Breast Surgery

Breast Lift

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What is Breast Lift (Mastopexy)?

A Breast Lift, also known as a Mastopexy or Breast Uplift Surgery, is a surgical procedure to lift and reshape breasts which are hanging in a lower position than is comfortable or desirable. Patients who are suitable for Breast Lift surgery typically have breasts which hang low on the chest and are bottom heavy. This procedure will effectively lift the breasts, improving their position on the chest to restore bodily proportions as well as enhancing the tone and shape of the breasts. 

Patients may consider a Breast Lift, if they have low hanging breasts, caused by ageing, weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding or through genetics. Your surgeon will remove the excess tissue in the breasts, and will reposition and lift the breasts and the nipples while preserving the blood flow to allow for fully functioning breasts. The final result is lifted and suitably positioned breasts, for your body size and shape while remaining natural and comfortable. 

Breast Lift surgery can be performed alone, or alongside other procedures such as a Breast Reduction. Your surgeon may also perform a Breast Lift with implants as part of your procedure, also known as an Augmented Breast Lift or Augmented Mastopexy, to enhance the shape and volume of your breasts. They will discuss these options with you during your initial consultation. 

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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
At a Glance

Surgery Time

2 hours

Time off work

1 - 2 weeks

Hospital Stay

Day Case

Shower

Shower after 1 week

Reasonable Mobility

1 day

Exercise

6 weeks

Bras & Garments

Sports bra worn for 8 weeks

Sexual Activity

Restricted activity after 4 weeks

Sleeping on back

Sleeping on back recommended for 1-2 weeks

Full Recovery

6 - 8 weeks

Driving

2 weeks


Before and After
Breast Lift

Why Do People Have a Breast Lift?

Many people who have low hanging breasts find them physically uncomfortable, but also find it makes it more difficult to find underwear and clothes that fit well and make them feel good, leaving them self conscious.  

Some women, after losing a lot of weight or breastfeeding, find that their breasts and skin lose their elasticity and sag downwards. Naturally, this can impact your lifestyle in many different ways, not least in body confidence or during intimacy. Breast Uplift surgery will help to address these concerns and restore physical comfort as well as help you to feel more comfortable mentally as well.  

Before and after Breast Lift Photos showcase transformative breast lift results and these can be persuasive for prospective patients. 

Who is Suitable?

At Cadogan Clinic, our consultant surgeons will assess whether you are suitable for a Breast Lift in a bespoke one to one consultation lasting between 30 and 60 minutes.  
Your surgeon will examine your breasts and ensure they are fully developed, as well as discuss your concerns about their size and positioning. They will discuss your expectations of surgery and ensure you understand the results that are possible for you from a Mastopexy and possible alternative surgeries.  

For example, it may be that in order to achieve your desired results, your surgery recommends a Breast Lift with Implants (Breast Augmentation) or a Breast Reduction with an Uplift. Upon hearing your concerns, they will be able to better advise on the procedure(s) that are more likely to procure you your desired results.  

They will also assess your general physical and mental health to make sure you are suitable for a general anaesthetic procedure, this may include your weight, and any medical and mental conditions you have. You must be over 18 to have a Breast Lift. 

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The Cost of a Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Breast Uplift costs vary based on each patient’s precise goals and the individualised nature of our breast uplift treatments.   

We invite you to get in touch with our dedicated team of friendly patient advisors to discuss your unique goals in more detail, and discuss Breast Uplift cost in more detail. 

Cadogan Clinic has collaborated with Chrysalis Finance to offer a variety of payment choices for our patients including:
12 months 0% Interest-free - APR
24 - 60 months at 12.9% APR
Flexible Finance

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Included in this treatment

Up to two 60 minute consultations with a leading specialist plastic surgeon at our award-winning premises in Chelsea

Your procedure carried out at London’s leading specialist cosmetic surgery centre of excellence

24/7 on call nurse assistance

Dedicated Patient Co-ordinator, as a personal point of contact through your journey with Cadogan

A pre-operative medical assessment to ensure you are fit for surgery

Comprehensive post-operative aftercare courtesy of our specialist cosmetic nurses


What is Involved in a Breast Lift?

The Breast Lift procedure takes between 1.5 and 2 hours and is performed under general anaesthetic, meaning you are fully asleep and unaware of what is happening during your procedure. 

The aim of the surgery is to lift the position of the breasts to improve their appearance and the comfort of the patient. There are a variety of approaches, and although the location of the incisions can vary, generally, your surgeon will make an incision in or around the breasts before removing any excess skin and tissue. They will then reshape and lift the breasts into an appropriate position and reposition the nipples. 

The blood supply will be fully preserved to allow your breasts to be fully functioning post-surgery. If you are concerned about being able to breastfeed, discuss this with your surgeon so they are able to approach the surgery in a way that preserves your milk ducts and the connections. 

Initial recovery time is usually 2-3 weeks, and you will be advised to reduce your physical activity in this time. You can expect full recovery 6 weeks after your surgery, and you will be able to restart regular exercise after this time.  

Benefits of Breast Lift Surgery

Breast Lift results are significant, and breast lift surgery has a number of benefits to the patient, both physical and mental. 

Improved shape and lift 
Breast shape varies, but if you are concerned that your breasts are sitting too low and that their volume is mainly concentrated towards the bottom, Breast Lift surgery will effectively address this. 

Desired body proportions 
Low hanging breasts can impact your body’s natural proportions, making it difficult to find clothes that fit and suit you. A Breast Lift will improve your bodily proportions and make it easier to choose clothing and feel comfortable in yourself. Breast Uplift can also help correct any breast asymmetry.  

Increased self-confidence 
Patients who have undergone Breast Lift surgery find that they are more comfortable in their bodies and their overall appearance. They are often happier with how their clothes fit and report a higher quality of life. 


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We have invited a selection of the country's very best surgeons to join us at the Cadogan Clinic so that you can be sure that whatever the nature of your treatment, you will be seeing one of the top practitioners in the country.


What to Expect

Below you will find some key information to help you prepare for surgery and make necessary arrangements to ensure you have the support you need and that everything runs smoothly on the day.

You will meet your specialist breast surgeon for up to two consultations at our award-winning Chelsea based clinic to discuss Breast Lift surgery and the results you are looking for. Consultations are usually between 30-60 minutes and your surgeon will explain the best approach for you and what results you can expect as well as examining your breasts and making sure Breast Lift is the right procedure to address your needs and create your desired results.

We recommend writing down and preparing any questions or concerns you have for your surgeon before your consultation. This will ensure you are able to get the most from your consultation, alleviate or inform on any worries, as well as the surgeon being able to offer you their best answers and expertise.

Your surgeon will also complete a general health and wellness check, take your measurements so they can give you the best idea of the results that are possible from surgery and take photos so you are able to see your before and after results.

Your surgeon will send your intended plan for Breast Lift through to your patient advisor. If the surgeon has decided you are suitable for this procedure, your advisor will explain your surgeon’s plan and any other options to you before discussing the pricing, finance options, and available surgical dates. You will then have a mandatory two week cooling off period, to consider whether you wish to proceed with your Breast Lift.

 If you decide to go ahead with your Mastopexy, you will next visit the clinic on your procedure day. In the run up to your surgery, you will be asked to prepare in the following way:

  • You will need to complete all pre-operative paperwork to allow your surgical team (surgeon, anaesthetist and nurses) to review all of your medical and psychological information and advise on any lifestyle or medical changes you need to make in the run up to your surgery outside of the below.
  • Your surgeon will ask you to stop smoking or vaping for six weeks before your surgery can take place. This is because smoking and vaping can negatively affect your healing and recovery process by slowing or otherwise impeding it.
  • You will also need to cut down on drinking alcohol as excessive alcohol consumption can cause inflammation in your body and can also impact the healing and recovery process.
  • Please also avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin 7 days before your procedure, and any other herbal supplements as these can increase the risk of bleeding.
  • You will need to organise a chaperone to come and collect you after your Breast Lift. This should be a family member or friend who can either drive you in a private car or accompany you in a taxi and stay with you for the first night.
  • In the 6 hours before you arrive at the clinic, you cannot consume any solid food, juice or milk (including tea or coffee). You can have sips of clear liquids (water, or black tea and coffee) up to 2 hours before arriving for your procedure.

On the day of your breast lift surgery, you will be asked to come to the clinic an hour before your surgery time. You will speak with your surgeon, anaesthetist and the nurses to ask any final questions about your Breast Lift, put on a surgical gown and dressing gown and your surgeon will make any marks they need to on your body.

You will then be taken into theatre, where your anaesthetist will administer your general anaesthetic. All procedures at Cadogan Clinic are carried out using TIVA (Total Intravenous Anaesthesia). This reduces post-operative sickness and nausea and allows for a faster initial recovery, meaning you needn't stay with and be monitored by us for as long.

Your surgeon will then complete your Breast Lift. After the procedure is finished, you will be taken to our recovery ward, where you will wake up from the anaesthetic and a nurse will monitor your vital health signs such as your blood pressure, temperature and pulse. Once you are fully awake and comfortable, you will move into our ambulatory ward. You will have something to eat and drink and a nurse will talk you through any medication you need to take once you leave and through your recovery. When you are ready, the nurses will contact your chaperone to come and collect you and you will be discharged.

In the first few days following your Breast Lift you may experience some pain and feel some discomfort or tightness on your chest, and this is normal. Your surgical team will have prescribed any pain management medications you may need to help to reduce this and keep you comfortable. You will be able to return to movement within a day and able to bathe or shower normally within three days.

After a Breast Lift procedure, your surgeon will ask you to wear either a post-surgical bra or a sports bra, day and night for up to 8 weeks. This will aid with healing, reduce swelling and will also maintain your surgical results in your initial recovery period.

One week after your surgery you will have an in person appointment with our nurses so they can assess your incisions and make sure you are healing well and if necessary they will remove any sutures. They will provide any advice you need on dressings and will be able to answer any questions you may have about your recovery. It is not abnormal for your breasts to feel different after a breast lift, and our advisors will help you navigate any changes.

Six weeks after your procedure you will meet with your surgeon so they can check your recovery, discuss your Breast Lift results and answer any questions about your ongoing recovery from that point. After your six week follow up appointment, if you have any questions or concerns, you will still be able to contact the team and speak with one of our specialist nurses.

The Patient Journey. A breakdown of what you can expect on your journey with us

We are deeply invested in ensuring that every step of your surgical journey with us is as informative and reassuring to you as it can be. This article outlines what you can expect at each stage of the journey

The Patient Journey

A Word From Our Founder Mr Bryan Mayou, World Renown Plastic Surgeon and Breast Surgery Specialist

"Breast Lift procedures offer more than just a physical transformation, often bestowing major emotional benefits too on our patients. I have witnessed the psychological boost and renewed confidence that comes with restored breast shape and positioning through successful breast lift procedures over the many years of my breast practice. A positive body image, and a restored or newfound sense of femininity can hugely impact emotional well-being, and this is always lovely to see."


Frequently Asked Questions

Breast lift surgery, also known as breast mastopexy, is an operation which lifts and reshapes the breasts using various techniques to rejuvenate the look of low-hanging, ‘empty’ or saggy breasts. Lifting the breasts also lifts self-confidence.

A surgical breast uplift (or breast mastopexy), is often combined with a restoration of volume with implants or fat grafting (lipofilling) to provide an immediate solution to restoring youthful, firmer breasts.

If your primary concerns with your breasts are that they are low hanging and that their volume is unevenly distributed, mainly sitting towards the bottom, Breast Lift Surgery is a good option for you.

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.

Breast Lift surgery is performed in a number of ways, and implants are not always needed. Your surgeon will discuss the options with you and explain why implants may be right for you. If implants don’t appeal to you, but your shape would be enhanced with an additional procedure, your surgeon may also suggest using fat transfer techniques which will give a more natural appearance.

The overall size and volume of the breasts is not changed dramatically during a Breast Lift procedure, as the main focus is the positioning and lift. A Breast Lift without implants, usually leaves your breasts a similar size as they were before as only a minimal amount of skin and tissue is removed. 

If you do opt for implants, in an Augmented Breast Lift, your size will increase in line with the implant size used. Your surgeon will discuss with you the correct size of implants to achieve the results you are looking for from your surgery.

There are four techniques your surgeon will consider using in your Breast Lift procedure, depending on your concerns.

The Crescent Lift is the least invasive type of breast lift and involves your surgeon removing a crescent of skin above the nipple to improve nipple position.

The Benelli Lift, also known as a Circumareolar Lift is best used for slight nipple asymmetry or a mild lift. A doughnut-shaped incision is made around the nipple to remove tissue. The skin is then pulled together to tighten the breast skin. This is less invasive than full mastopexy however, the breasts may appear slightly flatter afterwards

The Lollipop Lift, or Vertical Scar Mastopexy involves a lollipop-shaped incision being made from the crease of the breast upwards and surrounding the nipple. This technique is very effective and one of the most popular our surgeons use.

The Anchor Lift is for significantly low hanging breasts. A similar incision is made to the lollipop lift, but is then extended along the crease of the breast, forming an anchor shape. This is the most invasive breast lift procedure, and is very effective for women with a long distance from their breast crease to their nipple.

It is true 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 lasting way to lift and reshape sagging breasts without some type of surgical intervention. There are certain lasers, radiofrequency and ultrasound machines that can tighten the skin, however, if you require a significant lift this will not be sufficient.  

However, there are some natural methods you may attempt prior to seeking surgery if that is your desire. Keep in mind that for 99% of cases, surgical intervention is the only way to see viable results. 

Here are some natural suggestions sometimes advised. 

  • Firstly, exercise or working out is the first way. Pectoral muscles can be trained and toned to have a natural lift. Examples of the exercises include pushups, weighted chest presses, weighted chest fly’s, and the elbow squeeze. 
  • Secondly, diet also could help in lifting the breast. Avoid excessive fatty proteins food like red meat and fried foods. You have to focus on vitamins, minerals and calcium by eating cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage. 
  • Thirdly, do some massage to your breast as massage supplies your exercise program. With massage, you can use specific kinds of oils that help in preventing wrinkled skin and stimulate blood flow. 
  • Fourthly, sleeping on the back is very beneficial to not cause sagging breast. 
  • Fifthly, swimming for half an hour in the pool on a daily basis can greatly tighten up the muscles of the breast so this will cause great results to your breasts. 
  • Finally and most importantly stop smoking is a very important way to have lift breast as smoking is one of the main reasons behind sagging breast.  

Breasts sag after weight loss because the ligaments that support the breast and the breast skin only have a limited ability to retract as the fatty element of the breast lose volume.

The skin envelope is relatively larger and the internal ligaments are overstretched by this point.

This effect can be compounded by genetic variance in skin elasticity and natural collagen levels. Patients, who naturally have large breasts, will also always suffer more than those with a flat chest since there is a greater weight and more to sag. Pregnancy can have the same effect.

The solution is to remove the sagging skin by breast lift (mastopexy) or increase the volume via a breast augmentation or natural breast augmentation, or a combination of the two.

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 psychological 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. 

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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. 

Theoretically, you should be able to breastfeed so long as the milk ducts (channels from the gland to the nipple) are not cut during surgery.

In breast augmentation, the implant is placed behind the breast tissue. When incisions are made under the breast or in the armpit, the gland and ducts are not disturbed. A cosmetic incision around the areola extends directly through the breast and although a few ducts may be cut this does not matter in practice and most ducts remain intact.

With a breast lift or mastopexy, the gland and ducts are not disturbed.

In a breast reduction, part of the gland is removed, but it is already too large and theoretically, this should not matter as long as ducts still connect and drain the remaining breast. Older techniques would have cut many ducts, but newer techniques leave many ducts intact. This is a point to discuss carefully with your surgeon.

A point to remember is that many patients, particularly those with very large breasts are unable to breastfeed anyway and it is difficult to know after surgery whether you might be one of these and the inability to breastfeed is nothing to do with surgery.

Grafted fat is mostly placed around the edge of the glandular tissue and would not affect feeding. When fat is placed into glandular tissue, there may be pressure on the gland and ducts, but one would not expect this to be a long term issue. You will not be pregnant at the time of surgery and there will be plenty of time to settle in.

Occasionally patients with extremely large breasts are treated with a method which involves temporarily removing the nipple and areola completely, thus dividing all the ducts for certain. At the end of the procedure, the nipple is grafted back. All patients are told that they will never breastfeed. However, there are occasionally cases where patients were able to breastfeed after this.

Remember, there are a number of factors you should consider when determining which procedure is right for you. Each type of breast surgery will give you a different end look and may come with different concerns. It is important for you to keep that in mind when weighing other factors such as breastfeeding in the future.

Be open and honest about your plans, goals, and concerns with your surgeon during your consultation and rest assured that you’re in the best of care at the Cadogan Clinic.

We recommend that you do not sleep on your stomach immediately following surgery, perhaps for as many as two weeks.

Instead, we recommend you sleep slightly elevated on your back in order to reduce swelling.

You may find it useful to keep a pillow against one or both of your sides to tuck you into place. The pillows will help keep you from rolling in your sleep and unintentionally causing yourself more discomfort.

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 the 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 exercises after 4 weeks. You can start lifting your elbows above your shoulders, washing your hair, getting the washing off the line, etc. 

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.

There is not an easy answer. Opinions vary.

Traditionally patients were asked to massage the breasts after augmentation in order to stretch the pocket the implant lies in and thereby reduce the risk of the formation of a tight capsule deforming the shape. It might have helped.

Nowadays the surgical pockets are made to exact size and capsules, although still a problem, are less common. The usual advice is now to support the breasts in the correct position with a sports bra or medical equivalent for weeks or months.

Massage has never had a place in other types of breast surgery such as breast reduction, breast lift or mastopexy or breast reconstruction.

Again massaging scars has been almost universal as a means of helping them mature. There was nothing else to do.

Scar management at The Cadogan Clinic is now important with several levels of treatment. Sometimes massage is part of this. This applies to all scars and all types of breast surgery.

You can view breast lift before and after images in our Breast Lift Before and After Gallery on this page.

At your consultation, your consultant will also share more extensive examples of breast lift before and after results they have achieved.

We feel strongly that you can best understand what might be possible for you and your breast area by reviewing the results of previous breast uplift procedures

There is no non-surgical option that will lift the breasts in a durable way with long term results. The most effective option for patients who are concerned about the positioning of their breasts, is a surgical Breast Lift procedure.

Before you decide to go ahead with your breast lift (mastopexy), it is important that you choose a surgeon who is experienced and qualified to carry out this particular type of surgery. A good surgeon should be able to explain the procedure in great depth, as well as the recovery period and any potential risks or complications. They will also be honest about potential outcomes and help you to manage your expectations.

A good surgeon will explain the difference between breast lift surgery and breast augmentation to ensure the procedure to be performed is the one which will best help you to achieve your goal.

You should check that the surgeon is a specialist in breast lift surgery. When you have your initial consultation, make sure the surgeon has an extensive portfolio of breast lift before and after photographs that they can share with you so you can get a good idea of how the results of your surgery will look. Be sure to check out testimonials from previous patients.

A good breast lift surgeon will strive for the most natural-looking results possible and will always put the patient’s mental and physical wellbeing ahead of everything else. If you are not physically and psychologically fit and healthy, an ethical surgeon will not attempt to perform the procedure.

Only registered doctors can perform cosmetic surgery in England. You can check if a surgeon is a registered doctor or surgeon on the General Medical Council (GMC) online register.

Some surgeons may be members of professional associations, such as the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) or the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). However there are some qualified surgeons who are experts in their field but choose not to sign up to a trade body for their own reasons.

Breast Lift London costs vary and may differ from elsewhere in the UK.  

Breast Lift costs start at £5,300 at Cadogan Clinic in London for a Unilateral Breast Lift.  

Find out more about our Breast Lift prices here.

A Mini breast lift, or limited incision breast lift, refers to smaller scale breast lift surgery that addresses mild to moderate breast sagging.  

A Mini Breast Lift involves smaller incisions and less associated scarring. Recovery may also be quicker, however you should not expect the same level of ptosis (sagging) correction following surgery.  

You should speak to your qualified plastic surgeon consultant to see if you are suitable for a Mini Breast Lift.


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What Are the Risks?

Before opting for a Breast Lift or any cosmetic surgery, it is vital to be aware of the potential risks and complications. Although the Breast Lift can result in life changing and dramatic effects, there are risks that you need to consider and discuss with your surgeon.

  • Hematoma - This is the build up of blood beneath the skin and will require treatment from your surgeon.
  • Poor wound healing - Healing complications or infection can affect the incision sites around your breasts.
  • Asymmetry - Occasionally, one breast may appear larger than the other or be in a slightly different position.
  • Seroma - This is the formation of a lump under the skin caused by buildup of fluid around the incision sites. This will require treatment from your surgeon.
  • Poor fat grafting take - If your surgeon combined fat transfer to your breasts as part of your lift procedure, some fat cells may not survive.

In the event of an unforeseen complication or less than optimal outcome to your Breast Lift, a follow up surgery may be required. Revision or corrective surgery may be necessary due to factors that are out of the control of your surgeon. However, our specialist consultant surgeons have performed the breast lift surgery ample times and take great care to ensure they achieve your desired results for you.

It is also important to to acknowledge that any surgical procedure carries a slight risk of:

  • Excessive bleeding 
  • Allergic reaction to general anesthetic
  • Infection at the surgical site
  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in a vein)

Your surgeon will assess your personal risk of all of these at your consultation, and will advise if you need to take any steps in the run up to your Breast Lift to reduce this.




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2019

My Face My Body

Winner

Laurel Wreath for Awards
Laurel Wreath for Awards

2018

My Face My Body

Highly Commended

Laurel Wreath for Awards
Laurel Wreath for Awards

2018

Aesthetics Awards

Highly Commended

Laurel Wreath for Awards
Laurel Wreath for Awards

2017

Aesthetics Awards

Winner

Laurel Wreath for Awards

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