Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Technically known as Mastopexy, the breast lift is a plastic surgery procedure which can lift the breasts in order to restore a higher and more youthful shape and position. The breast lift can reduce sagging which may have occurred from weight loss, pregnancy or age. It can also reduce the size of the areolas. For increased volume and firmness, the breast lift is commonly combined with the insertion of implants.

Dr. Andrew Kleinman is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive breast lift experience, serving clients in Westchester for more than 25 years. In order to achieve your desired look, he will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. While the breast lift may be performed on breasts of any size, the most long-lasting results tend to be achieved with smaller breasts. Women planning a future pregnancy are typically advised to postpone surgery. As with all surgery, women considering a breast lift must be realistic about their expectations and in good health.


Your mastopexy breast lift surgery will likely be performed with general anesthesia, though local anesthesia and sedation may also be an option. An average of one to three hours is typically needed to complete the surgery. The incision is usually shaped like an anchor, running around the areola and extending downward in a vertical line where it then follows horizontally along the lower crease. A less extensive incision may be made for women with minimal sagging and small breasts. Once the incisions are made, excess skin is removed and the tissue and nipple are lifted.


Recovery after the breast lift will involve some swelling and bruising, as well as some discomfort which can be countered with medication. A soft support bra may need to be worn for a period of time. Stitches are removed after about one to two weeks. While the scars can be extensive, they will fade with time and can be covered by most bras and bathing suits. Most breast lift patients are back to work and their usual routine within one or more weeks.