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  • Who is a good candidate for Breast uplift (mastopexy)?

Typically, patients who benefit the most from breast uplift have stretched skin and reduced breast volume caused by aging, pregnancies, breastfeeding, and weight loss. You should not have breast uplift if you plan to lose a significant amount of weight. Women who are currently pregnant or breast feeding should not have a mastopexy. 

You may not be a candidate for surgery if you smoke, have recently quit smoking, smoking decreases blood flow to the body's tissues. This can result in prolonged wound healing, skin loss, infection and increased scarring

  • What are the risks of breast uplift surgery?


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  • What can I expect after surgery and the recovery period?

Following the procedure, you will have paper and waterproof dressing. You are expected to stay in the hospital at least one night. You may have surgical drains to remove any fluid that collects overnight, surgical drains are removed the next day after surgery. You should wear a supportive sports bra for 4-6 weeks until the healing process is completed. At the post-operative clinic visit (two weeks after surgery) I will remove the paper dressing and assess your wounds. Your stitches will be dissolvable. You will be advised to apply paper dressing for about three months to reduce the widening of the scars.  You will be seen in the clinic at four months after surgery to assess the final results, this visit is free of charge 


  • How much does the procedure cost?


The cost depends on the type of breast uplift. For full details please contact us on 01274550842. The cost includes the surgeon and anaesthetist and the hospital fees. Postoperative clinic visits are also included in the price 

  • Will I see sales consultants or advisors before my surgery?


No, I don’t use this type of service. I see my patients personally and provide them with professional advice. The initial consultation will last between 30-40 minutes when you will have a full assessment. An initial consultation costs £140.

  •  Can I have surgery if planning to become pregnant?

 It is recommended that breast uplift is performed after you complete your family. Pregnancy will change the size and shape of a woman’s breast. These changes may adversely affect the cosmetic appearance of the uplifted breast. 


  • When can I return to work?


This depends on the type of work you do. You are likely to feel some discomfort for the first few weeks and you should avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for about 4-6 weeks.


  • Can I exercise after breast reduction?


I recommend that you begin walking immediately after surgery. However, women should not perform any intense physical exercise for six weeks following the operation. Physical exercise including weight lifting, biking, jogging, and other forms of intense activities may cause wound healing problems that may alter the appearance of the breasts after surgery.


  • When can I drive?


Usually, you can drive after 2-3 weeks depending on your discomfort. I would recommend that driving begins after you no longer have pain and you feel confident that you can perform an emergency stop without discomfort.  


  • When can I fly?


 I would recommend that you avoid flying for at least 3 weeks after surgery to reduce the  risk of developing  deep venous thrombosis ( leg veins clots) 


  • What breast size will I be?

Breast size will remain the same as before the procedure. The droopiness of the breasts will be corrected resulting in uplifted breasts that are fuller in the upper half. If you request to have bigger uplifted breasts, implants can be used to achieve your goals. 


  • Will breast uplift affect cancer detection in later years?


The short answer is no. Breast uplift mastopexy may cause benign calcifications that appear on future mammograms. Experienced breast radiologists will be able to identify the nature of these calcifications and reassure you. In addition, some women may develop fat necrosis after breast reduction resulting in hard lumps, these are easy to diagnose. Fat necrosis is harmless, usually, settle with time and does not increase the risk of breast cancer  

Mo Salhab MD, MS, PG Dip, FRCS 

Oncoplastic & Aesthetic Breast Surgeon