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. 

Some of our surgeons can 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.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Breast lift surgery helps to restore the elasticity of female breast tissue which can be stretched, most often through factors such as; weight loss, pregnancy and childbirth, breastfeeding or ageing. The procedure is designed to lift breasts that hang abnormally low over the chest, with the majority of their volume sitting at their base. It can be an effective way to enhance the breasts, without drastically changing their size.

A breast lift without implants will give you a natural and more youthful breast shape by raising the position of the nipple and removing the excess skin. If you want more fullness at the upper chest, then you will likely need implants in addition to the lift.

Following traditional techniques, you should expect a small degree of scarring. There are of course different techniques for a breast uplift procedure and the scars created will depend on the technique employed as well as the patient, lifestyle and the level of ptosis (droop) of the breasts to begin with. Most commonly you should expect scarring around the nipple, across the natural fold underneath the breast and a vertical scar linking the nipple scar to the breast fold scar.

• SURGERY TIME: 2 hours


• SLEEPING POSITION: Sleeping on back recommended for 1-2 weeks.


• WASHING: Shower after 1 week

• DRIVING: 2 weeks


• SEXUAL ACTIVITY: Restricted activity after 4 weeks

• FULL RECOVERY: 6-8 weeks

• TIME OFF WORK: 1-2 weeks

• BRAS & GARMENTS: Sports bra worn for 8 weeks

The cost of breast uplift surgery very often varies depending on your individual needs, but prices typically start from £8000.

The volume of the breast is 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 the implant; your surgeon will guide you in this regard.

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 specialised 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).

Uneven breasts or breast asymmetry is very common in most people. It is not necessary to use a breast implant to make two unequal breasts look alike.  It is personal preference when choosing between a breast lift and an augmentation.

There is no durable way to lift and reshape sagging breasts without some type of surgical intervention. There are certain lasers that can tighten the skin, however if you require a significant lift this will not be sufficient.

Breasts sag after weight loss because breasts have a high content of fat and not everybody’s skin retracts. This is the same issue for patients after pregnancy and to a lesser extent with age. The option then if you can not accept this, is either to increase the volume with fat grafting or an implant, or to accept the breasts are smaller and to tighten the skin with a mastopexy (breast lift). Sometimes a combination of implant and mastopexy will give you the required size and shape.

If your breasts are sagging you are eligible to have a breast lift. The legal age for all cosmetic surgery is 18 years old however with a parent or guardians consent surgery can be performed prior to this age.  

It is possible to obtain long-lasting results from a breast lift, however the truth is there is no answer. Once a lift is performed your breast have a better shape, lifted and fuller. As your body is constantly ageing the ageing process will begin immediately.  However, the time it takes for sagging to occur again is usually quite some time.

Scarring fades nicely with time, but this is not something any surgeon can promise you as a patient's propensity for healing is more genetic than technique dependent.

Breast lift surgery, also known as Mastopexy, is an operation which lifts and reshapes the breasts using various techniques to rejuvenate the look of low-hanging, pendulous or ‘’empty’’ looking breasts. A breast lift is known to renew self-confidence because of more youthful, voluminous looking breasts.

This is completely normal and your surgeon will be able to assess how best to correct these variances during your procedure.

The nipple may be numb or hypersensitive immediately after the operation and it may then take some time (commonly up to a year) to fully recover and regain full sensation

Surgeons do have different preferences and to some extend depend on the type of implant used.

Basically, you will need to wear a sports bra for some weeks. This is often quite sufficient immediately after surgery and can be applied over dressings. Some surgeons also like surgical lycra garments and even a strap across the top of the breast to hold the implant down.

It is recommended that you take 2 to 3 weeks off from work however if you have a sedentary job one week is adequate. If you have an active hobby or leisure interest, please seek advice from your surgeon as to when you will be able to return to it following surgery.

If possible, avoid flying for the first six weeks. Do not sit out in strong sun for the first 2 weeks after surgery. 

Breast implants do not interfere with breastfeeding as the implant pushes forward your existing breast tissue and doesn’t affect the gland of the breast involved with this natural process.

Sleep slightly elevated on your back during the first 2 weeks following your surgery as this will help to reduce swelling.

Massaging is a very important part of the healing process and helps to soften your skin, adjacent tissue, and help the area to adjust to its new contour.

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 postoperative 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 motion, 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 surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic as a day case procedure. There are various methods of breast uplift technique; each essentially involving removal of the excess ‘sagging’ breast tissue helping to tauten and reshape the breast.

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 the 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. 


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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