Mastopexy (Breast Uplift) is a procedure designed to lift and reposition the breasts on the chest wall. It can be performed on its own or in combination with either removal of breast tissue in the form of a Breast Reduction, or with augmentation in the form of Augmentation Mastopexy.

Over time, and often following pregnancy, the breasts can lose volume and fall on the chest wall. This results in a hollowed-out look to the breasts, particularly in the upper half. Sometimes this can be corrected by a simple Breast Enlargement, but if the breasts are too low on the chest, a Mastopexy procedure will be required.

There are a number of methods of mastopexy but the most common cosmetic procedure that Mr Price carries out is that performed in conjunction with the insertion of implants. An incision is made around the nipple and vertically below it, in order to re-position the nipple and breast tissue over the subsequent implant. Using the same incisions, a pocket is made under the breast and the implant inserted. The breast tissue is tightened and lifted before the wounds are sutured with dissolving stitches.

After the operation you will have drains and dressings, as well as a drip into a vein. It is normal to give antibiotics during the procedure and ladies should be aware that this will affect the Oral Contraceptive Pill if they use this method of contraception. When you first see your breasts they will appear higher than normal – this is because they are likely to sink on the chest in the months following the operation.

Your breasts will be slightly uncomfortable but should not be too painful – this operation can sometimes be performed as a day case. More often, you will be discharged the next day after removal of your drains. Your dressings will be changed and you should then wear a support bra, without underwiring, for a month. This should be worn day and night (except for showering) to optimise the shape and position of your breasts.

Potential problems after this operation include altered nipple sensation (common), problems with scars, bruising and, occasionally, infection. Infection is particularly important because if your implant becomes infected it may need to be removed for a number of weeks.

For more information on implants please take a look at the Breast Implants page.

To make an appointment to discuss Breast Uplift (Mastopexy) surgery in Cambridge, please contact Mr Price’s secretary.