What is a Breast Lift?

Breast Lift, or Mastopexy, involves a nipple lift and breast reshaping.  This is often necessary as the breast shape and nipple position changes after time, breastfeeding, and significant weight loss.  Often patients are happy with their breast size and how they fill out a bra, but only require skin and nipple resuspension.  Sometimes a lift also requires an implant to achieve a desired result.

Why should I choose Dr. Graham to perform my breast lift in Victor, NY?

Dr. Graham is a skilled surgeon, board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.  His background includes both general surgery and plastic surgery.  In both of these fields he has had extensive experience with breast surgery.  The majority of his plastic surgery training was in breast and body contouring surgery.  He takes pride in his mastopexy technique as it achieves breast fullness even in the upper breast, which often allows him to avoid placing  implants.

What does breast lift surgery involve?


Breast lift surgery technique is dependant upon the amount of extra breast skin as well as the position of the nipple.  It could be as simple as cutting out a crescent of tissue above the nipple, or it may require a vertical incision on the breast, or most commonly, it involves both a vertical and transverse incision on the breast.  Through these incisions the breast, nipple, and breast skin are reshaped.  Usually the ultimate scar looks like an upside down T or anchor.

What are the main risks of this surgery?


Please refer to the following form published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Breast_Lift_(Mastopexy)-ASPS

What is the typical postoperative course?

Day 1

  • Keep dressings clean and dry
  • You will not need to wear a bra
  • No heavy lifting or straining

Day 2-14

  • You may now shower.  Tape will be in place over your incision.  This tape is to remain in place until removed by your surgeon
  • Please begin arm exercises to prevent stiffness
  • No heavy lifting or straining

Day 14 to 1 month

  • You may slowly resume normal activities
  • You may resume sexual activity at 2 weeks (gentle with the breasts)
  • You may resume cardiovascular exercise at 4 weeks (stationary bike is OK at 2 weeks)


You may drive when you are off narcotics and feel confident to control the car.  Most patients are able to drive within 1-2 weeks.

Time off of Work? Restrictions?

This is dependant on the type of work you perform.  Many patients with office jobs only require a week or less.  However, patients who perform heavy labor may require 4-6 weeks to recover.  You will not be able to do any heavy lifting for at least 4 weeks.