Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)

Breast lift surgery is generally done to lift and firm droopy, sagging breasts. Breasts often sag as a consequence of pregnancy and nursing, or simply due to the effects of age and skin laxity as time passes. A breast lift can restore contours to the breasts, and make them more appealing.

Who is a good candidate?

Women with sagging breasts that lack shape and volume, as well as women with nipples that point downward, are generally good candidates for breast lift surgery.

Breast Lift Procedure

There are various techniques and types of incisions that can be used to perform breast lift surgery. The method chosen will be determined by the extent of the sagging, as well as the amount of reshaping that needs to be done.

Types of incisions:

  • Donut: Made around the edge of the areola only.
  • Lollipop: Made around the perimeter of the areola and down to the breast crease.
  • Anchor: Made around the areola, down the breast crease, and then along the bottom of the crease.

After the incision is made the breast tissue is reshaped and excess skin removed, so as to give the breasts a more defined appearance.


After surgery the breasts may either be wrapped in surgical bandage, or a surgical bra worn for up to 7 days. During this time there will be some swelling, soreness, and bruising. Stiches are removed within 2 weeks. Most patients are able to resume normal activity after 10 days, but strenuous activity should be avoided for up to 3 weeks.


Some results will be seen immediately, and will improve as the swelling goes down.

If you are thinking about getting a breast lift, please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for complete surgery details, as well as possible risks and complications.