Breast Lift/Mastopexy

With A Breast Lift You Can Have Youthful Breasts And Be Rid Of Droopy Nipple or Volume Loss

Breast Lift/Mastopexy

Have you lost your “youthful” breasts?

Due to age or childbirth, have you developed “droopy nipple” or lost volume and perkiness in your breasts?

Is it time for a Mommie Makeover?

A Breast Lift procedure from Dr. Vu will have you looking and feeling better about yourself than you have in years.

Breast lift(mastopexy) surgery is to remove excess skin and reposition the breast tissue parenchyma and nipple back to a more aesthetic position. The reason for mastopexy surgery is due to breast ptosis, droopy nipple, or loss of volume due to hormonal changes from pregnancy or from weight loss.

Sometimes breast augmentation with implants may need to be combined with breast lift surgery to achieve better more volume and projection. The implants may be placed in submuscular position or subglandular position. The implant of choice is either saline implants or silicone gel implants. The surgical approach for breast lift (mastopexy) surgery may be either circumaerolar, circumvertical, circumvertical inverted T. This will depends on the amount of excess skin that need to be removed to give you more youthful breasts.

The aesthetic beauty of a breast is to achieve harmony between the breast skin envelope, the volume of breast tissue parenchyma and the nipple position. During your consultation, Dr. Vu will address these issues. Based on the examination and breast measurements, you will be provided with the proper information and recommendation about different option of breast surgery depending on what your concerns are and what your desires may be.

Schedule Your Breast Lift Consultation With Dr. Vu Today By Calling 503.601.2910 or Toll Free 866.297.8522.

This is a procedure covered by CosmetAssure. Learn how Dr. Vu protects you from any potential financial burden from complications by visiting our Complications Assurance page.


Breast Lift/Mastopexy – A Quick Glance

Who Is A Breast Lift Candidate?

  • If you have sagging breasts due to past pregnancies, genetics, or aging.
  • If the sagging is too great to be treated with an implant alone.
  • If your nipple-areolar complexes (pigmented areas around nipples) are enlarged.

Breast Lift Intended Results

  • An elevated, more youthful breast contour.
  • Nipple-areolar complexes of the desired size and at the correct height.

Breast Lift Procedures

  • The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia.
  • The design of the incisions can vary but usually include incisions around the nipple-areolar complex and in the crease under the breast.
  • The nipple-areolar complex is repositioned higher, the excess skin is removed, and the breast is reshaped in a pleasing contour and in a more normal position.
  • The insertion of an implant as well, may or may not be advisable.

Breast Lift Recuperation and Healing

  • The patient goes home in a bra with only light dressings over the incision lines.
  • The bra is worn as a “dressing” for 2-3 weeks.
  • Sutures are usually completely removed within 2-3 weeks. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication.
  • Light activities may be started in 7-10 days.

Breast Lift Other Options

Additional procedures which may enhance the result are a small Breast Reduction or Breast Enlargement.

Breast Lift Insurance Guidelines

This procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.


  • The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation.
  • All surgical procedures have some degree of risk.
  • Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally.
  • Major complications are rare.

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Breast Lift Potential Risks

No surgeries are performed without risks. Dr. Vufs goal is to perform the planned procedure, take extra precaution during surgery, and most important of all is to be safe and yet achieve utmost optimal outcomes. Following are some of the potential risks that are commonly discussed about regarding breast augmentation.

A. Incisional scar

Breast lift incisional scar will depend on the technical approach for removal of the excess skin and the amount of lifting required, to achieve the lift that you desire, which may be either circumareolar (you will have scar around the areolar), circumvertical (scar around the areolar and in a vertical line from the areolar to the crease below the breast), or full wise pattern (scars around the areola, in a vertical line from the areola to the crease below the breast, and horizontally in the crease. The scars usually flatten and fade with time, but thicker and heavier scars can persist and require subsequent treatment, including surgery. Redness of the scars may continue to fade for up to 2 years.

B. Asymmetry

Mastopexy operations involve very careful planning and execution in order to achieve complete symmetry and a natural look for each breast. Because the planning of this operation combines “art” and “science,” it is not always possible to predict perfect and equal breast shapes. Should you have slight asymmetry after healing, a small subsequent operation usually solves the problem.

C. Tissue loss

During the operation, skin flaps are undermined, and the skin envelope around the breast tissue is tightened. The remote possibility exists that small or larger areas of skin or breast tissue or even the nipple can suffer from decreased circulation and can be partly or completely lost. Should this unlikely event occur, you may require extra time for healing or further surgery for closure and/or reconstruction.

D. Sensation

Although uncommon, a partial or complete loss of sensation to small or larger areas of breast skin or nipple can occur. This usually, but not always, improves with time.

E. Poor Results

Asymmetry, unhappiness with breast size, poor healing, unequal nipple height, etc. may occur. Minimal differences are usually acceptable. Larger differences frequently require revisional surgery.

F: Risks for Smokers

Smokers have a greater chance of skin loss and poor healing because of decreased skin circulation. (for more information, please go to About Your Surgery section)

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Breast Lift Postoperative Care

Special attentions are placed during your postoperative period. My goal is to make sure that you are comfortable after you leave the surgery center, and have proper instructions how to take care of yourself in order for you to have a pleasant surgical experience.

A: Dressings

Postoperatively, you will have fluffs and pads covering the breast and incisional site. There usually will be some oozing along the incisional site, which is quite common. You may change the bandages at home if necessary before your postoperative followup appointment.

B. Bleeding

Small amounts of oozing and bleeding are very common. If this entails more than slow staining of the gauze, apply firm pressure for 20-30 minutes before calling the office. Should heavy bleeding occur (very rare), apply firm pressure and call the office immediately at 503-601-2910.

C. Postsurgical bra

A bra may be placed at the time of surgery or a day or two after. The bra acts as a “dressing,” holding the breasts in perfect position. If the bra feels too tight or hurts, switch immediately to any bra that feels comfortable. A bra that is too tight can cause ulceration of the skin, and you must not let this happen! We want you to wear the bra at all times for at least 3 weeks. You should wear bra regularly during the day for 6 weeks after surgery.

D. Showering

Water does not hurt healing incisions. You may shower or bathe once the gauze dressings are removed. You may leave the adhesive strips (steri-strips) in place if they are adherent. If they come loose, remove them.

E. Driving

You may drive when driving does not cause pain. This usually occurs in 4-6 days if you have a car with power steering.

F. Exercise

You may take gentle walks within a few days. Do not return to aerobic exercise for at least 3 weeks. Usually your body will tell you when you are ready to return to strenuous exercises.

G: Postperative Sagging

The breast skin and tissue will continue to sag with time. No “lift” is forever. If and when sagging occurs, a small skin excision or tightening will usually solve the problem. Also, it is quite common for the two breasts to heal differently. One may swell more, one may feel more uncomfortable, or their shapes may differ initially. After complete healing, they will look remarkably similar and natural

H. Healing of Sensory nerves

Tingling, burning, or shooting pains accompany regeneration of the sensory nerves. These pains will disappear with time and are nothing to be alarmed about.

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Schedule Your Breast Lift Consultation With Dr. Vu Today By Calling 503.601.2910 or Toll Free 866.297.8522.

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