Breast Lift (Mastopexy)


A woman’s breasts can change over time. The loss of the skin’s natural elasticity due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, gravity and aging can have a negative impact on the appearance of a woman’s breasts. These will often cause the breasts to lose their youthful shape and firmness.

A breast lift (mastopexy) is a surgical procedure that raises and reshapes sagging breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the tissue to reshape and support the breast. The procedure can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). Breast implants can be inserted in conjunction with a breast lift / mastopexy procedure to increase both firmness and size.

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Goal Of Surgery Prior To Your Surgery Risks of Surgery Include
Raise breasts

Firm breasts

Rejuvenate your figure

Enhance self-image

Get medical evaluation and lab studies

Get mammogram

Stop smoking

Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs

Unfavorable scarring                   Bleeding

Change nipple sensation            Infection

Poor healing                                 Pain

Asymmetry                                    Need for revision



During your initial consultation with Dr. Olivier, she will thoroughly discuss your desires and expectations for breast lift/mastopexy with you. After a comprehensive history and physical examination, Dr. Olivier will review the surgical options and recommend the one that she thinks is best of your body type. Dr. Olivier will discuss specific instructions for preparing for surgery, including diet and medication requirements. She will also clearly explain your post-surgery needs so that you can prepare in advance.


Breast lift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. Incisions are usually around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease (short scar/lollipop 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 areola are reduced by excising skin at the perimeter.  Excess breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of elasticity.

Sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts. Sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape may be used to close the skin.  Some incision lines resulting from breast lifts are concealed in the natural breast contours; however, others are visible on the breast surface. Incision lines are permanent, but in most cases will fade and significantly improve over time.


After your breast lift / mastopexy procedure is completed, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions. You’ll need to wear a surgical support bra to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal.  A small, thin tube (drain) may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect after breast lift surgery. The drain is usually removed in the first post-operative office visit.

Although many factors are involved with determining your actual recovery time for breast lift / mastopexy, you will likely experience a post-surgical recovery period  of two to three weeks and an additional period of reduced-activity. You will likely experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks. Exercise and normal activity can resume at the direction of Dr. Olivier. Over time, post-surgical swelling will decrease and incision lines will fade.

You will be given specific instructions that may include: how to care for your breasts following breast lift surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow-up with your plastic surgeon. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing.


Breast lift /Mastopexy is most often performed as an isolated procedure. However, it most commonly may be combined with Breast Augmentation.


If you would like to learn more about Breast Lift / Mastopexy in New York, we invite you to meet with Dr. Olivier who is a female, board certified plastic surgeon for a private consultation at our Brooklyn office, located at One Hanson Place.  Contact us by calling 718-783-0934.
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