The principle involves tightening the skin envelope, remodelling the breast tissue and moving the nipples up to a more youthful position. A keyhole incision is used to gain access to the breast tissue- this extends around the nipple and down to the breast fold. This may continue along the breast fold in more significant uplifts.


Breast-uplift surgery is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic and takes about 2-3 hours.

It might be possible to go home the same day, but most patients will stay overnight. Your breasts will be sore for the first one- two weeks, during which most people take leave from work.

You may notice some swelling that lasts for a few weeks after the operation, and you may experience occasional mild shooting pains/odd sensations, as well as altered skin sensation for the first two months. In addition, you may notice that the shape of your breasts is particularly full at the superior aspect immediately after your surgery. This will gradually improve in the first two-three months as the breast settle into their final position.

For optimum results, it is advised that you avoid high impact activity for 6 weeks, and that you wear a non-underwired bra for the first 3 months.


These will be discussed with you during your consultation, including the risks that may be specific to you if you have a significant medical history.

It is important to take your time and consider them carefully. You will have the opportunity to return for a second consultation to discuss them further, as well as any other queries you may have.

These include

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Seroma (collection of tissue fluid)
  • Altered sensation of nipples
  • Decreased blood supply to nipples (especially in significant uplifts)
  • Decreased blood supply to fat (fat necrosis)
  • Delayed wound healing and problematic scarring

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