Mastopexy (Breast Uplift)

Droopiness of the breast occurs when the ligaments supporting the breast weaken and the skin stretches. This has several causes including weight loss, aging and breast-feeding.

Mastopexy reshapes the breasts, lifts up the nipple and tightens the skin, resulting in firmer, more youthful-looking breasts. The size of the darker tissue around the nipple (also known as the areolar) is usually reduced to match the new breast shape.

Changes in nipple sensation are unusual, but can occur. Initially, the position of the breasts may seem a little high, however they settle around four to six weeks after surgery.

Usually the procedure is performed when no further pregnancies are planned.


The operation and post-op information

Mastopexy is performed under general anaesthetic. The operation takes around two hours and involves a two to three night stay in hospital.

The patient may have the wound drained (while in hospital) and will be given painkillers as necessary. You will need to bring in a well-fitting sports bra (i.e. Sloggi or Shockabsorber) that you will need to wear for three weeks. It is advisable that you take two weeks off work and avoid strenuous physical exercise for three to four weeks. You can shower after one week and drive when comfortable.

Some women combine breast surgery with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

Click here to read more about mastopexy on the BAPRAS website (scroll down to the section entitled 'What surgery is available, and what techniques are involved?').