Kevin Bridge, MD
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

(325) 670-5320
950 North 19th St., Suite 200 | Abilene, Texas

Kevin Bridge, MD
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Breast Lift

What is a Breast Lift?

Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) is a procedure that elevates the position of the breast tissue and nipple/areolar complex to a more cosmetically ideal position on the chest wall. As women age, their breasts naturally will lose some volume and become droopy (or ptotic) as they respond to the forces of gravity. Breast lift surgery with or without augmentation can restore the natural youthful position and shape of the breast.

Who is a good candidate for this procedure>

Ideal candidates for this surgery are women in their 40s who are experiencing flatter, droopier breast as a result of aging and post-pregnancy changes. If you’re interested in restoring your breasts to a more youthful shape and position, this procedure may be a good option for you. Candidates are preferably nonsmokers, have had a normal mammogram (if you’re 35 years or older) and in good general health. If you’re breastfeeding, we recommend you wait six months after breastfeeding before your consultation/surgery.

Key Points

During your consultation, you and your surgeon will determine the amount of lift required to achieve the most cosmetic result. Because removal of excess skin to tighten and lift the breast necessitates incisions, the amount of lift will determine the ultimate location of the scars.

Scars can be present just around the areola, but additional incision may be required vertically down the bottom of the breast and along the crease. Scars in this area are generally good but depends on each individual’s body and how they form scars.

Breast feeding after breast reduction surgery is possible and the anatomy for lactation is not disrupted. You may experience some change in breast/nipple sensitivity after surgery that may be either increased or decreased, or it may remain unchanged.

Before Your Surgery

  • Get lab testing and medical evaluation from your primary care as needed to undergo general anesthesia.
  • Get a baseline mammogram before surgery, and another six months after surgery to help detect future breast changes. Stop smoking at least 4 weeks prior to your surgery (and four weeks after). Avoid taking anything that can cause thinning of the blood if okay with prescribing physician (if you are unable to, please inform your surgeon). These may include aspirin, anti-inflammatories, certain herbal supplements, fish oil, and prescription blood thinners. Review your handout for postoperative expectations and instructions which will be provided during your consultation.

Surgery Day

Breast lift surgery is performed as an outpatient surgery and you will be able to go home the same day. Do not eat or drink anything starting at midnight the night before surgery.

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes a couple hours, depending on the extent of lift required. Your surgeon will meet in you in the preoperative area to perform your markings and answer any last minute questions you may have. Incisions will be made along the markings and the size of the breasts lifted to their new position. All tissue removed will be sent to the pathologist to ensure no abnormal tissue is present. Prior to final suturing, the breast location, shape and symmetry will be evaluated both lying down and in an upright position to ensure a desirable outcome. The incisions are then closed and the final dressings applied.

After Your Surgery

You will spend a couple of hours in the recovery room after surgery before you go home. You will need someone to pick you up and stay with you at home to assist around the house the first 24 hours. You may feel up to going for a walk later that evening and this will help decrease the risk of blood clots. Over the next week to two weeks, the bruising and swelling will improve and you will feel better and better and slowly resume your usual activities. However, it could be a full 6 weeks before you feel completely recovered from your surgery. Please refer to the handout provided to you during your consultation for specific postoperative instructions and activity limitations.

Things to Consider

Breast lift surgery may also be performed in combination with other procedures including breast augmentation in order to counteract the deflation and flattening also seen with the aging breast. Your surgeon will help determine whether you’re a good candidate for this procedure and what the risks and benefits of combining the two may be.

This surgery can reset the clock but will not prevent the natural aging of your breasts, and they will continue to age and slowly become more ptotic over time.


As with any surgery, there is a possibility of experiencing a complication. These include bleeding after surgery (hematoma), infection, wound healing complications, poor scarring, asymmetry, incomplete symptom relief, recurrence, changes or loss in breast/nipple sensitivity, problems with or inability to breastfeed, re-operation and others. It is important to discuss these in detail with your surgeon prior to undergoing surgery.

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