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A breast lift, or mastopexy, is cosmetic breast surgery to lift the breasts. The surgery may also involve changing the position of the areola and nipple

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Breast Lift Procedure

Breast lifts can be performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. A custom procedure will be performed to lift and elevate your breasts depending on your skin laxity, the volume of breast tissue, and the desired outcome. All breast lifts require external incisions, which are minimized as much as possible. But our breast enhancement patients find that the improved breast shape is well worth the tradeoff.

Incision Techniques

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Each breast lift procedure can be adapted using various incision techniques based on the type of patient and the desired result. Here are 3 of the most commonly used breast lift techniques:
Anchor (Traditional) Breast Lift - The most traditional technique. This procedure involves an incision around the areola, vertically down the breast from the nipple to the breast line and along the breast fold in a crescent incision (resembling an anchor). This technique is best suited for those who have significant sagging as it allows for the removal of larger amounts of tissue and skin.
Lollipop (Vertical) Breast Lift - This technique involves only two of the incisions; around the areola and vertically down the breast. There is no crescent incision along the fold of the breast. A lollipop lift is best suited for women with moderate drooping.
Donut (Circumareolar) Breast Lift - This technique involves a singular incision around the circumference of the areola. A donut lift would only be employed where there was only minor sagging. These procedures can also be combined with a breast implant for the best outcome.

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Top 10 Reasons For Breast Lift

Here are ten of the major reasons why women seek a breast lift:

  • Aging: Over the years, gravity has a huge impact on your breasts weighing down your skin causing them to lose firmness and begin to sag noticeably.
  • Back and Neck Pain: When your breasts become saggy, it can create pressure on your body and give you chronic back or neck pain.
  • Bra Straps: When your breasts sag too much, it puts pressure on your back and neck causing your straps to “slash” into your shoulders
  • Limited Physical Activities: When you have unsupported breasts, it can limit regular household activities as well as more strenuous sports exercise like running.
  • Nipples & Areola: When your breasts start to sag too much, your nipples can end up hanging below the crease of your breasts and point downward.
  • Pregnancy & Breastfeeding: A pregnancy puts a lot of strain on your breasts, especially when you breastfeed. Nursing a child makes your breasts stretch and shrink several times creating an impact on the breast tissue and the elasticity of the skin.
  • Self-confidence: A breast lift will make you less self-conscious and give you confidence in how you look.
  • Skin Irritation: Your breasts can brush against your skin and cause you pain and rashes.
  • Weight Loss: When you lose a lot of weight, your breasts become saggy and lose their shape.
  • Youthful Appearance: A breast lift can help make you look younger.


What is the recovery time from a breast lift surgery?

Depending on the amount of skin removed, most women are back at work after breast lift surgery about a week after the procedure. No heavy lifting or exercise is recommended for 4-6 weeks.

Is it possible to breastfeed after breast lift surgery?

It is possible to breast feed after breast lift as long as the nipple is left attached to the underlying breast tissue. Most women are able to breast feed quite successfully since the ducts are left attached, however it is not guaranteed.

Should I wait until after pregnancy to get a breast lift?

Pregnancy can definitely change a woman’s breasts. We usually recommend that if a patient is going to get pregnant in the next year, she delay breast surgery just because the breast will be different after pregnancy. It is difficult to predict how much a breast will change so we recommend waiting 6 months after pregnancy to schedule surgery. That being said there is no contraindication to pregnancy after an augmentation or lift, however a revision may be needed in the future based on body changes.

What questions should I ask my doctor before a breast lift?

We would love to achieve the best outcome for you so its important to be clear about your goals. A full consultation will helpful to discuss all your concerns.

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