Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag.
A breast uplift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts – at least, for a time. (No surgery can permanently reverse or delay the effects of gravity.)
A breast uplift can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.
If your breasts are small or have lost volume – for example, after pregnancy – breast implants inserted in conjunction with a breast uplift can increase both their firmness and their size.
Take a look at Mr Stone’s breast uplift before & after results and view testimonials from his patients throughout Devon & Exeter.
Mr Stone’s Breast Uplift Surgery patients say . . . .
‘After much research, thought, deliberation, uncertainty and doubt, I decided to have a breast uplift. My decision was finally made after meeting Mr Christopher Stone. He inspired confidence and gave me such reassurance about the procedure. His sensitive and caring manner and experience gave me great confidence in his ability as a surgeon. I am absolutely delighted with the results of my operation.’
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Information for patients considering
Breast Uplift Surgery
What happens at my consultation?
Mr Stone sees his private cosmetic patients at Exeter Medical, a private clinic in the Exeter Business Park at Admiral House, near the Met Office. He generally reserves around 45 minutes for each new patient. When you see Mr Stone he will go through your medical and surgical history to assess your overall fitness for surgery. In the vast majority of cases there will be no concerns about undergoing the operation although some patients may need a pre-operative assessment prior to admission.
Mr Stone will also need to know if either you or a close relative have ever been diagnosed with breast cancer. If you are over 40 and have not had a recent mammogram it may be possible to arrange one for you as part of your operation at no extra cost.
Mr Stone will then discuss what your current concerns are with regards to your breasts, and what your ideal shape and appearance might be. There will be a female chaperone to help you feel more comfortable during your examination, which is the opportunity for Mr Stone to assess what surgical options are right for you.
Some patients may wish to see pictures of other patients who have undergone similar surgery to you, so there will be a selection of clinical photographs for you to see. These will help you get an idea of what can be achieved but may not be directly relevant to you nor will they necessarily predict your own individual result.
How much does the consultation cost?
Mr Stone charges £100 for a new patient consultation. There is no fee for any related follow-up consultations. Mr Stone will write to your GP informing them about your proposed operation and he will send you a copy of that letter.
Mr Stone will not normally need to see you between your initial consultation and your admission date unless you have any specific concerns in which case he would, of course, be more than happy to do so.
How is the operation done and how much does it cost?
A breast reduction aims to remove excess skin and breast tissue from around the nipple and generates a smaller breast with an uplift effect. Patients who require an uplift only (‘mastopexy’) undergo essentially the same operation as a breast reduction, removing the excess skin and repositioning the breast gland, but without the removal of the breast tissue.
The nipples are preserved on blocks of breast tissue called a ‘pedicle’. Mr Stone uses a ‘central mound’ pedicle technique that gives good results in his hands. Once the excess skin has been removed, and the breast gland re-positioned, the skin is closed in the form of the familiar ‘anchor’-shaped scar. This means that there is a scar around the nipple, a vertical scar extending from the nipple to the breast fold and a further horizontal scar in the breast (‘infra-mammary’) fold.
The wound is closed with absorbable stitches and Micropore tape, and a sports bra is used to support the breasts after the operation – there is no need for bulky dressings. Drains are usually inserted, one in each breast.
The operation is undertaken either at the Exeter Nuffield Hospital or at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Payment will be requested in advance of your operation. The cost of cosmetic surgery will include hospital, surgical and anaesthetic fees and follow-up. Costs sometimes vary depending upon the specific nature of the proposed procedure and are likely to depend upon where you elect to have it performed. Mr Stone is happy to discuss costs with you at the time of your consultation.
What are the risks of a mastopexy?
Mr Stone will take some time to outline the risks and complications that can be associated with breast reduction surgery. In brief, these include risks that are associated with any surgical procedure including scarring (which can occasionally become lumpy), infection, bleeding, and thrombo-embolic complications (clots in the legs or lungs).
While scars are inevitable they do tend to settle down well. The scars located in the breast fold are well hidden as is often the scar around the nipple which is located at the junction between pigmented and non-pigmented skin. The vertical scar will be visible but, of course, all scars are well hidden in a bra. At either end of the infra-mammary fold scars there might be some fullness, known rather disparagingly as ‘dog ears’. Occasionally these need to be removed at a later date under local anaesthetic, although most of the time they settle down on their own.
The other complications are rare, but there are some factors which might increase your risk of thrombo-embolic complications such as smoking, obesity, a previous history of deep vein thrombosis and taking the oral contraceptive pill. We take every precaution to avoid clotting problems in all patients. Those patients who are taking the oral contraceptive pill are asked to discontinue for six weeks prior to surgery. It is also important to recognise that smoking impairs wound healing and can compromise the blood supply to the nipples.
There are also some potential complications related specifically to breast reduction surgery. Again, these are all rare but Mr Stone will discuss them with you.
During the operation, the nipples are preserved with their blood supply and nerve supply intact, but if for some reason the blood supply were to become compromised irreversibly then some necrosis of the nipple could occur. This means that the nipple could be lost either in whole or part. This is an extremely rare complication but it is the one the worries patients most. Mr Stone uses a very safe technique for mastopexy to ensure that this risk is minimised and he has never personally experienced such a complication in his own cosmetic practice.
The nipples can, however, lose sensation after the operation; equally sensation can be enhanced.
Because the breasts are made up predominantly from fat, a tissue which is very sensitive to its blood supply, patients can sometimes develop areas of ‘fat necrosis’ in the breast after surgery. This may present clinically either as a lump (which can raise anxieties in the usual way) or a self-limiting discharge through the scar. This is more common in larger breast reduction patients.
The shape and size of the breasts, despite careful measurement pre-operatively, may not be identical on each side after a mastopexy. Asymmetry of the scars may also be noticed. However, every effort is made to achieve breast symmetry. The shape of the breasts may also change slightly with time as the breast tissue settles.
One complication which can occur not infrequently (and is more common in larger mastopexies, smokers and diabetics), is T-junction necrosis. This means that some of the skin at the site where the vertical scar meets the horizontal scar loses its blood supply and requires dressings, or rarely even a skin draft, to enable it to heal.
Some patients feel that their breasts are slightly numb following mastopexy surgery. This usually settles but can persist in a small minority of patients indefinitely. Some patients develop breast pain (mastalgia) after their operation. There is no surgical solution to this but it is usually self-limiting.
Having had a mastopexy by Mr Stone should not necessarily mean that you cannot breast feed later on, although your ability to breast feed could not be guaranteed. Some women find themselves unable to breast feed even without having had any surgery.
This list is not exhaustive and there may be some risks that are relevant to you as an individual that have not been specified here.
What happens on the day of my operation?
You will be asked to come in a couple of hours before your scheduled theatre time. One of the nurses will perform some routine pre-operative checks and you will be seen by a consultant anaesthetist. Mr Stone will then see you to sign a consent form and take some pre-operative photographs purely for your clinical records – they will not be shown to any other patient without your permission.
Mr Stone will draw markings on your breasts using measurements that are appropriate to you.
What should I do after my operation?
When you wake up you will notice that you are wearing your sports bra but, once again, there will be no other dressings apart from some tape covering the scars on the breasts; this should be left in place and kept dry for the first couple of weeks after surgery. You will already be wearing support stockings and calf pumps will be used to gently massage your lower legs to maintain the venous circulation and reduce your risk of a DVT. A drip will be placed in the back of your hand and the nurses and anaesthetist will ensure that you have all the painkillers that you might need.
The nurses will check your breasts intermittently during the first 24 hours after surgery to make sure that they are soft and that the nipples have a good blood supply. The stitches are dissolvable so will not need to be taken out. You are likely to have a small drain in each breast which will normally be taken out the day after surgery. This isn’t a painful process so you shouldn’t worry unduly about it. The vast majority of patients will only need one overnight stay in hospital after their operation but some patients may stay in a little longer.
After you have been discharged from hospital you will probably need simple painkillers only (such as paracetamol and ibuprofen) for around a week. It is important that you avoid any strenuous activity for at least six weeks. Most patients, however, are able to drive and return to work after a couple of weeks, depending upon their occupation. Mr Stone recommends that you wear a sports bra day and night for up to six weeks post-surgery.
What is the follow-up procedure?
Mr Stone or his nurse will see you two weeks after your operation to remove the tapes over your scars. After that, the tape will be renewed and should remain in place for another couple of weeks at which point you can start moisturising them, either with a standard moisturising cream, such as Nivea, or with a silicone-based cream such as Dermatix which has been shown clinically to improve some scars. Alternatively, some patients elect to use Bio-oil to soften their scars which generally heal very cosmetically anyway. Mr Stone will then see you again for a final check-up after 6-8 weeks.
Thereafter he will not normally need to see you again but is always available should you have a problem.
What is something goes wrong?
Adverse outcomes are very unusual following breast reduction surgery. Certainly, if there is an immediate post-operative complication, or one arising within one month, necessitating a return to the operating theatre, such as a haematoma (bleeding) or infection, there are no cost implications for you.
Even after one month both Mr Stone and the provider hospital understand that their overriding priority is to try to achieve for you what you had hoped, and so any further surgery that may be required will be considered on an individual basis in terms of on-going costs. You should anticipate, however, that there will be a cost for surgery related to problems that occur in the longer term such as cosmetic adjustments etc.
It is important that you have a full understanding of the nature of the proposed treatment, its purpose, the risks that any reasonable patient would consider to be significant and the alternative treatment options before agreeing to undergo surgery. If there is anything that you do not understood throughout the process you should ensure that you have clarified this with Mr Stone, either verbally or in writing, before your operation.
An informed consent sheet will form part of your medical records. You should sign and date a copy and keep a further copy safely. You will find it useful to refer to during your treatment programme.