Breast Uplift Surgery With or Without Implants
Over time the breasts lose their firmness and begin to droop. This is the result of weight changes around pregnancy and breastfeeding or simply the effect of ageing and the inescapable impact of gravity.Book a Consultation Today
Many women lose confidence in their figures as their breasts begin to lose their youthful silhouette.
On this page, we look at:
- What is breast uplift surgery?
- What happens in breast uplift consultations?
- What can breast uplift surgery do for me?
- The latest advice on breast implants
What is breast uplift (Mastopexy) surgery?
Mastopexy or breast uplift surgery can restore a firmer and more lifted appearance to breasts that have sagged. If required, a breast enlargement using implants to create larger, fuller breasts can be performed at the same time.
What happens in breast uplift consultations?
Your surgeon will have two lengthy discussions with you before your surgery is scheduled. Your surgeon will use their judgement to help you to decide which type of breast surgery is best for you.
You will have plenty of time to discuss your surgery and to ask any questions.
What can breast uplift surgery do for me?
Breast uplift surgery can restore your self-confidence and positive body image. After the operation, your breasts will be firmer and lifted so that you will not need to rely on a supportive bra to create a youthful silhouette.
The latest advice on breast implants
Since December 2018, regulatory bodies in many countries have made statements about breast implants after some negative publicity about the possible effects of implants on health.
The research data is inconclusive and has been interpreted differently by different countries. No country has advised that women with implants have them removed or replaced as a precautionary measure.
However, breast implants are not designed to be lifelong products and will need to be replaced at some point.
The Breast and Cosmetic Implant register (BCIR) collects breast implant data about patients in England and Scotland. The MHRA has a reporting system to gather and analyse information in the UK and is linked to data compiled by public health organisations in other countries.
The most recent advice from MHRA on BIA-ALCL was updated on the 4th of April 2019.
Frequently asked questions
We will discuss your feelings about your breasts in detail during your pre-operative consultations. It may be that a breast reduction removing excess tissue or a breast enlargement with an implant to give a fuller, firmer cup will achieve the appearance you desire more effectively. You can trust our talented surgeons to advise on the best way to make you feel good about yourself again.
At North Bristol Private Hospital, the excellence of our surgical team ensures that complications are very rare; however, all surgical procedures carry risks. Bleeding, bruising, infections, and reactions to the general anaesthetic are all possible after breast uplift surgery. All these risks will be explained to you in detail at your consultations with your surgeon and you will be asked to sign a consent form.
This surgery usually takes between two and a half and three hours but this depends on the individual patient.
It is important to rest to give the body time to heal so we suggest that patients take four weeks off work. To avoid straining your body, you should avoid sport and routine activities such as driving, housework and dog walking for at least four weeks.
Your surgeon will advise you when you are ready to resume more strenuous activities at your follow-up appointments.
You can expect your scars to have faded completely after a year, although this varies according to your body’s individual healing response.
At North Bristol Private Hospital, we know that a stress-free experience with excellent aftercare makes for happy patients and quicker healing. After surgery, you will spend a night being cared for by your own dedicated nurse in our luxuriously comfortable in-patient ward. You will be checked by your surgeon before leaving and will have regular follow-up appointments. You can phone us any time after your discharge if you are concerned or have any questions.
Discomfort is usual after a surgical procedure. In this case, your breasts will be tender and swollen for a couple of weeks and you find that the breast area is numb for up to six weeks. The surgical wounds will be sore too and may remain red-looking for a few months after surgery until they fade. You should not anticipate extreme pain unless there is a complication. You will always be prescribed pain relief if you are uncomfortable.
We only use the best quality implants available. Our surgeons like to use Mentor Silicone Gel-Filled Breast implants which have silicone elastomer shells and are filled with MemoryGel, Mentor’s own silicone gel. These are used widely in the European Union where 95% of implants are filled with silicone gel and only 5% with saline or other fillers.
You can choose between round or teardrop-shaped implants both of which give excellent results. Your surgeon will advise you on which shape and size are best for your body during your pre-operative consultations.
We offer world-class breast surgery to patients in Bristol and the South West. Our surgical teams possess unrivalled skills and experience, and work in our state-of-the-art consultation and surgical facilities. You won’t need to wait months for a consultation as we see all our patients within eight weeks of your first contact with us.
We know that surgery can be daunting, but we also believe that by developing a supportive relationship with you we can make you feel more confident and reduce any anxiety you may have.
If you stay overnight after a procedure, you will be delighted with the care that you will receive from your own dedicated nurse in our luxurious in-patient ward.
We can accommodate any requirements that you may have in terms of security or religious and cultural practices. For example, we can provide an all-female surgical and nursing team if this would make you more comfortable.
If your relatives come with you, they will be able to find high-quality accommodation nearby.
Our extensive discussions with you about how surgery can help will ensure that there are no surprises for you after your breast uplift surgery. We think these discussions are the key to patient satisfaction as your expectations will be realistic and you will be delighted with your results.