Breast Uplift Surgery (Mastopexy)

A breast uplift (mastopexy) is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves reshaping the whole breast mound and tightening the surrounding skin to make them firmer and give them a naturally youthful, lifted appearance without reducing the breast volume.

Breast uplift surgery is suitable for patients who have experienced a loss of volume in their breast tissue as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or the natural ageing process. Mastopexy improves the appearance of drooping breasts by restoring their pertness.

Our breast lift treatment is carried out under general anaesthetic and may involve an overnight stay in one of our private hospital partners. Recovery from a breast uplift can take up to six weeks, certainly, for the first two weeks, we advise our patients to take it easy.

What to Expect During a Breast Lift in Glasgow

During your initial consultation, our consultant plastic surgeon will talk through exactly what you are looking to achieve, the type of breast uplift you are seeking, and the scars you consider acceptable to achieve this. Any desired changes in shape will also be discussed and we will offer advice on the best breast uplift treatments to achieve the best possible results.

After this initial consultation, we will go ahead and book you in for your treatment. We encourage patients to ask as many questions as possible during the consult, but if you have any questions or concerns leading up to your breast lift procedure, you are welcome to call us.

Your breast uplift will happen at the Aesthetic Medicine Institute, Dr. Darren McKeown’s esteemed aesthetic clinic in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland. The procedure usually takes about 3 hours and is done under general anaesthesia.

Breast Lift Techniques

There is a whole variety of techniques for breast uplift surgery. Which technique our consultant plastic surgeon uses depends on your shape, what you are looking to achieve from this treatment, and the scars involved.

Most people wanting a considerable breast uplift are better suited to procedures that involve a scar around the areola. This is a vertical scar that runs from the areola down to the crease below the breast and another scar within the crease. The scars are hidden fairly well and settle with time, making this quite a discreet technique for breast lifts.

People who want one or both breasts lifted slightly do very well with a technique that only leaves a scar around the areola and possibly a short vertical scar below the main scar.

There is currently no non-surgical breast augmentation procedure that can achieve the same dramatic, sometimes life-changing results a breast lift can. It is a safe and effective treatment for breast rejuvenation, which is why so many people choose to go this route.

A breast lift can be a challenging procedure, but when it is done well and looked after during the healing process, it yields excellent results and very happy patients.


Most patients feel up to going home the same day of their breast uplift surgery and prefer this to an overnight stay in a hospital. However, you have the option of staying overnight if you live alone, live far away, or would just rather spend the night in hospital.

Our consultant plastic surgeon does not use surgical drains in patients, which means you can shower as soon as you like. However, you should avoid soaking your scars in water for prolonged periods during the first two weeks. This includes deep baths and swimming.

We recommend that patients avoid any heavy lifting or vigorous activity for at least two weeks following surgery. You should slowly ease back into your normal activity and expect to get back to your normal pace after about six weeks.

Most of the swelling and discomfort usually settles within 3-4 weeks, though it can take a few months to settle completely. The scars usually improve considerably over the first 3 months, but they will take about a year to heal completely.

We will arrange a wound check one week after your procedure and schedule follow-ups at the clinic after six weeks, three months, and six months.

Is a Breast Uplift Right for You?

The typical patients that are likely to get good results from a breast uplift are those who have had children and would like their breasts to look more like the way they used to before breastfeeding and gravity took their toll.

Many people have never been happy with their appearance though and also achieve fantastic results with breast uplift surgery. Most people want enhancements that flatter their physique, give them a better silhouette, and increase their body confidence.

A breast uplift can be combined with breast augmentation procedures such as a breast reduction or breast implants to change their size and add additional firmness, should that be your aim for your treatment.

Ready to book your breast uplift surgery?

Call us on 0141 370 0509 or use the form below.

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Key Facts

Why Choose Us for a Breast Lift in Glasgow?

Along with using the latest cutting-edge techniques and offering a wealth of expertise and experience in breast uplift surgery, our team also offers a human touch that is vital for your comfort during your treatment.

We recognise that the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery can be daunting. We also recognise that there is a lot of information, and misinformation, on the internet – often tainted by commercial bias, trying to persuade you to make a snap decision.

At the Aesthetic Medicine Institute, we take a different approach.

Our staff understand the thought process and emotional challenges you face when contemplating cosmetic surgery and want to help you by providing accurate, unbiased information to help guide you through your decision-making process.

Should you choose to have breast uplift surgery with our clinic, you can be guaranteed that your procedure will be carried out by a highly skilled consultant plastic surgeon and a plastic surgeon whose NHS practice is dedicated to breast uplift surgery and breast reconstruction. That’s right, breast surgery is what he does all day, every day.

We believe that by having super specialists carry out each breast lift in our clinic, we can achieve the best possible results in the safest possible way, giving you the best possible chance of a successful outcome.

This is why we are the leading clinic for a breast uplift in Scotland.


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Russell Bramhall is a consultant plastic surgeon. Formerly of London's Harley Street, he works as an NHS consultant at Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he specialises in breast reconstruction for cancer patients. In his private practice, Russell’s main interest is in breast surgery.

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