Breast Lift

In addition to the above oversized breasts can be reduced or trimmed to its natural or balanced size. As well as sagged breasts can be lifted up. A breast lift is a proven, effective way to elevate the breast on the chest wall, reposition the nipple and areola (the pigmented area around the nipple). A breast lift may be done alone or in combination with enlargement of the breast for patients seeking additional volume of the breast. When implants are used as part of the procedure, the procedure is known as a breast augmentation.

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Breast lifts can improve the position, shape and distribution of existing breast tissue. It must also be remembered that effects of gravity and aging will continue and that some amount of sagging may gradually recur over time.


This is a question your plastic surgeon will help you answer. A common thought among patients is the pencil test, i.e. if a pencil can be held in the crease of your breast then a lift is needed. This is sometimes but not always true. In general, the lower the nipple is from the crease of the breast and the more stretched skin there is, the higher the likelihood of needing a breast lift.
Most breast lifts allow you to safely breast feed following the procedure. The less disruption of the milk ducts, the higher the chances of success. Speak with your plastic surgeon to determine the specific technique to be employed.

What can be done about the scars from a breast lift?
Breast lift scars take many months to mature and reach their final appearance, often as long as a year. The following methods are used to reduce scarring:
  • Taping the scars
  • Intense pulse light
  • Silicone sheeting
  • Silicone based gels
  • Topical steroids
  • Bleaching creams
Most breast lifts last several years depending on the technique used, skin tone, and weight gain or loss; these all factor into how long the operation will last.
There is a risk of losing nipple sensation although this is not always the case.
This is not usually the case except with extremely large breast reductions. The nipple is not removed in our practice.
Yes, this is possible, but the skin tone must be good and the patient must be an appropriate candidate.
Usually breast lifts are cosmetic operations designed to restore the youthful appearance of the breast. Breast reductions are performed to reduce breast size for the relief of back, neck, and shoulder pain.