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What Breast Lift Surgery Will (and Will Not) Accomplish

Written by Chuma Chike-Obi, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon on August 29, 2014 2 Comments

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Over time, a woman’s breasts naturally change in both shape and firmness. These changes, along with a loss of skin elasticity can result from natural aging, pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight gain or loss, environmental factors such as sun damage or smoking, or simple genetics.

Mastopexy, commonly known as a breast lift, is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the breasts; leading to a more perky, youthful chest appearance. The procedure basically involves the removal of excess skin and tightening of surrounding tissue to reshape the breasts. You can learn more about the procedure here.

Breast lift procedures are becoming increasingly common. Although breast augmentation is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast lift procedures are becoming increasingly more popular and are growing at twice the rate of augmentations over the past 13 years

What Breast Lift Surgery Will Accomplish

There are some common misconceptions from prospective patients about exactly what breast lift surgery can accomplish. In general, breast lift procedures:

  • Raise sagging breasts to create a youthful, perky chest appearance
  • Correct uneven breasts
  • Correct enlarged areola’s (nipples)
  • Often make the breast appear slightly smaller due to the lack of excessive drooping

What Breast Lifts Will Not Accomplish

Breast lift surgery will not affect the size/volume or roundness of the breast. Thus, if a patient is interested in enlarging their breasts a breast augmentation surgery would be necessary.

Likewise, if the patient is experiencing issues related to overly large breasts, such as back pain or body image related issues, they would be good candidates for breast reduction surgery.

We offer complimentary consultations to help patients determine if a breast lift surgery is right for them.


Chuma Chike-Obi, MD

Chuma Chike-Obi, MD completed a 6 year residency with the Division of Plastic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Affiliate hospitals in Houston, Texas. Dr. Chike-Obi specializes in cosmetic surgery, including facelift, blepharoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and reconstructive breast surgery.


2 Responses to “What Breast Lift Surgery Will (and Will Not) Accomplish”

  1. Avatar Don says:

    Breast Lift surgery has good and bad effects to your health. So before you take this kind of surgery you need to think very well and make sure with your decision.

    • WD Staff WD Staff says:

      We definitely agree with you Don, it’s important to come in for a consultation. This gives patients the chance to fully explore what the procedure will accomplish. Thanks for reading!

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