Breast enlargement - uplift (augmentation-mastopexy) 


Tees Plastic Surgery is one of the regions leading plastic surgery clinics offering providing breast uplift (mastopexy) and enlargement & uplift (augmentation-mastopexy).

All our cosmetic procedures are performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 15 years experience in Plastic Surgery delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to both men and women of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his expert team at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington - the regions leading private hospitals. At Tees Plastic Surgery you can be assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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What is enlargement-uplift (augmentation-mastopexy)?

Many women become unhappy with the size and shape of their breasts, particularly after children and breast feeding. Their main complaints are that their breasts look empty (loss of volume) and sag or droop (ptosis). Breast uplift is an operation to improve the shape of your breasts to give them a more youthful shape. Some women want to be a little larger when they have an uplift. This involves placing implants in at the same time as the uplift (augmentation-mastopexy). This can be done as a single surgical procedure but sometimes it is better to do in two stages.

What could breast enlargement-uplift do for me?

Improve the size and shape of your breasts.
Increase your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Enable you to wear the clothes you want and even go without a bra.

Do I need a breast uplift or enlargement-uplift?

You need mastopexy if you are happy with the size of your breasts in a bra but don't like the way they droop with your bra off. If your breasts are also empty and need ‘refilling’ or if you have always wanted your breasts to be a little larger then you need implants too.

What happens before my breast enlargement-uplift?

Your first appointment will take place with our Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin.

This initial assessment includes a full medical and breast history and a full examination in the presence of one of our nurses. We will then talk about what we can do to help, what is involved and what you can expect in terms of outcome, recovery and aftercare. 

Following your first consultation, we will write to you with further information and then see you again to get you ready for your procedure. During your second appointment we will confirm the procedure you would like (uplift alone or with implants) and go through this in detail. If you choose implants too then we will plan what size and shape implants you need to achieve the result you want.

What does breast enlargement-uplift involve?

There are a number of different techniques for breast uplift and we will help you choose the one for you. The operation involves placing an implant behind your breast tissue or pectoral muscle followed by removing excess skin and lifting the nipple to a more youthful position. Afterwards we use dissolving stitches and a showerproof dressing so you can shower from day one and don't need to have any stitches removed. The procedure usually takes 1 to 2 hours and is performed with you asleep.

What happens after my breast enlargement-uplift?

Most of our patients stay overnight after their procedure and we like you to wear a lycra-rich bra 24 hours-a-day for the first six weeks. Buy a bra for the size you hope to be after surgery adding a little for post-operative swelling. You will be seen weekly in Dressing Clinic until you are healed, which usually takes 1-2 weeks. You can gently return to normal activities from day one but rest from vigorous activity like the gym for 4-6 weeks. You can go back to work when you feel able to do so. As a guide, most of our patients take 7-10 days off work after augmentation-mastopexy. Once your breasts have healed, we advise you to regularly massage with Bio-oil or moisturising cream and typically scars settle within 6-12 months. Wearing a bra as much as possible in the future may reduce recurrent ptosis.

What are the downsides to enlargement-uplift?

Most patients do not have any problems after their procedure. The most common problem we see is asymmetry (difference in size and shape between sides). We will go through this with you in clinic. There is no such thing as risk-free surgery and it is important that you balance the benefits and risks for you. Augmentation-mastopexy leaves a scar around the nipple areola complex (NAC) that may go down the middle and under the breast. Potential complications include problems with the anaesthetic, blood clots (deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus), bleeding, haematoma, infection, slow healing, poor scars, asymmetry of size and shape, problems with the NAC including loss, asymmetry of size, shape and position, changes in sensation and pain. Numbness is common after surgery and usually improves with time and massage. Future changes in weight or pregnancy may change the size and shape of your new breasts. Breastfeeding is usually possible after augmentation-mastopexy.

How can I minimise my risks?

Research suggests that non-smokers have fewer problems after surgery. We would strongly encourage you to stop smoking before your procedure. If you use nicotine patches, stop these four weeks before your operation.

Are there any alternatives to breast enlargement-uplift?

There are no other procedures that will give you better shaped breasts in the long term.

Paying for treatment

Tees Plastic Surgery offers Consultant Delivered state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery procedures at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington. Paying for your treatment could not be simpler and both Nuffield Health and BMI hospitals offer loans to fund surgical treatment.

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What do I do now?

Our clinic is based at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington.

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