A woman’s breasts have a lot to do with her overall appearance. Childbirth, gravity, breastfeeding, illnesses, and age cause your breasts to sag and our nipples to point downward. This makes women feel aged and unattractive. This explains the popularity for the breast lift. As popular as this procedure is, many women have no idea what the procedure entails.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that breast lifts have gone up more than 70% since 2000.

Basic Steps to Have Breast Lift Surgery

  1. Sedation
    1. Your breast lift doctor will decide on what kind of sedation you need for your procedure; the choices are the intravenous or general anesthetic.
  2. The incision
    1. The two most popular ways in which the incision is made is:
      • Cutting around the areola
      • Cutting around the areola and then downward from the center of the nipple to the crease and then horizontally from the crease.
  3. The reshaping
    1. The underlying breast tissue is then reshaped. It is lifted up, and any excess skin is removed.
    2. The nipple is then repositioned to a higher mark on the breast. If there is excess areola present, it is very easy to remove.
  4. Clouser
    1. Once the breast is reshaped and the excess skin removed, the breast skin is pulled tightly, and the incision is closed.

This procedure usually takes around 3-6 hours to perform.


  • Do not assume you know everything. If your doctor asks that you do something, by all means do it.
  • Reject the idea of lifting the breast and looking at the scar. Bandages are used to form a pocket around the incision, pulling on it can destroy the protection.
  • Follow your doctor’s orders.
  • Keep all your post-surgical appointments. The doctor will need to monitor you, to ensure you do not have any complications.

Note: A great surgery can be ruined with improper follow-up care.

What a breast lift cannot do

A breast lift does not change the size of the breast. It reshapes them and raises them but it does not do what an augmentation does.

If you want larger breasts, consider breast augmentation at the time of your breast surgery. It does not make the breasts smaller. If you would like to have your breasts reduced, speak to your surgeon about breast reduction surgery.

How long with the breast lift last?

It is impossible to determine if you will ever need a second breast lift. Some women never need additional help, and others do. There are many reasons why a woman’s breasts may sag again in the future, which may require another procedure if you are unhappy with your results over time. Some of these things are:

  • Very large and heavy breasts
  • Pregnancy
  • Breast feeding
  • Cancer of the breast
  • Your weight
  • Significant weight loss and weight gain, repeatedly.

Make sure you use a qualified and experienced surgeon. Do your research and check them out with the Better Business Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce.