If you’re considering breast uplift surgery you can find out all you need to know about the procedure in this guide. 


Breast uplift (mastoplexy) is a cosmetic operation to remove excess skin from your breasts to improve their shape. The procedure is very similar to breast reduction surgery. However, in a breast lift procedure your breasts are reshaped by tightening the skin, without removing any breast tissue. This means your breasts will remain the same size, but be reshaped so they look firmer and perter. If you would like extra volume or a larger breast, then a breast uplift and breast augmentation using a breast implant can be combined to create your desired look.


Firmer and higher breasts that look more voluminous.

Restore youthful nipple position.

Improved and more attractive appearance in a wider range of clothing options including swimsuits and strappy and fitted tops.

Able to wear clothing without the need for a bra to support the breast.

Looking good with pert breasts often makes a woman feel better about herself and more feminine and, can increases self-confidence.

Can achieve symmetry of the breasts.

Relieve contact of the breast skin on the chest.


Living with breasts that are sagging and no longer firm and pert can affect a woman’s self-esteem and make her feel self-conscious both in and out of her clothes. If your breasts are having a negative impact on your physical appearance and/or your self-confidence, then a boob lift may be appropriate for you.

You are suitable for breast uplift surgery if you are experiencing one or more of the following:

Sagging and pendulous breasts

Flatter and more empty looking breasts

Nipples that point downwards

You’ve achieved substantial weight loss and your breasts are deflated with a lot of loose skin

Whilst there is no age limit, the best candidates for a breast uplift procedure are in good health and emotionally-stable. If you’re planning to have children in the future or to lose considerable weight, then it might be best to postpone breast uplift surgery until after these events.

At your initial consultation your cosmetic surgeon will discuss with you your options and, realistic goals and expectations of a breast lift procedure. The final decision will be made between you and your cosmetic consultant.


A Mastopexy or breast uplift is usually required if the position of the nipple is pointing downwards or if it lies below the natural crease of your breast (the inframammary fold.)  It is performed under general anaesthetic as a day case procedure, meaning advanced sedation techniques are employed to enable patients to recover more quickly after surgery and return home on the same day.


Generally this procedure is performed to rejuvenate and reshape the look of the breasts – due to the scarring associated with this particular breast procedure, the incision sites will be considered in great detail.  There are various places where the incisions can be placed as detailed below:

Periareolar mastopexy or ‘donut’

This method of uplift addresses the loose/sagging skin or envelope of tissue.  The incision in this instance is limited to the circumference of the areolar only and is often combined with an augmentation to help restore lost volume. This method proves satisfying for most patients although there is a potential risk of the extra weight of the settling implant distorting the areolar, although the benefit is that scars are kept to a minimum.

Vertical or ‘’lollipop’’ mastopexy 

This method helps to reshape the breast very well indeed, however there will still be a visible scar down the centre and underside of the breast. The scar does eventually fade with time – this method is best suited primarily for breast lifts and breast reductions of any size without augmenting and adding further weight to the breast whilst it heals.

Traditional ‘T-Scar’ or ‘Anchor’ technique

This is by far the most common and preferred technique of uplift – typically, your scar will start around the areolar, travel vertically down the underside of the breasts and then horizontally across the natural breast crease or inframammary fold.  There is of course a consideration around  scarring, however, with our expert aftercare team your wounds should heal beautifully and with time fade almost completely. This method usually incorporates an augmentation very well as the new weight of your breasts is distributed evenly across all incision sites. 

Often as part of a mastopexy procedure your nipple will be realigned – the aim of this surgery is to rejuvenate the look of low, pendulous breasts, therefore, the nipple will be repositioned so that after your surgery, when you stand in front of the mirror naked your nipple is adjacent to the midline of the upper arm.


All sutures are placed below the skin and are dissolved by the body over the course of a few weeks. Nothing needs to be pulled out/removed by a nurse following your procedure. Often surgeons will seal the wound with tissue glue, to limit the risk of superficial wound infection – this glue peels off over 1-2weeks. 


Most women have some form of minor breast asymmetry. One side may differ from the other in volume, position of the nipple or shape of the chest wall – this is completely normal and your surgeon will be able to assess how best to correct these variances during your procedure.


Your breasts will look discoloured and feel very firm and swollen immediately after breast uplift surgery. You should be able to go home the same day.

Most women return to normal activities within two to three weeks. You should be able to return to work after the second week, depending on your type of job and, also do a limited amount of activity, such as lifting young children, after about two weeks. The results of a breast uplift improve gradually over the first six months. Your breasts should become softer and more natural.


How you behave in the immediate weeks after your operation can significantly impact the results you are able to achieve, for example, wearing the correct supportive post-operative bra will support the breast position and protect the settling scars during the crucial initial healing stage. You must also ensure that you lie resting in a slightly elevated position to help reduce swelling, you must also try to not move yourself up the bed using your arms as this action moves the muscle on your chest and could potentially move the implants or cause bleeding. You should use your stomach muscles and bottom to move up the bed. Do not allow anyone to assist you up the bed by lifting you up from under the armpits.

An appointment will be made for 1 week after your surgery where your incision sites will be checked, cleaned and redressed and you will be given instructions on how to care for these areas for the remainder of your healing. A follow up appointment will also be arranged at 2 weeks, 1 month and then 3-6months time. Dr. Vigo advises patients should be able to return to their normal day-to-day activities after about two weeks – we would recommend one week off work with the option of two if you require, as swelling is greatest during this time and it is advisable to give wounds an appropriate time to heal.  During this period, it is advisable to keep all physical activity to a minimum including visits to the gym, practicing aerobics, yoga or any other sports that involve using your arms.

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