Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

What is a mastopexy?

Mastopexy, also known as breast lift surgery, is performed to correct ptosis, breast sagging or droopiness. After having experienced a significant weight loss or conditions such as pregnancy, breast-feeding, or aging, it is possible to develop droopy breasts. Breast lift is the surgical procedure which restores both the curve and support of saggy breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple.


Usually lasting about an hour and a half, this surgery is either performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the degree of sagging. In many patients, it is possible to perform a short scar mastopexy, which limits the incisions to around the nipple and a short vertical line below it. If the degree of sagging is severe, it may be necessary to make the incisions in the shape of an inverted T or anchor. After the incision, the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve breast contour and firmness. The nipple and areola are then repositioned to a natural, more youthful height and, if necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced.

If desired, a breast implant can also be inserted at the same time as the breast lift to improve breast volume. Likewise, a breast reduction can also be performed at the same time to reduce breast volume.


 After the surgery, there may be some discomfort for a few days. It is usually possible to return to work within one to two weeks. Vigorous physical activity can only be undertaken after six weeks.

The scars usually fade but do not completely disappear over a period of six to twelve months.

Risks and Complications:

All surgeries expose patients to risks and complications. In cosmetic surgery, all efforts are made to minimize these risks, but they cannot be completely eliminated. A partial list of complications for breast lift includes: scarring, infection, hematoma, loss of nipple sensation, difficulty breast-feeding, and nipple necrosis. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon as part of your decision making process.