The breast uplift operation involves removal of breast skin, and then reshaping and lifting the breast to produce a tighter, more youthful and projected, fuller breast. The surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic and takes between 2 and 3 hours. Most patients stay overnight in the hospital afterwards but it can be carried out as a day case procedure if needed.

A breast uplift or mastopexy reshapes and tightens the breast. It is a very common procedure for Mr Harris to perform, and is very useful in patients with droopy or empty breasts and with a very large areolar.

Various different scar patterns are used depending on the extent of the uplift needed, and these have different names when combined. All surgery will need a scar around the pigmented areolar, which can then be repositioned higher on the breast and made smaller.

If this is combined with a vertical scar running downwards, this is known as the lollipop incision. Occasionally there is also a need for a horizontal scar in the crease of the breast, and this combination is often called the anchor incision.

Whilst an uplift operation is extremely effective, particularly after pregnancy and breastfeeding, or in a single breast to match a breast cancer reconstructed breast on the other side, the breast can descend again over time. For this reason, Mr Harris sometimes recommends supporting an uplift operation with dissolving mesh.

It’s very important to understand that the breast uplift corrects the droop of the breast. This is known as ptosis. It does not reposition the breast higher up on the chest wall or give long term fullness in the highest part of the breast. For this, a combination of a silicone breast implant and an uplift is needed.

This mastopexy-augmentation operation is quite specialised and carries higher risks, but can produce a very good result in the right patient.

Mastopexy with mesh