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Breast Uplift (Mastopexy)

Breast uplift, known medically as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to raise and reshape sagging breasts, providing a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing breast contour. Over time, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, gravity, weight fluctuations, and ageing can cause the breasts to lose their elasticity and firmness. A breast uplift can reverse these effects by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. This procedure can also reduce the size of an enlarged areola, creating a more proportionate breast appearance.

Also known as: breast lift, mastopexy.

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Everything You Need to Know

Mastopexy is a comprehensive solution for enhancing the appearance of drooping breasts, aiming to restore them to their former, firmer position without significantly altering their size. The procedure involves three key steps: removing excess skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and repositioning the nipple and areola. This surgical approach not only elevates the breasts but also revitalises their overall shape, achieving a more youthful and uplifted look.

The versatility of breast uplift surgery lies in its ability to be tailored to the individual needs and aesthetic goals of each patient. It can be performed as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with breast augmentation or reduction to achieve the desired breast volume and firmness.

Before Surgery


Your journey begins with a detailed consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons. This meeting is crucial for discussing your aesthetic goals, assessing your breasts, and determining the most appropriate surgical technique for your situation. It’s an opportunity for you to express any concerns and ask questions about the procedure. Our goal is to ensure that you feel fully informed and confident about your decision to undergo a breast uplift.

Health Assessment

Your safety and well-being are our utmost priorities. Before the surgery, you will undergo a comprehensive health assessment, which may include blood tests and other evaluations to ensure you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. This step allows us to customise the surgery to your specific health needs, ensuring the highest standards of safety and care.

Pre-Procedure Instructions

To maximise the success of your surgery and facilitate a smooth recovery, we will provide you with detailed pre-procedure instructions. These guidelines will cover important topics such as:

  • Adjusting your medication regimen, particularly if you use substances that could influence bleeding.
  • Recommendations on eating, drinking, and smoking before your surgery.
  • Preparing your home for a comfortable recovery, including planning for any necessary assistance during the initial post-operative phase.

During Surgery

Our commitment to excellence and patient-centred care ensures that your breast uplift surgery will be performed with the utmost precision and care. Here’s what to expect during the procedure:


Your comfort and safety are our primary concerns. We typically perform breast uplift surgeries under general anaesthesia to ensure you are completely comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. Our anaesthetic team will monitor you closely from start to finish.

The Surgical Process

The specific techniques used during your breast uplift will depend on your individual case and the agreed-upon goals with your surgeon. Generally, the procedure involves making incisions following a predetermined pattern, through which excess skin is removed, and the breast tissue is reshaped. The nipple and areola may also be repositioned or resized to complement your newly shaped breasts.

Closing the Incisions

After reshaping and repositioning the breast tissue, the incisions are meticulously closed with sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape. This step is crucial for minimising scarring and ensuring a natural-looking breast contour.

Monitoring and Initial Recovery

Immediately after the surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where our nursing team will closely monitor your initial recovery. Once you are stable and awake, you will receive post-operative care instructions and support for managing any discomfort.

After Surgery

Recovery and aftercare are critical components of your mastopexy experience at St John & Elizabeth Hospital. We are committed to providing comprehensive support throughout your recovery to ensure the best possible outcomes. Here’s what you can expect after your breast uplift surgery:

  • Swelling, Bruising, and Discomfort: It’s normal to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the days following your surgery. These symptoms typically improve within the first few weeks.
  • Follow-up Appointments: These are essential for monitoring your healing process, assessing the results of your surgery, and providing any additional care or advice needed. It’s also an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns with your surgeon.

Appointment and Treatment Plan


Initial Consultation

Your mastopexy journey at St John & Elizabeth Hospital starts with a consultation. This session is designed to understand your expectations and evaluate your suitability for a breast uplift. It ensures you are fully briefed on the procedure, addressing any queries or concerns you might have.


Personalised Treatment Plan

Following your initial consultation, a personalised treatment plan is created. This detailed plan outlines every aspect of the procedure, including the surgical technique best suited to your needs and the anticipated recovery process, ensuring you are well-prepared for the journey ahead.


Pre-Op Assessment

A thorough pre-operative assessment is essential to confirm your fitness for surgery. This comprehensive check-up includes necessary medical tests to ensure the procedure is conducted with the utmost care and safety.


The Procedure

On the day of your surgery, our skilled surgical team, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, will perform the breast uplift. Our focus is on achieving your aesthetic goals while ensuring your comfort and safety throughout the process.


Aftercare and Recovery

Post-surgery, you’ll receive detailed aftercare instructions and scheduled follow-up appointments. These are integral to your recovery, helping to ensure a smooth healing process and the best possible results.

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