Mastopexy (Breast Lift) Before & After Photos

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Our plastic surgeons perform breast lift surgery in Calgary to reshape the breasts and reposition the areolas for a more youthful breast appearance.

Technically called mastopexy, women often choose breast lift from Calgary and other Alberta cities who have breastfed their babies, had larger natural breasts that have drooped over time or experienced significant weight changes. In these cases, the deflated look or excess skin in the breast area can disconcert the individual, who may desire aesthetic improvement.

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About the Procedure

The breast lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia. It can be performed as an individual procedure or in conjunction with breast augmentation if breast volume is also a concern. During the breast lift procedure, the skin below the breast is generally removed to excise excess skin from the area. The nipple is then moved higher up on the breast to better situate it with the new breast positioning. Next, the skin above the breast is pulled around to create a swell and to tighten the remaining area of skin around the glands and fatty tissue of the breast for a more youthful appearance. The areolas can also be resized if necessary. Some doctors may also place small drains to help reduce swelling for the first day or so following surgery; these drains will be removed in a follow-up visit less than three days after surgery.

Circumareolar Mastopexy

Circumareolar Mastopexy

This lifting procedure, often called a “purse string mastopexy,” is generally used for very mild degrees of breast ptosis or to reduce the size of the areola. The incision is made around the perimeter of the areola, and a permanent suture is used to raise the areola and decrease its diameter.

Circumvertical Mastopexy

Circumvertical Mastopexy

This lifting procedure, commonly called a “lollypop mastopexy,” is best suited to women with more significant breast ptosis but who do not present with excess breast tissue in the lower pole. The incision is made around the areolar and vertically down the center of the lower aspect of the breast.

Inverted T Mastopexy

Inverted T Mastopexy

This procedure, often called an “anchor mastopexy,” is best suited for women with a significant degree of ptosis and excess lower pole breast tissue. This procedure is essentially a circumvertical mastopexy with a horizontal incision along the base of the breast.


The total recovery time after a breast lift is usually around a month, but patients can generally return to regular activity after 10 to 14 days. A supportive bra must be worn every day for the entire recovery period to ensure proper healing. Pain medication is prescribed for the week following surgery, as well as antibiotics to reduce the likelihood of infection. Although scarring is likely, a regular bra readily hides most scars associated with breast lift surgery. These scars will fade to become almost invisible to the naked eye over time.

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