Breast lift surgery: what's involved and how much will it cost?

Written by: Mr Navid Jallali
Edited by: Bronwen Griffiths

As women age and have children, their bodies, of course, change too. Some women’s breasts become droopy, either because of pregnancy or merely as a result of gravity over time. Whilst many women are not concerned by these changes, some women do seek comfort in having breast uplift surgery (mastopexy) to lift their breasts and remove excess skin. Mr Navid Jallali, a leading plastic surgeon, explains how breast lift surgery is approached, and what patients can expect from the results.

How is breast lift surgery done?

A mastopexy or breast uplift is carried out usually under a general anaesthetic. There are a number of techniques available to lift the breast, and the operation used will depend on the shape, the size and the hang of the breasts. Mr Jallali will assist you fully and inform you of the type of mastopexy or uplift that you would benefit most from. Most patients will require an anchor-shaped scar in order to improve the shape, size and symmetry of the breast.

How long does a breast lift last?

In general, we tend to recommend patients to have a breast uplift after completing their family. This is because during pregnancy the circulating hormones, namely progesterone, can cause softening of the skin and for the breasts to drop down. If a breast uplift is carried out after pregnancy, then it is very rare to have to carry out a redo operation. The only instance in which this would happen is if the weight of the patient increases, and very occasionally, around the menopause the breasts can enlarge, and in that scenarios, a repeat breast uplift might be required.

Can you have a breast reduction and breast lift simultaneously?

There is a common misunderstanding of breast reduction and breast uplift surgeries, which are essentially a similar operation. We tend to use the term ‘breast reduction’ when more than 500 grams of breast tissue is removed, and a breast uplift or mastopexy when less than 500 grams of breast tissue is removed. Both operations are able to uplift the breast and the nipple/areola complex and can also end up with similar scars.

How much does a mastopexy cost?

This is dependent on the unit and the amount of uplift required. In my practice, a mastopexy is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic as a day-case, and in that scenario, the cost of breast surgery would be somewhere around £6,500-£7,000.


For those interested in finding out more about breast uplift surgery, make an appointment with an expert to enquire about the details and your suitability.

By Mr Navid Jallali
Plastic surgery

Mr Navid Jallali is a highly respected plastic surgeon who has been practising for over 20 years, specialising in breast augmentation and reduction, facelifts, rhinoplasty and tummy tucks. He is based in London, attending to patients at The London Welbeck Hospital. He is a consultant cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon and former head of plastic surgery for Imperial College London NHS trust.

He graduated, with honors, from the University of Bristol and was awarded an MD for his groundbreaking research on tissue engineering. He has received Imperial College London's prestigious Suple prize for both Surgery and medicine.  

Mr Javali is one ok the UK's most experienced microsurgery specialists, favouring this method for the reconstruction of the head, neck and breasts. He is also a reputable surgical tutor and has trained numerous surgeons who have gone on to become consultants in the UK, Sweden, Greece and Holland.

Dedicated to his profession, he and his team have served hundreds of patients with the utmost of care. He is also a well-published research author, a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, has won numerous awards, and has even appeared on and advised for television productions. He can be found in both his private clinic and NHS practice.

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