Plastic Surgery

Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that lifts and reshapes sagging breasts that can occur as part of the natural aging process, pregnancy or weight loss.

A breast lift may be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation to increase definition, volume and improve the overall contour of the breasts.

How a Breast Lift is Performed

During a mastopexy, our plastic surgeons remove excess skin and reposition your breast tissue and nipple higher on your chest to create a natural and more youthful appearance.

Incision placement is carefully considered based on what will work best for you. The three most common incision patterns are:

  • Around the areola
  • Around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease
  • Around the areola, vertically down to and horizontally across or near the breast crease

While temporary or permanent loss of nipple sensation is a risk of breast lift surgery, it is typically preserved as your breast tissue is not detached or removed.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?

Breast lift surgery is intended to correct sagging that occurs with age, weight fluctuations and pregnancy. Some of the results seen by our breast lift patients are:

  • Increased lift, position and firmness
  • Improved contour and shape
  • A more youthful appearance to the breasts

A surgery consultation with one of our highly skilled and practiced surgeons will help you determine if you are a good candidate for breast lift surgery and what outcome can be expected.


While complications from a breast lift are uncommon, every type of surgery has risks. The most common postsurgical problems are infections and scarring. Each complication, when identified and treated early, can be managed successfully.

Additional risks include:

  • Temporary numbness
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Discomfort
  • Scarring

Your surgeon will provide detailed pre- and post- surgery instructions to follow that will greatly reduce potential risks and complications.

While breast lift surgery does leave permanent scars, they fade over time and are usually hidden by clothing.

Preparing for Breast Lift Surgery

To help prepare for a breast lift your surgeon may:

  • Order a mammogram, especially if you have a family history of breast cancer
  • If you smoke, advise you to stop smoking before surgery and during the recovery process
  • Discontinue certain drugs and medications such as aspirin and other blood thinners

It's a good idea to make plans for your recovery as part of the preparation process. You will need a ride home from surgery and may need assistance with daily activities for the first few days.

Breast Lift Recovery

Immediately after surgery dressings and bandages are applied to your incisions and an elastic bandage or support bra is worn to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to manage the discomfort and pain.

The full recovery process following breast lift surgery can take several weeks or longer to see the final results. Exercise is contraindicated for about one month while other daily routines are gradually increased based on your surgeons advice.

Next Steps

To schedule a consultation call 800-789-7366 or request an appointment online.