Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
If you have had dramatic weight loss or a pregnancy, you may have noticed that you have lost weight and volume in your breasts. This can make the breasts appear saggy and make you appear older. This can often be detrimental to your self-esteem and confidence.
For women who want to improve the aesthetics of their breasts, there are numerous surgical procedures. However, sometimes just one procedure will not achieve the desired outcome. For those who are wishing to have more youthful, prominent breasts, you may wish to combine a breast enlargement and an uplift and undergo this in the one procedure.
A breast enlargement and uplift involves inserting silicone implants into the breasts. The position of the breasts are then lifted, so they will sit higher than they would with an enlargement procedure alone.
Breast enlargement alone may leave women with breasts which are larger but still appear droopy. An uplift will make the breasts appear firmer, but may not be considered to be big enough as the size will not increase.
A breast enlargement and uplift is a suitable procedure for those who have lost volume in the breasts, and who also want to increase the size rather than just the position. You will be able to measure whether or not you have lost volume by the positioning of the nipple. If your nipple is at the level of the fold of your breast, or below this, you would have lost volume in the upper area of the chest and will be considered an appropriate candidate for this procedure.
In addition to this, to undergo a breast enlargement and uplift, you will need to:
Prior to the surgical procedure, you will be required to attend a consultation with one of our surgeons. The surgeon will be able to assess whether you are an appropriate candidate for breast enlargement and uplift, or whether you should just have one of the procedures on their own. The consultation will also give you the opportunity to decide on the size of your implants, and try on a bra with sample implants. You will be able to choose the size, style and placement of the implants. The surgeon will be able to advise if the size is too large, as large implants can result in edges that are visible following the procedure.
The procedure will be performed under Centre for Surgery’s ClearSleep™ anaesthetic. This means you will be asleep for the duration of the procedure. However, unlike other general anaesthetics, ClearSleep™ does not involve the use of any breathing machines and tubes and will leave you feeling better following the procedure, speeding up the initial recovery period.
The first part of an enlargement and uplift involves the insertion of the implant. The surgeon will make a pocket in the breast where the implant will go – this will either be above or below the muscle, depending on your choice of placement.
Next, the uplift will take place. This will work to remove any excess skin and tighten the muscles. The surgeon will make an incision around the areolas and then vertically down to the base of the breasts. This ensures that the nipples are sitting in the correct position once the breasts have been lifted.
You can expect to experience some swelling, bruising and minor discomfort following the breast enlargement and uplift. This will subside after the first few weeks but may take up to two months to completely go away. You will have to wear a compression garment, which will help to support your breasts and reduce any swelling.
You will have to avoid any strenuous physical activity, including heavy lifting, for six to eight weeks. After this point, you will be able to go back to your normal day to day routine.
As the surgery involves incisions, you will have scars on your breasts. These will appear more prominent directly after the procedure. With time the scars will fade in colour and size and become less visible. While the scars will remain partially visible, they will be as small as possible and will be able to be concealed by underwear and swimwear.
Prior to surgery, one of the biggest questions is which is the right procedure for you – an enlargement, an uplift, or a combination of both?
This will really depend on the current appearance of your breasts and your desired outcome.
An enlargement will involve the placement of an implant to increase the size of your breasts, while an uplift will lift the breasts to make them sit higher without increasing the size. If your breasts are lacking volume and have nipples that are sitting on the fold or below, you may be suitable for a breast enlargement and uplift.
A breast enlargement and uplift involves the insertion of an implant to increase the size, the removal of excess skin and tissue and the lift of the breasts.
As the surgery involves several incisions, you will have scars. These will fade over time and become less prominent, however, they will still be visible.
You will need to avoid exercise and heavy lifting for six weeks. This will help to avoid any damage to the breasts and the incision areas.
You will have to take a few days off work; some people may feel the need to take up to one week off work. This will vary from person to person and depend on the type of work you are doing.