Skip to main navigation

Breast Lift

"Firmer Breasts. Flattering Shape. Fantastic Figure."

Sagging breasts can affect women of any age and often follow other significant changes in your body, such as pregnancy or weight loss. Dr. Straka works closely with his patients to transform breasts that have lost their shape or desirable appearance. Custom breast lift surgery repositions and tightens drooping breast tissue to restore the shape and firmness of your breasts.

Schedule a Consultation

Who Can Benefit From a Breast Lift?

Post-Pregnancy

Sagging breasts are common following the birth of a child, especially if you nursed for several months. If you are unhappy with this new, permanent change in your breast appearance, you should consider breast lift surgery. Moms may struggle to feel confident with sagging breasts, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t feel amazing.

Breast Lift Patient Breast Lift Patient

Post-Weight Loss

After recent weight loss, you may find that your breasts have begun to droop. Sagging tissue is common after weight loss and may be accompanied by an “empty” breast appearance. Choosing a breast lift after weight loss can help you achieve the total body transformation you envision.

Breast Lift Patient Breast Lift Patient

Aging Breasts

As you age, your tissue loses its elasticity, leading to breast sagging. Over time, the breasts can become elongated and pendulous. It can be frustrating to have your breasts lose their youthful positioning. Breast lift surgery repositions and reinforces the tissues to create more shapely and perky breasts.

Breast Lift Patient Breast Lift Patient

Design Your Breast Lift

There are a number of decisions that need to be carefully considered during your breast lift procedure that will impact your cosmetic outcome. Because of the importance of these decisions, Dr. Straka works with each patient to develop an individual treatment plan designed to achieve the safest and most successful breast enhancement possible.

Incision Options

Dr. Straka will discuss the pros and cons for each incision site with you to help determine the best choice for your individual needs. Every effort will be made to ensure that the incision is placed so the resulting scar will be as inconspicuous as possible.

  • Crescent – A half-moon shape around the upper areola (best suited for mild sagging)
  • Donut – Encircles the areola (treats mild or low-moderate sagging)
  • Lollipop – Encircles the areola, with a vertical incision down the lower breast tissue (best for moderate sagging)
  • Anchor – Encircles the areola, extends vertically down the lower breast tissue, and runs along the crease beneath the breast (best for significant sagging)

Combining With Breast Augmentation

A breast lift is often combined with breast augmentation to produce fuller, rounder breasts as they are lifted. Patients who desire to restore or increase their breast volume while also achieving perkier, more youthful breasts can benefit from this combination of procedures.

Breast augmentation patients may want to consider combining a breast lift with their procedure because implants cannot provide any significant improvement to sagging breasts. Instead, the weight of the implants can make the ptosis worse over time if a lift is needed and not performed. Tightening and restoring firmness to the breast tissue can help your breast augmentation results look better and last longer.

Nipple-Areola Repositioning and Resizing

  • In moderate to severe cases of ptosis, the nipples may have poor positioning
  • The nipple-areola complex can be moved to a more attractive and natural position on the breast
  • We can also improve the size and shape of enlarged or prominent areolas

What Patients Are Saying

Concerns

Recovery

You will experience bruising and swelling following your surgery. A support bra is typically worn for two to four weeks to help support the breasts throughout the recovery process. Patients can usually drive and return to work after five days. You can resume light activities after two weeks but shouldn’t continue your full exercise routine for six weeks.

Scars

The scars left by incisions remain pink for the first six weeks or so. Over the following months, the scars will fade significantly, becoming more difficult to detect. Massaging scars or using scar tape may help soften scars, allowing them to fade more rapidly.

Cost

The cost of breast lift surgery varies depending on the extent of correction needed. A price estimate will be given during your consultation with Dr. Straka. However, financing options are available with various terms and rates through CareCredit®.

Pain

The first 24 to 48 hours following breast lift surgery will be the most uncomfortable. Most patients experience mild breast soreness. Most of your discomfort can be controlled with pain medication.

Risks

Risks associated with breast lift surgery may include but are not limited to temporary breast soreness, swelling, changes in nipple sensation, hematoma, and infection. These risks are best discussed in person with Dr. Straka. Each person’s risks vary depending on their natural anatomy and medical history.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does breast lift surgery take?

    Breast lift surgery takes between one and two hours to perform. The length of your surgery can vary depending on the implants and incisions used

  • What type of anesthesia is used for breast lift surgery?

    Breast lift surgery is performed with the patient under a general anesthetic to put them to sleep. Dr. Straka uses a board-certified anesthesiologist to administer your anesthesia.

  • What does being a board-certified plastic surgeon mean?

    Being a board-certified plastic surgeon indicates that Dr. Straka has the training and experience to make him uniquely qualified to perform your cosmetic or reconstructive procedure. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is dedicated to promoting safe, ethical, and efficacious plastic surgery for the public. To do so, all doctors who are certified must maintain the highest standards of education, examination, and certification.

  • How do I identify the severity of my breast sagging?

    You can gauge your degree of breast sagging by determining your grade of ptosis:

    • Grade I ptosis – The lower breast tissue sits at the inframammary line, but your nipples still have a forward projection.
    • Grade II ptosis – The lower breast tissue sits below the inframammary line; you may begin to see drooping of the nipples.
    • Grade III ptosis – The lower breast tissue sits significantly below the inframammary line, and your nipples have begun to point downwards.
    • Grade IV ptosis – Most of your breast tissue sits below the inframammary line, and your nipples point toward the floor.
  • Are drains used for breast lift recovery?

    It is rare for Dr. Straka to use drains for breast lift recovery.

  • How should I prepare for my breast lift surgery?

    You will be asked to refrain from taking aspirin and diet medications for at least two weeks prior to surgery. If you smoke, you will be asked to stop at least three weeks before surgery, since smoking can inhibit the healing process. You will be provided with prescriptions for pain medication prior to your surgery so that you have them on hand as you need them. On the day of your breast lift surgery, you should wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably a button-down shirt. Be sure to have a spouse, family member, or friend present to drive you home after the operation. Depending on your medical history, Dr. Straka’s individual instructions may vary.

  • Will I lose nipple sensation after breast lift surgery?

    A small percentage of women experience a change in nipple sensation after surgery, most commonly an increase in sensation, which often resolves within three weeks. It is very uncommon for a patient to lose sensation permanently.

  • How long do the results of breast lift surgery last?

    The results of breast lift surgery tend to last for years. However, additional pregnancies and weight fluctuations may affect the appearance of your breasts. This is why we suggest only undergoing surgery after you have had children and have reached your weight loss goals.