplift is no different. It is important for you to balance the risks and benefits for you. Breast uplift leaves a scar around your areola (the pink part around your nipple), and sometimes down from the areola to the bottom of your breast and occasionally along under the breast (where the wire lies in an underwire bra). We will go through this with you in detail. Numbness is common after surgery and usually improves.

Potential complications include problems with the anaesthetic (your anaesthetist will talk to you about these), blood clots (deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus), bleeding (haematoma), wound infection, slow healing, poor scars, asymmetry of size, shape and nipple-areola position, changes in nipple-areolar sensation and nipple-areolar loss. Change in weight or may change the size and shape of your new breasts.

How can I minimise my risks?

Research suggests that non-smokers have fewer problems after surgery. We would strongly encourage you to stop smoking before your breast uplift. If you use nicotine patches, stop these four weeks before your operation.

Are there any alternatives to breast uplift?

None that offer better-shaped breasts long term.

Paying for treatment

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What do I do now?

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