Procedure Raise and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples.  Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Length One to three hours.
Anesthesia Local with sedation, or general.
In/Outpatient Usually outpatient. Sometimes inpatient.
Side Effects Temporary bruising, swelling, discomfort, numbness, dry breast skin; permanent scars.
Risks Thick, wide scars; skin loss; infection; unevenly positioned nipples; permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breast.

Back to work: one week or more.

Strenuous activities: one month.

Fading of scars: several months to a year.

Duration of results Variable
  • Gravity
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging
  • Weight changes may cause new sagging.

Results may last longer or be enhanced when breast implants are inserted as part of the procedure.


Preoperative appearance breast lift photo
Preoperative appearance
Operative markings breast lift photo
Operative markings
After resection of skin only breast lift photo
After resection of skin only
Closure of wounds breast lift photo
Closure of wounds
Postoperative appearance breast lift photo
Postoperative appearance

Actual patient photographs available at time of consult.