The Benefits of Breast Lift Surgery

Sagging, also known as ptosis, of the breasts occurs in various stages. When no laxity is present, the lower breast tissue sits above the inframammary line, and the nipples point forward. As laxity develops, your breast tissue migrates lower toward the inframammary line. In women with significant degrees of ptosis, most of the lower breast tissue sits below the line, and the nipples point downward.
When your breasts lose their shape and perky position, you may find that they age your appearance. While laxity is common as we age, younger women can have older-looking breasts following pregnancy or weight loss. Returning your breasts to a more pleasing position on the chest can often take years off your overall appearance.
If your breasts lack volume, you might consider implants to improve their appearance. However, implants can exacerbate sagging in women with poor breast laxity. If you are experiencing minor to moderate drooping at the time of your breast augmentation, combining a breast lift can ensure better, longer-lasting results.

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Causes of Breast Sagging

Weight Loss:
  • After recent weight loss, you may find that your breasts have begun to droop
  • Sagging tissue is common after weight loss and may be accompanied by an “empty” breast appearance
  • Choosing a breast lift after weight loss can help you achieve the total body transformation you originally envisioned

  • Sagging breasts are common following the birth of a child, especially if you nursed for several months
  • You may be unhappy with this new, permanent change in your breast appearance
  • Moms may struggle to feel confident with sagging breasts

  • As you age, your tissue loses its elasticity, leading to breast sagging
  • Over time, the breasts can become elongated and pendulous
  • Breast lift surgery lifts and reinforces the tissues to create more shapely and perky breasts

Breast Lift Options

Anchor (Inverted T) Lift:
  • The incision is placed around the outer edge of the areola, vertically down the lower breast tissue, and across the inframammary crease
    • Best suited for moderate to severe cases of ptosis

Vertical Lift:
  • The incision runs around the outer edge of the areola and vertically down the lower breast tissue
    • Best suited for mild to moderate cases of ptosis

Donut Lift:
  • The incision is placed around the outer edge of the areola
    • Best suited for mild cases of ptosis

Crescent Lift:
  • The incision runs around only the top portion of the areolar edge
    • Best suited for very mild cases of ptosis

Nipple Repositioning:
  • In moderate to severe cases of ptosis, the nipple may have poor positioning
  • The nipple-areola complex can be moved to a more attractive and natural position on the breast

Combining Procedures

Breast Augmentation:

A breast lift is often combined with breast augmentation because implants cannot provide any significant improvement to sagging breasts. Instead, the weight of the implants can make the ptosis worse over time. Laxity that is left untreated at the time of a breast augmentation can gradually affect the quality of your results. Breast lift surgery can help prevent complications such as double bubble deformity or implants that bottom out. Tightening and restoring firmness to the breast tissue can help your breast augmentation results look better, and it also helps them last longer.

Tummy Tuck:

Breast lift surgery will often be performed during a Mommy Makeover, which combines abdominal contouring procedures with breast enhancement. Combining breast and body procedures helps women achieve a more toned body following the birth of a child. Addressing body issues as a whole helps you achieve more natural, uniform, and dramatic results.


Immediately following your surgery, you will experience bruising and swelling around your breasts. A specialty compression garment should be worn to help minimize excess swelling. It is important to carefully follow your postoperative instructions to ensure quality healing and the best results possible.

Diet is an important factor in your healing process. It is necessary that you provide your body with the essential vitamins and nutrients it needs to heal following your surgery. Your diet should consist of protein, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits. However, a diet of soft foods may be best immediately following your surgery because of the side effects of the general anesthesia. A detailed list of healthy, nutrient-packed foods will be provided before your surgery.
Patients will be required to limit their physical activities following their procedure. You will need to rest for several days after surgery. Most patients return to work two weeks after their procedure. You can resume your regular exercise routine sometime between four and six weeks post-surgery. You shouldn’t smoke for at least six weeks following your procedure.
You will be prescribed medications to take on a routine basis following your surgery. KEFLEX® and CIPRO® (ciprofloxacin) are antibiotics used to prevent infection. Flexeril™ and Valium® are muscle relaxers used to reduce discomfort. Over-the-counter pain medication may also be used to relieve any additional discomfort you may feel during your recovery. medication

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Patients preparing for a breast lift should quit smoking six weeks prior to their surgery and shouldn’t take any blood-thinning medication for two weeks prior to their procedure. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of nutrients. Do not eat after midnight the day of your surgery.
A: Breast lift surgery is performed using a general anesthetic. This is to ensure patient comfort and safety during the procedure.
A: Breast lift surgery is an outpatient procedure and takes one to two hours to perform.
A: You will provide Dr. Ip with your health history, inform him of any medications or supplements you are taking, and tell him the results you expect from your procedure. Dr. Ip will assess your anatomy and degree of ptosis to recommend which technique will help you achieve your desired outcome.
A: You will be able to see a drastic improvement in the position of your breasts. Your breasts will be shapely and perky, instantly transforming your silhouette. Your breasts may be more evenly proportioned after surgery.
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