Breast lift surgery (also known as mastopexy, or breast reconstruction) helps to restore the elasticity of the female breast tissue, typically after weight loss, pregnancy and childbirth, breastfeeding or ageing. The improvement in self-esteem and confidence can be remarkable, making a breast lift a worthwhile procedure for those who are feeling insecure or unhappy with their shape.

This procedure is designed to lift breasts that hang abnormally low over the chest, with the majority of volume at their base. It can be an effective way to enhance the breasts, without drastically changing their size. 

Our surgeons use virtual imaging software to help you visualise potential outcomes in your individual case. The advanced Crisalix application uses photographs of you to simulate different sized implants and help you make a more informed decision on potential options.

During the procedure, one of our highly qualified surgeons will lift and reshape your breasts, giving them a firmer and more youthful appearance. To ensure the best possible results, your surgeon may also recommend a breast enlargement or reduction, to be performed alongside your breast lift. This will be discussed at your initial consultation.

Whatever your personal reasons, opting to have bresat lift surgery at the Cadogan Clinic means access to leading UK consultants, techniques and facilities. Our expert team undertand how the appearance of your body can affect your confidence and everyday happiness, and as such we handle each case with sensitivity and discretion. You can rest assured that your breast lift performed and at our purpose-built, central London clinic,will deliver results you are happy with.

Frequently Asked Questions

We use a variant of the general anaesthesia technique called TIVA (Total Intravenous Anaesthesia) that is delivered by our team of top anaesthetists. Intravenous delivery enables our anaesthetist team to monitor anaesthetic depth more closely via specialized computers to maintain an optimal level of anaesthesia. This means you will wake up feeling much better than with traditional alternatives and ready to go home shortly after.

Different techniques may be required for different patients. This is often due to the age of the patient, the size of the breast, the amount of breast tissue to be removed and also depending on the end result the patient is looking for.

There are four main types of breast lift surgery technique:

Crescent Lift – involves a crescent of skin removed at the top of the nipple to improve nipple position. This is the least invasive breast lift.

Benelli Lift – Otherwise known as a Circumareolar Lift. This is best used for slight nipple asymmetry or a mild lift. A doughnut-shaped incision is made around the areola to remove tissue and the skin is then ‘purse-stringed’ to tighten the breast skin. It is less invasive than full mastopexy. A flattening effect on the breasts may occur.

Lollipop Lift – Or Vertical Scar Mastopexy. A lollipop-shaped incision is made from the crease of the breast vertically and surrounds the nipple. This is a very effective lift for many women with low hanging breasts.

Anchor Lift – For significant breast droop. This is when the incision is made similar to the lollipop, but also travels along the breast crease, forming an anchor shape. This is the most invasive breast lift procedure, but very effective for women with a long inframammary fold (distance from breast crease to nipple).

After a breast lift surgery procedure, the breasts will be supported in the bra; they will be swollen, firm and lumpy in the first few post operative weeks. The breasts start to soften after around 6 weeks, and by 3 months the swelling should have gone down, leaving you with your new shape.

Massage/moisturize – Treat the whole breast, including scar. Use the palm of your hand in a gentle circular movement, using a moisturising cream for dry skin, e.g. E45. This helps to soften your skin, adjacent tissue, and adjust to its new contour. Experience how your breasts feel before letting anyone else touch them.

After the first 2 weeks, start returning to your normal activities of living. Be sensitive to your body and try not to do too much too soon. Therefore, if you experience any pain, stop and try again another day. You can drive and start lifting light objects if you feel comfortable. Gym activities, aerobics or sports that involve using your arms should be avoided for 6 weeks. You may start lower leg exercise after 4 weeks. You can start lifting your elbows above your shoulders, washing your hair, getting the washing off the line, etc.

Breast lift procedure is performed usually under a general anaesthetic and is done as a “day case”: you leave and return to the comfort of your own home at the end of the day. In rare cases you may be required to stay overnight.

The breast lift procedure (mastopexy)

There are various methods of breast uplift techniques; all basically revolve around preserving the blood supply to the elevated nipple/areolar complex and then re-shaping the breast mound using the remaining breast tissues. Your surgeon will explain his/her preferred technique, and where the incision is to be placed. The most common final scar of all mastopexy techniques is the anchor-shaped scar.

Shape of the breast after operation

In the procedure the breast is reshaped and, during this process, lifted up. A slight “over-correction” is performed knowing that over the course of the first few post-operative weeks, as the swelling reduces, the breasts will drop into a more natural position.

The volume of the breast in not reduced significantly in a breast uplift surgery procedure, so it’s more a case of re-shaping the volume you already have. If the uplift is combined with a breast augmentation, then the cup size will obviously increase in proportion to the size of implant; your surgeon will guide you in this regard.

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What to expect

Free Consultation with a Patient Advisor

We offer a free, no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our Patient Advisors, including a virtual reality consultation to demonstrate the potential outcomes in your individual case. They will work with you to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve, talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that you would like to proceed to the next step and see a surgeon, your Patient Advisor will be happy to arrange this for you. At this point, you will be required to pay a consultation fee. 

Surgical Consultation

The next step is for you to meet your chosen surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic. Your surgeon will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you, your condition, and your expectations before making a recommendation and personalised treatment plan for you. You will then discuss the outcomes you can expect to see and ask any questions.

The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Cadogan Clinic by your Patient Advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anaesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have. 

Recovery

After the procedure, you will recover in the capable hands of our aftercare team. As we are a day-case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours. If your surgeon is happy with your results, you will be able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure in order to be close to their surgeon. Talk to us about these options if this is for you. 

After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks following your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. This comprised of a series of appointments made with your surgeon and nursing team to monitor your progress and recovery. They will also introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke products to aid your progress. Our team are also on call to answer any questions you have around your surgery at any time you are concerned.

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Mr. William Van Niekerk
Mr. William Van Niekerk

Plastic Surgeon

A plastic, reconstructive, aesthetic and burn surgeon specialising in all areas of cosmetic surgery, non-surgical aesthetics and complex microsurgery

Mr. Garrick Georgeu
Mr. Garrick Georgeu

Plastic Surgeon

Plastic and Aesthetic surgeon with an Aesthetic Surgical degree, specialising in all types of breast surgery, facial surgery, and body contouring.