Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

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Unlike a breast reduction, a breast lift is designed to contour and shape the breast, and lift the nipple. Conversely, breast reduction surgery is aimed at aggressively reducing the size of the breasts, to help with upper back and neck pain.

There are many different indications for a breast lift, including weight loss, age related change, post-partum changes, and implant removal, among others. Similarly, there are many different techniques available depending on the shape of your breasts, skin quality, areolar size, and nipple position. Some patients with minor breast ptosis (drooping) will opt to have an implant placed, others will want an implant placed along with a breast tightening procedure. Breast lift surgery is commonly combined with liposuction to nearby areas to improve the look of the entire chest.

Breast Lift Candidates

  • Adults with significant skin excess and looseness
  • Adults with a relatively stable weight (including those after weight loss)
  • Individuals without complex medical conditions that would increase the risks of surgery
  • Non-smokers


In addition to details on your medical history, Dr. McInnes will want to know specific details about your breast health, any previous surgeries, and your surgical goals. It is very helpful if you bring 1-2 printed photographs or your desired surgical outcome.

Dr. McInnes will perform a thorough physical examination to help advise you on the optimal contouring procedure for your breasts.

Procedure Details:

Mastopexy surgery is done under general anesthetic. There are several different incision patterns, including peri-areolar (circular only), vertical, lollipop, inverted-t etc. Dr. McInnes will decide on the most appropriate incision pattern after your physical examination.

Following the skin incision, the fatty tissue and breast parenchyma is also incised and contoured, to help give an optimal shape and support the breast. In patients with extremely droopy breasts who have lost lots of weight, a dermal suspension technique may be necessary to support the breast and give long lasting results.


Following your surgery, dressing will be applied to your incisions.

You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing, specific concerns to look for, and when to follow up with Dr. McInnes.

Results & Expected Outcome

Overall, the improved shape and contour that results from a mastopexy surgery is apparent almost immediately following your procedure. There will be some swelling and bruising, and a scar will remain where the incisions were made, which generally fades to a faint line with time. It takes 1 year to see your final outcome in terms of both shape and scarring. The result of your surgery will be fairly long lasting, provided you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should persist.

Breast Lift FAQ's

I don’t want a vertical incision, why is that required?

In most cases a vertical incision is required with a breast lift. Candidates for an areola lift and concentric circle type mastopexy will usually have just a small amount of excess skin. The vertical incision narrows the breast, and is usually critical for lifting the nipple and shaping the breast. Similarly, a transverse incision below the breast is used to control excess skin in the vertical direction. Dr. McInnes will discuss this with you further at your consultation. 


Prices for breast lift surgery vary based on your individual surgical requirements, the exact procedures you require, and will be provided after your assessment.

Your quoted cost will include the following:

  • surgical facility fee and nursing staff fees
  • the anesthesiologist fee
  • all surgical supplies costs
  • surgeon fee

Financing plans are available and are becoming an increasingly popular option.


There are risks associated with your surgery. Please download the consent form designed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) for a detailed list and description of the risks involved (found here). Risks of surgery will be discussed prior to your consent. It is important to address all your questions directly with Dr. McInnes.