Restore Your Confidence and Youthful Figure with a Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that can restore your confidence and enhance the natural shape of your breasts. This procedure is designed to lift sagging breasts that have lost volume due to aging, weight loss, or pregnancy. If you’re considering breast lift surgery, it is important to understand the techniques and benefits of this procedure.

What Techniques are Used During Breast Lift Surgery?

There are several techniques for breast lift surgery, each tailored to address the patient’s specific needs. These include:

Inverted T Technique

This is the most common technique used for breast lift surgery, as it allows for the correction of significant degrees of ptosis (sagging). The procedure involves an incision around the nipple-areolar complex, an incision from the bottom of the areola down to the inframammary fold (IMF, or “breast crease), at the base of the breast, and an incision concealed within the IMF. This technique can transform drooping breasts to look perky, shapely, and youthful. Typically, the only visible incisions after surgery are the incision around the areola and the vertical incision. The concealed IMF incision varies in length depending on the degree of lift and reshaping needed.

Vertical ("Lollipop Incision”) Technique

This technique is best for patients with minimal sagging. It allows for a small amount of nipple elevation along with a minor lift of the breast itself. The resulting incision is similar to the inverted T technique, without the incision within the breast crease. Although this option may seem easier, it will not be appropriate to correct severely drooping breasts.

Periareolar Technique

This technique is used for patients who need a small amount of elevation of the nipple and areola structure. The incision is confined to around the areola, commonly used with breast augmentation when the nipple-areolar complex is lower than desired after implant placement. A periareolar surgical approach does nothing to reshape the breast as do other techniques.


Restoring breast volume and shape in patients with severe sagging and volume loss from massive weight loss and breastfeeding can be challenging with mastopexy alone. Many are candidates for a breast lift with an implant to help increase the volume loss that has occurred with time.

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Benefits of Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift surgery has multiple benefits, including:

  • Lifting sagging breasts and restoring a youthful shape
  • Reducing skin laxity and stretch marks
  • Improving self-esteem and confidence
  • Enhancing physical comfort, including reducing chronic back or shoulder pain
  • Improving body proportions and creating a more attractive silhouette

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What to Expect From Your Breast Lift Procedure?

Mastopexy is a surgical procedure that requires incisions, although great care is taken to conceal them. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. We aim to restore the breast to a more youthful shape and position. Although the results are long-lasting, the procedure doesn’t halt the natural aging process, with skin becoming more lax with time.

What is the Recovery After a Breast Lift?

Recovery from breast lift surgery can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. Generally, patients can expect some discomfort, bruising, and swelling for the first few days after surgery. Avoiding strenuous activity and heavy lifting for several weeks is necessary to allow adequate healing time. Patients will need to wear a surgical bra for a few weeks to help support the breasts during the healing process. Additionally, it is essential to follow all post-operative care instructions provided by the surgeon to ensure a safe and successful recovery.

Why Choose SANDS Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery?

If you’re considering a breast lift, SANDS Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery is widely known as one of the premier plastic surgery clinics in the New Orleans area. Dr. Sands is a board-certified plastic surgeon who delivers expert aesthetic body contouring and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. With a highly curated, personal approach, you can be confident that your unique needs will be addressed and met. In addition, the practice is inclusive and welcoming to patients from all backgrounds and walks of life. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and every step is tailored to your needs.

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