Breast Lift

Also known as mastopexy.

A breast lift addresses sagging and uneven breasts, decreased breast volume and drooping nipples and stretched areolas (the darker area surrounding the nipples), recreating a youthful shape and lift to your breasts. If there is too little or too much breast volume, a breast augmentation or breast reduction might be recommended in addition to a lift. Every year, thousands of women undergo successful breast-lift surgery, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results.

When to Consider a Breast Lift

  • Pregnancy, nursing, gravity, weight gain or loss, normal aging, and heredity have taken a toll on the shape of your breasts, resulting in sagging
  • If your surgeon thinks that breast implants alone are unlikely to achieve the contour you desire
  • If the tissue surrounding the nipple or areola has become stretched

Related Procedures

Many women who consider a breast lift also consider breast augmentation with implants and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

Considerations

Pros

  • You will have improved breast shape, projection, and symmetry
  • Your breasts will have a more youthful appearance.
  • You will look better in and out of clothes and feel more self-confident.

Cons

  • The effects of a breast lift might slowly diminish over time because of gravity and aging.
  • Although incisions are at the lower pole of the breast, some experience excessive scarring.
  • Subsequent pregnancy may compromise your surgical results.

These are the three top pros and cons to weigh when considering a breast lift. If you wish to focus on what is unique to you, please consult with your aesthetic plastic surgeon.

Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?

If you’ve become increasingly unhappy about the sagging of your breasts, you may wonder what surgery can do. Don’t be surprised if your surgeon suggests combining breast augmentation or breast reduction with your lift; adjunct procedures may be necessary to achieve your goals.

The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider a breast lift:

  • Breasts which are pendulous but adequate in size.
  • Breasts which lack substance or firmness.
  • Nipples and areolas which point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease.
  • Poor symmetry: breasts which appear different from each other. One breast may appear firm and well positioned while the other may not.
  • You are finished with childbearing and breast-feeding. If you plan to have children, you may want to postpone cosmetic breast surgery. Pregnancy may stretch the breasts and reduce their volume, compromising the benefits of surgery.

If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.

Your Consultation

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We are privileged to have an outstanding team of medical professionals who are caring, exceptionally talented, and driven to help you look and feel your very best."

- Robert J. Perry, MD FACS