The goal of breast lift surgery is to reshape and lift the breasts in order to correct breast sagging resulting from weight loss, breastfeeding, or aging. Scottsdale, AZ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. John Williams, commonly performs three different types of breast lift surgeries, and will customize your particular lift according to your individual goals and desires. A breast lift can be performed at any age, but Dr. Williams recommends waiting until a woman has reached the end of breast development. Pregnancy and breastfeeding may also affect the size and shape of your breasts, so you may want to postpone surgery until after having children. Dr. Williams can create firmer, shapelier, more lifted breasts that will ultimately restore confidence and comfort.
Breast Lift Reviews
"Words can not express how truly happy I am with my whole experience! I have wanted this surgery for years, but never thought I would actually voluntarily have someone cut me open. Trust in someone to do that is HUGE! Dr. Williams put me at ease immediately. After meeting and speaking with Dr. Williams I knew I was in good hands! He explained the whole process and everything I should expect (good and bad). If I had known about him before I wouldn’t have waited so long! His whole staff is fantastic, especially Adriana! Thank you for EVERYTHING! It’s been a month, I know I have a long way to go till I’m all healed, but I am already so very happy with the results! If you are looking for a great surgeon look no further!"- K.L. / Google / Sep 22, 2018
"Just had a tummy tuck, breast lift with a reduction, and some liposuction done 3 weeks ago. Dr. Williams is a surgical genius. My results are already awesome and I can’t wait to see how much better they are going to be as the minimal swelling continues to go down. Highly recommend this doctor and his office."- E.D. / Yelp / Jan 28, 2021
"Just had a breast lift with a reduction, a tummy tuck, and liposuction done 3 weeks ago. I am healing and progressing so well with no bruising and minimal pain. Dr. Williams is a surgical genius. I am so relieved that I chose him to do my procedures. I am so happy with the initial results and can't wait to see how much better they continue to get. The office staff has been amazing and Dr. Williams after care has been great! I'm super happy with everything."- E.D. / Google / Jan 28, 2021
"Dr. William's performed my tummy tuck, breast lift and breast augmentation in May. I am over the moon with my results! After loosing 100lbs I had stretched out skin on my stomach and boobs. Dr. William's was able to show me the results of my weight loss by removing the excess skin and fat and giving me happy boobs! From the first consultation to the post-op care, Dr. Williams and all of his staff has been nothing but encouraging, positive, and REALISTIC. I can not rave about all of them enough! Dr. William's, Adrianna, and Stephanie, thank you for the exceptional care!"- M. / RealSelf / Jun 19, 2019
"Best care I've ever received and AMAZING results! - Dr. William's performed my tummy tuck, breast lift and breast augmentation in May. I am over the moon with my results! After loosing 100lbs I had stretched out skin on my stomach and boobs. Dr. William's was able to show me the results of my weight loss by removing the excess skin and fat and giving me happy boobs! From the first consultation to the post-op care, Dr. Williams and all of his staff has been nothing but encouraging, positive, and REALISTIC. I can not rave about all of them enough! Dr. William's, Adrianna, and Stephanie, thank you for the exceptional care!"- M. / RealSelf / Sep 25, 2019
Good candidates for breast lifts are women who demonstrate:
- Breasts that have lost volume and shape
- Breasts that are flat or elongated
- Breasts that have enlarged or stretched areolas
- Breasts that have nipples that point downward and/or below the crease of your breasts
- Non-smokers and those who are in overall good health
What to Expect
Dr. Williams will evaluate the overall health of the patient, as well as assess the current breast size and shape and take measurements of the breast to help determine the amount of sagging that is present. Additionally, the skin laxity, symmetry, and the underlying bone anatomy of the chest will also be assessed. This evaluation will help our team to develop an individual breast lift plan. Most patients are nervous about scarring that may occur after a breast lift procedure. During surgery, Dr. Williams' meticulous and gentle surgical technique helps wound healing which in turn helps to minimize scars. In addition, our practice will provide a thorough scar care treatment protocol to help with the healing.
A breast lift requires incisions to shape and firm the breasts. The most common incision patterns used during a breast lift procedure are:
- Incision around the areola to correct the least amount of sagging
- Incisions around the areola and then vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease to correct an intermediate amount of sagging
- Incisions around the areola and then vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease and finally extending horizontally in the breast crease to correct a significant amount of sagging
The size and shape of the breasts, size of the areolas, and extent of sagging are factors that will help our surgeon determine the best technique to use. Occasionally, it may be determined that a small breast implant may be necessary or desired to enhance the fullness of the upper portion of the breast. This can be done at the same time as the lift or at a later date.
Things to Consider
Augmentation VS. Lift
Patients desiring breast augmentation may discover that they need a lift first if there is a certain degree of sag. If the patient wishes to add more volume and increase the breast size, implants will resolve this issue. However, implants are not always needed depending on how much native breast tissue exists prior to the lift. Before surgery, Dr. Williams will provide a thorough assessment as to whether or not an augmentation is necessary to attain the aesthetic results the patient desires. It’s important to note that if an implant is placed within a sagging breast and no lift is performed, the outcome most likely will be very unsatisfactory.
In most breast lift cases, the nipple may need to be repositioned so that it is centered on the newly shaped breast. This is done by removing skin above the nipple and areola and then rotating the nipple and breast tissue into the new location. The nipple stays attached to the breast at all times and maintains its sensitivity and natural appearance.
Breast Lift Recovery
After breast lift surgery, patients are placed in a surgical dressing overnight then switched to a surgical bra. Swelling is expected and patients should take it easy for a few days. The swelling will start to resolve within 1-2 weeks after surgery and most patients are able to resume modest activities within about 2-3 weeks. A breast lift typically takes about 6-8 weeks for a full recovery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $10,000 - $12,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 week
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3 months
- Procedure Recovery Location
Achieve the Look You Want
We invite you to call our plastic surgery office and schedule your consultation with our doctor today. If you are bothered by sagging, droopy breasts and are considering a breast lift, this surgery can restore the look and feel of your breasts and create a gorgeous, youthful outcome.