Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Procedure Raise and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples.
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
Operative markings
After resection of skin only
Closure of wounds
Postoperative appearance


Actual patient photographs available at time of consult.