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Breast Lift

Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging can cause your breasts to sag, making it a challenge to feel confident wearing bras and swimsuits.

A breast lift (also known as a mastopexy) can rejuvenate your figure by restoring firmness and a perky shape to your bust line.

Are you ready to take back your body?

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A Breast Lift Can Transform Your Figure

...After Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of life’s greatest gifts, but it can cause some unwanted changes to the body. After breastfeeding, the breasts lose volume and may begin to sag. A lift can restore a youthful shape to your bust.

...After Weight Loss

Since breasts primarily consist of fat tissue and skin, weight loss can cause your breasts to appear small or deflated. By tightening skin and lifting the breasts, you can achieve an enhancement that complements your new figure.

...After Years of Feeling Self-Conscious

Some women have had sagging or asymmetrical breasts since their teenage years. A lift can help you achieve the profile you have always wanted.

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An Increasingly Popular Procedure

How Do I Know If I Need a Breast Lift? Ask Yourself:

Am I happy with the appearance of my breasts?

If you are satisfied with the size of your breasts but not their shape, you may benefit from a breast lift. Other breast surgery procedures such as augmentation or reduction may be recommended alone or in combination with a lift to address the size of your breasts. 

Are my breasts asymmetrical?

If one breast is noticeably different than the other, a lift can create symmetry. It can also restore a round shape to elongated breasts.

Does my nipple sag below the crease under my breast?

When looking in the mirror, examine where the nipple is located in relation to the inframammary fold. A lift may be recommended if your nipple sits below the crease.

Do my nipples point downward or are my areolas enlarged?

If your nipples point downward rather than forward, a breast lift can reposition the nipples. A lift can also reduce areola size.

How to Qualify for a Breast Lift

Good Overall Health

In order to undergo most surgical procedures, you should be in good overall health. Certain unhealthy habits such as smoking can increase your risk of surgical complications or lengthen your recovery. 

Stable Weight

To ensure the best results, you should be at a stable weight before undergoing a breast lift. Bodily changes due to pregnancy or weight gain can alter the shape, size, and projection of your breasts and potentially reverse the results of your surgery. If you are planning on becoming pregnant, you should postpone surgery. 

Following Weight Loss or Pregnancy

A breast lift is a great option for patients who have undergone massive weight loss or multiple pregnancies. These events can dramatically affect the look of your breasts, leaving you with excess skin or sagging tissue. A breast lift can help you enjoy both motherhood and your new body to the fullest

Overall Dissatisfaction With Your Breasts

Many patients are unhappy with their breasts due to downward projection, excess or stretched skin, or asymmetry. In these cases, surgical modification may be the best option and finally help them achieve the appearance they've always wanted

The General Timeline for a Breast Lift

Prior to surgery, your doctor will evaluate the size and shape of your breasts, the position of your nipples, and the elasticity of your skin to determine the most suitable approach.

Day of Procedure


Your doctor will administer anesthesia for your comfort.


Your doctor will then make an incision around the areola. The incision may extend down to the breast crease, as well as horizontally along the crease, depending on the amount of lift needed.


The doctor can lift the underlying breast tissue, reposition the nipple, reduce the size of the areola, and remove excess skin.

Closing the Incisions

After the breasts are recontoured, the skin is gently tightened and the incisions are closed. 


Your results will be immediately visible, though it will take time for swelling to subside and incision lines to fade. To experience long-lasting results, you should maintain a consistent weight and a healthy lifestyle.

The Results Are Subtle But Transformative

Aside from some swelling, the results of a breast lift are immediately noticeable after surgery and will continue to improve over time. Following a breast lift, you can enjoy: 

  • Improved symmetry
  • Perkier projection 
  • Boosted self-confidence 
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Ensuring a Healthy Recovery and Maintaining the Best Possible Results

Your doctor will explain how to take care of your incisions to ensure proper healing. They may also ask you to wear a compression garment that supports your breast lift. During your recovery, which usually spans about two to three weeks, you should avoid excessive exercise and other motions that might aggravate your scars. Although it is impossible to avoid surgical scars completely, they will fade over time. 

While your body is subject to the natural effects of aging, there are some ways to preserve the results of your breast lift, including: 

  • Maintaining a stable weight 
  • Avoiding becoming pregnant
  • Taking care of your skin and avoiding excessive sun exposure 
  • Wearing supportive bras, especially during physical activity 

By taking care of your body, you can help your results last as long as possible.

The Final Cost Will Depend on Various Factors

Your Surgeon's Breast Lift Experience

A doctor who specializes in breast procedures will generally have higher surgical fees than a doctor who has less experience. But rather than searching for the cheapest option, it is important to choose a highly-qualified surgeon who has already performed many breast lifts

The Extent of the Procedure

If you need surgical enhancement to address loose skin or tissue, you will likely have more surgical fees than someone who requires minimal surgical attention. More extensive concerns require a lengthier and more complex surgery. Your surgeon will also have to ensure that you are safely sedated for a longer period of time, which can add to the cost of your procedure. 

Combination with Other Procedures

The average cost of $4,672 only accounts for a breast lift alone. If you are adding breast implants to enhance the shape and size of your breasts or are undergoing a more comprehensive mommy makeover, the final cost will be higher.

Calculate the Cost of Surgery

National Average Costs
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Deciding Between Popular Alternatives to a Breast Lift

The closest non-surgical alternative to a breast lift is non-surgical skin tightening. However, treatments such as Thermage or Ultherapy® are not yet FDA-approved for tightening tissue in the breast area. The closest skin they can tighten is that of the neck or décolletage.

In contrast, a breast lift offers immediately visible results and other comprehensive benefits that make it well worth the price difference. Surgery allows your doctor to deliver predictable results, remove excess tissue, and improve the lift of your breasts all in one treatment, while other non-surgical treatments may not produce the results you want while still costing you thousands of dollars

Comparing Coverage, Recovery and Results of Each Procedure

Feature Bra Laser Skin Tightening Thermal Skin Tightening Breast Lift Breast lift + Augmentation Mommy Makeover
Average Cost $60 $1225 $3000 $4672 $8390 $9000 to $20,000
Can Be Directly Used to Lift Breasts
Surgically removes excess skin
Recovery Time Short adjustment period No recovery time No recovery time Two to three weeks Two to six weeks Several weeks
Results Immediate, but temporary Several Weeks Several Weeks Immediate Immediate Immediate

*These averages do not include anesthesia, aftercare expenses, facility fees, and other expenses.

A Breast Lift Can Renew Your Confidence in Your Figure

Immediate Results

Although it will take weeks to heal, the results of surgery are almost immediately noticeable. 

Rejuvenated Physique

Addressing sagging breasts can help your entire body look more youthful and more fit. 

Improved Confidence

If you’ve struggled with drooping breasts your whole life, a breast lift can help you feel more confident. 

Your Answer Will Define Your Treatment

A breast lift addresses the position of the breasts. It does not restore fullness. If you have always wanted larger, perkier breasts, your doctor may recommend a breast augmentation with a lift. Alongside your doctor, you can select the size and shape of implants that most beautifully complement your figure.

You should feel great about your breasts. If you don’t, a breast lift can help. Talk to your doctor about your surgical goals to find out if a lift is the best way to transform your figure.

SP Plastic Surgery, LLC

SP Plastic Surgery, LLC

Dr. Stephanie Peng is a board-certified plastic surgeon who closely partners with every patient to achieve their aesthetic goals. She is affiliated with various national organizations, including: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Dr. Peng provides patients with life-changing surgical care and transformative results. To request a consultation with our doctors, contact our Minnetonka office online or call us at (763) 999-4170.

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