Drooping breasts are a common problem, after pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss or simply after the passage of time. Breast uplift surgery avails itself of a variety of techniques: aiming to improve breast shape by removing and tightening excess skin, producing a more youthful shape.
A breast lift can make significant improvements to your outline and self-confidence. Following typical breast uplift surgery, scars run around the nipple, vertically from the nipple to the crease beneath the breast and sometimes beneath the breast. Cosmetic breast uplift may reduce the nipple and position it higher. Your breast uplift surgeon may advise an implant to fill out overlying skin or suggest combining it with another procedure.
Breast uplift surgery is generally safe and commonly performed. In order for you to make an informed decision and give your consent, you need to be aware of the possible side-effects and associated risks. Risks differ for each person: your Liberate surgeon will explain how they apply to you.
As with all cosmetic surgery a good specialist will achieve good results and avoid complications. At Liberate, we insist that all of our surgeons are well-trained, experienced and members of BAAPS and/or BAPRAS. Working from some of the finest private hospitals in the UK, they will ensure that you are knowledgeable, comfortable, and delighted with the outcome of the procedure.
During your first consultation, your chosen breast uplift surgeon will discuss the procedure, encourage you to ask questions and discuss the results you’d like to achieve. Your surgeon will also talk to you in detail about breast uplift without surgery. If you decide upon surgery, the surgeon will describe what can be done to raise your breasts, what happens during and after the procedure and what you can do to get the best from surgery. Your procedure and complete aftercare is planned and personalised by your Liberate breast uplift surgeon.
You will be advised on preparations you need to make, including fasting. Your surgeon may need to take x-rays and mark the size and shape of the breast and prepare you for general anaesthetic. Depending on the extent and size of the procedure an overnight stay in hospital is often required. Your surgeon will make several cuts, the exact number and position will vary, depending on the technique used. Skin is either removed from around the areola or from under your breasts. The nipples are re-positioned, and the size of the areola may be reduced, to suit the new shape.
After surgery you should rest; painkillers will be prescribed if needed. Tiny tubes may drain fluids from each breast and they may need to remain in place up to 48 hours. You may need to take around two weeks off work. You will be advised about the type of dressings or bra to wear. Stitches are removed 10 to 14 days later. Strenuous physical exercise is advised against for a period of time. Every effort will be made to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible. You may experience a loss of sensation. Your new shape will be immediately apparent, though it takes around 6 months for your breasts to settle into their final shape.
Once you have chosen your surgeon, there are a number of ways to make contact and arrange your initial consultation.
You can send your questions via the contact us page or email us directly here and a member of the Liberate team will contact you to answer any questions you may have and book your appointment.
The next step is to meet the surgeon of your choice. It is likely he/ she consults at two or three different hospitals; we can help you determine which location would be most convenient for you.
During an initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you your concerns and examine you to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for surgery.
He/ She will comprehensively explain what is involved in your procedure and discuss any possible risks associated with the procedure. This will be your first chance to ask all those questions!
Be sure to ask to see the surgeon’s before and after photographs. He/ She will be able to show you photographs of patients in a similar situation to yourself. This can be very useful for you to view the surgeon’s previous results to get an idea of what can be achieved.
Following your initial consultation, your surgeon will ask you to take time to think over all the information you have been given and talk it over with your friends and family. It is best practice for the surgeon to invite you back for a second consultation before you go ahead with any surgery.
This is a good opportunity to ask any questions that may have arisen since your first appointment. The surgeon will go through the procedure in more detail and ensure you have realistic expectations of the results possible.
When all your questions and concerns have been answered, the surgeon’s secretary will arrange a convenient date for your surgery. Try to avoid any important dates and events which may clash with your recovery period.
Each patient is different and it is difficult to predict how long your recovery will take. If you have young children make sure you have appropriate child care in place in order for you to recuperate and relax at home without having to look after the children.
With Liberate surgeons, you can rest assured that you will be looked after: before, during, following your surgery and beyond.
All Liberate surgeons make it a priority to see you following your surgery and are available for follow-up appointments.
You’ll be seen by the surgeon who operated on you – not a nurse or a different surgeon. It’s important to us that you see the surgeon you know already.
At Liberate, aftercare is for life.