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Breast Uplift (Mastopexy)


Ageing, weight loss, childbirth and other physical process can cause a woman’s breast to deform and alter in shape. At this point when these changes start to create mental and physical problems, breast uplift is the solution and can help improve the overall appearance of shapeless, sagging breasts. Improper breasts can have a significant effect on one’s self-esteem. But breast uplift surgery has been designed to boost the self-confidence as the breasts are lifted and reshaped into one that looks more youthful and feels firm. Though the best results are achieved in women with smaller, lighter sagging breasts, most breasts irrespective of the size can be lifted. However, the results may not last long with heavy breasts as they would for smaller breasts.

The Procedure

The breast uplifting procedure usually involves adjusting the nipple and areola along with the breast tissue to another position. The process includes:

  • Removing pleats of surplus skin from underneath the breast.
  • Remolding the whole breast into a tighter cone to achieve the desired shape.
  • Repositioning the nipples at a higher level so they lay at the center points of the tightened breasts.
  • Breast uplift, unlike a breast reduction, can be done without significantly altering the overall size of the breast. This can be taken as an opportunity to have a breast enlargement, while the breasts become firmer.

Who can have breast uplift done?

Some common reasons for breast uplift may include:

  • If pregnancy and rigorous breast feeding has left your breasts flatter and they have lost roundness and fullness.
  • If, due to weight loss, your breasts have flattened with excessive sagging loose skin.
  • If your breasts are no longer firm that makes it difficult to wear certain types of clothes.
  • If the deformation in your breast shape is negatively affecting your confidence and body image.

Recovery from Breast Uplift surgery

Mastopexy requires you to limit your activities and take good care of the stitches, in order to avoid infections or complications. The dressings are removed approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the surgery, followed by a position check. Following this, doctors may ask you to undergo a small touch up procedure in case there remains an asymmetry between the two breasts. The surgeon will see you for follow-up assessments after regular intervals for at least 4 to 5 weeks till the stitches heal and your breasts start to take an improved shape.


What is breast uplift?

A breast uplift or mastopexy is a surgical procedure performed to shape sagging or loose breasts. The surgery removes excess skin and tightens the surrounding tissue, leading to more shaped and firm breasts.

When can I consider breast uplift surgery?

A woman’s breasts often lose their youthful shape and firmness with age or other reasons. A breast uplift is an ideal option to bring back a more contoured breast profile that is more youthful and uplifted.

What can be the causes of loose or sagging breasts?

Breasts can lose their elasticity due to the following reasons:

  • Ageing
  • Pregnancy & breastfeeding
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Gravity
  • Heredity

What a breast uplift surgery won’t do?

Breast uplift surgery only shapes the breasts and does not significantly change their size. If you want fuller breasts then consider breast uplift combined with breast augmentation surgery. And if you want smaller breasts, combine breast uplift and breast reduction surgery.

Who are the best candidates for breast uplift?

You can consider breast uplift if you have the following conditions –

  • Sagging breasts
  • Your breasts have lost shape and volume
  • Your nipples and areolae are pointing downward
  • If the tissue surrounding nipple or areolae have stretched out of proportion
  • One of your breasts sags more than the other
  • Can I consider breast uplift if I am planning to get pregnant in the future?

    You can go for breast uplift at any age after your breasts have fully developed. You can even opt for it before or after you are pregnant, and also breast feed after a breast uplift.

    How is breast uplift performed?

    Breast uplift is generally performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation in a hospital. And the patient is required to stay overnight in the hospital depending upon the severity of the surgery.

    What happens during breast uplift?

    Before the surgery, the surgeon will mark the position where your nipple will be placed. Then the patient would be brought to the operation theatre and administered general anesthesia or sedation.
    The surgeon then removes extra skin and uplifts up the breast tissue. Finally, the incisions will be closed and your breasts will be bandaged.

    Will I experience pain after the procedure?

    There will be some pain in the first few days, and the doctor will give you painkillers to manage the pain. You’ll also be advised to wear a firm bra or dressing post-surgery until the stitches are removed.

    Will there be any scars after the procedure?

    Yes. The scars will be hidden under the breasts, and slight scarring may be there on top of the breast.

    What are the risks?

    As with any major operation, there is a small risk of infection and bleeding. There may be slight scarring, and loss of sensation in breasts which will become fine within a few weeks.

    How to prepare for breast uplift?

    Before breast uplift you will need to consult a plastic surgeon, to review your medical history and tell him what you expect from the procedure. Stop smoking, get a mammogram done, and avoid certain medication.

    Are the results of the surgery permanent?

    Results of breast uplift might not be permanent. As with age, your skin will lose some elasticity and sag. Therefore it is advised to maintain a stable after the procedure to retain the results.

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