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Ivan Foo

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

MBBS (London), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), FRCS(Plast).

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Breast Uplift Surgery


Mastopexy,

Ptosis correction,

corrective breast surgery



What are the aims and benefits of performing Breast Uplift surgery?

Breast Uplift surgery (Mastopexy) is an option for women who wish to improve on or regain their original breast shape back as this procedure aims to surgically correct empty, drooping or pendulous breasts.

      

Why is Breast Uplift surgery performed?

Following pregnancy, breast-feeding and weight loss, women often complain of droopy and empty breasts (Ptosis). This problem can be corrected by Breast Uplift (Mastopexy) surgery.


How is a Mastopexy performed?

The nipple is lifted up, excess loose skin removed and the breast tissue is reshaped before the skin is redraped resulting in a more cosmetically pleasing breast shape. The size of the areolar (disc of the nipple) can also be reduced.

Scarring following a mastopexy is similar to a breast reduction. An "inverted - T" or "anchor scar" is most common, although in less severe cases, a vertical scar technique may be used. For smaller adjustments a doughnut of skin is removed from around the nipple. The scars following a mastopexy generally heal well and are covered by a bra or swim suit but will be visible if you choose to go "topless" on holiday.

If you are unhappy with the shape of your breast but satisfied with their size, then a mastopexy may be a suitable operation. Following surgery, some emptiness of the upper pole will recur after the initial post-operative swelling has settled down. For a fuller cleavage, you will require a bra or consider combining this operaton with Breast Enlargement (Implant) surgery.

Breast Enlargement surgery can be carried out at the same time as a mastopexy or later when the skin and scars have settled down. Mr Foo prefers to correct the shape of the breast first and then perform Breast Enlargement surgery about 3-6 months later as after the Mastopexy scars settle down, it allows a fuller breast augmentation and a better cosmetic result. It also avoids putting unnecessary tension on the scars as they heal of the mastopexy operation.

Most women requesting breast augmentation after pregnancy will have a degree of droopiness (ptosis). Following breast augmentation there will be a degree of uplift (depending on the size of implant used) and you may not require the more extensive scars of a mastopexy. Occasionally, a more minor skin adjustment may need to be carried out. The procedure most suited to you will be discussed at your consultation.

This procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and takes approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to complete. Patients typically stay in hospital for 1 or 2 nights following surgery.


Important advice to follow before surgery


Are there any risks or complications associated with Breast Uplift surgery?

Although every care is taken to minimise complications, these can occur.
This list is not exhaustive and will be discussed in more detail at your consultation.

Minor complications:

More serious complications:


Guide to recovery after a Mastopexy:

                            Activity                                 Timescale

                   Return to work                              2 weeks  

                       Driving                                   1-2 weeks  

                  Aerobics & sport                            6 weeks  

                    Swimming                                   6 weeks  

                 Massage Scars                             2-3 weeks  

                      Flights                                      6 weeks  

Special note on breast feeding

The nipple and milk ducts are not detached from the breast tissue during this procedure as only excess skin is removed. Mastopexy does not therefore interfere with a woman's natural ability to breast feed. But pregnancy and breast feeding will affect the result of a Mastopexy.

Special note to all patients considering Breast Uplift surgery

This is a general description of a Breast Uplift surgery and its typical recovery.
However, recovery times and risks will vary between individuals and Mr Foo will discuss this in more detail with you at consultation.