What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is a procedure to raise the breasts to a perkier and more youthful position while restoring a pleasing shape to sagging breasts. Many women choose to undergo this procedure following changes to their breasts due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, or aging. Some women may also have drooping breasts due to heredity, and simply wish to achieve a more youthful breast shape.

While the best way to determine if a breast lift is right for you is to speak with a plastic surgeon, you may also determine if you should consider this procedure by asking yourself some simple questions. Do your nipples point downward, are you happy with your breast size when wearing a bra, and are your breasts asymmetrical? Considering these questions may help to clarify whether or not you should consider a breast lift.

A breast lift can be used to improve the following:

  • Sagging breasts
  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Downturned nipples
  • Breast contour and shape for a youthful appearance


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Who is a Candidate?

Healthy individuals who are bothered by sagging breasts that have lost shape or volume can often benefit from a breast lift. Ideal candidates will be at a stable weight, be nonsmokers, and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. It is important to understand that a breast lift cannot significantly change the size of your breasts. If you are looking to improve the projection and fullness of your breasts, a breast augmentation may be a better choice. To learn more, contact our office today to schedule a consultation appointment.

The Breast Lift Procedure

The breast lift procedure can be achieved using a variety of different incisions. The one that is right for you will depend on the amount of excess skin and tissue that needs to be removed, your individual anatomy, and your personal goals.

Crescent Lift

This incision may be used for patients who have a small amount of laxity that needs to be corrected. A small incision will be created around the top half of the areola.

Donut Lift

This technique is used for women who are experiencing a mild amount of sagging. A circular incision is created around the entire edge of the areola. A donut lift can also be a good option for reducing the size of the areola.

Lollipop Lift

A lollipop lift corrects moderate sagging and provides more extensive breast reshaping. One incision will be created around the entire edge of the areola, while another will be created that runs vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold.

Anchor Lift

This lift is best for dramatic reshaping to correct extensive breast sagging. One incision will be created around the edge of the areola, while another incision will be created vertically from the areola to the breast crease. Then, a third incision is created along the inframammary fold.


Following your breast lift procedure, you will experience some soreness and swelling. Pain medication can help to keep you comfortable. You will need to wear a special support bra to help minimize swelling and support your new breast contours. You should take it easy for the first few days and avoid exercise for 2-6 weeks. Dr. Willis will provide you with instructions regarding how to care for your breasts during recovery to ensure the best possible results.

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Breast Lift FAQs

Is a breast lift covered by insurance?

A breast lift is not covered by insurance.

Do I need a breast lift or just implants?

This will be determined by your plastic surgeon during the initial consultation.

Do you lose sensation with breast lift?

You might experience nipple sensation changes with a breast lift, but this should resolve after a few months.

Do you still have feeling in your nipples after breast lift?

You might experience nipple sensation changes after a breast lift, but this typically resolves after a few months. Rarely, it can be permanent.

How do you shower after a breast lift?

You can shower in 48 hours after your breast lift surgery. Use soap and water and pat dry. Avoid using a wash rag over your incisions.

How long do breast lift results last?

Breast lift results should last 10 plus years. A breast lift will return your breast to the appropriate position, but it will not stop the aging process of your breast. They will continue to age over the years.

How long does a breast lift last?

Breast lift results should last 10 plus years. A breast lift will return your breast to the appropriate position, but it will not stop the aging process of your breast. They will continue to age over the years.

How long does a breast lift take?

A breast lift surgery can range from 1.5 hours to 3.5 hours depending on the degree of lifting and other procedures performed.

How painful is a breast lift?

Breast lift surgery is surprisingly not very painful. Your pain can be managed with over the counter pain medications and a few narcotics in the immediate post operative period

How soon after breast lift can I exercise?

You should wait 6 weeks before strenuous activity and upper extremity exercising.

Is getting a breast lift safe?

Getting a breast lift is very safe.

What is a crescent breast lift?

A crescentic breast lift is a procedure that places an incision around the upper half of the areola. It is good for very small lifts of the nipple of 1cm or less.

What types of breast lifts are there?

The common breast lifts, in order of increasing complexity, are crescentic lift, periareolar lift, lollipop lift and anchor lift.

Will a breast lift reduce cup size?

A breast lift should typically not reduce your cup size over 1 cup. The more involved breast lifts may take a small wedge of tissue.

Will a breast lift remove stretch marks?

Stretch marks are typically on the upper breast pole and are not removed with standard breast lifts.

Will breast lift affect breastfeeding?

Patients who undergo breast lifts have an approximately 66 percent chance of breast feeding, which is similar to the general populations ability to breast fee.

Does a breast lift cost more than implants?

A breast lift typically will cost more than implants due to the more complex nature and duration of the surgery

Does a breast lift leave scars?

A breast lift will leave scars, but these are concealed at the color change of the areola, or hidden on the lower pole and fold of your breast. These incisions heal exceptionally well.

Does a breast lift make your nipples less sensitive?

A breast lift does carry a small risk of nipple sensation changes.

Does insurance pay for breast lift?

Insurance will not typically pay for a breast lift unless you are undergoing a breast reduction surgery.

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