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.

What does breast lift surgery work?

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 an oval around 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.  The different types of breast lift are described below.


Periareolar-This lift is reserved for patients who only need 1-2 cm of breast lift. Advantages are that the a large areola can be reduced in size and the scar is hidden within the margins of the areola. Disadvantages are that it can only lift the nipple 1-2 cm and it has a flattening effect on breast shape.It should not be performed in someone whose nipples point downward.

Vertical or Lollipop Lift-This lift can be performed in patients who need more lift than the periareolarMasto2 can achieve, typically 2-6 cm of lift. Advantages are that the areola can be reduced and one acheives a better lift and more cone shape to the breast. The disadvantage would be the visible vertical scar.

Inverted T Shaped or Wise Pattern Lift-This is the most powerful of lifts as it can lift the nipple >6 cm. Advantages are that one can dictate exactly the new shape of the breast, removing skin in both the vertical and transverse dimension. Disadvantages would be the visible scarring(although the transverse scar is usually not visible) and the greater extent of surgery.

Why should I choose Dr. Graham to perform my breast lift?

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 breast lift technique as it achieves breast fullness even in the upper breast, which often allows him to avoid placing  implants.

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 average breast lift recovery?  What is the time off of work after breast lift?  What are the restrictions after breast lift? Driving?

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. You can drive within the first week when you are comfortable and off of narcotics.

How much does a breast lift cost?

The average US price for a breast lift is $7000-8000. Dr. Graham’s pricing can be found here.

Contact us now to schedule your breast lift consultation!