Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Information


In general, good candidates for mastopexy:

  • Aren't pregnant or breastfeeding

  • Are old enough to have fully-developed breasts

  • Are bothered by the feeling that their breasts sag or have lost shape and volume

  • Have breasts with a flatter, elongated shape or that are pendulous

  • Have nipples that fall below the breast crease when unsupported

  • Have nipples and areolas that point downward

  • Have stretched skin and enlarged areolas

  • Have one breast that is lower than the other

  • Are healthy and do not have medical conditions that impair healing

  • Are nonsmokers

  • Have a positive outlook and realistic expectations


In preparing for a breast lift, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery

  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements because they can increase bleeding and bruising

  • Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you the first night following surgery


Patients should avoid lifting for 2 weeks.

Although infrequent, the risks and complications of mastopexy include:

  • Poor scarring

  • Loss of nipple sensation

  • Incision breakdown

  • Asymmetry (unevenness between two sides)

Unlikely Complications