Breast Lift at UTMB Health

Breast Lift

A breast lift (mastopexy) is a surgical procedure that raises the breast profile through the removal of excess skin and the tightening of tissue.

Breast Lift

Breasts naturally experience physical changes and loss of skin elasticity over time, due to factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight changes, aging, gravity, and genetics. A breast lift can create a more youthful, uplifted breast profile, enhancing a woman’s figure.

This procedure is growing in popularity, as new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show breast lifts have grown 70% since 2000, outpacing breast implants 2-to-1.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I need/want this service?

​You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if you face concerns about breasts that are sagging or have lost shape and volume. Candidates should be physically healthy, maintain a stable weight, and should not smoke. ​

What should I expect if I get this done?

The final results of your breast lift will appear in the few months following your surgery. Incision lines are permanent, but will continue to fade over time. Over time, your breasts can continue to change due to hormonal shifts, weight changes, pregnancy, aging, and gravity. You'll be able enjoy longer lasting results if you maintain your weight and a healthy lifestyle, and follow your doctor‘s instructions.

What should I expect before my procedure?

​A consultation with one of our surgeons will be the best way to determine if you are a candidate for breast reduction, what you hope to achieve with the surgery, and any concerns you may have. Your surgeon may require you to have a mammogram (breast x-ray) before surgery. You'll also get specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery. While you're making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days if needed. ​

What should I do after my procedure?

After surgery, you'll be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressings. A small tube may be placed in each breast to drain off blood and fluids for the first day or two. You may feel some pain for the first couple of days - especially when you move around or cough - and some discomfort for a week or more. Your surgeon will prescribe medication to lessen the pain. The bandages will be removed a day or two after surgery, though you'll continue wearing the surgical bra per your surgeon’s instruction, until the swelling and bruising subside. Your stitches will be removed in one to three weeks. You can expect some loss of feeling in your nipples and breast skin, which usually fades over the next six weeks or so.

Can breast lift surgery change the size of my breasts?

Breast lift surgery on its own does not significantly change your breast size or round out the upper part of the breast. To achieve a fuller appearance, you might consider a breast lift with breast augmentation surgery. If you desire smaller breasts, consider having a breast lift in combination with breast reduction surgery.

Should I have a breast lift if I am planning to become pregnant?

Breast surgery should be considered after child bearing is completed. This is because changes that occur during pregnancy can minimize or reverse the results of a breast lift. The same is true for patients who undergo significant weight loss after breast surgery.

Can this be combined with other procedures?

Yes! Common surgeries combined with a breast procedure include tummy tuck or liposuction. Other body contouring procedures can be done at the same time. Schedule a consult with one of our surgeons to determine what is the best approach for you.

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Breast Lift at UTMB Health

Breast Procedures

Why Choose UTMB?


The UTMB Health team at Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics is here to help you fulfill your dreams. Our board-certified/board-eligible surgeons have extensive training and experience in each of their respective specialties. Our dermatologists are leaders in their field, employing the newest and best techniques and tools. Together, the team can address any concerns you may have with your appearance and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan based upon your unique physical features, skin, age, and personal goals.

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