Breast lift surgery is also known as mastopexy. This type of breast rejuvenation surgery is specifically offered to lift sagging or drooping breasts, and is a popular form of cosmetic surgery for women, especially after having children or losing weight. In some cases we can combine with breast implants if this is deemed more appropriate.
Breast Lift Surgery
Frequently Asked Questions
Making the decision to undergo surgical procedures can be a difficult one, and there are many questions you may have. Please read the frequently asked questions below which may answer any queries or ease any concerns you may have.
How can breast lift surgery improve your appearance?
Patients often choose breast lift and augmentation surgery to feel more comfortable and confident in their body. Breast lift surgery permanently lifts the breasts to create more youthful positioning. We also offer various types of breast surgery, including breast reduction, if you’re more concerned with size rather than placement of breasts.
Who is suitable for this type of breast surgery?
Women who wish to rejuvenate their breasts by repositioning them are most suitable for this type of surgery. It is not suitable for women who wish to enhance the size of their breasts (breast enlargement surgery) or reduce the breasts size although we can combine the latter with mastopexy surgery.
What happens during breast lift surgery?
During breast lift surgery excess skin is removed and the breast is repositioned. This very rarely may include detaching and reattaching the nipple and the inclusion of an implant. The technique your surgeon chooses will depend on the severity of the laxity of the skin and tissue, as well as your goals.
This type of breast rejuvenation surgery takes 2-3 hours, on average but this will vary depending on the patient. Before your surgery your surgeon will discuss the risks and complications associated with this breast rejuvenation procedure, our technique provides almost scarless breast lift surgery.
Can I breast feed after a breast lift?
This is an important question and one to discuss with your surgeon. In many cases, it remains possible to breast feed after breast lift surgery, but this cannot be guaranteed. Many surgeons advise deferring such surgery until after completion of your family, if the possible loss of the ability to breast feed is of concern.
Do you remove my nipple during a breast lift?
Not usually. In most breast lift procedures, the nipple remains attached to the breast throughout. In more extreme breast lift cases, the nipple might be removed and reattached as a ‘free nipple graft’. Often this can be predicted in advance and will be discussed by your surgeon, but it might also be used as a ‘salvage manoeuvre’ in an attempt to save the nipple in the event of compromise to the blood supply to the tissues.
Must I sleep on my back after breast lift surgery?
It would certainly be helpful at first. Your surgeon will give you specific advice, but it is best to sleep on your back for at least the first week or two.
How long do I wear a bra after breast lift surgery?
Your surgeon will advise you about this, but usually the provided post-operative bra is best for the first couple of weeks. After this time, it may become a little loose as it stretches and the post-op swelling reduces. At this time, it might be appropriate to switch into a replacement bra but your surgeon will discuss this with you.
What is the recovery like?
After your breast lift and augmentation surgery to reposition the breasts you may notice some swelling and soreness. Painkillers can be prescribed to manage any pain. You normally will be kept overnight to ensure you recover well.
Detailed aftercare information will be provided after the surgery to ensure you know how to care for your scars. You will also receive advice on when to return to work. Usually, patients usually take around 4-6 weeks to recover but this varies patient to patient. The full breast lift result may take a few weeks to be seen as swelling subsides.
Exercise should be avoided until you’re advised otherwise, and you should wear the compression garments provided. A follow up appointment allows your breast rejuvenation surgeon to make sure you’re healing well and the implants, if used, are settling well.
How long do the results of breast lift surgery last?
The results are long term although if you gain a significant amount of weight or become pregnant this may change your breast size. Similarly, the ageing process doesn’t stop and your breasts may change as you get older.
Who should you trust to perform breast lift surgery?
It’s advised you pick a breast surgery expert if you’re considering surgery. When it comes to this sort of procedure it’s best to speak to an expert. The surgeons at LASE Cosmetic here in Newcastle are specialists.
If you decide to go ahead with a breast reduction procedure, a skilled surgeon will talk you through the procedure and discuss your options based on your personal circumstances.
Where can you get more information?
Can you have a breast lift under local anaesthesia?
In cases of minor breast lift, the surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic but in most cases, it is better to consider a general anaesthetic because it is more comfortable for the patient.
How long after breast lift can I get implants?
Sometimes it is possible to place implants at the same time as a breast lift. At other times it is better to perform them as a staged procedure. This will be discussed and explained by your surgeon once they assess you and understand your request. If implants are placed as a (later) staged procedure this can usually be done after 3 months of the breast life once swelling has reduced and healing is complete.