Your breasts are lifted so the natural volume you already have is used to plump up the upper portion of the breast, with the excess skin being removed and a new “internal bra” created using your skin and breast tissue.
Nipples are moved up the breast to their correct position and the breast tissue folded in such a way that the breast assumes a more youthful shape.
This results in a scar around the nipple, with a vertical scar running down form the nipple to the breast crease. Sometimes if there is a lot of skin excess a further scar in the breast crease is needed.
Personalised care at a hospital close to you with a comprehensive five-year structured follow-up programme and fully BAAPS and BAPRAS accredited surgeon.
Prices with implant, from £7200.
Prices without implant, from £6500.
You will immediately appear different but it can take 6 months for final breast shape and position to be revealed.
How is a breast uplift done?
A breast uplift (or mastopexy) is performed under general anaesthetic and usually requires an overnight stay in hospital. You will have surgical drains (a tube in each breast to drain any collection of blood) in your breast following the operation but this will be removed the following day before you go home.
What happens after the operation?
After the operation, you will need to wear a non-underwired support bra for six weeks to help support the breast tissue while it heals.
You will need to avoid any serious physical activity for the first two weeks after a mastopexy and avoid any heavy lifting (which includes small children). After this, you can gradually increase your activity and by six weeks you can resume all normal activities.
How long does the operation take?
It takes about 2 hours.
Is there anything else I should know?
No one has two breasts that are exactly the same. Although you will not be symmetrical following the procedure, breast uplift surgery often has a symmetrising effect. Any pre-existing asymmetries between your breasts will influence the final outcome of the procedure.
The effects of a breast uplift or mastopexy provide a very pleasing and youthful appearance to the breast, however, the surgery does not defy gravity or time.
There will be inevitably some stretching of the soft tissues leading to a degree of recurrence of the pre-operative shape of the breast, as tissues age.
A good analogy is that surgery turns the hands of the clock back but does not stop them ticking.
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
Anthony uses the latest 3D scanning technology to create before and after visuals that give you a realistic view of the results.
Breast augmentation, breast reduction or breast uplift – which is the right procedure for me?
When it comes to changing the appearance of the breasts, patients have a number of procedures available to them and patients can choose a breast augmentation, breast reduction or breast lift. The question is, which procedure is right for you?
Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know about the three most common types of cosmetic breast surgery and their benefits.
Breast augmentation: increasing the size and volume of the breasts
Breast augmentation remains the most common type of cosmetic breast surgery procedure in the UK and is carried out to enhance the breasts. It’s basically a breast enlargement, inserting implants to increase the size and volume of the breasts.
Mr Anthony MacQuillan provides a bespoke breast augmentation, which each procedure individually-tailored to the patient’s requirements and expectations. There are different types of incisions and placement to be considered, along with the different shapes, sizes and projections of implants to choose from. This means an in-depth consultation will need to be provided in order to determine which type and style of implant would work best for the patient.
However, in the past year, the UK cosmetic surgery statistics reveal that there has been a reduction in the number of patients undergoing this type of procedure; with many patients opting instead for a breast reduction procedure.
Breast reduction: decreasing the size of the breasts
A breast reduction is basically the opposite of breast augmentation. It aims to reduce the size and volume of the breasts. A breast reduction can also help patients achieve a more lifted look, provided there isn’t excessive sagging.
Patients usually choose this option either for medical or for personal reasons. Larger breasts can lead to all kinds of health problems, as well as make it difficult to carry out everyday activities. They can also cause a great deal of embarrassment and make it difficult to find well-fitting clothing.
In a breast reduction, excess skin, tissue and fat are removed, and the nipples and areolas are often moved a little higher up on the breast. This both reduces the size of the breasts and gives them a more youthful appearance.
Breast lift: providing perkier, more youthful-looking breasts
A breast lift doesn’t aim to alter the size of the breasts, although it can result in them appearing a little smaller. Instead, it focuses on lifting the breasts, eliminating excessive sagging or correcting unevenness.
If you’re looking to restore the volume or shape of the breasts, this is the ideal procedure. It is especially well-suited to those who have been left with sagging breasts due to breastfeeding, weight loss or skin and tissue sagging as a result of the ageing process. Like a breast reduction, the nipples and areolas are often moved and made smaller to complement the lift procedure.
As you can see, each cosmetic breast surgery procedure is designed to tackle a specific issue. It is also possible to undergo combined breast procedures. For example, many patients undergo a breast reduction and a breast lift at the same time. This helps to produce maximum results.
If you’re undecided which procedure is right for you, call 0117 325 5034 to arrange a consultation.