Breast uplift surgery with or without implants (Mastopexy)

Breast uplift surgery improves the shape and projection of the breasts that may have started to drop with age or following pregnancy and breastfeeding. This surgery can be carried out with implants for extra fullness and volume.

Breast uplift surgery with or without implants (Mastopexy)

Breast uplift surgery improves the shape and projection of the breasts that may have started to drop with age or following pregnancy and breastfeeding. This surgery can be carried out with implants for extra fullness and volume.

Breast Uplift Surgery  (Mastopexy) Bristol

Breast uplift surgery  – mastopexy – at our Bristol clinic can improve the shape and projection of breasts that may have started to drop with age or following pregnancy and breastfeeding. This surgery can be carried out with implants for extra fullness and volume.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is breast uplift surgery?

Breast uplift surgery is a cosmetic procedure which is undertaken to improve the shape and projection of the breasts. It is a surgical option which is commonly chosen to address the dropping of the breasts, which can occur naturally with age or after breastfeeding and pregnancy.

The way in which breast surgery is done varies and can depend on both the personal aesthetic preferences of the patient and the size of the patient’s breasts. Typically the extra skin from underneath the breasts is removed, allowing the skin to be tightened. This causes the nipple to be moved up to a higher position. It should be noted that breast uplift surgery does not significantly change the breasts in terms of size – this can only be done via a breast augmentation or reduction procedure. In some cases these procedures can be undertaken at the same time as breast uplift surgery. Most surgeons adhere to a policy of not performing breast uplift surgery on patients under the age of 18. The reason for this is that the breasts are still developing.

Is breast uplift surgery for me?

Breast uplift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is undergone to improve the shape and projection of the breasts. The treatment addresses female breasts which have started to drop; this is a process which happens naturally with age and can also follow pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breast uplift surgery can be accompanied by a breast enlargement procedure which increases the cup sizes.

Many women opt for breast uplift surgery to boost self-esteem. With rejuvenated breasts, many women can feel a new sense of attractiveness. Breast uplift surgery is capable of restoring a sense of body confidence in women who have had children.

How is breast uplift surgery performed?

Breast uplift surgery is agreed upon by the patient and the surgeon after a thorough conversation and examination process, which takes place at the Breastclinik. A second consultation can also be scheduled, allowing the patients to consider all the surgical options available, before agreeing on a surgical plan.

In the case of breast uplift surgery combined with a breast augmentation, the breast implant is inserted either behind the chest muscle or under the breast tissue, helping to give shape to the breast.

Following the operation, the surgeon may wrap the breasts in a supportive dressing, or alternatively, tape can be used for support.

Breast uplift surgery typically involves incisions being made in pre-determined locations on the breasts, before skin is removed from around the areola and/or under the breasts. The breast is tightened up and the surgeon can re-position the nipples to suit the new shape. When breast enlargement is being undergone at the same time, the surgeon inserts a breast implant.

Breast lift patients will not normally eat or drink for a six-hour window prior to the procedure. They will discuss their chosen mode of anaesthesia with an anaesthetist before entering the operating room.

What are the risks of breast uplift surgery?

There is a low incidence of complications with breast uplift surgery, but as with any surgical procedure, there are risks. One potential risk is scar tissue forming a capsule which constricts a breast implant. There is also a small possibility of highly visible scarring, pain and the need for revision surgery.

The complication of scarring may not be permanent in all cases, as some can fade over time. A small ratio of patients have experienced an alteration or loss of sensation in the nipple following breast uplift surgery. This is because of tissues dying because of changes in blood supply. It should be noted that even after breast uplift surgery has been undergone, breasts naturally fall over time.

Breast uplift surgery recovery time

Although it is not always necessary, some patients may be asked to stay overnight in hospital following breast uplift surgery. Daily activities can normally be resumed after two weeks, but full exercise can take several months to begin again.

It is recommended that activities are built up gently during the recovery phase. Elena will be able to provide you with specific advice pertaining to the recovery period, based on your individual condition. It is normal for a support bra, or firm dressing, to be worn for a few weeks during the healing process. This can be important in order to prevent your breasts from ‘pulling’ on the healing wounds and causing discomfort. If non-dissolvable stitches are used in the procedure, they will be removed at a later date typically – ten to 14 days after surgery.

Can I breastfeed after breast uplift surgery?

Breast uplift surgery can affect whether breastfeeding is possible, especially if the position of the nipples has been changed as part of the procedure. The question of how suitable breastfeeding is after breast uplift surgery can be discussed with Elena as part of the consultation process.

Why choose the Breastclinik?

Elena is an award-winning cosmetic surgeon who is internationally recognised. Patients at the Breastclinik benefit from Elena’s consultative approach, empathetic ear and choice of locations around the UK including London, Bristol and Sussex. The Clinic is noted for providing a very high standard of aftercare.

Breast uplift surgery cost

The total cost of the surgery will be confirmed after the first consultation.

The cost includes the hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees. It also covers all post-operative visits. The initial consultation fee will be invoiced separately. The prices apply only at the time of publication and are subject to changes without notification.

Surgery costs from £6,100
Initial consultation fee £150

Advice On Breast Implants

Since December 2018, many regulatory bodies around the World have issued statements regarding their own position and some have limited the distribution of other textured devices. The advice does vary from country to country because the research data available is limited and not conclusive. None have called for the precautionary removal or replacement of textured devices that are already inside patients’ breasts.

Breast implants however are not lifelong devices and in general will need removal or replacement at some point. In an effort to have more robust data about both conditions, the Breast and Cosmetic Implant register (BCIR) collects breast implant data for patients in England and Scotland. The MHRA continues to collect and analyse UK information through a reporting system. It also has links with up to date information from international public health organisations. The most recent advice from MHRA on BIA-ALCL was updated on the 4th April 2019.

View the MHRA statement on Allergan

Download the BAAPS statement on ALCL

Surgery details

Anaesthetic: General

Anaesthetic: General

Follow up: 1,4,12 weeks,12 months

Follow up: 1,4,12 weeks,12 months

Hospital stay: Overnight stay
Hospital stay: Overnight stay
Final result: 3-12 months

Final result: 3-12 months

Surgical time: 2-3.5  hours

Surgical time: 2-3.5  hours

Recovery time: 4-8 weeks

Recovery time: 4-8 weeks

What our patients say

  • What a skilled, talented, honest and kind surgeon! I had hoped for an improvement in the way my breasts looked but instead of an improvement, I got perfection! Any concern and query I have had, both pre- and post- surgery has been dealt with immediately and efficiently. My entire care has been phenomenal! Elena has a fantastic team that all work brilliantly together. I thank the lucky stars I landed in her hands!

    Patient at Ridgeway BMI Swindon
  • I can't recommend Elena enough. Elena was wonderful from the beginning completely understanding made me feel so comfortable she understood what it was I wanted to be done and why. Not long after my consultation, I had the surgery done a full tummy tuck, breast augmentation and some lipo and it was truly the best thing I have ever done. Elena has done an amazing job I only ever dreamed I could look like this after looking the way I did. Elena has been wonderful throughout the care before, during and after

    Patient at Queen Victoria Hospital
  • My first meeting with Miss Prousskaia was great. The process from start to finish was made simple & everything was arranged to suit me. If I had any concerns, worries or questions all I had to do was send an email to Miss Prousskaia & she would get back to me even if she was in surgery at the time. Miss Prousskaia has changed not only my body for the better but my life too & also my kids lives. Miss Prousskaia for me has made my dreams a reality. I will always be grateful for her work but also her care & understanding, she is a very talented & special lady.

    Patient at The Bristol Nuffield Hospital at Chesterfield
  • What a sweetie Elena is. She put me totally at ease during my consultation explaining everything in detail and discussed my expectations. The results are far better than I could have hoped for. I have a waist for the first time and I cannot stop smiling. It's given me so much confidence, I wish I'd done it sooner. Elena is a remarkable lady, who I cannot thank enough.

    Patient at The Mcindoe Centre
  • My daughter was born with a severe congenital deformity called tuberous breasts. Elena is so professional, warm and friendly. She took her time and explained exactly how she could correct her breasts. The surgery has been so successful, my daughter's breasts are absolutely perfect and natural looking. The scarring resulting from surgery is so minimal, smooth and neat, we are astounded and Elena is also so pleased. My daughter's personality has completely transformed. She is now so happy, vivacious and confident. I cannot praise or recommend Elena enough.

    Carer at BMI Bath Clinic
  • Elena has performed breast reconstruction on me following cancer. She is the most conscientious and skilled Dr I have met. She is direct and ensures you understand everything. Following her brilliant surgery, she is dedicated to your aftercare to the level I have never seen before. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She has made me feel me again.

    Patient at Queen Victoria Hospital
  • First, l would like to thank Elena, it was a pleasure to meet her she is so kind and understanding, After years of being so uncomfortable and having constant pain in my shoulders from having large breast. In October of this year, I had a breast reduction and uplift surgery. The difference it has made is amazing I didn’t realise it could make such a difference I now have more confidence in social situations which pre-surgery I would avoid. The pain in my shoulders has gone and I feel great. I would also like to empathise that there is no pain after surgery just a little discomfort. I would recommend Elena to anyone thinking of having surgery. She’s the best . Thank you once’s again.

    Patient at Bristol Spire
  • From start to to finish my experience has been first class. I have Poland Syndrome and wanted my chest reduced. Elena is a truly amazing surgeon, and has a great team. Elena is fantastic, so understanding and caring, she has a real passion for her work, always wanting the best for you. I can honestly say if you are looking for a top surgeon go meet her, you won’t be disappointed. I believe she has a remarkable talent and I was so lucky to find her.

    Male Patient Spire Bristol
  • Firstly, I would like to say that I would highly recommend Elena to anyone considering a breast augmentation. Elena was the second plastic surgeon I had a consultation with for a breast enlargement operation, recommended to me by a friend who had recently undergone surgery with her and from the moment I picked up the phone to book my first consultation with her the whole process was flawless. I had quite a difficult case with very little under boob but Elena managed to work her magic and gave me the size and look that I have always wanted even with this tricky starting point. I wish I had done this sooner, the difference is truly life changing

    Patient Bath BMI Hospital
  • Ever since I became a teenager and developed breasts, I have always considered a breast augmentation. I had researched the procedure, surgeons and practices for over 20 years but it wasn't until last year that I felt confident enough to go ahead. Elena was the first (and only) surgeon that I had a consultation with. I was blown away with her extensive experience & dedication to helping people.   I am now 2 months on from my procedure and the end results are unbelievable! I don't think I really prepared myself for how fantastic my boobs could look! I feel sexy, confident and I am just so ridiculous happy with my new breasts. I am now just awaiting summer to show them off!  

    Patient at Bristol Spire