Breast uplift surgery (breast lift)

What is a breast uplift?

A breast uplift (mastopexy) is an operation to remove excess skin from your breasts to improve their shape.

What are the benefits of surgery?

Your breasts should have a better shape.

Are there any alternatives to a breast uplift?

Using padded bras or inserts can make your breasts appear to have a better shape. If there is not much excess skin and your breasts are not droopy, your surgeon may be able to assess you for a breast augmentation. If you have a large breast size, your surgeon may be able to assess you for a breast reduction.

What complications can happen?

Like all surgical procedures, there are some complications that can be serious and can even cause death. Please bear in mind the general and specific complications regarding this type of operation.

General complications of any operation

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Unsightly scarring of your skin
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Blood clot in your leg
  • Blood clot in your lung

Specific complications of this operation

  • Developing a collection of blood (haematoma) or fluid (seroma) inside a breast
  • Developing a lump
  • Numbness or continued pain on the outer part of your breast
  • Stiff shoulder
  • Loss of skin, including the areola and nipple
  • Change of breast and nipple sensation
  • Reduced ability to breastfeed
  • Cosmetic problems

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day, and you will likely be able to return to normal activities after 2 to 3 weeks. Furthermore, you should be able to return to work after 2 weeks, depending on your type of work. It’s good if you have regular exercise, which should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

The results of a breast uplift improve gradually over the first 6 months. Your breasts should become softer and more natural, and the scars should fade.


A breast uplift is an operation to improve the shape of your breasts. You should consider the options carefully and have realistic expectations about the results. To find out more, call us on 0808 101 0337 or make an online enquiry


Authors: Mr Eoin O'Broin MD FRCS (Plast.), Mr Graham Offer

MBChB FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Plast.), Mr Paul Roblin MSc FRCS (Plast.)

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