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Breast Lift Cost, Recovery, and Surgery Options

Procedure • By Biraj Patel

A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgery designed to rejuvenate and elevate sagging breasts, resulting in a more youthful and firmer appearance.

Breast lift cost

The cost of a breast lift varies depending on several factors, including the surgeon's expertise, geographical location, the complexity of the procedure, and whether additional procedures, such as implants or fat transfer, are involved. On average, the cost of a breast lift can range from $4,000 to $10,000.

How to prepare for breast lift surgery


Schedule a thorough consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your expectations, medical history, and any concerns you may have.

Medical evaluation

Undergo a complete medical evaluation to determine your eligibility for the surgery and to identify any potential risks.

Quit smoking

If you smoke, it's important to quit at least a few weeks before the surgery, as smoking can impede the healing process.

Medication review

Disclose all medications and supplements you are currently taking to your surgeon, as some may need to be temporarily discontinued before the surgery.

Are breast lifts safe?

Breast lift procedures are generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications, which will be discussed during the pre-operative consultation.

Surgical and non-surgical breast lift

Non-surgical breast lift

For those seeking a non-invasive alternative, there are non-surgical breast lift options available. While these options may be suitable for individuals with mild sagging, they typically offer more subtle results compared to surgical techniques.


This procedure uses ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen production, tightening the skin and lifting the breasts non-surgically.

Radiofrequency treatments

Devices like Thermage utilize radiofrequency energy to tighten and lift the skin, resulting in a mild lift effect.

Breast reduction and lift

In some cases, women may opt for a breast reduction in conjunction with a lift to address issues of both sagging and excessive breast volume. Breast reduction aims to remove excess breast tissue, alleviating discomfort and achieving a more proportionate breast size.

Breast lift without implants

A breast lift can be performed without implants, and it is an ideal option for those looking to improve breast shape and position without altering their current size. The surgery is particularly beneficial for women who have lost breast volume due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging.

Breast lift with implants

For individuals seeking both lifting and augmentation, a combination of breast lift and breast implants can provide the desired outcome. This procedure not only addresses sagging but also enhances breast size and shape.

Breast lift with fat transfer

In a breast lift with fat transfer, the surgeon uses liposuction to harvest fat from other areas of the body, like the thighs or abdomen, and transfers it to the breasts. This technique can enhance breast fullness and improve the overall appearance of the breasts.

How the breast lift is performed

The patient is administered either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation to ensure comfort and minimize any discomfort during the surgery. 

A surgeon carefully creates incisions following predetermined patterns, such as around the areola, extending vertically down to the breast crease, and sometimes horizontally along the crease. Excess skin is removed, and the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to achieve a more youthful contour. In cases of significant sagging, the nipple and areola may be repositioned to a higher, more natural position on the breast mound.

Once the desired results are achieved, the incisions are meticulously closed using sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape.

Post-operative care and breast lift recovery time

The recovery period following a breast lift varies from person to person, but generally, immediately after the surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication.

During the first week, it's essential to rest and avoid strenuous activities. Your surgeon may provide you with a compression bra to aid in healing and minimize swelling. During the next week, most patients can return to light activities and work. However, it's crucial to avoid heavy lifting and vigorous exercises for a few more weeks. You can gradually resume your activities after 3–6 weeks as the swelling continues to subside.

Full recovery can take around 4 to 6 weeks, but some patients may need a bit more time to heal completely.

Longevity of a breast lift

The results of a breast lift are long-lasting; however, natural aging and lifestyle factors can influence the breasts' appearance over time. Maintaining a stable weight and following a healthy lifestyle can help prolong the results.

Going braless after a breast lift

While it's essential to follow your surgeon's advice, many women find that wearing a supportive bra helps maintain the lifted appearance and enhances comfort during the recovery period. Over time, your surgeon may advise you on when it's appropriate to go without a bra.

Book an appointment with the best plastic surgeons on PreferredMD

A breast lift can be a transformative procedure, offering women the opportunity to regain their confidence and feel more comfortable in their bodies. Whether opting for a surgical or non-surgical approach, individuals can work closely with a board-certified plastic surgeon to achieve their desired breast appearance safely and effectively. Remember to conduct thorough research and choose a reputable surgeon with a proven track record for optimal results.

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