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, breast lift is often chosen by women from Calgary and other Alberta cities who have breastfed their babies, had larger natural breasts that have drooped over time, or who have experienced significant weight changes. In these cases, the deflated look or excess skin in the breast area can be disconcerting to 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 in relation to the new breast positioning. 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 soon after in a follow-up visit less than three days after surgery.
Circumareolar Mastopexy

Circumareolar Mastopexy

This type of lift 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 then used to raise the areola and decrease it’s diameter.
Circumvertical Mastopexy

Circumvertical Mastopexy

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

Inverted T Mastopexy

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


The full recovery time after a breast lift is usually around a month, but patients can generally return to normal activity after 10 to 14 days. A supportive bra must be worn everyday for the full 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, most of the scars associated with breast lift surgery are readily hidden by a normal bra. These scars will fade over time to become almost invisible to the naked eye.

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