Breast Lift Performed by Boston Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Bartlett

Breast lifts, or mastopexy procedures, are usually performed to reverse the inevitable sagging that comes with age and child bearing; however, younger patients also present with premature sagging (also called “ptosis”). Breast lift surgery is designed to reposition the breast and elevate the nipple to a more youthful position on the chest – improving tone and firmness. Breast lifts can also reshape abnormally long or pointy breasts and adjust the size of extremely large nipples and areolas.

There are a number of options to lift breasts and Boston cosmetic surgeon Richard A. Bartlett, M.D. is experienced in all techniques. Often breast lift surgery is combined with breast augmentation – sometimes to restore volume lost with pregnancy, and sometimes to achieve a larger size or obtain a better, longer lasting result. However, breast lift alone can be the right procedure depending on the individual. Dr. Bartlett’s extensive experience with all breast procedures allows him to fully evaluate your case and offer all options that might be right for you.

Breast Lift Surgery – What to Expect

  • Surgical Setting – breast lift or “mastopexy” is performed in the office or as an outpatient procedure at a Boston area hospital
  • Anesthesia – some breast lift procedures can be performed under a local anesthetic but most procedures will require intravenous sedation or general anesthesia
  • Surgical Incisions – minor breast lifts (usually performed in conjunction with breast augmentation) require incisions limited to the area around the nipple. More significant lifts require additional incisions under the breast
  • Post Surgery – usually patients take 1 week off from work, but they feel well within a few days. Discomfort is mild and light exercise is permitted in 2 weeks; heavy exercise has to wait for 6 weeks. Swelling and bruising abate within 2 weeks but final breast lift results are judged 3 to 6 months after surgery.