Breast Lift with Implants Combination: What You Need To Know

Dr Kam SinghMedically reviewed by Dr. Shivram Singh, (Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgeon) has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.
— Written by Ann Smith — Updated on June 21, 2021

Although a conventional breast augmentation procedure can help increase your bust by multiple cup sizes, the breast lift, or mastopexy, can resize and recontour your breasts. Another possibility is getting a breast lift with implants to dramatically reshape your appearance. This combination procedure is known for providing rounder, fuller breasts.

breast uplift after pregnancy

Ideal Candidates

The ideal patient for this procedure is an adult woman who is healthy and has sufficient breast skin and desires fuller, larger breasts. This procedure is commonly used by women who have recently undergone reduced breast volume after certain events like menopause, motherhood or significant weight loss.

If you become pregnant, your breasts may expand by as much as three cup sizes, stretching your skin and causing your breasts to look droopy or deflated once they resume their normal size. A breast lift and implants surgery can help.

I have gone through menopause. Can I have this procedure?

Following menopause, the breasts may change their shape. Declining estrogen levels can cause your body to begin distributing fat in a different way, shifting it from the breasts into the abdomen. Combined with skin elasticity changes, it can make one or more breasts appear more flat, particularly on top. A breast lift and implant surgery is a great way to help reverse these undesirable changes.

This cosmetic procedure can provide a lifting action in combination with the tightening of loose and sagging skin. Adding implants into this process is very helpful in restoring lost volume and rounding out the upper part of each breast.

Breast Lift and Implants Price

There is a great deal of variability in the price of this procedure. Consult with the surgeon who will be performing your procedure to determine how much it will cost.

What types of breast implants are available?

The two basic types of available breast implants contain saline and silicone. Saline breast implants are filled with sterilized salt water and have a silicone coating that enhances the size and shape of the breast. These implants are normally inserted without their inner fluid, which is added as needed to obtain the desired shape for the patient.

Silicone breast implants contain a silicone gel that is a close match to the feeling of human tissues. They differ somewhat from saline breast implants in that the breast will not lose size or shape in case of a rupture. If a rupture occurs, however, the breast implant will require removal.

Other Types of Breast Implants

Gummy Bear Implant: This type of implant is named this way because it will not have its shape altered if the upper layer breaks. Unlike other implants, they are normally firm, with specific sides designating top and bottom.

Round Implants: Women who receive these types of implants desire breasts that appear fuller since this procedure is normally for those who want breast enlargement. They do not have a specific side for top and bottom, but are round all over.

Smooth Implants: As the name indicates, smooth breast implants provide a smoother feeling. They are not stiff, resulting in more natural movement.

Textured Implants: Textured implants are known for being more fixed and stuck to surrounding tissues, so they will not move around as much inside of the breasts, as with some other implants.

Your Surgery

This combination cosmetic procedure takes as long as three hours to complete and is normally performed under general anesthesia. The type of incision required is dependent upon the amount of skin removal to achieve the desired lift. If only a minor amount is required, an incision can be created around the areola, whilst moderate tightening may involve an extra vertical incision to help with reshaping.

To make room for your breast implant, your cosmetic surgeon will form a pocket. They will place your new implant beneath the breast tissue, and the implant may need to be placed under the chest wall muscle. Finally, your surgeon will seal your incision using stitches, and tape, bandages, and gauze will be applied to provide support and help with healing.


One of the key aspects of the procedure is breast lift and implants recovery. Following your procedure, your breast will be swollen, bruised, and uncomfortable for a few days, which can be reduced with the use of oral anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. In a day or two after your surgery, your bandages will be removed, and you will need to wear a sport bra for two to three weeks.

You may have drainage tubes inserted for a few days to remove excess fluid. Your stitches can be removed in a week or two. You may experience numbness and swelling for up to six weeks after your procedure.

Contact your cosmetic surgeon right away if you experience any complications following your surgery.

Combination Breast Lift and Implants FAQ

How much does this procedure cost?

When it comes to breast lift and augmentation cost UK patients should consult with the performing surgeon. Costs vary on an individual basis, depending upon factors like the size and type of implants that will be used.

What happens at a consultation?

At your breast lift with implants consultation, you will be meeting with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon to ensure that a lift and augmentation can help you achieve the results that you desire. It may help to bring along photos of how you would like to look after your procedure. You'll be asked to reveal your medical history, including any medicines or supplements that you are currently taking, as well as any past surgeries, relevant medical conditions, and the state of your general health.

Your cosmetic surgeon will provide an examination, measurement, and photographs of your breasts. They will go over your surgical options and develop a plan for your individual needs, based upon your body type and personal preferences. You will also discuss with your surgeon the type of implants that you desire and the size that you would like your breasts to be.

Why Do People Have A Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is a surgical procedure, usually performed for cosmetic reasons, whereby a woman's boobs are reduced in size.

It is estimated that the number of breast reduction surgeries performed in the UK is rising each year and the latest story to grab the headlines is that of celebrity Kerry Katona, of Atomic Kitten fame from Warrington, Cheshire, who has recently undergone reduction surgery in conjunction with other breast procedures.

breast reduction procedure

Reduction surgery is designed to decrease the size of a ladies boobs by removing fat, tissue and skin so that they are a more desired and manageable size, keeping in proportion with the rest of the body.

Often women with large breasts suffer major side effects that can negatively impact on their lifestyle and self esteem with discomfort and pain due to the size and weight of the breasts. Common complaints of large boobs include shoulder pain, back pain, neck discomfort and fatigue.

According to information on the Internet, average large breasts can weigh between 750g (D cup) to a massive 1.3kg (F cup).
So when we look at these figures it is easy to see how supporting two breasts of this weight can take its toll on the body.

Should You Consider Breast Reduction?

Whilst this question is something only you can ultimately decide, there are a series of points to consider that may make your decision a little easier and outline whether or not you are an ideal candidate for reduction surgery, these include:

- The size, weight and volume of your breasts limits your physical activity.
- You are suffering skin side effects as a result of large breasts, such as infection or rashes.
- You are not part of a current ongoing weight loss programme.
- You are not having any more children.
- You are experiencing pain or discomfort in your shoulders, neck or lower / upper back.
- You have difficulty sleeping.
- You feel your breasts are too large for the rest of your body (disproportionate).

How Is A Breast Reduction Performed?

A breast reduction is a single cosmetic procedure that removes tissue and skin from your natural breasts to decrease the overall size.

In a typical reduction procedure, no implants are used, which means that the new shape, size and position of the breasts is down to the skills and expertise of your chosen surgeon. A breast reduction usually involves lifting the breasts (uplift) and give a more perky appearance.

Before surgery, your surgeon will mark your breasts with a surgical pen so that the guide is there for where incisions will be made and where tissue will be removed from.

An incision is typically made around the outside of the nipple (areola) and down the centre of each breast. This is so that excess tissue and fat can be removed to reduce the overall size. Depending on the extent of the surgery and the size of your boobs, the areola and nipple may need to be removed and reattached in a new position. Although this is usually only for very large breast reductions and generally both the nipple and areola remain attached.

A breast reduction is a permanent procedure with high patient satisfaction and is very rarely reversed. As long as you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle your 'new boobs' will last for many years to come.

Results are usually instant and the patient can see how their breasts will look within a few days. Although it is normal to experience swelling and for the boobs to remain covered with supportive clothing during the immediate recovery and aftercare.

What Areas Are Covered?

The Manchester Private Hospital is a specialist breast reduction clinic with qualified and experienced surgeons in breast reduction procedures. The Manchester location acts as a central hub for the North of England and North Wales and many patients travel a good distance to attend out breast reduction procedures.

Common locations of patients include; Manchester, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Stockport, Preston, Burnley and more.

If you are unsure whether your location is covered and accessible to our clinic, give us a call and we can advise you on travel plans including duration and what you will need to consider when undergoing surgery. Our helpful staff are on hand to chat about breast reduction surgery on 0161 507 8822.

Breast Uplift After Pregnancy

Breast surgery after pregnancy and childbearing is often referred to as a 'mummy makeover', or 'mum job' in Manchester and other parts of the North, and it seems to be a trend that is popular at the moment for a number of reasons. One being that the pressures of modern society and media coverage of celebrities who 'bounce back' in to pre-baby shape, gives off an impression that others look up to or aspire towards

breast uplift after pregnancy

However, pregnancy is one of the biggest factors for change in a female's life whereby body shape and size are greatly affected. So it is understandable that whatever the reason, some women want to boost their self esteem and regain confidence.

Whilst it is possible for some women to look and feel as they did before, for many the reality is very different.

Breast Surgery - How Long Should You Wait After Pregnancy?

One of the biggest and most popular cosmetic procedures after pregnancy is uplift, also known as mastopexy, whereby excess skin is removed from each boob so that it can be lifted and, in some circumstances reshaped.

The minimum recommended time to wait after pregnancy before going under the knife for breast surgery is six months, but ideally a minimum of one year should have passed. This is because the body goes through drastic hormonal and physical natural changes that can continue to happen post-birth.

Following the delivery of your baby, depending on the type of delivery, your breasts can continue to change for many months afterwards and surgery is not advised until these changes have settled down and stabilised.

The duration is sometimes longer for women who breastfeed. If you are unsure, always consult a cosmetic surgery professional who specialises in post-pregnancy procedures. After all, surgery can be traumatic in itself on the body and recovery is required to ensure the best possible results and patient satisfaction.

What Are the Effects on the Breasts from pregnancy?

When women talk about pregnancy and giving birth, the topic of conversation usually involves the effects on the body.

Weight gain, hormonal changes and the general impact of carrying a baby for 9 months can take its toll. So how do the breasts change during this period and how does surgery help?

- Sagging
- Loss of volume
- Nipple / areola changes
- Position
- Shape

The first noticeable major side effect on the boobs from pregnancy post-birth is stretch marks.

During pregnancy the boobs usually increase in size and volume, which causes the skin to stretch and the breasts to hang lower. Naturally as the skin is stretched it loses elasticity and it is difficult for it to 'bounce back' after the breasts decrease in volume. Leaving behind what is commonly referred to as 'deflated balloons' or 'swinging pendulums'.

The second major side effect that women complain with is that the boobs continue to hang low despite losing their volume. This is caused by the ligaments and skin being stretched during the period of pregnancy.

All of these changes can have a negative impact on both emotional and physical state of women.

Post Pregnancy Uplift Without Augmentation

It is possible for cosmetic surgeons to perform uplift surgery without the use of implants, also known as augmentation. In fact, it is very common for women where size has never been an issue either before or after giving birth.

If you are considering an uplift, always do your research first and understand the procedure to the best of your knowledge before arranging a consultation. This will give you a deeper insight in to what is involved and what can be achieved.

Many cosmetic surgeons will be able to advise you on whether or not you are an ideal candidate for breast uplift after pregnancy and whether or not it will give you realistic results.

There are times when a surgeon may suggest waiting for a more optimum time or that your expectations are not realistic. It is important that you are able to fully understand your options. A common mistake many women make is rushing in to surgery and expecting a different outcome from what can be achieved. For example, to increase or regain the volume of your breasts, the use of implants may be required. This is because some desired looks cannot be achieved by uplift alone.

What Does Post Pregnancy Uplift Involve?

After giving birth to one or more children, you may decide to have an uplift procedure performed. If you are wondering what the procedure involves, below is a brief outline for information purposes:

- The breasts are raised to a desired position on the chest
- Excess skin is removed to reduce stretch marks
- Ligaments and some tissue may be removed in order to tighten the breasts and reduce sagging

Always ensure you fully research the surgery you are considering so that you better understand it. It will benefit both you and the cosmetic surgeon as you will both be 'on the same page' when it comes to your desired goals and realistic results. If, for any reason you have doubts or questions to ask, speak with a medical professional who specialises in breast uplift surgery for post-pregnant women.

Is it possible to undergo uplift and enlargement at the same time?

Enlarging the breasts at the same time as lifting them is a common combination cosmetic procedure after bearing children. This is because uplift is designed to raise the position of the breasts and augmentation is to increase volume.

However, before opting for cosmetic surgery, it is best to wait until you are sure you aren't going to have any more children, as it can feel as though you are undoing any achieved look from surgery as the body will go through another round of drastic changes.

What Locations Are Available?

When it comes to breast surgery, there are no limitations in terms of area or location. However, there are some points that you should consider to ensure that it is a viable option for you.

At the Manchester Private Hospital, we are ideally situated in the North West, close to many major cities with good access to transport links. We have patients coming from far and wide for breast uplift following pregnancy, including; Liverpool, Widnes, Birkenhead, Warrington, Chester, Blackpool and others.

However, as most surgical procedures of this nature require a minimum of one overnight stay in hospital, ensure you are able to make the necessary childcare arrangements, especially if you have recently given birth (6-12 months).

It is also important to note that travelling with a companion can offer support and help with immediate recovery, such as putting on clothes and driving you to and from your appointment.

Types and Methods of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast reconstruction is the term used for any type of rebuilding of a woman's boobs (occasionally men) to create a natural look and feel.

It can also involve creating a nipple and surrounding areola as part of the procedure.
There are two main methods used for breast reconstruction; implants and by using tissue taken from other parts of the body.

Following breast removal surgery, patients will be advised, and in some cases can choose whether to have reconstruction straight away or wait for another time. These two options are known as immediate and delayed reconstruction respectively.

There is little evidence to suggest one is more beneficial than the other and often comes down to preference of the patient or a surgeons advice based on the current health and wellbeing of the patient.

However, in some patients delayed reconstruction can sometimes be more difficult to perform as tissue is often required to be taken from other body parts to achieve the best possible outcome.


Common Methods of Breast Reconstruction

There are a couple of different methods that surgeons use for performing breast reconstruction. Including:

- Expander Implant

The expander implant method is one of the most common in Manchester and the rest of the UK. A surgeon places the expander implant beneath the chest wall and injects salt water solution via a tube over a set period of time. This technique expands the tissue and skin to the required size before final permanent implant placement.

- Back Tissue Reconstruction

Back tissue reconstruction is performed by using the tissue from the patients back known as the latissimus dorsi muscle. The large flat back muscle can be the 'donor site' of the tissue with affecting the function of the muscle itself. This method is sometimes used in conjunction with an implant depending on the breast size.

- Stomach Tissue Reconstruction

A stomach tissue reconstruction is when a portion of skin, muscle and tissue from the abdomen is taken from the patient and transplanted in to the breasts. Whilst this technique is performed less often due to its challenging nature, some patients prefer it as it is often performed at the same time as abdominplasty. In addition, a large section of tissue can be used, which means larger breasts can be constructed without the use of implants.

- Direct Implant

A direct implant reconstruction is when a final permanent implant can be placed in to the breast immediately following removal. Providing the area is suitable after mastectomy, a patient may prefer the direct implant method as it can have less physiological effects on their mental health, especially if only one breast is removed during surgery.

- Nipple Reconstruction

Although in some mastectomy procedures the nipples can be preserved, they are often removed along with the breast tissue during the operation. However, a nipple can be reconstructed using tissue from other parts of the body and tattoo is used to create the surrounding areola.

At the Manchester Private Hospital, our staff understand that some patients find breast reconstruction difficult and awkward to talk about. However, if you have any questions, regardless of nature, we are on hand to provide the answers you could be looking for. Our pressure-free environment puts you in control of your body and your decisions to make informed choices on what is best for you at all times.

Call us today for advice on 0161 507 8822.

How To Care For Your Boobs After Enlargement

After the worry, excitement, anxiety, stress and joy of having your breasts enlarged - it's only natural that you want to care for them as best you can.

Consultant-patient cooperation is imperative because the aftercare can greatly affect your long term results.

Due to the long list of emotions associated with breast enlargement, most patients give them the TLC they need.

However, a minority of patients in the UK cut corners and don't fulfil their side, which can be detrimental to their appearance.

Therefore, we have put together this comprehensive mini-guide of how to care for your boobs following enlargement and what you can do to maximise the results.

1. After you return home, follow your surgeon's personal aftercare plan and pay attention to your body. Listen to your feelings and be aware of any changes. After all no one knows your body better than you.

2. Any reputable clinic or surgeon should provide you with an aftercare plan that lasts a minimum of six weeks. Any shorter than this and your boobs won't be receiving the care they need. For example, painkillers may still be required at week four of recovery and sensation may return after this time.


3. Do not engage in any strenuous exercise, even if you live an active lifestyle. You should take it easy with only light movements for up to six weeks and any heavy lifting should be avoided.

4. Rest as best you can for a minimum of seven days. This includes avoiding any house chores. Sit back and relax. Book time off work and take it easy. The first week is crucial post-op and any stretching or lifting can not only open wounds, but also negatively impact the results.

5. Get help around the house and with personal hygiene such as showering. Lifting your arms above your head may seem like an easy task, but patients often report pain and complications after doing too much too soon.

6. Depending on the placement of your implants, avoid chest exercises for up to three months, especially in the gym such as bench press and fly weight lifting.

7. If your breasts are exposed to the sun, apply sun-cream with a minimum SPF 30. Scarring can be damaged as the skin is much thinner. Twelve months is the recommended minimum term to sunlight or artificial UV such as visiting the local sunbed shop.

8. If you drive, you should avoid doing so for seven days following your boob job. Reaction time and range of motion is restricted and any strong painkillers can impact your awareness.

9. For up to twelve weeks post-surgery, wear a sports bra or specialist recovery bra to ensure a lengthy healing time and so that your boobs are supported day and night.

10. For the first few days, it is advised that you try to sleep sitting up or as upright as possible. If you struggle to sleep in the sitting position you can lie on your back but try and support each side of your body so that you don't roll over and avoid front sleeping for a minimum of six weeks.

Caring for your new boobs should be something you take on board and become part of your life. After all it is a major decision and big investment for many people. So ensuring you get the most out of your boob job is only going to benefit you long term.

Speak to us at any time regarding breast enlargement care and if you have any concerns regarding implants we are only a phone call away; 0161 507 8822. To know more about breast enlargement surgery, please visit: