Breast lift

Whether it’s because of time, genetics, or childbearing, it can be frustrating when your breasts just don’t have the shape and projection you want. Although many women consider breast augmentation to be the gold standard in breast rejuvenation, the breast lift is one option that can transform and lift your breast profile with or without implants

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift, also called mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that lifts and rejuvenates the breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning tissue. The result is breasts that are no longer flat, low-hanging, or tuberous. A breast lift can sometimes be performed at the same time as breast augmentation for more volume and projection, but many women benefit from a breast lift on its own. It can also be performed along with breast reduction. Women looking for a breast lift can also enhance the size and shape of the breasts with fat transfer instead of implants. Dr. Diktaban will go over your options in detail during your consultation.

Breast Lift Candidates

The breast lift is a great option for women who experienced changes in their breasts during pregnancy or nursing, or who have naturally flat breasts. Additionally, women who can benefit from a breast lift often have breasts that:

  • Are pendulous but normal-sized
  • Are too soft or have little substance
  • Have nipples that point downward
  • Are not symmetrical in size, shape, or feel

A breast lift does not necessarily add volume, so you should consider the use of implants or fat transfer if you want larger breasts. As with any surgery, you should be in general good health and able to undergo surgery.

What Happens During a Breast Lift?

A breast lift can be performed with general anesthesia at our in-house, certified surgical suite. Dr. Diktaban will discuss your options for incision types during your consultation, which includes a periareolar incision, lollipop incision, or anchor pattern. These follow the natural contours and pigmentation of the breasts so that any scarring will be minimally visible with the right aftercare steps. During the procedure, an incision will be performed, and the underlying breast tissue will be lifted and reshaped. Implants or fat can be inserted if you choose either one or both options. Then, the breast is lifted into a more upright position and any excess skin is trimmed away. The result is perky, youthful breasts.

Results and Recovery

It can take several weeks for swelling to subside and your incisions to heal. During this time, you should avoid extensive activity and allow yourself plenty of rest. Immediately after your procedure, you’ll be fitted with a supportive surgical bra and should wear this throughout your recovery. Dr. Diktaban will provide care steps to follow for things like medications and caring for your incisions. After a breast lift, you may still experience changes in your breasts because of factors like weight gain or pregnancy, so it’s important to discuss your future plans during your consultation.


The doctor is very knowledgeable and kind. His assistant was also very kind. Thank you for the nice experience- Maria”

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Schedule a Consultation

A breast lift can be an excellent way to enjoy your breasts again and feel comfortable with your figure and wardrobe. To meet with Dr. Diktaban and begin planning your breast lift procedure, contact our state-of-the-art office in Manhattan by calling or filling out our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a breast lift make my breasts bigger?

A breast lift on its own won’t make your breasts larger in size. Although it can reshape and rejuvenate the appearance of your breasts, implants or fat transfer techniques are the best way to increase the size of your breasts if you want to.

Can a breast lift reposition my nipples?

Part of a breast lift procedure often includes repositioning and lifting the nipples and areolae. Additionally, a breast lift can reduce the size of large areolae for a more balanced appearance to each breast. Dr. Diktaban can discuss the specific steps of your procedure during a consultation at our New York City office.

What types of breast lift incisions are there?

There are generally three types of incisions used in the breast lift. They are:

  • The donut incision (around the areolae)
  • The lollipop incision (around the areolae and down to the breast crease)
  • The anchor incision (around the areolae, down to the breast crease, and horizontally along the inframammary fold)

Each has its benefits and one may be better for you and your goals based on your existing anatomy. Dr. Diktaban can ensure you understand your surgical plan and best care steps to reduce scarring after surgery.

Can a breast lift create cleavage?

Cleavage is most often created by your clothing. However, having sufficiently perky and upright breasts can help make your cleavage more prominent. To get the cleavage you want, you may need to consider breast implants, and Dr. Diktaban can recommend your right options.