Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery is a treatment which aims to reshape and resize a woman’s breasts. Feeling uncomfortable about this aspect of our body can impact our self-esteem. This plastic surgery treatment provides a solution to this, paving the way towards newfound confidence. That being said though, a breast lift — also often referred to as a mastopexy or breast uplift — is still a significant procedure to undergo. That’s why Qunomedical is here to help you along the way. We will work together to find high-quality, affordable breast lift surgery treatments at home and abroad.
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How a breast lift surgery works.
How a breast lift surgery works.
Breast Lift Surgery Quick Details
WHO IS THIS FOR
Breast lift surgery is for women who feel that their breasts are droopy after pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Women whose nipples point downwards or drop below the breast crease when unsupported.
Women whose breasts show pronounced sagging, reduced elasticity, or stretch marks due to weight loss.
A breast uplift can be performed for anyone who wants younger looking, firmer breasts.
Those who wish to combine other procedures such as breast augmentation with a rejuvenating breast lift.
Breast lift surgery usually takes around 1.5-3 hours.
Patients typically spend 1-2 nights in the clinic.
If you choose to have your treatment abroad, then you should expect to be away from home for around 5-7 nights.
Avoid bending and heavy lifting for the first few days after your mastopexy.
Light activities and exercise can normally be resumed after two weeks.
Normal activities can be resumed after six weeks.
Recovery time may vary if combined with other breast surgery treatments.
It can take several weeks or months to see final results following the procedure.
Between 93-95% of patients are satisfied with the results of their breast lift surgery.
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
Bruising and swelling
Loss or changes in breast or nipple sensation
Asymmetry in size or shape of breasts
Partial or total loss of nipples or areolae (rare)
Before / After Photos
Breast Lift Surgery Costs
Breast lift costs can vary depending on where you choose to have the treatment and the complexity of the procedure itself. This is why it’s important to consider all options before booking and to discuss your desired results in detail with both your doctor and your Qunomedical Patient Manager.
Below is information on breast lift surgery costs across a number of different countries, all of which have been taken from Qunomedical-approved doctors and clinics. These prices are not fixed or guaranteed, and will vary from patient to patient, depending on a variety of different factors. For more detailed information on pricing, the factors that affect the cost, and how to make savings on your breast lift surgery, check out our dedicated breast lift cost guide.
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What Is a Mastopexy?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that raises and reshapes the breast. It does this by removing excess skin from under the breast. The breast is then reshaped and the nipple is re-sited. Women choose to undergo breast lift surgery for various reasons. The most common ones though include if the breasts have naturally become droopy due to ageing, weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. This procedure can really help to restore a woman’s confidence and comfortability with their body.
What Does a Breast Lift Surgery Involve?
A mastopexy alters the appearance of breasts by raising them and making them firmer. Depending on the size of your breasts and the look you hope to achieve, it can be done in several ways. Normally, your doctor will remove any excess skin from under the breasts before tightening the surrounding skin and placing the nipple in a slightly higher position. You will have to go through a number of steps to complete the procedure including. We’ve outlined these steps below.
Before undergoing a breast lift, you’ll have initial consultations with both your doctor and your Qunomedical Patient Manager. These are the times for you to discuss the procedure and what you hope to gain from it. You should also bear in the mind the following points that your doctor may ask you about.
If you have any existing medical conditions.
If you have any allergies.
If there’s a history of breast cancer in your family.
Any medication that you’re currently taking.
Whether you drink and/or smoke.
After covering your medical history, your surgeon will assess your general health and discuss any possible risk factors. You will then have a breast examination so that the precise size and shape of your breasts can be measured. Photographs showing the position of your nipples and areolas (the darker area that surrounds your nipples) will be taken. Following the examination, your surgeon will explain the procedure, step by step, in more detail. They will ask how you feel, discuss your options, and answer any questions you might have.
A general anesthetic is normally preferred for breast lift surgery although it can be performed under local anaesthetic or with intravenous sedation. Either way, you should feel limited pain during the procedure and your doctor will help you to decide which is best for you. You can also contact your Qunomedical Patient Manager if you’re unsure about this.
Several techniques are used in breast lift surgery, and the number and location of incisions will depend on the type chosen. Your doctor will decide this based on your breast size and the results that you want to achieve. Different techniques leave different scars, but they won't be visible when you wear a bra or bikini top. To start with, a doctor may:
Make an incision around the areola.
Make a vertical incision from the areola to the breast crease.
Make a horizontal incision along the breast crease, if necessary.
Excess skin is then removed from under your breast and the breast is formed into a tighter cone shape. The nipples are moved a little higher up the breast for a more natural look. You can have your areolas made smaller at the same time as well if you wish. Your doctor will then gently push the skin together and close the incisions with stitches, skin adhesive, or surgical tape. Small tubes may be placed at the incision sites to allow any excess blood or fluid to drain before the breasts are dressed in gauze and you are fitted with a surgical bra.
Are There Different Types of Breast Lift Treatments?
The breast lift procedure that you undergo can vary depending on the size of your breasts and the degree of ptosis (sagging). The most common types are:
Anchor incision mastopexy: This involves making incisions around the areola, down to the breast crease, and under it. This is best for women with pronounced sagging.
Lollipop breast lift: Here, incisions are made in the shape of an inverted T. This procedure suits women with very droopy breasts.
Donut breast lift: This is suitable for women with mild to moderate sagging and is also known as the Benelli or periareolar lift.
Crescent breast lift: Crescent-shaped incisions are made here — often in conjunction with a breast augmentation surgery — and this is ideal for women with mild ptosis.
What Should I Expect From My Breast Lift Surgery?
After a mastopexy, your breasts will likely feel tender and sore and you'll notice a change in their shape and appearance. Most women are able to go home the same day following their treatment. One week after the procedure, a nurse will check the incisions to ensure that they are healing well and remove any remaining dressings or stitches. You should be able to return to work within a week to ten days. However, avoid vigorous exercise or activity for two weeks after your breast lift.
Once you’ve healed after your breast lift surgery, it’s also possible that you may experience changes in sensation in your breasts or nipples. Feeling usually returns after a few weeks but some loss may be permanent. However, this should not affect erotic sensation. If your breasts were asymmetrical before your treatment, this asymmetry might not be fully corrected and irregularities may appear after healing.
Bear in mind too that it can often take several weeks or months for the final results of your treatment to fully show.
What Else Should I Consider Before Having a Mastopexy?
Although it’s a relatively simple procedure with a low risk factor, breast lift surgery is not suitable for women under the age of 18 as their breasts may still be developing. It’s also not advisable if you’re hoping to get pregnant as the breast tissue is likely to stretch again, so many women wait until they have had children before undergoing the surgery. A breast lift works best on women with smaller breasts, and although it's also a viable option for women with larger or heavier breasts, the results may not last quite as long.
As with all surgeries, there are risks and possible side effects. Although bruising and swelling are common immediately after surgery, your breasts should settle after a few weeks. Heavy bleeding is also unusual but possible, but prior to the procedure, your doctor will discuss medications that might increase the risk of bleeding. You will have scars afterwards although they are usually minimal. Scarring might be red or purple at first but will gradually fade over the following 12-18 months. In the unlikely event of an infection, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. Be sure to tell your surgeon about any discharge from your nipples before the operation as this can increase your risk of infection.
If you’re worried about any side effects or risks at any point in your treatment journey, you can contact your Patient Manager. They can be reached via phone, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or email.
Why Choose Qunomedical?
Qunomedical takes a patient first approach to healthcare. We work for you, not the clinics or doctors. Our dedicated team of Patient Managers will only ever provide you with information on doctors who have been thoroughly vetted with high-quality and affordability in mind. They’ll also never push you into a treatment that isn’t right for you, just to make a sale. This means that we can work together with you to find a high-quality and fairly priced breast lift surgery treatment at home, or abroad.
(3 Reviews In All Countries)
Helen, United Kingdom
March 20, 2020
After meeting Dr Anı and the GOP Team I know would recommend GOP to all my family and friends.
Hello GOP Team First of all I would like to thank my doctor Dr Anı for the treatment she has performed. I have been wanting to have surgery for years but was very scared. After meeting Dr Anı and the GOP Team I know would recommend GOP to all my family and friends. From the airport pick up to my after care they have all been fantastic. Funda you have been amazing thank you so much. I love you guys...
January 20, 2020
Dr. Paulis and his staff are very professional and have a very personal approach.
Dr. Paulis and his staff are very professional and have a very personal approach. I am happy not only with how the surgery went but how the doctor and clinic staff as well. All my questions and my husband’s concerns were answered with patience by the Doctor. I was also provided a telephone contact with the Doctor as a big plus and he actually responded promptly even after the operation. I am happy I chose such a professional.
Niamh, United Kingdom
October 24, 2018
The main point of the trip was the surgery and though I don’t yet know the final outcome I feel confident that the surgeon was excellent and I am excited to see my results.
All in all this has been a positive experience. The main point of the trip was the surgery and though I don’t yet know the final outcome I feel confident that the surgeon was excellent and I am excited to see my results. The nurses were thourough though underatandably due to the language barrier it was a little difficult at times! One thing is the surgeon was not the one I had researched (on my quotation) however, I don’t feel this was a problem as he was great. On the day of surgery, fo... Show more