Breast Enlargement with Uplift

If you have lost volume in your breasts, possibly due to pregnancy or weight loss, then a breast enlargement combined with an uplift may be the right choice for you.

A breast enlargement increases the volume of your breasts by inserting an implant and a breast uplift, known as a mastopexy tightens your bust, moving the nipple upwards to a symmetrical position.

Most people who choose to have this surgery fall into one of the following categories:

  • Women who have lost weight or been through pregnancy/breastfeeding which has left their breasts lacking volume and sagging.
  • Women who have tuberous breasts (an inherited breast abnormality) which has meant that their breasts have not developed properly.

If you feel this surgery is right for you, we would ask you to come and see one of our expert surgeons for a no-obligation consultation. During this, you can discuss with your surgeon your concerns and desired results and your surgeon will advise on the best approach for you, including the size and shape of your breast implants and the type of uplift that will give you the best results. It is good to be aware that there are many different types of mastopexy with varying degrees of scarring.

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Considering a Breast Enlargement with Uplift?

There are many reasons for choosing to have a breast uplift with implants. Some of the benefits include:

  • Increased body confidence
  • Feeling better in certain types of clothing such as underwear or swimwear
  • Having breasts that you feel ‘fit’ with your body shape

All of our surgeons listen to your hopes and expectations from having this surgery. This helps your surgeon get an idea of what result you are looking to achieve. As this is a combined procedure of a breast enlargement and a breast uplift (mastopexy) it is slightly more complex than a normal procedure. Therefore, it is essential that you have this surgery performed by an experienced breast surgeon specialising in cosmetic surgery.

Surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic and may require a 1-night stay in the hospital. During the operation, your surgeon will place an implant under your breast tissue or breast muscle to restore the volume to your skin and tighten the lower part of your breast and elevate your nipple position.

Some surgeons favour a 2-stage procedure, performing a breast uplift (mastopexy) on the first operation. They then perform a subsequent breast enlargement. The advantage of this approach is that the incisions following the mastopexy may heal slightly better as they are not under tension. It also gives the surgeon an opportunity to correct any breast abnormality at the second procedure. Many people, however, prefer to have the procedure performed in one operation.

How will it impact on your life?

We find that the biggest impact this surgery has on our patients is a boost to their confidence. Many patients have expressed their embarrassment in wearing certain clothes such as low cut tops and how choosing clothes became a much more enjoyable process following the surgery. Having this procedure also means that you would no longer have to worry about wearing a padded or push-up bra.

It may be that you are seeking to regain the confidence you had prior to having children, or if you have tuberous breasts you may never have felt ‘normal’. This surgery can go a long way to finding or re-gaining that body confidence.

Is a Breast Enlargement with Uplift right for you?

This depends on the position of your nipple compared to the fold underneath your breast. As a general rule, if your nipple lies at the level of the fold under your breast (or below this) and you have a loss of volume in the upper part of your breast, then you may be suitable for this combined surgery. This is because a breast enlargement alone in people who have a low nipple position can result in large but droopy breasts rather than more youthful looking breasts. In some cases, a slightly low nipple position can be corrected by inserting an implant alone. All of the options available to you will be discussed during your consultation with your surgeon.

As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important to do extensive research on your surgeon, the procedure itself and the risks and recovery before deciding whether surgery is the right option for you.

After your surgery and beyond…

Every individual recovers slightly differently following a procedure such as this one. As this surgery is a combination of two procedures: breast enlargement and breast uplift (mastopexy), the side effects and recovery period are similar to a breast enlargement procedure regarding breast tenderness and discomfort. However, there is slightly more scarring involved in this combined surgery than in straightforward breast enlargements. You will find that initially, the scarring will be red and slightly raised from the normal skin. In most people, the scars will slowly settle in the months following surgery to a pale silver colour and will be well concealed under any underwear or swimwear. For more information on scarring, please visit our ‘What is a breast uplift?’ blog.

Following surgery, your bust will change naturally with gravity. We would not recommend that you either increase or decrease your weight considerably or become pregnant following the procedure. Pregnancy and weight changes can significantly alter the volume of the bust and alter its dimensions.

As a guide, it will take between 6 and 8 weeks to be back to full fitness. We encourage you to wear a support bra during this period to support your breasts while they are healing. Most of our surgeons will also use absorbable sutures for the incisions which may need to be trimmed one week following surgery.

The next step

We always encourage people to do as much research as they can when considering cosmetic surgery, so for more information on breast enlargement and uplift surgery:

To find out more about breast uplift procedures or to book a no obligation consultation with one of our experienced breast surgeons call 0333 920 2471 or use our breast uplift online contact form.