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Breast Lift

There are many reasons why you may be considering a breast lift. You may have had excessive weight loss after changing to a healthier lifestyle, had a baby, breast fed one or multiple children, or you may have inherited these breasts due to simple genetics.  No matter the reason, you are seeking a solution to lift and replace the volume that you once had or have always desired in your breasts.  A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.  Sometimes the areola becomes enlarged over time, and a breast lift will reduce this as well. A breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

We also offer breast reduction services for women, gynecomastia for men, and breast augmentation for those who want their breasts enhanced.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is a breast lift right for me?

    If you feel that you could benefit from a more youthful and uplifted breast profile, then a Mastopexy may be the right procedure for you.  Breast lift surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.


    Good candidates:

    • Are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight
    • Do not smoke
    • Have realistic expectations
    • Are bothered by the feeling that breasts sag or have lost shape and volume
    • Breasts have a flatter, elongated shape or are pendulous
    • Nipples fall below the breast crease when unsupported
    • Nipples and areolas point downward
    • Have stretched skin and enlarged areolas
    • Have one breast that is lower than the other
  • Where are the incisions made during a Mastopexy?

    Your breast lift surgery can be achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. Dr. Vartany typically uses one of three. The Benelli lift, the “keyhole” or “lollipop” lift or the “anchor” lift.  Dr. Vartany will discuss the various types of lifts and advise you during your personalized consultation what approach will be best for you and the results you wish to achieve.  The appropriate technique for you will be determined based on a number of factors such as:

    • Breast size and shape
    • The size and position of your areolas
    • The degree of breast sagging
    • Skin quality and elasticity as well as the amount of extra skin


    Once Dr. Vartany makes the appropriate incision, the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve breast contour and firmness.  The nipple and areola are repositioned to a natural, more youthful height.  If necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced by excising skin at the perimeter.  Excess breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of elasticity.  After your breasts are reshaped and excess skin is removed, the remaining skin is tightened as the incisions are closed.  Some incision lines resulting from breast lift are concealed in the natural breast contours; however, others are visible on the breast surface.  Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts.  Absorbable sutures are used to close the skin.

  • What may I expect during my personalized consultation

  • How will I need to prepare for my breast lift surgery?

  • What may I expect during my recovery?

  • Are there additional instructions for my breast lift recovery?

    After your breast lift procedure is complete, dressings and/or bandages will be applied to the incisions.  On the day of your surgery, a medical support bra will be provided.  You will need to wear this bra, morning and night, for 2-4 weeks after surgery.  The bra is designed to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal.  If you would like to purchase additional support bras, it is important to find something that provides compression, support, and opens in the front with a zipper or Velcro.

    Small, thin tubes with drains attached may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.  If drains are necessary for your procedure, they will need to be emptied twice daily.  A form will be provided for you to log the amount of fluid being drained from each side, both morning and night.  Your drains will be removed, in the office, once the fluid output goes down.  This is generally 3-5 days after surgery.

    You may not shower while your drains are in place.

    It is extremely important that you limit the use of your arms for 10-14 days after surgery.  Do not extend your arms over your shoulder level.

    You may not sleep on your stomach for 4-6 weeks after surgery.

    You may not drive a vehicle until you have been permitted to do so.

    Special note: While a breast lift does not usually affect breast function, if you are planning to become pregnant, discuss this with Dr. Vartany. Changes that occur in the breasts during pregnancy can minimize or reverse the improvement a breast lift provides. Likewise, plans for significant weight loss should also be discussed.



  • How much time should I take off of work?

    You will need to allow between 10 to 14 days off from work or school for this procedure due to swelling and discomfort.

  • What are some procedures that may compliment a Mastopexy?

  • Important Facts about the Safety and Risks of Breast Lift Surgery

    Dr. Vartany will explain, in detail, the risks associated with a Mastopexy.  It will be your personal choice in determining if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.

    You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks or potential complications.



    The risks include:

    • Unfavorable scarring
    • Bleeding (hematoma)
    • Infection
    • Poor healing of incisions
    • Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
    • Anesthesia risks
    • Breast contour and shape irregularities
    • Skin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruising
    • Damage to deeper structures – such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs – can occur and may be temporary or permanent
    • Allergies to tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agents
    • Breast asymmetry
    • Fatty tissue deep in the skin could die (fat necrosis)
    • Fluid accumulation
    • Excessive firmness of the breast
    • Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola
    • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
    • Blood clots
    • Pain, which may persist
    • Possibility of revisional surgery
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*Individual results may vary.