Breast Repositioning Surgery

Breast lift surgery removes excess skin, reshapes the breasts, and lifts the nipples to a higher position. Women find that as they mature, the forces of gravity take over and/or after pregnancy, breasts begin to droop, sag, and lose shape. In some cases, perhaps the upper portions of the breasts have simply lost their fullness and projection. Therefore, the goal of Scottsdale Breast Lift specialist, Dr. Carlos Mata is to make your breasts look perkier, fuller, and more youthful. Our practice implements a short scar, wise pattern, full scar, and periareolar (donut) incision techniques. The purpose of this procedure by our Scottsdale AZ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale is not to be mistaken with a breast augmentation, which increases the breast size.

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Implants can supplement a lift based on the patient’s aesthetic goals. If you desire or need enlargement, you may have a breast enlargement conducted at the same time as your breast lift, which is particularly helpful in filling out the upper portions of your breast. If you feel you will benefit from enlargement and a lift, discuss both options fully with Dr. Mata.

Incision Types

Women who contemplate undergoing breast lift surgery often wonder what the incisions will look like, and how bad the scarring will be after the procedure. The incisions vary depending on how severe the breast sag, and how much tissue volume is present. The most common incisions are noted below:

  • The incision made along the line surrounding the areola

  • The incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast

  • The incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast, and another horizontal line following the direction of the breast fold

Surgical Technique

During a breast lift surgery, incisions will be made around the skin-color line of the areola. It may extend vertically, down to the crease of the breast, or extend further to a horizontal incision following the breast crease direction. How extensive the incision will depend on how much skin must be removed. The excess skin will be trimmed away and the underlying tissues tightened. The remaining skin will be stretched up and closed with sutures. An implant placed underneath the chest muscle may also supplement the lift as it may provide additional support in keeping the improved projection in place.

During/After Surgery

Breast lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia at an accredited surgery facility. On average, the procedure may last up to 2 hours. The recovery will vary as some patients will have had a breast lift in combination with a reduction surgery, or with augmentation using implants. Regardless, patients will be encouraged to move around within the first 48 hours. Activities such as carrying heavy objects or any activity that puts pressure on the chest must be avoided. Most patients may resume normal activities within a couple of weeks, but exercise should not be attempted for 6 — 8 weeks. There will be some scarring associated with this procedure, but with the extra care they will heal and fade, and many patients feel they become secondary to more beautiful breast shape.

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Breast Lift FAQs


Lift or Augmentation

It depends on the patient’s aesthetic goals and the current breast form. A breast lift will help correct a sagging, drooping breast. Many times after this surgery, patients are happy with their breast size because the lift alone creates a fuller breast. If the patient wishes to have more volume and increase the breast size, implants will resolve this issue. Before surgery, thorough consultation and assessment will be provided, and the surgeon will recommend if a lift alone is all that is needed, or if an augmentation and a lift may be done as a combination surgery.

Nipple Repositioning?

Breast lifts may last for years, especially when patients adhere to a healthy lifestyle. Any significant weight gain or additional pregnancies could compromise the results of the surgery. This is why it is recommended to have this type of surgery when the patient is at or near their goal weight and do not plan to become pregnant in the future. As for breast implants, while they may not last a lifetime, they are manufactured to last up to 15 years or longer.

How Bad is Scarring?

Due to the nature of the procedure, scarring is unavoidable. The incisions made during a breast lift are patterned to best meet the aesthetic goals of the patient. Although these incisions may be concealed under clothing, they will still exist. The good news is that over time and with proper scar care, they do fade and become barely noticeable. Most women find that their new shape and beautiful figure outweigh the scarring.