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A breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a procedure that is performed to fix saggy breasts by removing the excess skin and tightening the breast tissue.

Age, pregnancy, breastfeeding, significant weight loss, and gravity may lead to saggy breasts. Breast lift surgery can raise the breasts and improve the appearance of saggy breasts.

A breast lift can change the shape of the breasts and the position of the nipple and areola, but it can’t give extra volume to breasts. If patients want to change the size of their breasts along with breast lift, then a breast augmentation procedure or a breast reduction is combined with breast lift surgery.

The individual's who are experiencing sagging or drooping breasts caused by aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, or genetics may want to get breast lift.

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Common signs that a woman may be the right candidate for a Breast Lift include:

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  • Sagging or drooping breasts: If the breasts have lost volume and shape because of pregnancy, aging, wearing the wrong bra or just of gravity, a breast lift may be able to help restore a more youthful appearance.

  • Nipples pointing downward: If the nipples point downward or fall below the breast crease, a breast lift can reposition them to a more youthful position.

  • Excess skin: If there is excess skin on the breasts, a breast lift can remove it, creating a tighter, more lifted appearance.

The women who have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure  are the right candidates for a Breast Lift.

If the individual is pregnant or breastfeeding, she can’t have a breast lift procedure. It is recommended to wait several months after quitting breastfeeding.

Please remember that; a breast lift can improve the appearance of sagging breasts, it will not significantly change the size of the breasts.

If you are looking to increase the size of your breasts you may consider a breast augmentation in addition to a breast lift.

A breast lift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. There are three degrees of breast sagging and the surgeon uses special techniques for each grade.

Types Of Breast Lift


  • Lollipop or vertical lift: An incision is made around the areola. Most of the breast lift procedures can be performed via a lollipop lift.

  • Anchor or inverted T lift: Incisions are made around the areola and vertically down the breast creases. This option is ideal for patients with grade 3 breast droop.

  • Donut lift: This is the least invasive form of breast lift while a circular incision is made around the areola to reshape the breast tissue. This is an ideal type for patients with minor sagging.

  • Crescent lift: As a donut lift, this type is also for correcting mild breast droops. A very small scar may be seen after the full recovery.

For a comfortable surgery and recovery period, the golden key is to prepare properly to Breast Lift. Here are some general tips on how to prepare for a breast lift:

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  • Choose a qualified plastic surgeon: It is important to make a detailed research. You may consider to take your breast lift surgery even abroad. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience with breast lift surgery.

  • Have a consultation with your surgeon: Face to face or online consultation will give you a point of view about your surgeon. During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your overall health, examine your breasts, and discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure. Don't hesitate to ask the risks and benefits of the surgery.

  • Quit smoking:  If you smoke, you will need to quit at least four weeks before and after the surgery.

  • Avoid certain medications and supplements: Some medications and supplements can increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery.

  • Follow pre-operative instructions: There will be specific instructions to follow before the surgery. These instructions include; not eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before the procedure, arranging for someone to drive you home after the surgery, and wearing loose-fitting clothing on the day of the procedure.

  • Arrange for post-operative care: Post-operative care is important so don't try to do everything by your own. Ask a close friend or a family member to drive you home after the surgery and help you with daily activities for a few days after the procedure. You may also need to arrange for childcare, pet care, and time off work.

  • Prepare a comfortable recovery space; Before the surgery, prepare your home. Soft pillows, blankets, and entertainment such as books or movies, plenty of ice packs and pain medication will be helpful.

By following these tips, you can help ensure a safe and successful breast lift surgery and a smooth recovery.

Before Breast Lift procedure on the day of the surgery, the individual's has to arrive at the hospital on scheduled time.

After the preparation the individual's are taken to the surgical facility and will be given general anesthesia to ensure comfortable and pain-free procedure.

After the anesthesia the surgeon makes incisions in the breast tissue to remove excess skin and reposition the nipple and areola to a higher position on the breast. The remaining skin is then tightened and the incisions are closed with sutures.

*If you're getting implants, the surgeon will insert them before closing the sutures

After a breast lift, the individual's are taken to a recovery room for monitoring and for to wake up from anesthesia.

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During this time there will be bandages or dressings on the incisions and, a thin tube called drain will be replaced, to take the fluid and prevent swelling. Most probably at the same day you will be discharged.

The cost of a breast lift can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, such as the location of the clinic, the experience of the surgeon, and the extent of the procedure.

In the United States, UK or any other European country the average cost of a breast lift is between $4,000 and $8,000, but this can vary widely depending on the specific circumstances.

Breast Lift recovery period varies depending on the individual patient and the extent of the procedure. In general, it can take several weeks to fully recover from a breast lift.

Right after the surgery, it is common for the individuals experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising. For to minimize these side effects it is recommended to wear a supportive bra at least for 4 weeks. Supportive bra will aid in the healing process and reduce swelling.

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During Breast Lift recovery period be sure to pay attention and follow the instructions that your surgeon suggests you to...


  • You are recommended to rest for 7-8 days and sleep on your back or side.

  • You should avoid lifting any object heavier than 10 pounds.

  • The stitches generally dissolve on their own, in that case they don’t need to be removed.

  • You can have a bath when drains are taken off.

  • Avoid sexual activities for a week but you must protect your breast at least 4 weeks.

  • Avoid weight lifting until your doctor allows you to continue.

  • Your doctor will recommend you to take pain medications for a week.

  • You can go back to your normal life in a week following the instructions given by your doctor.

  • You can see your final results in 3 months.

  • Breast lift scars will fade within a year and a pale line may be seen after that.

The answer to the question, “Can you breastfeed after a breast lift”, is usually yes.

Like any surgical procedure, there are both pros and cons to consider before deciding to undergo a breast lift.

Pros of Breast Lift


  • Improved Breast Appearance: The most obvious benefit of a breast lift is that it can improve the appearance of sagging or drooping breasts, making them look firmer, more lifted, and more youthful.

  • Increased Self-Confidence: For many women, sagging breasts can be a source of self-consciousness and low self-esteem. By restoring the breasts to a more youthful and attractive appearance, a breast lift can boost self-confidence and improve quality of life.

  • Improved Clothing Fit: Sagging breasts can make it difficult to find clothing that fits well, particularly bras and swimsuits. By lifting the breasts, a breast lift can help clothing fit better and feel more comfortable.

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Cons of Breast Lift

  • Scarring: Like any surgical procedure, a breast lift will result in some scarring. While the incisions are typically hidden under the breast or around the nipple, some scarring may still be visible.

  • Cost: Breast lift surgery can be expensive, particularly if it is not covered by insurance. The cost will depend on the extent of the procedure, the surgeon's experience, and the location of the practice.

  • Risks and Complications: As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications associated with breast lift surgery, including infection, bleeding, scarring, and changes in nipple sensation.

  • Possible Need for Additional Surgery: Depending on the extent of the breast lift and the individual patient's anatomy, additional surgery may be necessary in the future to maintain the results of the initial procedure.

During the breast lift surgery the individuals will not gain any pain but afterwards it is normal to experience some discomfort and pain. The pain level changes according to the individuals pain tolerance, and overall health.

The pain is mostly related with the incisions made during the procedure. The operation it self and the incisions can cause some bruising, swelling, and tenderness in the breast area.

However, most patients find that any pain they experience is manageable with pain medications prescribed by their surgeon.

In addition to pain medication, wearing a special supportive bra or compression garment for several weeks will also help to manage the pain and other side effects such as swelling.

Breast lift surgery can be performed at any time of the year, as long as the individuals are in good health and has realistic expectations about the outcome. However, there are some factors to consider when choosing the ideal season for breast lift surgery.

One of the primary considerations is the recovery period after surgery. Breast lift surgery typically requires several weeks of recovery time, during which the individual should avoid strenuous activity and take special care of the surgical site.


So, for the working individuals holiday seasons may be the best time of the year because they can take a break from work or other obligations.

Another consideration is the weather. During the summer months, it can be more difficult to avoid sun exposure and excessive sweating, which can impact the healing process.

Additionally, some patients may feel more comfortable wearing compression garments and other post-surgical support during cooler weather.

The duration of the results of a breast lift procedure can provide long-lasting results, but depending on various factors such as age, genetics, weight fluctuations, and lifestyle choices the results will not be permanent.

In general 10–15 years after you may need to go under a revision breast lift surgery.

There are nonsurgical breast lift options to improve the appearance of the breasts or add some extra volume to them.

Even if these options may not provide the same results as a breast lift, women who have concerns about general anesthesia or, are looking for cheap breast lift options, consider lifting breasts without surgery.

The options listed below are temporary solutions, they don’t last long, and none of the methods can raise and reshape your breasts like a breast lift surgery.

Nonsurgical Breast Lift Options


  • Aptos threading, Caci bust treatment, Laser therapy, Thermage, Renuvion-J Plazma, Vampire breast lift, Botox injections ,Dermal fillers, Breast lift exercises, Shaping creams

Written on 15/10/2018


Last Update: 24/10/2023

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