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Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

Time has an effect on a woman’s figure, as does breast feeding. Many women would like their breast to be higher, more firm, and more youthful in appearance. A breast lift can help achieve a younger look by raising the breasts and repositioning the nipples, as well as decreasing the size of the areolas.

About the Procedure
A surgeon usually makes three incisions, one around the areola, another vertical incision directly below and a third that follows the lower crease of the breast. The excess skin is removed, the areola reduced if necessary, the nipple is raised and skin on the upper part of the breast is lowered.  Sensation of the nipple is usually not affected. There are a number of surgical options depending on the condition and size of the breast. The surgeon can discuss these options with you.

Recovery takes several weeks. The first week may include some discomfort requiring medication and, in some cases, surgical drains to prevent fluids from building up in the breast. You may be able to return to work in a week. Bruising and swelling will diminish after several weeks. After one year, the incision lines will fade and your breasts will take a more natural shape.

Characteristics treatable with a breast lift:

  • Breasts are pendulous, but appropriate in size
  • Breasts that lack substance or firmness
  • Nipples pointing down, especially those positioned below the breast crease
  • Inherited traits, such as asymmetrical breasts

A breast lift can be performed at any age, and while some women prefer to wait until they are through with their pregnancies, the procedure will not affect breast feeding because it does not alter the milk ducts.


  • As with any type of surgery, there are risks involved and your surgeon will discuss these with you.
  • In most cases, insurance companies will not pay for a breast lift unless it is to correct an asymmetric condition. The office will help you determine what coverage may be available.
  • Breast lifts are not always permanent, since age can continue to have an effect. To maintain the appearance over many years, a second procedure may be needed.
  • The incision lines fade with time, but they do not completely disappear.

View a short animated video describing a breast lift procedure using implants.

View a short animated video a breast lift procedure without implants.

Contact Us

OMC's plastic surgery department can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except on holidays), at:

tel: 507.529.6740 

fax: 507.529.6741

Mailing address:

Olmsted Medical Center
Attn: Plastic Surgery 
1650 Fourth Street SE 
Rochester, MN 55904

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