A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity, heredity, and other factors. At PeaceHealth Medical Group in the Portland metro area, breast lift surgery, also known as a mastopexy, is a highly individualized procedure and patients should do it for themselves, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. A breast lift can correct breasts that sag, have lost shape and volume; breasts with a flatter, elongated shape or are pendulous; nipples that fall below the breast crease; nipples and areolas that point downward; stretched skin and enlarged areolas; or if one breast is lower than the other.
Breast Lift Reviews
"Lift the Breasts and Enhance Them! Yes, YOU Deserve This! - Vancouver, WA - Really impressed with Dr. Manish C. Champaneria, MD how well he works with you. Very respectful and answers all question thoroughly. He is a very gentle and kind individual whom makes you feel very relaxed and comfortable. The surgery was easier than I thought. Probably the most gentle and caring doctor I have had surgery with."- G. / RealSelf / Feb 12, 2015
"35 Year Old Mother ROCKS a Mommy Makeover and Brazilian Butt Lift - Vancouver, WA - Dr. Gabriel is a secret little gem here in the Northwest. He has a great bedside manner and has a brilliant surgical gift. I could tell at the hospital how respected and well-liked he is by how the nurses interacted with him during my recovery. He came highly recommended from a couple friends who had used his cosmetic services before me. I also am friends with a couple surgical nurses he frequently works with. They say "he's the best." He always answers my questions and has never left any of my needs unmet. He does beautiful work and is a pleasure to visit with in his office. I'd do it all again."- T. / RealSelf / Mar 11, 2015
"44 Breast Lift with Implants - Vancouver, WA - Dr. Gabriel is one of the most amazing doctors that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I recently had to have a breast mass removed and decided that since I was going under, I might as well have some improvements. I did not want to be larger in size, I just wanted perky fuller breasts. I never specified any specific implant sizes, but clearly discussed my expectations with Dr. Gabriel. He worked closely with my oncologist to come up with the right strategy to meet my expectations. I can not tell you how happy I am with the results. I was slightly nervous about not being specific about implant size and leaving it up to his discretion, but he did not disappoint. He called me the evening of my surgery to check on me, and told me that he tried 4 different sizes before settling on the final one. This man is a perfectionist and I would recommend him to anyone. He will be straightforward and honest about what he can and can not do for you, and he will honestly tell you if you don't need anything done either. He and his staff are 100% professional, caring, and wonderful to interact with. I am one happy patient"- J. / RealSelf / May 26, 2015
"37 Year Old Mother of Twins Mommy Makeover with Botox for to Aid Recovery. Vancouver, WA - Fantastic plastic surgeon with an attention to detail. He has a very pleasant bedside manner. He will make sure you are recovering with minimal pain."- A. / RealSelf / Jun 02, 2015
"34 Years Old, 2 Kids, Pregnancy Wasn't Good to Me - Vancouver, WA - Dr. Champaneria is amazing, professional, knowledgeable, and a gifted surgeon."- J. / RealSelf / Apr 20, 2016
During a breast lift surgery, incisions will be made around the skin-color line of the areola. It may extend vertically, down to the crease of the breast, or extend further to a horizontal incision following the breast crease direction. How extensive the incision will be depends on how much skin must be removed. The excess skin will be trimmed away and the underlying tissues tightened. The remaining skin will be stretched up and closed with sutures. An implant placed underneath the chest muscle may also supplement the lift as it can provide additional support in keeping the improved projection in place.
Women who contemplate undergoing breast lift surgery often wonder what the incisions will look like and how bad the scarring will be after the procedure. The incisions vary depending on how severe the breast sagging is and how much tissue volume is present. The most common incisions are noted below.
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola;
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast;
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast, and another horizontal line following the direction of the breast fold.
Breast lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia at an accredited surgery facility. On average, the procedure may last up to 2 hours. The recovery will vary as some patients will have had a breast lift in combination with a reduction surgery, or with augmentation using implants. Regardless, patients will be encouraged to move around within the first 48 hours. Activities such as carrying heavy objects or any activity that puts pressure on the chest must be avoided. Most patients can resume normal activities within a couple of weeks, but exercise should not be attempted for 6-8 weeks. There will be some scarring associated with this procedure, but with extra care they will heal and fade, and many patients feel they become secondary to a more beautiful breast shape.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Lift FAQs
Lift or Augmentation?
It depends on the patient’s aesthetic goals and the current breast form. A breast lift will help correct a sagging, drooping breast. Many times after this surgery, patients are happy with their breast size because the lift alone creates a fuller breast. If the patient wishes to have more volume and increase the breast size, implants will resolve this issue. Before surgery, a thorough consultation and assessment will be provided, and the surgeon will recommend if a lift alone is all that is needed, or if an augmentation and a lift may be done as a combination surgery.
It is common in a breast lift procedure that the nipple is repositioned so that it looks proportional to the newly shaped breast. When excess skin is trimmed away, a portion of an overly stretched areola (the colored skin around the nipple) is simultaneously trimmed away. The goal is for the nipple and areola to be within a normal size and position.
How Bad Is Scarring?
When incisions are made to trim away the skin, scars are an inevitable part of the process. Plastic surgeons are experts when it comes to minimizing scarring with precise techniques when it comes to incisions and suturing. A post-surgery scar care program will be provided, and patients are strongly encouraged to follow the plan so that healing is healthy and quick.