Breast uplift & enlargement
The breasts are uplifted (mastopexy) and enlarged (augmented) using a silicone implant at the same time. This is done by lifting the nipple, tightening the breast issue and then removing the excess skin from the breast. This leaves you with a scar around the nipple, one running vertically down from the nipple to breast crease and possibly one in the breast crease depending on how much skin excess there is. You can have a Breast uplift and enlargement in Bristol, London and Newport clinics.
Frequently asked questions
What’s involved in a breast uplift and enlargement operation?
The operation is performed under general anaesthesia and you will be in hospital overnight. Usually you will have a surgical drain (tube) coming out of each breast, which is removed before you go home. Following the surgery you will have to wear a non underwired supportive bra for 6 weeks.
The aim of an augmentation mastopexy is improve the shape of the breasts, particularly the fullness in the upper part of the breast. The uplift (or mastopexy) will correct the shape and the implant (augmentation) will restore volume or size to the breast.
How long does the operation take?
Implants are available in differing shapes and sizes and level of fill. The most common types of implants that you will hear of are round or anatomical (also known as tear drop) shaped implants. The round type prosthesis looks almost like a semicircle in profile (hence round), whereas the anatomic shape tries to recreate the natural shape of the breast, which is tear drop in profile. The approximates to the number of millilitres (mls) inside the implant, and the level of fill equates to the projection that the implant will have from the chest wall.
What happens after the surgery?
The surgery takes 2-3 hours and involves an overnight stay. If you have drains these will be removed the following morning. You will need to wear a supportive non-underwired bra for the next 6 weeks to help support the tissue whilst they are healing.
Following an uplift and implant you will need to avoid exercise and heavy lifting for the first 2 weeks, following which you can gradually increase your activity levels. By 6 weeks you should be able to resume normal activities but be guided by what your body is telling you – everyone is different!.
Is there anything else I should know?
No one has 2 breasts that are the exactly the same on both sides! Although you will not be symmetrical following the procedure augmentation mastopexy surgery has a symmetrising effect. Any pre-existing asymmetries between your breasts will influence the final outcome of the procedure.
The shape of your breasts following an augmentation mastopexy will change over the first 6 to 9 months following your operation. Initially you will by be very pert (think of the Jean-Paul Gautier bra worn by Madonna) but as the swelling settles the breast will gradually assume a more natural tear drop shape.