A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, can raise and reshape sagging breasts and reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple) to increase the firmness and size of the breasts. As skin loses its elasticity, breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag; a process that is often increased by pregnancy, nursing, and gravity. Although a breast lift is not a simple operation, it's normally safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Schmid and Dr. Mooty of The Lubbock Plastic Surgery Institute. Women who are ready to move forward with obtaining firmer breasts should schedule an initial consultation to discuss their feelings and goals with the medical professionals at the Lubbock Plastic Surgery Institute, a leader in providing plastic surgery to Lubbock, Midland, and the surrounding West Texas area. During the consultation, they will describe the procedure in detail, explaining its risks and limitations (for instance, it won’t keep the breasts firm forever – the effects of gravity, aging, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations will eventually take their toll again) before creating the patient’s individualized treatment plan.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Reviews
"Tummy Tuck & Breast lift plus Saline implants - Will revise this at a later date."- J. / RealSelf / Mar 18, 2015
"I loved working with Dr. Schmid and his staff! They were all so helpful when it came to having my breast lift. I highly recommend him!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jun 24, 2016
"Mommy Makeover with Dr. Schmid - Lubbock, TX - Dr. Robert Schmid performed a mommy makeover for me about 4 months ago, and I have healed very quickly. He did a phenomenal job, and I could not be happier. I had a breast lift with a slight reduction, as well as a tummy tuck, and I am beyond pleased with the work he did. He and his staff are great and I highly recommend them to anyone."- R. / RealSelf / Sep 15, 2016
"I highly recommend Dr Mooty to anyone that is considering having plastic surgery performed. Dr Mooty and his staff have an excellent bedside manner that made me feel very comfortable. I recently had a tummy tuck, breast lift with implants performed and am extremely pleased with the outcome. I had very minimal pain and am recovering wonderfully."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Sep 21, 2016
"I had an Amazing Experience - I originally went to Dr. Mooty for a breast lift and In the end I had a Mommy Makeover. Dr. Mooty made me feel so comfortable and took the time to listen & answer all my questions. His office staff is very friendly and his nurses are very caring and helpful."- C. / RealSelf / Jan 10, 2017
The type of incision used during a breast lift procedure will vary depending on the degree of lift and whether implants will be placed during the surgery. If implants are a part of the procedure, whether silicone or saline, they are placed under the pectoralis muscle. This method provides additional support and helps to keep the breasts in a higher position for a longer period of time. In situations where a larger implant is desired, a supportive tissue matrix may be used as a sling to hold the implants in place.
The degree of lift will determine how many incisions are needed and where they will be placed. Once the incisions are made, excess skin and tissue are removed and the nipple and areola are repositioned for a natural placement. The sutures during this procedure are placed deep in the breast wall to secure and hold the breast up firmly. There are several incision placements to consider:
- Around the curvature of the areola (the tissue immediately surrounding the nipple)
- Vertically on the bottom of the areola, down to the crease under the breast
- Horizontally beneath the breast following the natural crease
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is considered an outpatient procedure. Operative time in most cases is between 1-2 hours. Recovery following a breast lift will vary depending on whether it was a stand-alone surgery or if it occurred in conjunction with another body contouring procedure. Most patients are able to resume their normal work schedules within a few days. Exercise will be a gradual process. Most women are able to resume their normal routines within 6-8 weeks. This includes running and weight training.
Breast Lift FAQs
Breast Lift or Implants?
Breast augmentation surgery with implants will help with size, but it will not help women if their breasts sag or droop downward past a certain point. Some doctors may use implants to help with sagging. With this approach, the immediate results may look better, but the additional weight causes the breasts to sag further. Some women find a breast lift is the only procedure they need to obtain the fullness they desire and determine implants aren’t necessary. During the consultation, we will discuss whether a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination of both will attain the best results.
During a breast lift procedure, the nipple and areola will be placed in a location on the breast that is natural and proportionate. The goal during this surgery is to reduce the size of the areola (the area surrounding the nipple) so it looks balanced with the new breast size and shape.
What About Scarring?
There is no way to avoid making the necessary incisions to complete a breast lift procedure. Therefore, some scarring will result from this procedure. Every effort is made during surgery to minimize scarring. Most women feel that the physical results following a breast lift procedure are worth the scars left behind. During the consultation, we will provide detailed post-operative scar care instructions.
Breast reduction surgery may also be combined with a breast lift to help a patient achieve the size and shape she desires. This surgery is very similar to a lift, but with the added step of removing more breast tissue in conjunction with excess skin. More information on this procedure can be found on the breast reduction page.