Aging, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, genetics, and breastfeeding can all cause the breasts to droop and lose their youthful volume, position on the chest, and projection over time. Breast lifts are very popular cosmetic procedures that rejuvenate, lift, and tighten breast tissue.

Our highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons have performed thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. We invite you to book a consultation to discuss your goals and treatment options.

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Breast lift benefits:

  • Firmer, lifted, and more youthful breast appearance

  • Balanced and symmetrical breasts

  • Correcting flat, elongated, or pendulous breasts

  • Resized or repositioned areolas

During a breast lift, we can address asymmetry and drooping, reshape or resize the nipples and areolas, augment the breast size with a mastopexy augmentation, or reduce the breast size with a breast reduction procedure. Our goal during a breast lift procedure is to accentuate your body’s curves and proportions by lifting the breasts into a more natural and youthful position. Poor breast lifts can look asymmetric, boxy, or flattened, and may have widened scars. Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, it’s critical to do your research and make sure that your surgeon is qualified.

What to Expect

Before your breast lift, we will discuss your surgical goals and medical history during a consultation with your surgeon. We’ll examine your breasts, take photographs and measurements, and will make treatment recommendations based on your unique goals. We will also answer your questions, and talk about the procedure, risks and complications, anesthesia, recovery, and aftercare instructions.

When you arrive for your breast lift procedure, you’ll be checked in and required to fill out some paperwork. Following that, you’ll be taken to the pre-operative area where you’ll change into a surgical gown, have any necessary lab work done, get weighed, and have an IV started. During this time, you’ll meet with your surgeon to discuss the surgical plan and have a chance to ask any questions you may have. Your surgeon will use a surgical pen to measure and mark your breasts before administering the anesthesia. Typically, breast lifts require general anesthesia.

Breast Lift Incisions

Typically, the choice of incision pattern used in your breast lift surgery will depend on your specific anatomy and surgical goals. The three most common options are the anchor, donut, and lollipop patterns.

The anchor pattern, also known as the inverted T or Wise pattern, is typically used to correct significant ptosis or asymmetry. This approach involves three incisions: one around the areola, a second running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and a third along the contour of the breast crease.

For patients seeking a minimal to moderate lift, the lollipop, or vertical incision pattern, may be more appropriate. This method involves two incisions: one around the areola and a second running vertically to the inframammary fold.

The donut, or periareolar incision pattern, is the most discreet option and involves only a single incision around the areola.

The breast lift procedure generally takes one to two hours. Afterward, you’ll be taken to our post-anesthesia care unit for observation and rest for approximately an hour. You’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home following the surgery.

Medical Review: This procedural information has been medically reviewed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Brian A. Cripe, M.D.

Mastopexy Before and After Photos

For privacy, we reserve the majority of before and after photos for viewing during in-office consultations. The cases presented are representative and shared with permission.

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Mastopexy Recovery and Aftercare

Many of our breast lift patients feel well enough to return to work after two weeks and feel fully recovered within 4 to 6 weeks. Everyone recovers at their own pace, so please take it easy and listen to your body. Avoid high-impact exercise for the first four weeks to help promote healing.

To optimize healing, we ask our patients to follow these recovery guidelines after their procedure. If you notice increased redness, discharge, or pain near your incision, please give us a call right away.

  • Incision Aftercare: A surgical dressing will be applied after surgery to protect your incision areas. Please be gentle with the incision area and keep it dry for the first 48 hours. After 48 hours you can shower, but avoid using hot water. Please don’t submerge your body in water while bathing or swimming for four weeks to reduce the risk of infection.

  • Post-Operative Bra: We’ll give you a post-surgical bra to wear for six weeks. This lightly compressive garment helps reduce swelling and improve incision healing. If you’d like, you can wear a sports bra or soft bra that also provides gentle compression, but don’t wear any undergarments with underwires for six weeks.

  • Medications: We’ll usually prescribe pain medications to help you feel more comfortable.

  • Scar Massage: Once your incisions are fully healed, around two weeks, we’ll advise you to gently massage the incision area. This can improve the appearance of your incision lines and minimize the appearance of breast lift scars. Use a gentle lotion – like Aquaphor or cocoa butter – but don’t worry about investing in an expensive scar cream. The real benefit of scar massage is the massage itself, versus the chemicals in the cream.

  • Sun Protection: Breast lift incisions are usually hidden by clothing, bikinis, and undergarments, however, sun exposure can worsen the appearance of scars. Wear sunscreen and avoid direct sun exposure on the incision areas to help keep your skin healthy and improve scar healing.

  • Laser Treatments: Laser skin resurfacing treatments can help improve the appearance of breast lift scars, and we may perform these during your follow-up appointments if we feel you could benefit from additional scar treatment.

Breast Lift FAQs

Breast lifts address sagging and breast position, whereas breast augmentations enhance breast fullness, shape, and projection. Patients who want to achieve a rounder, fuller breast, may be better suited for a mastopexy augmentation versus just a breast lift. We often perform breast lifts and augmentations simultaneously, which reduces the number of surgeries and minimizes the recovery period. Patients who have large breasts may opt to reduce their breast size while also lifting the tissue during a mastopexy reduction.

Every plastic surgery practice offers different pricing. The national average procedural fee for a breast lift is around $5,000, plus the cost of anesthesia, surgical facility costs, and medications. Please set up a consultation with one of our surgeons to learn more about the procedure and to receive a personalized quote. We also offer six- and 12-month interest-free financing options through Care Credit.

We generally perform breast lifts on healthy patients, nonsmokers, and who don’t have any medical conditions that may impede wound healing. BMI is also a consideration. When you meet with one of our surgeons for your breast lift consultation, we will discuss your goals and anatomy to determine which cosmetic procedures would be best suited to meet your unique needs.
At our practice, we offer interest-free financing options through Care Credit and PatientFi.

If you want to enhance or reduce your breast volume in addition to a breast lift, you may be better suited for a mastopexy augmentation or mastopexy reduction. Many patients also combine their breast lift with a tummy tuck and liposuction, also known as a mommy makeover procedure. At Plastic Surgeons of Northern Arizona, we provide discounts for subsequent cosmetic procedures. Booking multiple cosmetic procedures at once is much more affordable than standalone surgeries, and reduces recovery time.

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