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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Augmented or adjusted breast size and shape in real time, observing movement and anatomical suitability.


Frequently Asked Questions

A Breast lift is a procedure that typically involves the remoulding of the breast tissue and removal of excess skin in order to reshape the breast and give it a firm curvy appearance. Although it can be used in youth to improve or match shape, mostly it’s used to correct the effects of pregnancy and ageing.

The breast is also lifted by inserting implants, particularly those of a specific conical shape. This, of course, restores lost volume.

Fat grafting or lipofilling can fill out certain areas in preference to others. This is used a lot for the empty upper breast and cleavage.

Everyone is different, and your Cadogan Clinic surgeon will advise you which technique or combination of techniques will be most suitable for you. Sometimes he will combine all 3 techniques-mastopexy, fat grafting and implants.

Let’s look at what particular problems are addressed by the lift:

  • Primarily breast lift surgery helps to restore the firmness of the female breast tissue which has been overstretched, most often through factors such as weight loss, pregnancy and childbirth, breastfeeding or ageing.
  • Nipples that are too low or pointing downwards are properly positioned.
  • The darker coloured skin circling the nipple (the areola) is often unpleasantly stretched and will be reduced by the mastopexy.
  • Sad droopy breasts can be a thing of the past.
  • Asymmetry and odd shaped breasts are reformed.

At the end of the day, a breast lift procedure will boost your confidence and make you look like a younger version of yourself. Book in for a consultation at the Cadogan Clinic today to meet with a surgeon and see which procedures will best suit your desired outcome. 

Yes. There are several options.

 A breast lift without implants (mastopexy) will give you a natural and more youthful breast shape by raising the position of the nipple and removing excess skin. This procedure elevates your nipple-areolar complex and reforms the natural breast tissues restoring your breasts to their youthful perky position. A mastopexy provides an opportunity to improve shape and symmetry. The correction of droopiness is a considerable confidence boost.

Most women, who want to regain their youthful appearance and correct the effects of ageing and pregnancy, prefer this procedure. The breasts will look smaller but that is just an illusion as only a small amount of skin tissue is removed. A mastopexy results in minimal changes in breast volume.

Lipofilling or fat grafting to the breast will lift the breasts in a similar way to using implants but has the added advantage that the shape can be adjusted by the placement of the fat. This is particularly good for filling the upper breast recreating that fullness of youth and defined cleavage.

To ensure that you decide on the best procedure for your desired results, be sure to book a consultation with our surgeons at the Cadogan Clinic. 

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
+ RESTING: 2-3 days
+ MEDICATIONS: Pain relief
+ PROCEDURE: Administration of anaesthetic medicine, incision and stitching
+ EXPOSURE TO SUNLIGHT: Restricted for one year
+ REMOVAL OF STITCHES: After 1-2 weeks
+ SWELLING AND EDEMA: Several days
+ DISCOMFORT: Few weeks
+ BREAST IMPLANT MASSAGE: 5 times per day

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 (mastopexy) procedure, so it’s more a case of re-shaping the volume you already have. Breast lift without implants generally results in minimal changes in breast size and volume because only a small amount of skin tissue is removed.

The usual outcome of the mastopexy procedure is a perky and curved breast with improved symmetry that will give you a youthful appearance. 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.

Breast uplift surgery with implants results in a significant increase in breast size and volume. This gives you a better cleavage as compared to mastopexy alone. Mastopexy is the best option for you if you are craving for perky round breasts.

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).

It is a truism that no woman has perfectly symmetrical breasts. However, there is a point where the difference in size and shape becomes, first noticeable to the patient, and then to others, causing distress. The asymmetry may also involve the chest wall (pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum).

The exact procedure will need to be customized to the patient and may involve augmentation, reduction and very likely an uplift or mastopexy on one or both sides.

The patient is quite likely to have a preference for one breast over the other and want to match the other one to it.  A common abnormality is the tubular breast or conical breast where there are varying degrees of large nipple mound and constricted base to the breast.

Surgery offers a good solution to the problem of uneven breasts and understanding surgeons at the Cadogan Clinic will need to discuss your precise requirements.

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.

It is usually recommended that patients should be 18 years old before undergoing cosmetic breast surgery. The argument is that the breasts may still be developing and, if surgery is too early, this development may continue requiring more surgery later. It is also felt that psychologically development is also incomplete.

However, there are good reasons why early surgery might be sensible. The breasts may be deformed, unequal in size and or very large, all causing psychological harm, which could be averted by surgery. The common deformity is tubular or conical breasts. On these occasions, the surgeon is likely to ask for confirmation from the parent, GP, and psychologist.

“How long does a breast lift last?” is one of the most common questions a woman asks when she plans a breast lift. Well, it is possible to obtain long-lasting results from a breast lift. However, the truth is there is no single answer. Once a lift is performed your breasts will have a better shape, lifted and fuller, but your breasts are constantly ageing along with the rest of your body.   It takes time for the breasts to sag again and be reassured that most patients find that the one lift or mastopexy is adequate.

A true answer would be that it depends on the age, pregnancy, health, skin tone, weight of breasts, body weight and lifestyle of the woman.

You should not forget that the technique employed in the mastopexy is all important in determining not only the shape , but also the longevity of the result.


A breast lift (mastopexy), like any surgery, requires a skin incision and will leave a scar. Scarring fades nicely with time, but the final outcome is not something any surgeon can promise. A patient's propensity for good healing is genetic as well as technique dependent. In addition, scars near the middle of the chest have a greater tendency to keloid and those to the outer side of the chest may stretch. This is why we try to keep cars short and towards the middle of the breast.

But there are some ways that can minimize scars. Our surgeons advise patients to apply silicone gel or sheeting to the young scars until they are mature. This period can be 3 months or up to a year.

At Cadogan Clinic we offer the Cadogan Clinic Scar Program that will ensure your scars heal nicely. Feel free to contact us for a consultation to go over the scar after-care program with one of our doctors. We use a variety of treatments including specialized lasers.

Our expertise means that we see patients from elsewhere who have problems of shape and size in addition to poor scars and these patients may need surgery.

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 or mastopexy is performed under general anaesthesia as a day case procedure. At the Cadogan Clinic we use TIVA (Total IntraVenous Anaesthesia), so you wake up quickly and do not feel sick. You are ready to go home. Pain is minimal, but you will be given simple analgesia as a stand-by.

There are various methods of breast uplift, but essentially the breast tissue is repositioned higher as a firm mound, the nipples put at the appropriate level with matching areolas and excess skin removed.

This will always necessitate a scar around the areola, the darker skin around the nipple. This may be adequate for a small breast lift, but usually more skin has to be removed leaving a vertical scar below the nipple and frequently another horizontal one in the fold beneath the breast. These scars are on the underside of the breast and therefore less obvious. Inevitably they will be red to begin with, but with The Cadogan Clinic scar treatment will eventually become inconspicuous.

The specific mastopexy used by your surgeon will depend on the size and shape of your breasts, skin elasticity, the size of your areolas, and the expected extent of the lift. Immediately before surgery your surgeon will mark the breast lift on the skin in a standing position, establishing the position of the nipple on the lifted breast.

We rarely use drains and the sutures are dissolving to avoid stitch marks and their removal.

Light dressings cover the wound and a sports bra or equivalent takes the weight of the breast.

You will need to maintain this support day and night for 4 weeks and during the day for 3 months. Dressings will be changed at a week and you can probably shower between dressings or when they are finally removed. Our wound care nurses will give detailed advice.

You can work from home in couple of days, but a week away from the office would be common.

Light exercise with bra support is permissible after a couple of weeks but serious training should wait another 2 weeks.

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.

Breast Lift / Reconstruction Results

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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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