Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Breast lift surgery is a way to gather all of your natural breast tissue into one location by raising it up on the chest. Typically patients enjoy more upper pole fullness after surgery. The breast will remain the same size, though this technique can be combined with implants to enlarge the breasts if desired. We also reduce the size of the Nipple Areolar Complex (NAC), which is the pigmented portion of the breast.

Anesthesia: General
Operative Time: 2-3 hours
Incisions: Lollypop or Keyhole
Drains: None
Recovery Timeline:

  • 1 week – Suture removal; Typical time off work
  • 3 weeks – Resume low-impact exercise
  • 6 weeks – Resume all exercise without restrictions
  • 3 months – Majority of swelling gone and wounds 90% strong
  • 1 year – Final healing

*Please note that each patient and case is unique. Nothing in surgery is a guarantee. Please talk with Dr. Street more in person about your individualized surgical plan. All general anesthesia is performed by a board-certified anesthesiologist.


Can I get a lift with just an implant?

Yes. Increasing the volume of the breasts does lift the whole breast slightly. But, I discourage patients from getting very large implants just to avoid the scars of the lift. Doing that leaves a patient feeling too big. Ultimately, a significant breast lift can only be achieved by removing skin and tightening the breast, which raises it.

How do I know if I need a breast lift?

Some patients already know they want a lift. Others aren’t sure if they need one to achieve the look they are going for. We can discuss this during your consultation and exam. Depending on whether or not we are using implants, how your natural tissue lies, and patient desires, we will discuss the pros and cons of a lift. We also take measurements during the exam that can help elucidate the need for a lift.

What are the different incision options for breast lift?

Depending on how much the breast needs to be raised, patients can have incisions ranging from just around the nipple (NAC), to a vertical scar (Keyhole), to a broader inframammary scar (anchor type). Most lifts can be achieved through the keyhole pattern and do not require a long scar underneath the breasts.

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