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Breast Lift in Watford

Breast surgery is one the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures at The Harley Medical Group in Watford. Whether you call it a 'Breast Lift', 'Breast Uplift with Implants', a 'Breast Lift/Enlargment', or use the medical term 'Augmented Mastopexy' there are many reasons why someone might consider a combined Breast Lift and Breast Enlargement procedure.

Breasts naturally change shape, after pregnancy and breastfeeding; they can appear saggy and deflated after weight loss and droop as a part of the natural ageing process. This is due to the breast’s skin becoming so stretched that the breast tissue is not supported. Once this has occurred there is little that can be done to restore a naturally full and firm bust without breast lift surgery.

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Why have a breasts uplift

Breasts are naturally lifted and supported by ligaments, called Copper's ligaments, which over time can stretch and cause a sagging appearance. Loose skin or the loss of skin's elasticity can also lead to droopy, deflated boobs. The degree to which breasts become sagging and droopy will be influenced by numerous factors including:

  • Gravity: your body cannot defy gravity, as it pulls your breasts down it stretches and strains your breast's ligaments.
  • Breast size: larger breasts leads to a higher chance of sagging purely because higher breast mass is more vulnerable to gravity. Smaller breasts with a rounder bottom tend to hold their shape better than other breast shapes and sizes. A higher BMI is often associated with larger breasts.
  • Weight fluctuations: gaining or losing a good deal of weight, especially quickly, can change the shape of your breasts and stretch or shrink the skin surrounding them. Multiple pregnancies is the largest contributor to weight fluctuations.
  • Smoking: chemicals found in cigarettes causes the skin to lose elasticity by destroying existing Collagen and Elastin and limiting further production of the protein, so smokers are more likely to develop saggy breasts. Collagen and Elastin provide the skin with its natural strength and elasticity, and even being around second-hand smoke can cause lasting damage.
  • Genetics: the genes you get from your family play a part in the size and shape or your breasts, the strength of your Cooper's ligaments, and your body weight.
  • Exercise: exercise that involves a lot of breast movement can put extra strain on the breast ligaments. If the breasts - especially large breasts - do not have proper support, it can lead to stretching of the ligaments and sagging of the breasts
  • Age: breasts often start to sag as part of the natural ageing process, particularly after menopause when hormone changes can affect the structure and volume of the breast tissue.

The breast lift procedure

A Breast Lift with Implants is a surgical procedure, normally performed under a general anaesthetic that takes up to 2 hours to perform at our Watford Breast Lift clinic. During the procedure excess skin is removed allowing the remaining skin to be lifted and tightened, the nipple is often moved to a higher position and possibly reduced or reshaped.

A breast implant is placed, usually above the muscle, to reshape the breast giving it a firmer, fuller and more youthful appearance. For an Augmented Mastopexy the excess skin will be removed from underneath the breast and will leave a 'lollipop' shaped scar running around the nipple with a vertical line to the underside of the breast. Occasionally your surgeon may make an incision in the crease under the breast to make an anchor shape scar, this will be discussed during your consultation.

Choosing when to have a Combined Breast Uplift and Breast Enlargement is very personal. We recommend you consider timings particularly if you are considering a pregnancy in the future. Most women seek to undergo a breast uplift after their families are complete because the breast tissue may stretch again reducing the effectiveness of the surgery. However, you can undergo a Breast Uplift and Enlargement before pregnancy without any risks to the pregnancy or breast feeding.

You will be invited to meet with one of our Breast Surgery Specialists at our Watford clinic who will discuss your concerns and the results that you want, they will then recommend the best breast surgeon for you and talk to you a little about their experience.

It is fundamental that you thoroughly discuss your expectations with your Watford surgeon before your surgery so that you understand what the Breast Lift will achieve and, most importantly whether it is right for you. Your surgeon will also discuss the scars you will have and your recovery process.

Breast lift aftercare

Depending on several factors, that will be discussed with you during the consultation at our WATFORD clinic, you may either be discharged from hospital on the day of your procedure or will need to stay in the hospital overnight.

Most of our patients choose to stay overnight for their comfort. If you go home on the same day we will request that an adult collect you from the Watford hospital and stay with you overnight. Following a general anaesthetic you car insurance may not be valid for a period, check your documents if you're unsure of your policy. You will find wearing a seatbelt uncomfortable as your chest will feel tight and your breasts and the ribs below your breasts will be sore, over the counter painkillers will help to keep you comfortable. Do not drive until you feel safe and are comfortable wearing a seatbelt.

Immediately following your surgery you may have drainage tubes in the breast to drain away any fluid or blood; these tubes will be taken out when the fluid or blood has stopped draining and usually before you go home. You may also be given antibiotics upon leaving the hospital, you must complete the full course. You can expect swelling and localised discomfort which will subside within a few weeks.

Allow yourself adequate time to recover to ensure you get the best results. We recommend that you take at least 2 weeks off work and depending on your age and general fitness, you will need to rest for two to six weeks only undertaking light activities. Avoid any strenuous activity while you are recovering as this will affect the speed at which you recover and your overall results. However, you should be back being able to exercise normally after six weeks. You will need to wear a support bra, with no under-wire, for at least 6 weeks.

Watford Breast Lift Prices

Breast Lift prices with The Harley Medical Group Watford are from £9,675.

We always endeavour to be completely transparent at every stage of your journey with us which is why all prices quoted are complete and include all pre-operative tests, post surgery garment and all post-operative care. There are no hidden extra costs.

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Breast Uplift Finance Options

We understand finance availability can sometimes be a barrier to undergoing breast uplift surgery. With manageable payments, we can provide a feasible solution to suit your needs. We have a range of finance options available to help you pay for your breast lift - simply ask at your no-obligation consultation.

Please contact one of our Patient Advisors or call 0800 288 4110. Alternatively, you can discuss your financial options with one of our Patient Advisors during your consultation at your local clinic.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The final decision will be made between you and your Cosmetic Surgeon in Watford. The procedure is most suitable for those patients who feel self-conscious due to their breasts having excess skin and appear deflated from weight loss, ageing or pregnancy

The Harley Medical Group Watford has been committed to providing excellence in Cosmetic Surgery and Non Surgical Solutions in the UK since it was established. During this time, we have developed a full understanding of the many reasons why people have Cosmetic Surgery and how it can improve how they feel about themselves.

For more information see our guide Choosing your Cosmetic Surgery Provider

Breast asymmetry is actually very common with the majority of women having one breast slightly larger than the other. However in more extreme cases of breast asymmetry can be emotionally distressing to a woman.

A Breast Uplift and Enlargement procedure at our Watford clinic can help to correct asymmetry in some cases but it can’t be guaranteed. Breast asymmetry is not always caused by an aberration in the breast but rather by symmetry in the chest wall which unfortunately can’t be corrected with this procedure.

You can discuss any concerns regarding breast asymmetry with your surgeon at your Watford consultation.

The Breast Lift procedure usually takes between one and two hours to complete, is carried out under general anaesthetic and may require an overnight stay in our Watford hospital so that your progress can be monitored.

Your cosmetic surgeon will begin by making small incisions in the natural crease underneath the breast, in the armpit or the underside of the nipple area. They will then insert the implant either behind or over the muscle and breast tissue to give a natural shape before closing the incisions with surgical sutures. Your Watford Breast surgeon will advise which position will deliver the best results for you. You can discuss the procedure in more detail with your cosmetic surgeon during your consultation at our Watford clinic.

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