Breast Uplift and Augmentation: Understanding the Procedure

Breast Uplift and Augmentation: Understanding the Procedure

May 27, 2024

Breast uplift (mastopexy) and augmentation (breast implants) are popular cosmetic surgery procedures sought by women looking to enhance the appearance of their breasts. These surgeries can be performed separately or combined, depending on the patient’s desired outcome. Understanding the procedure is crucial for anyone considering these options.

What are Breast Uplift and Augmentation?

Breast Uplift aims to correct sagging breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. This results in a more youthful and elevated breast contour. Breast Augmentation involves inserting implants to increase the size and improve the shape of the breast. When combined, these procedures can dramatically enhance breast appearance, offering both lift and volume.

The Procedure

The combined breast uplift and augmentation procedure generally takes about 3 to 4 hours, performed under general anaesthesia. The process involves several steps:

  1. Consultation: Prior to surgery, a thorough consultation with a plastic surgeon is essential. The surgeon discusses goals, evaluates breast anatomy, and recommends the appropriate course of action.
  2. Incision: The method of incision varies depending on the degree of lift needed and the type, size, and placement of the implants. Common incision patterns include around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease.
  3. Implant Placement: Once the incision is made, the surgeon creates a pocket to insert the breast implant, either under the pectoral muscle (submuscular) or directly behind the breast tissue over the pectoral muscle (subglandular).
  4. Lifting: Excess skin is removed, and the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position. The remaining skin is tightened, and sutures are applied to reshape the newly uplifted breast.
  5. Recovery: Recovery varies by individual, but patients can typically expect to take it easy for 1-2 weeks post-operation. Full recovery, including a return to vigorous activities, may take several weeks.


Breast uplift and augmentation surgery can significantly improve breast appearance, offering results that are both aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking. However, it’s a major decision requiring careful consideration. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss expectations, potential risks, and recovery is crucial to achieving the desired outcome safely and effectively.

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