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Breast Lift

Breast Lift

At a glance

Treatment time:

Surgery typically takes 2-3 hours.


Long-lasting effects. Any dramatic changes in weight or subsequent pregnancy may cause further changes in the shape of the breasts.

Return to work:

7-14 days to return to light activity, with 6-8 weeks until resuming any strenuous activity.


General anaesthetic, although can be performed under local anaesthetic with sedation.

A breast lift, or ‘mastoplexy’, is a surgical procedure that aims to reshape the breasts, giving them a lifted and more youthful contour.

With age, and particularly following pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts can become more droopy in shape. This can be due to a number of factors. As we age, the skin becomes less elastic. In addition, the normal physiology of the breast to produce breast milk can lead to the breakdown of the natural fibrous bands that give the breasts support to maintain their original contour.

The breasts also expand during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and this can also cause the skin to lose some of its elasticity. This effect is also seen in those who undergo dramatic changes in body weight. These factors, in combination with the long term effects of gravity, can cause the breasts to become ‘saggy’ or ‘droopy’ in appearance. Some women do not like the way that their breasts look and feel, and may wish to have surgery to alter their shape.

Breast lift surgery does not aim to necessarily change the size of the breasts, although this can be done in combination with breast augmentation or reduction surgery to meet the individual’s cosmetic goals.

Mr Ioannis Goutos is a highly experienced plastic surgeon, offering an extensive array of assessments, surgical and non-surgical procedures and gold-standard post-operative care and follow up.

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About this treatment

If you are interested in having breast lift surgery, it is important to first undergo an initial consultation and assessment with an experienced surgeon. During this, you will be able to discuss your treatment goals and the surgeon will be able to make a full examination. You will then be able to jointly discuss the most appropriate procedure for you. You will also need to undergo a thorough pre-operative assessment to ensure that it is safe for you to have a general anaesthetic. This typically involves a review of your medical history and any medications that you take, alongside a general physical examination and some basic medical tests.

Prior to the operation, your surgeon will take time to meticulously mark the target areas of breasts to ensure that the end results are symmetrical. This can vary between surgeons, but commonly comprises areas of skin underneath the breast and around the areola which are removed to allow for re-shaping. Once safely asleep, your surgeon will make incisions along the pre-marked areas and remove a small portion of skin. The remaining tissues are then re-draped in the desired final contour. The nipple can also be re-positioned as needed to suit the new shape of the breast. If you are also having augmentation or enlargement of the breasts, implants can also be inserted at this stage. The incisions are then stitched closed and a supportive dressing is applied.

Following the operation, you will be observed until the effects of the general anaesthetic have worn off. Most people are able to go home the same day or after one night in hospital. You will be given advice on caring for the surgical wound, painkillers to take and a list of warning signs to look out for. It is generally recommended to wear a firm and supportive dressing or bra for the first few weeks following the operative to reduce swelling and support the healing wound. Following this, a soft, supportive bra with no underwire is advised.

Most patients will required 1-2 weeks off work following their operation, with a 6-8 week interval before recommencing any physical exercise or strenuous activity. This is to ensure that the newly shaped breast tissue can settle and that the surgical wound has optimum conditions for healing.

Although there will be a visibly obvious change to the shape of your breasts following a breast lift operation, it may take several months to be able to fully appreciate the final results.

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We know having medical, surgical or cosmetic treatment can seem daunting and it is natural to have questions. We are here to ensure your comfort and safety at all times. If you are unable to find the answer to your questions below, then please do not hesitate to contact us so we can help.

As a breast lift is a surgical procedure, there are some general risks to consider, including post-operative pain, bleeding, swelling and infection. Having surgery under a general anaesthetic also carries risks of developing blood clots. These risks should be discussed with you in full during your initial consultation and pre-operative assessment.

Depending on the current shape of your breasts and your overall cosmetic goals, a breast enlargement or reduction may be more suitable for you. A lateral body lift procedure can help reduce the appearance of saggy or loose skin around the armpit. Alternatively to having surgical interventions, there are products such as push-up bras or inserts that can go into a bra that alter the overall appearance of the breasts when worn.

Breast lift surgery is not advised in those who are planning to become pregnant again or to make any further dramatic changes to their weight. It is also not recommended to perform any type of breast surgery in women younger that 18, when the breasts are not yet fully developed.

Most breast lift surgery can be achieved through incisions made underneath the breast and/or around the areola. This means that the scarring is much less noticeable. Any incisions around the areola and nipple are disguised using special techniques and repositioning of the nipple itself. If you are prone to developing troublesome scarring, this should be discussed with your surgeon during the pre-operative planning stages. Tension-relieving suturing and additional treatment adjuncts during wound healing can be used to promote favourable scarring.

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Starting from £4000

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