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The breast lift procedure raises and reshapes sagging breasts by repositioning the existing breast tissue in a higher and more youthful position. Typically, a breast lift will require an incision around the areola (the pigmented circle that surrounds the nipple) as well as a vertical incision from the low part of the areola to the base of the breast. In some cases, incisions can be limited to just a circle around the areola, but in other cases the keyhole incision is extended to include a linear component across the base of the breast.

Sometimes patients need to decide between a breast augmentation, breast lift, or both. A breast augmentation will add volume and size to the breast whereas a breast lift or mastopexy is ideal for women who just want to raise their nipple level and make their breasts look more “perky.” A combination breast lift and breast augmentation, or augmentation mastopexy, is used in women who want their breasts to be perkier, but with more fullness or volume. In these cases, a breast lift alone cannot achieve as much upper breast fullness as augmentation mastopexy, and so a breast implant is used not just to gain size, but to achieve a certain shape.

Washington University Plastic Surgeons are the first to offer Laser Bra, a laser-assisted breast lift procedure.

More information about corrective breast lift procedures.


Browse a photo gallery of Washington University Physician patients' before and after photos of Breast Lift procedures.

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