Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy) in London & UK

Breast lift surgery or ‘Mastopexy’ is a surgical cosmetic procedure designed to lift or change the shape of a person’s breasts. It may also involve moving and changing the shape of the nipple. It is performed by removing excess breast tissue and skin. The procedure usually lasts 2-3 hours however this type of surgery is often performed alongside surgery designed to change the size of the breasts, most commonly, breast augmentation.

Although the results of breast lift surgery will leave scarring, the effects can be seen in a more womanly profile figure and renewed confidence and self-esteem as a result of the appearance. The desired effect is often a more youthful and firmer tone to the breasts. The prevalence of people having this surgery has increased dramatically over the last decade. This is possibly due to a more accepted view of cosmetic surgery in society.

Cause of Sagging or Drooping Breasts

There are a number of different causes for the appearance of sagging breasts, which include genetics, weight loss, hormone imbalance, pregnancy, the effects of gravity or simply the ageing process. Over time the ligaments in the breast weaken and become slack, allowing for the breast to lose elasticity. It is for these reasons that breast lift surgery is generally performed under the desire to change aesthetically.

Suitability for Breast Lift Surgery

Suitability for breast lift surgery is decided on an individual basis but general aspects that rule out a person being allowed to undergo breast lift surgery are under 18s, women who are planning pregnancy or pregnant at the time of wanting surgery, patients with mental disorders and people who are experiencing major health problems. The use of medication and smoking will also need to be discontinued prior to surgery.

You may be required to undertake some psychological assessments as well as health checks and a number of consultations before a surgeon will agree that you are ready to proceed. This can be a lengthy process but allows for certainty that you want the surgery and are realistic about what it can offer. Surgery is a big decision and you need to make sure that it is the right one for you.

Costs & Going Abroad for Breast Lift Surgery

The cost of a breast lift procedure alone is on average, £4,000 and is most often paid for by personal savings. There a number of other ways this can be paid for such as bank loans and a small number of cases may be covered by insurance however this works in much the same way as the NHS and will rarely pay for cosmetic surgery for aesthetic purposes only.

Going abroad for this type of surgery may reduce costs of the actual procedure however the cost of flights and accommodation may outweigh the cost of staying at home. A great deal of research is required to ensure that you will not be reducing the quality of the surgery. More things must be taken into account when considering surgery abroad such as how you will arrange the aftercare and follow-up procedures and whether you will want to be on a plane soon after surgery, while you may still be in a lot of discomfort.

Finding a Surgeon for Breast Lift Surgery

It is vital that you choose a surgeon with whom you feel totally comfortable and trust completely. A good surgeon will be qualified and accredited and will not put any pressure on you to proceed with surgery until you are read.

There are a number of ways you can ensure that your surgeon is right for you, and the best way is to arrange a consultation and take the time to ask any questions you have. Most surgeons will have a portfolio of previous examples of their work and some written reports on their credibility and how they choose to perform the procedure as there are a number of techniques. In some cases you may be able to speak to previous patients, which can be very informative.

Recover, Results & Risks of Breast Lift Surgery

You will usually be required to stay overnight following the surgery to ensure you are in the right place should any complications arise. Initial recovery lasts about 3 weeks with a full recovery taking anything from 6 months to a year. Your surgeon will ensure that you know how best to look after yourself post surgery. You may need to wear a sports bra for up to six weeks for extra support and you will not be able to wash properly for about 2 weeks. You will need a lot of time to rest. If you plan to go back to work, ensure that the tasks you will be doing are not too strenuous.

By the time you are ready for surgery, you should be fully aware of all the risks involved. Although major complications are very rare, it is essential that you make an informed decision when considering something potentially life changing. Common side effects of surgery will be feeling sick, bruised, uncomfortable and sore. These should subside. Complications during and after the procedure can involve a bad reaction to anaesthesia, internal bruising, infection, poor healing, permanent or temporary loss of sensation in nipples and not being able to breastfeed, among others. In some cases such as differing height of nipples, this can be corrected by further surgery.

You will be able to see the results immediately. You may feel more feminine and confident and your breasts will look youthful and firmer. For women with smaller breasts, the results tend to last longer as gravity is not having as much of an affect. Your surgeon will advise you on how best to prolong the results of the procedure.

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Breast Lift Surgery London


BMI London Independent Hospital
1 Beaumont Square
Stepney Green
Greater London
E1 4NL
Tel: 020 7780 2400
Emblem House
London Bridge Hospital
27 Tooley Street
Tel: 0 20 7935 3763

Make Yourself Amazing
Sardinia House
52 Lincoln Inn Fields
Tel: 08000 14 10 14