Breast Lift

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A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure done to raise the breasts to a more youthful position. At the Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Ann Arbor, we understand the toll that age and pregnancy can take on the body. Our board-certified surgeons strive to make your experience with us as comfortable as possible. Our location is St. Joseph Mercy hospital allows us access to cutting-edge technology to help our patients meet their aesthetic ambitions.


As they age, women’s breasts can lose their youthful shape and perky positioning. Loose or sagging breast tissue can also occur due to past pregnancies, aging, genetics, or weight loss. Enlarged pigmented areas around the nipples (nipple-areolar complex) can also be a factor.

Intended Result

A breast lift can result in an elevated, more youthful breast contour. This procedure can also shape nipple-areolar complexes to the desired size and height.

Procedure Description

The first step towards your breast lift surgery is your consultation with one of our surgeons. A consultation allows patients the opportunity to voice their personal goals and expectations, as well as ask any questions they may have. Your surgeon may ask you to perform this test to determine if a breast lift is required: simply stand in front of a mirror and examine your nipples in relation to your natural breast crease. If your nipples are lower than your breast crease, you may need a breast lift.

A breast lift procedure can be performed on an outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia. The location of incisions used will vary, depending on the amount of breast ptosis (drooping) present. The nipple will be repositioned, any excess skin will be removed, and the breast is shaped into a more pleasing contour.

There are a variety of incisions that can used during a breast lift depending on the degree of ptosis and desired result. Your plastic surgeon will discuss which approach you’re a candidate for. These include:

Circumareolar Lift- This incision is best used for a mild lift, and is created around the areola.

Lollipop Lift- A lollipop incision is made around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease. This type of lift is effective for women with low hanging breasts.

Anchor Lift (our most commonly used incision) – This incision is made around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and along the breast crease as well. The anchor lift is used for significant breast droop, and is the most invasive lift procedure.

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Additional procedures that may enhance results:

Recuperation and Healing

Following your breast lift, you will receive specific post-op instructions from your surgeon for a safe recovery. You will return home in a bra and ace wrap, with light dressings over your incisions. The bra will need to be worn as a “dressing” for a few weeks. Sutures are usually removed in two weeks.  Any initial discomfort can be controlled with oral pain medications. Light activities may be resumed in seven to 10 days, and aerobic activities or intimate contact can be resumed in a few weeks.  All restrictions are lifted in four weeks once all stitches are out and incisions are healed.

Learn more about the recovery time following a procedure here.

Insurance Guidelines

Breast lifts are considered cosmetic procedures and are not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.

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