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Mytien Goldberg, MD, FACS

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What is a Breast Lift?

Posted February 02, 2012 in Breast Lift

A breast lift is a surgical procedure that raises the breasts and restores their firmness and youthful appearance. It can be done with or without breast implants.

As a woman ages, her breasts may sag due to a natural loss of skin elasticity, pregnancy, breast feeding, weight changes, and gravity. Breast sagging is completely natural, but it’s also reversible with a breast lift.

You might be asking, what is a breast lift and how does it differ from breast implants? Breast implants make the breasts bigger and, by default, they can fill up any excess skin to cause the breasts to lift. A breast lift is a procedure that has the specific goal of raising the breasts, usually using the existing tissue. Implants are not necessary for a breast lift, though some women may choose to get them.

A breast lift without implants is for women who are comfortable with the size of their breasts or women who would like a small reduction in their cup size.

This procedure is also called mastopexy. During surgery, the doctor removes excess skin and tightens the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. The volume of the breast that fills a bra is left in tact, but their shape and position will be noticeably improved.

A breast lift may be part of a ‘mommy makeover’ to reverse the affects of pregnancy and breastfeeding on a woman’s body. Since no implant is added during mastopexy, the results can be quite natural looking.

Every woman is different. An individualized approach is taken for each patient to ultimately give her back youthful, firmer breasts.


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