Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

A woman's breasts change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. This results from changes due to pregnancy, breast-feeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity and heredity. A breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin. It does not increase the size of the breasts, but lifts them in a better, more normal, youthful position. Mastopexy is usually done as an outpatient procedure with a quick recovery.


  • You have sagging breasts due to past pregnancies, breast-feeding, hereditary, weight fluctuations, aging or gravity.
  • You are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight.
  • You do not smoke.
  • You have realistic expectations. It does not change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of your breasts.
  • Your breasts are flatter, elongated and fall below the breast crease, and may be of different sizes.
  • Your nipples and areolas are below the crease of the breasts and enlarged.


  • The procedure is done as an outpatient under general anesthesia.
  • The incisions go around the nipple, vertically down from the six o'clock position of the nipple and along the crease of the breasts or part of it.
  • The nipple and areola area are made smaller if they are stretched, excess skin is removed and the breasts are lifted.


  • All sutures are dissolvable and under the skin, so showering and bathing can resume in a day or two.
  • Pain is minimal and easily controlled by oral medications.
  • Light activity can be resumed in a week and full activity usually in about 3-4 weeks. You will be able to drive after about one week.
  • You will wear a surgical bra for about one week.

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