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What is breast lift surgery?

Many women experience unflattering sagging breasts after losing weight, having a baby or ageing. This can dramatically affect a woman’s self-esteem and lifestyle especially when preventing them from confidently wearing certain clothes.

A breast lift restores the breasts to a more youthful and pert appearance by elevating and reshaping the breast tissue to a more aesthetically pleasing position and removing any excess skin.

There are different mastopexy techniques and Mr Ridha, whose clinics are based in London , will select the most appropriate to achieve your goals and aesthetic outcome.

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. It is usually performed to correct ptosis, the medical term for sagging breasts, and aims to give the breasts a youthful appearance and improve their contours.

Several techniques can be used to perform a breast lift or mastopexy, and the best approach will depend on each patient’s anatomy and goals.

The most common technique used for a breast lift is called the anchor incision, which involves making an incision around the areola, down the centre of the breast, and along the crease underneath the breast.

Breast uplift surgery removes excess skin and tissue and repositions the nipple and areola in a higher, more youthful position.

Breast Lift at a Glance

Surgery Time

1-2 hours

Time off work

1-2 weeks

Hospital Stay

Day Case


Day 1

Reasonable Mobility

Reasonable Mobility




After 6 weeks

bras garments

Bras & Garments

Support bra worn day and might 6 weeks

Suture Removal

Sexual Activity

After 4 weeks

sleeping on back

Sleeping on back

Recommended for 2 weeks

Full Recovery

Full Recovery

6 weeks



After 2 weeks

Benefits of having a breast lift

There are many benefits to undergoing a breast lift, including:

  • Improving the shape and contour of the breasts
  • Lifting breasts to a more youthful breast shape and position
  • Reducing the size of the areolas
  • Improving the symmetry of the breasts

A breast lift can also help women feel more confident and comfortable in their skin.

If you are considering a breast lift, contact HR Plastic Surgery to book your consultation.

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Possibly risks of having a breast lift surgery

As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with a breast lift. These risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Changes in sensation in your breasts or nipples
  • Asymmetry
  • Rarely – nipple loss

It is important to discuss these risks prior to having the procedure so as to make an informed decision. Additionally, it is important to follow the surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care

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How a breast lift is performed

A breast lift is administered under general anaesthetic, and the procedure lasts approximately 2 hours.

There are a few common incision patterns. The first involves an incision around the upper half of the areola only. The second technique necessitates an incision around the areola. The third is around the areola and vertically down from the bottom

After the incisions have been made, the breast tissue is lifted and contoured to improve the shape and firmness of the breast thereby correcting the droop. The nipple and areola are repositioned to a more youthful height, and excess breast skin is removed.

The wounds are closed with absorbable sutures and surgical tape is applied to the incision lines. A support bra is worn to help support the breast whilst healing.

Recovery time

After surgery, patients will need to wear a support bra for 6 weeks. Rarely, they may also have drains to remove excess fluid from the surgical site. These will usually be removed within a few days.

Simple analgesics are given to be taken at home to alleviate any pain or discomfort experienced following the surgery. Patients can shower normally from the following day after surgery.

Most people are able to return to their normal activities within one week. The scar lines heal within two weeks. A support bra is worn for six weeks and during that time strenuous exercise and lifting are avoided to reduce the risk of seroma formation and further swelling.

Before and After images

View some of the results experienced by our breast lift patients.

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How much does a mastopexy cost in London ?

The total cost of your breast lift is dependent on your breast shape, the degree of droop and the desired results.

We recommend that you book an initial consultation with Mr Ridha, and following his assessment and discussion of your desired aesthetic outcome, an accurate cost can be provided to achieve your goals.

Why choose us?

At HR Plastic Surgery our goal is to ensure each patient receives a high-quality service and individualised care throughout their experience with us. Our patients are our number one priority, our main aim is to ensure they receive the fresh look they desire.

 To book a consultation with us please call us on 020 3907 6830, email us at, or book online via our website.

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Meet Mr Ridha

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon

Mr Hyder Ridha is a Consultant, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon who read medicine at the prestigious Royal Free and University College London Medical School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy and Developmental Biology (First-class Honours) and graduated with distinction (MB BS) in 2003.

Mr Hyder is our lead surgeon and is a highly-skilled, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon. He specialises in aesthetic surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation and believes that all types of aesthetic surgery should revitalise patients, leaving them with a natural and fresh look.

Our Locations

We are conveniently located in four hospitals throughout London. Find us here:

Hatfield Avenue,
Hatfield Business Park,
Hatfield AL10 9UA

One Medical House,
Boundary Way,
Hemel Hempstead HP2 7YU

Benslow Lane,
Hitchin SG4 9QZ

Ambrose Lane,
Harpenden AL5 4BP


Below you can find the questions we get most frequently asked about our breast lift procedure:

It is not uncommon for a breast lift patient to feel pain and discomfort for the first few days post-surgery. The breasts will also mildly swell. Medication will be prescribed to assist with pain management for the first few days.

It typically takes about 6 weeks to recover from breast lift surgery and to return to all normal activities and exercise. During the first week, patients will need to take time off work.

Breast lift results are not permanent, as unfortunately breasts may again droop and sag with age and weight change. This will vary between ladies. In some patients, a repeat procedure may be required depending on the degree of recurrent droop and her desires.

Breast lift surgery is generally considered a safe procedure but complications, although rare, can occur, such as bleeding, infections and nipple loss. It is important to be aware of the complications before deciding to go ahead with this surgery.

This surgery does leave breast lift scars, but skilled surgeons are able to carefully make the incisions so as to hide them as much as possible.

As the surgery does involve manipulating the breast tissue, there is a possibility that breastfeeding will be affected by mastopexy. However, the percentage of women who cannot breastfeed following this type of surgery is the same as the percentage of women who cannot breastfeed despite not having had any surgery on their breasts.

This article is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a clinical assessment. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

How to schedule a consultation

To book a breast lift appointment with Mr Ridha, please contact us at one of the following:

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