Mastopexy (or breast lift) is a operation that reshapes and uplifts the breasts. It is most commonly performed when the breasts undergo natural changes related to age and after breastfeeding. Common reasons for undertaking the procedure include:

  • Breasts which become flat and deflated.
  • Breast which sag and have lost their shape and firmness.
  • Nipples which point downwards or are positioned below the breast crease.
  • Skin which become stretched and loose, and the areola area becomes enlarged.

What does a breast lift (mastopexy) operation aim to achieve?

In general, a breast lift procedure aims to:

  • Improve the shape of the breast by removing excess skin and tightening the breast contour.
  • Lift and support the nipples to their normal position at or above the breast crease, restoring a more youthful appearance.
  • In some cases reduce the size of the areola if they have become enlarged over time.

Importantly, the breast lift operation does not change the size of the breasts, merely improve their shape.

In some cases, a breast implant may be used along with a breast lift to achieve the best possible aesthetic outcome by adding additional volume. This is a highly specialized operation with added complexity and risks. These will be addressed in detail with Mr Lin during your pre-operative consultation.

What are the difference methods available for breast lift (mastopexy) surgery?

  • Like breast reduction surgery, numerous techniques are available, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. In particular, the resulting scar can vary from a discrete scar around the areola, to a longer scar which extends from the areola down to the infra-mammary fold under the breast.
  • Planning the most appropriate surgical technique for each individual patient takes into account the existing breast volume, nipple position and quality of the skin.
  • Mr Lin will assess your suitability for these techniques during an in-depth pre-operative consultation.

How is breast reduction surgery performed?

  • Breast lift surgery is performed under general anaesthesia.
  • Operation time is typically 2-3 hours.
  • During the operation, your safety is our main priority. In this regard, Mr Lin strictly adheres to the highest standards in surgical safety, which includes the use of antibiotics to prevent infection, and compressive stockings / blood thinning medications to prevent clots (DVTs).
  • Drain tubes are usually not needed.
  • At the end of the operation you will be cared for in the post anaesthetic recovery area before being transferred to a specialist surgical ward.

What is the typical recovery following breast reduction surgery?

  • Generally we would recommend an overnight stay in hospital, although sometimes the surgery can be performed as a day case.
  • We recommend a supportive garment, such as a crop top, for both comfort and support.
  • Most women should plan for 1-2 weeks off work and 4-6 weeks of avoiding contact sports or heavy lifting.
  • Mr Lin will see you within one week to check on your recovery and the wound healing.
  • A regular schedule of post-operative consultations will be provided by Mr Lin and his staff.

How do I care for the surgical scars following breast reduction surgery?

  • Scar management is an integral part of the recovery process following any surgery.
  • Physical therapies is the first, and arguably the most important, step in helping scars mature and fade.
  • As a part of our commitment to the highest quality surgery and after-care, we provide a specialist scar management consultation with our in-house dermal therapist, who will recommend a treatment regimen that is tailored to your individual skin type.
  • Drain tubes are usually not needed.
  • At the end of the operation you will be cared for in the post anaesthetic recovery area before being transferred to a specialist surgical ward.

*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.