Breast Lift Surgery | Scottsdale, AZ

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 before 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 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.

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, learn more here about our Breast Augmentation With Lift.

Breast Lift 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.

For breast with minor sagginess and/or nipple/areola asymmetry:

Crescent Lift

The incision is made in a crescent-shaped along the top half of your areola. The main goal of a crescent lift is to align the patient’s areolas. It can correct very minor breast sagging.

Donut Lift

The incision is made all around the colored part of the nipple: the areola. The primary goal of a donut lift is to reduce the size of the areola (colored part) and to correct tuberous breasts. It helps with minor lift.

For breast with moderate sagginess:

Lollipop Lift

The incisions are made around the areola (like a donut lift) and down vertically to the breast fold. This lift raises the breast and repositions the areola/nipple. The perfect candidate is a patient that has a smaller to medium breast that only requires a moderate amount of lift.

For breast with major sagginess:

Anchor Lift

The incisions are made around the areola, vertically down to the breast fold, and horizontally under/ on the breast fold. Recommended for larger breasts or breasts requiring major lift, it can be performed on any breast size and shape. The anchor lift corrects the nipple position, breast shape and breast sagginess.


Scars are inevitable during a breast lift, they can be small and hidden, and more visible. 
We are offering different scar treatments to help improve their appearance, learn more: scar treatments

Recovery After a Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift surgeries are performed under IV sedation (light) or deep sedation in our Scottsdale, AZ surgical office. The recovery will vary based on the types of breast lift and patients but varies from a few days to two weeks. Patients are encouraged to move around within the first 48 hours; ie: walking. Activities, such as carrying heavy objects, or any activity that puts pressure on the chest or exercising must be avoided for 6 weeks.

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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.