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Breast Lift Surgery, Chester

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. With ageing, skin loses some elasticity which under the influence of gravity can cause the breasts to droop and lose their natural shape and firmness.

This process is exacerbated by pregnancy and breast feeding. Surgery is designed to elevate the breasts and give them a more youthful appearance. A breast lift may also be carried out in conjunction with breast enlargement surgery (augmentation).

Reasons for Considering a Breast Lift:

  • Elevate the breasts due to sagging caused by the effects of ageing and gravity.
  • Firm the breasts if they have lost shape due to pregnancy and breast-feeding.
  • Re-align nipples/areolas if they point down or to the side.
  • Restore shape after weight loss.

General Procedure

Breast lift surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic. It involves reducing the skin envelope and reshaping the breast tissue. This does leave scars on the breasts.

Techniques vary, but all will leave a scar around the nipple, usually with a scar from the nipple to the bottom of the breast and, in some, a scar in the fold underneath the breast. The choice of technique will be determined by the extent of sagging and the size of the breasts.

If breast augmentation (link to page) is carried out along with the breast lift, an implant will be placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue or under the muscle of the chest wall.

Recovery Process

After a breast lift, most patients will stay in hospital overnight. It is not usually a painful procedure and only simple analgesia is required.

Tapes are applied to help support the breasts and sports bra should be worn night and day for the first 2 weeks.

The tapes are removed 10-12 days later and patients can return to normal day to day activities within 2-3 weeks. Impact exercises are best left for 4-5 weeks.

Limitations and Complications Complications following breast uplift are unusual. Infection and bleeding are uncommon and whilst alteration in nipple sensation can occur, this will usually settle.

Scars will be left. They can stretch and become thickened, but, whilst individual dependent, these usually settle well and are placed within the bra. Because the skin is pulled tight, wound healing problems can occur. Secondary adjustments are sometimes required to optimise scars.

Mastopexy may affect breast feeding but, as this can create droop, surgery is best left until after completing a family. Most women have some degree of asymmetry and this may not be corrected.
Listed below are the full range of breast procedures that we offer: