What is a Breast Lift (Mastopexy)?

A breast lift or mastopexy is a procedure that uses various techniques to improve sagging or drooping breasts and enlarged nipple-areolar complexes. During a mastopexy the excess skin is removed, the nipples are repositioned and reduced, and the breasts are shaped to create a perky, aesthetically pleasing breast. To obtain a lifted breast, incisions are placed around the nipple, at the lower pole of the breast and in the fold of the breast.

Breast Lift before and after photos

Who is a candidate for breast lift surgery?

  • Stable weight
  • Non-smoker
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Sagging or drooping breasts
  • Large nipple-areola complex
  • Elongated breast
  • Downward-pointing nipples and areola

What are the risks of breast lift surgery?

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Poor scarring
  • Infection
  • Bleeding or Hematoma
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation
  • Irregularities or asymmetry in the shape and size of the breasts
  • Partial or total loss of the nipples or areola
  • Difficulty breast-feeding
  • Need for revision

How long is the recovery for a mastopexy?

  • Many patients return to a job with light duty after 1-2 weeks
  • You may drive once off pain medication and you are comfortable on the road (usually 1-2 weeks)
  • May return to normal, unrestricted activity after 6 weeks

Tests Procedures Video Breast Lift Areola