Breast Lift

Women experiencing breast ptosis, or sagging, may benefit from a breast lift.* Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift procedure can help reverse some of the most common effects of aging on the breasts, including downward-pointing nipples, excess breast skin and an elongated breast shape.* 

Female plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Harrington understands that any procedure concerning the breasts is a sensitive one, and takes great pride in customizing her approach for each patient. During your consultation, she’ll work with you to decide on the best way to help you meet your appearance goals.

Harrington Plastic Surgery has helped women from throughout the Twin Cities with a breast lift. Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about breast lift surgery, including cost.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?

Most women with anywhere from mild to severe breast sagging can be excellent candidates for mastopexy. Some of the most common reasons to think about getting a breast lift include:*

  • Breasts have begun to droop with age
  • Pregnancy or nursing have caused breasts to lose their shape
  • Weight fluctuations have caused breasts to lose volume and sag

Breast Lift Surgery Incisions

There are 3 common incision types used for breast lift procedures:

  • Periareolar Incision: This incision traces around the pigmented skin of the areola. While this incision is small, it may disrupt the milk ducts and glands, which can affect your ability to breastfeed in the future.
  • Keyhole Incision: This incision begins with a periareolar incision and then runs vertically from the bottom of the areola to the bottom of the breast.
  • Anchor Incision: This incision follows the same path as a keyhole incision, but also runs horizontally along the breast crease in either direction for a short distance.

Your Breast Lift Procedure

Breast lift surgery is a same-day procedure performed under general anesthesia. The entire process usually takes 4 to 5 hours, with the surgery itself lasting around 2 to 3 hours or less.* Dr. Harrington performs breast lift surgery in an accredited surgery center. You will be asked to arrive at the surgery center 1 hour before the start of your procedure and stay for 1 hour after your procedure is finished. You will need to bring someone with you who can drive you home after your breast lift, and an adult should stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery.

After making the incision, Dr. Harrington will reshape the breast tissue to create a rounder, fuller look.* The breasts are raised to a higher position on the torso, restoring a perkier profile.* Next, the skin is tightened around the new breast shape and any loose skin is excised.

Depending on your appearance goals, Dr. Harrington may recommend additional procedures to include with your breast lift surgery. Because a breast uplift does not add volume to the breasts and may even make the breasts appear slightly smaller, many women choose to combine their mastopexy with breast augmentation using saline or silicone implants.* A breast lift procedure is also commonly included as part of a mommy makeover.

Women interested in having smaller breasts as well as resolving breast sagging may be better candidates for a breast reduction. Every breast reduction procedure includes lifting and tightening of the breasts.*

Breast Lift Recovery

It’s normal to feel some soreness and sensitivity during the first few days after your breast lift surgery.* Most women take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks away from work and other normal activities.* Dr. Harrington may provide you with a special post-surgical garment to wear during the first few days of your recovery in order to reduce swelling and improve comfort.*

During the first several weeks after your procedure, you should refrain from strenuous exercise and other activities that may interfere with your body’s healing process.* Although individual experiences vary, most women are able to see their final breast lift results within 6 to 12 months of their surgery, with scars continuing to mature for a year or more.*

During your consultation, Dr. Harrington will discuss any risks or complications associated with mastopexy. If you notice any sudden swelling or pain in your breasts, notify our office immediately.

Next Steps

If you have questions or would like more information, contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your breast lift consultation.

*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.