Breast Uplift Enlargement
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 tissue 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 the breast crease and possibly one in the breast crease depending on how much skin excess there is.
Personalised care at a hospital close to you with a comprehensive five-year structured follow-up programme and fully BAAPS and BAPRAS accredited surgeon.
2.5 to 3 hours
1 to 2 nights
Final results of your uplift augmentation should be visible at 6 months as your implants settle and swelling subsides.
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 to 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.
What are the options?
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 teardrop) 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 teardrop 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 surgery?
The surgery takes two to three 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 six weeks to help support the tissue while it is healing.
Following an uplift and implant, you will need to avoid exercise and heavy lifting for the first two weeks, following which you can gradually increase your activity levels.
By six 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 two breasts that are 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 six to nine months following your operation.
Initially, you will be very pert (think of the Jean-Paul Gautier bra worn by Madonna), but as the swelling settles breasts gradually assume a more natural teardrop shape.
Have a question?
If you’ve decided to have cosmetic surgery, you now need to choose a surgeon with the appropriate training, skills and experience to carry out your procedure.
It’s important to talk to your surgeon about what you want to change and why.
Anthony specialises in aesthetic surgery; he is registered with BAAPS, a specialist register of Plastic Surgeons maintained by the General Medical Council.
He is nationally acknowledged for providing outstanding medical care and achieving results which meet or exceed patients’ hopes and expectations.
Before & Afters
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3 questions to ask during your breast augmentation consultation
Before undergoing cosmetic breast surgery, patients will be required to undergo an initial consultation. This allows your plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns and expectations, as well as assess your suitability for undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure. It also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to find out as much about the procedure as possible.
When attending the consultation, it’s a good idea to have a list of questions to ask the surgeon. Here, we’ll look at just 3 questions you should ask during your breast augmentation consultation.
Am I an ideal candidate for cosmetic breast surgery?
Although cosmetic breast surgery is a very common cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important that you are suitable for a specific procedure. Often patients that have seen a loss of volume, whether through weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding or the ageing process, wish to restore volume with a breast augmentation. However, implants may make the breasts look worse in which case a breast uplift enlargement is required.
Ideal candidates for breast uplift enlargement are those who are generally fit and healthy. You should also have realistic expectations, be undergoing the procedure for yourself, and feel that your life is negatively impacted due to the appearance of your breasts.
What are the risks and complications?
As cosmetic breast surgery is so popular and commonly performed, particularly the breast augmentation operation, patients often forget there are risks and complications. It is important to understand all of the risks the surgery presents.
Again, this question also allows you to check you are choosing the right surgeon. If they are vague about the risks, it should be seen as a red flag. Qualified and experienced surgeons will always be upfront and honest about the risks and complications of breast augmentation, ensuring you have as much knowledge about the procedure before going ahead.
How many similar procedures have you performed?
If you want to reduce the likelihood of risks and complications, as well as achieve the best results, you need to know the skill and experience of your cosmetic surgeon. Ask them how many breast uplift enlargement procedures they have performed and whether you can see before and after photos.
The more experienced the surgeon is, the more natural the results will look. Scarring will be reduced, and there will be much fewer risks involved than there would be with an inexperienced surgeon. If possible, ask to see evidence of the surgeon’s qualifications.
It is important to realise that each patient is different. So, even after seeing before and after photos, you may not experience the same level of results. The surgeon will be able to talk through your expectations and let you know whether or not they are achievable.
These are just 3 important questions to ask your cosmetic surgeon during your consultation. The goal is to find out as much as you can about the procedure, ensure they are the best surgeon for the job, and determine whether you are an ideal candidate.