Breast augmentation and mastopexy, or a breast lift with implants, is an operation that combines breast augmentation and an uplift of the breast. This form of breast lift and augmentation is often performed as the best solution for drooping breasts.
Prior to your breast lift and augmentation, you will have a detailed consultation with a consultant plastic surgeon.
During your mastopexy consultation, your surgeon will discuss any problem areas, desired improvements, the options available to you, and your expected outcomes.
Should breast lift with implants be agreed upon as the most suitable treatment, the procedure will be carried out by your surgeon in our in-house operating theatre. Before your mastopexy surgery, you will be carefully marked. The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic as a day case. The implant is inserted through the mastopexy incisions, the nipple is lifted, and the skin is tightened to give a pleasing shape.
A breast lift and augmentation procedure is usually performed under a general anaesthetic, which is administered by one of our highly experienced consultant anaesthetists. This is done to ensure the patient’s total comfort for the duration of the procedure.
During your consultation, breast implant shells are inserted into a special bra that simulates the eventual size you will be for any given implant. You are given the opportunity to see how the increased volume will affect your body shape. It is important to realise that this is only a guide, as the shells sit on top of your natural breast tissue.
Initially, the upper pole of the breast will be full, as the skin settles it is inevitable that the breast will fall a little. Very occasionally the skin may require re-tightening. It is essential to maintain a stable weight after surgery, as weight fluctuations may cause the skin to become stretched.
It is usual to experience some mild discomfort after your breast lift with implants surgery, but this will settle as normal healing progresses.
Mastopexy surgery is usually performed as a day case under a general anaesthetic. Depending on your personal circumstances, it is possible to stay overnight at the Coppergate Clinic in one of our luxuriously appointed rooms. Our highly experienced medical team will be on hand during your stay to care for your needs.
After breast lift and augmentation surgery, it is normal to be a little tender over the chest area. Normally, you will need a couple of weeks off work and will need to avoid vigorous exercise for around six weeks.
Showering is permitted on the second postoperative day. It is essential to wear a sports bra during the day and at night in the weeks following the surgery.
The breast should be proportional to the overall body shape. It should complement the female form and balance the figure. The size of the breast may reflect a person’s character.
If such a thing ever exists, perfect breasts should be symmetrical, rounded with upper pole fullness and a very slightly concave upper pole. The nipple should be situated slightly above the mid point of the breast.
The developing shape of the breast is determined by our genetic makeup and influenced by hormonal and other metabolic processes. Over time, the breast will undergo changes influenced by life events, such as:
The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic to ensure the patient's total comfort for the duration of the procedure
120 - 180 minutes
Breast implants are inserted through the mastopexy incisions, the nipple is lifted and the skin is tightened
Following surgery, patient's should expect to see fuller, lifted breasts with improved shape
Gentle showering can commence the day after surgery. Vigorous exercise and activities should be avoided for six weeks
Eventually, breast implants wear out and consequently may require replacement. The long term impliactions of implants will be throughly discussed at consultation