Breast lift with implants in London
Breast lift with implants also known as ‘augmentation mastopexy’ in London is for women who would like to both increase their size via breast enlargement and improve shape with a breast lift. Our surgeons are experienced in both single stage and dual stage augmentation mastopexy using the most advanced methods for the quickest recovery.
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What is included in my breast lift with implants treatment package?
- As many preoperative consultations with your surgeon as you like to make sure the procedure is right for you
- Treatment at a specialist day surgery facility recently rated ‘Good’ by the CQC
- Enhanced same day discharge with the added benefits of recovering in your own home
- 24/7 clinical support from your surgeon for first 48 hours and our expert postoperative support team
- Your very own dedicated patient coordinator
- In-depth preoperative medical assessment to make sure you are fully fit for your procedure
- Exceptionally high standards of postoperative care described as ‘outstanding’ by the CQC with regular telephone and face to face checks
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Why choose Centre for Surgery for your mastopexy procedure?
Our plastic surgeons all have extensive experience of performing all types of breast uplift with implants. All our surgeons are fully qualified and experienced plastic surgeons with the skill to perform all types of aesthetic breast surgery.
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Benefits of Breast lift with implants
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.
Understanding breast lift with implants
Ideal candidate for breast enlargement and uplift
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:
- Be 18 years or older
- Be physically and mentally healthy
- Have reasonable expectations about what the procedure can achieve
- Be undertaking the procedure for the right reasons
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The breast lift with implants procedure
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. You will also be made aware of the potential risks of travelling overseas for this procedure.
The procedure will be performed under TIVA general anaesthetic. This means you will be asleep for the duration of the procedure. However, unlike other general anaesthetics, TIVA does not involve the use of any volatile gases and will leave you feeling better following the procedure, speeding up the initial recovery period.
The procedure is performed as outpatient surgery. This means you will be able to return home once the effects of the general anaesthetic have worn off, and you will be able to recover in the comfort of your own home.
There are numerous surgical methods for an enlargement and uplift. The type which is suitable for you will vary depending on the appearance of your breasts and your end goal.
The various surgical methods include:
- Classic lift and augmentation: this is a common way for performing a lift and augmentation. This involves the surgeon making a pocket for where the breast implant will go and inserting the implant. Depending on your choice, the implant will either be above or below the muscle. The surgeon will also make an incision which will go around the areola and then vertically down to the base of the breasts. This allows for excess skin to be removed, muscles to be tightened, and the breast is lifted
- Augmentation and periareolar mastopexy: this is suitable for those who lack volume and tone in the breasts. This often occurs after pregnancy or weight loss. This procedure involves an incision around the areola. Another oval-shaped incision will be made further out, and the skin in between will be removed. The remaining skin is then stitched together, which will allow the breast to tightened and lifted.
- Periareolar mastopexy with augmentation for pointed breasts: this method will help you to achieve a better breast shape.
- Lift, augmentation and correction of nipple, areola and breast asymmetry: this is suitable for women who have breasts which are different sizes. Different sized implants are able to be used to correct the asymmetry of the breasts.
- Structural mastopexy with implants: this technique is suitable for those who need a large level of lifting. This method will be able to increase the volume at the upper part of the breasts, while also using multi-level anchoring to help maintain the lift.
Breast lift with implants before and after
Recovery after breast lift with implants
You can expect to experience some swelling, bruising and minor discomfort following having a breast lift with implants. 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.
Should I have a breast lift with implants?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.
Am I a good candidate for a combined breast lift with implants?You will be a suitable candidate for an enlargement and uplift if you are not only wanting to increase the volume of your breasts but are also wanting to improve the position.
During a consultation, your surgeon will be able to assess whether or not you are a suitable candidate.
What does the surgery involve?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.
What anaesthetic will be used?A breast enlargement and uplift will be performed under a general anaesthetic known as ClearSleep™. This means you will be asleep for the duration of your procedure.
What will the recovery period be like?It is normal to experience swelling, bruising and some minor discomfort. This will generally last at least two weeks but may take up to two months to completely fade.
Will I have scars?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.
Will I have to wear a compression garment?You will need to wear a compression garment during your recovery period. This will not only help to support the breasts but will also help to avoid any fluid build up.
Your surgeon will be able to help you purchase the correct garment and will give you advise on how long you will need to wear it for.
How long will I have to avoid exercise?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.
When can I return to work?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.
What To Expect
When you have a consultation with your surgeon for breast lift with implants, a number of measurements are taken of your breast dimensions and an assessment will be made of the nipple-areola position and the soft tissue quality. Our surgeons are skilled in all types of combined augmentation mastopexy surgery and the most appropriate choice will be made based on your preferences. The surgeon will also give information on the location of the incision for the breast lift with implants procedure. When a breast lift with implants is decided upon, you can either have a single stage combined breast lift and implants procedure or have the breast lift procedure first followed by the breast augmentation procedure 3 months later. If you choose implants that are larger than 390cc, your surgeon will advise to have the procedures separately to reduce the risk of complications.
High-resolution photos will be taken and your surgeon may also use computer digital imaging. Your surgeon will take time to discuss the important risks and potential complications of breast lift with implants surgery and what you can expect in the postoperative period.
The surgeon will also take a full medical history which includes previous operations, current list of medicines taken and any potential allergies. This information will be used to decide on your fitness for the breast uplift and implants procedure. If you are deemed to be a suitable candidate for augmentation mastopexy surgery then we would recommend to spend a period of time to reflect on all the information given. We always recommend a minimum of a '2 week cool off period' for to weigh up your options.
All our prospective patients are more than welcome to have as many follow-up consultations after their initial consultation to make sure you are fully empowered with all the information to make an informed decision for proceeding with breast lift with implants surgery at Centre for Surgery. Breast lift with implants surgery is a very commonly performed by our surgeons.
Before your procedure
Once you have decided that breast lift with implants is right for you, our preoperative assessment team will be in contact to prepare you for augmentation mastopexy surgery.
The following are recommended actions to take:
- For 6 weeks beforehand, it is highly recommended to stop smoking as active smoking is associated with a number of risks including delayed wound healing which could result in wound infection and a possible need to have the implants removed if you had implants combined with a mastopexy. Smoking can also increase the risk of nipple necrosis.
- You should also avoid aspirin and all medicines containing aspirin for at least one week prior to the procedure. Aspirin increases the risk of bleeding and could lead to the formation of a haematoma (collection of blood beneath the skin).
- For 6 hours before the breast lift with implants procedure, you should refrain from eating any food or any type of drink apart from sips of clear fluid (water and tea/coffee without added milk) which is allowed for up to 2 hours before the procedure. You will be having a general anaesthetic and so will need to have an empty stomach to reduce the risk of anaesthetic complications occurring.
On the day of your procedure
Please aim to arrive for your breast lift with implants procedure at the confirmed time. One of our nursing team will admit you for the procedure and will carry out a number of tasks including checking your blood pressure and other vital signs including pulse and temperature and then getting you changed into single-use clinic wear. The anaesthetist will then come in to assess you to make sure you are fit for TIVA anaesthetic and will also prescribe a number of oral pre-medications which are given by your nurse to help your recovery after the breast lift procedure. These include anti-sickness medicines and medicines for reducing bleeding. You will then be seen by your surgeon who will confirm the breast lift and implants procedure to undertaken and you will sign the informed consent form. Skin marking and photos may be taken at this point. The skin marking takes time and is a very important component of a successful breast lift and breast implant procedure.
Breast lift with implants is a very commonly performed procedure at Centre for Surgery and is carried out under TIVA general anaesthesia as a day case. The procedure takes approximately 3 hours to carry out. When combined with breast implants, the procedure may take longer to perform. During surgery, your surgeon will make incisions around the nipple and depending on the degree of lift required, place vertical and horizontal incisions beneath the breast. The breast tissue is surgically repositioned to a more elevated position before closing the skin with dissolvable sutures. The breast implants are inserted via a lower breast fold incision using a sterile insertion funnel. A sterile dressing will be applied to protect the incisions during the healing phase.
Once you have woken up from the TIVA anaesthetic, our nurses will closely monitor you for 1-3 hours afterwards to make sure you make a full recovery. You will be given a fruit juice drink or a warm drink as you prefer to build up your energy levels. Once you are assessed as fit for discharge, you will require a responsible adult escort to take you home in a car or taxi and to look after you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery. One of our clinical support team will call you the next morning to assess your progress.
After your procedure
After your breast lift with implants procedure, our dedicated postoperative support team are available round the clock to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Our clinical support team will call you regularly for the first 2 weeks after your procedure to make sure your pain levels are well controlled and your healing is progressing as normal.
Compared with breast enlargement surgery alone the recovery after breast lift surgery is much quicker with very little in the way of discomfort and the majority of our patients are very comfortable by the end of week 1. Your doctor may recommend a period of approximately one week off work. You should minimise any excessive movements of your arms for the first 2 weeks after surgery to help with the healing of the incisions.
You will be required to wear a supportive surgical bra for a full 6 weeks to make sure healing is optimal, breast shape is preserved and so that scars heal with best results. Exercise involving the upper body should be stopped for a full 6 weeks to avoid any potential implant rotation for combined breast lift and breast augmentation surgery.
You will attend for a postoperative check up with one of our nursing team at 7-10 days to review your surgical wound sites and ensure proper healing is taking place. Recommendations on treatments for scar healing may be given for optimal cosmesis. At 6 weeks you should begin to see your final results and you will see your surgeon for a comprehensive review and make sure your results are in line with your expectations.