Breast Lift or Mastopexy

Breast lift surgery will make your breasts firmer and more uplifted.


Ageing, pregnancy, breast-feeding, hormonal changes, and the force of gravity can all cause breasts to lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag.

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that raises and reshapes sagging breasts by removing excess skin, repositioning the nipples to a higher position and tightening the surrounding tissue.

The surgery can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.


If your breasts are small or have lost volume after pregnancy or as part of the ageing process, breast implants inserted in conjunction with a breast lift can enhance both their firmness and their size.

Further good candidates for a breast lift procedure is a woman who may have one or more of the following:

  • Breasts that are pendulous, but of satisfactory size
  • Breasts that lack substance or firmness
  • Nipples and areolas that point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease
  • Differences in the size of the breasts as well as their shape.

All women who opt for a breast lift should have realistic expectations and be willing to accept scarring.

Significant complications from breast lifting surgery are infrequent and although the ability to breast-feed is usually preserved we strongly advise women who opt for mastopexy to have completed their family.

Contact us today to arrange a consultation with one of our specialist doctors who will be happy to discuss breast lift surgery with you, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Breast lift surgery explained


At your consultation you will discuss with your surgeon the reasons why you want breast reduction surgery, your concerns, needs and expectations. You should also discuss with your surgeon if you are planning to lose weight or have more children.

Our highly experienced surgeons will give you all the facts regarding your surgery including surgical approaches and potential problems and complications.

When you meet your surgeon please be prepared to be asked about your medical history including any personal or family history of breast disease. The surgeon will also perform a physical examination including the breasts, chest and armpits.

The consultation will involve the measurement of your breasts. The dimensions are accurately assessed to determine symmetry. Preoperative photographs can also help in the identification of any potential dissimilarity between the two breasts.

We also recommend a preoperative mammogram for every woman over 35 as a baseline examination.


If you choose a mastopexy-breast augmentation for a combined result of breast lift and augmentation it is recommended to perform the mastopexy and augmentation on different days to reduce the risk of tissue loss.

Breast lift surgery usually takes about 2 hours. It is performed under general anaesthesia and usually requires an overnight stay in hospital. Individual factors such as the extent of sagging, size of your areolas and personal preferences will determine the specific technique selected to lift your breasts.

If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for at least two weeks prior to your procedure. We will also provide you with specific pre- and postoperative instructions.


You will have dressings and possibly drains on your breast after surgery. They will be removed on the day after the procedure and your wounds will be re-dressed with light tape dressings. These should be kept dry and in place until your wounds are checked 7 days after surgery.

The incisions from your breast lift surgery will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible. In some instances, they will eventually be only faint lines. Certain individuals may have incision lines that are more noticeable. Fortunately, the incisions for your breast lift are in locations easily concealed by clothing, even low-cut necklines.

It can take up to 18 months for scars to flatten and fade depending on the way your skin heals. Putting pressure on lumpy scars with a well-fitted bra will help them soften more quickly.

You may be able to return to work within a week or so depending on your job. You can resume most of your normal activities, including mild exercise after several weeks.


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