Michael H. Moses, MD, FACS

Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

Mastopexy is one of Dr. Moses’ favorite procedures. Some lucky women have breast skin with good elasticity; despite pregnancies, weight fluctuations, and years of gravity, their breasts remain firm and youthful. For other women, gravity, genetics, breastfeeding, and aging can cause their breasts to sag, lose volume, and look empty. A breast lift does not make breasts bigger, but it tightens the skin to change the shape of the breasts, making them look less droopy and more rounded.

Your Individual Goals

Dr. Moses does several kinds of breast lifts. Discuss with him how you want your breasts to look, and he will explain the options to you. All breast lifts involve some degree of scarring. The more the breasts are lifted, the more scars you will have. Dr. Moses will try to give you an idea of what to expect in terms of scarring. You decide whether droopy, sagging breasts without scars are better than shapely, rounded, and lifted breasts with scars.

Many patients combine their breast lift with a breast augmentation, and Dr. Moses will help you figure out which procedures are best for you. Breast augmentation can provide extra volume for the breasts, but does not tighten the skin; a breast lift tightens the skin, but doesn’t change the volume. Many patients, therefore, want both. Both breast augmentation and mastopexy can easily be done at the same time, under the same anesthetic.

About Mastopexy

Mastopexies are done under general anesthesia as an outpatient. A mastopexy takes about two hours. Mastopexy is a surprisingly comfortable procedure, post-operatively. Patients wake up in a special surgical bra and go home the same day.

Mastopexy Recovery

Most patients can resume non-physical work within two to three days, physical work within a week, and exercise in two to three weeks. Scars look better rapidly over the first few weeks and gradually improve for up to six months.

Breast Lift Results

After a mastopexy, patients will have lifted, more shapely, natural breasts. Clothing will fit differently, meaning that our patients may choose to wear styles and fabrics that they had always avoided due to lack of confidence.