What a Breast Lift Procedure Can and Can’t Do For You

Dec 8, 2023

If you’re thinking about enhancing the look of your breasts, you might be curious about what a breast lift procedure can do for you. Breast lifts may be the best option for most patients looking to reduce sagging and restore perkiness. Take a look at what breast lifts can and can’t do for you so you can explore your options and find the solution that will help you achieve your desired results.

What a Breast Lift Can Do

A breast lift, as the name suggests, is a transformative procedure that can elevate your breasts to a more upright and higher position on your chest by removing excess skin. A breast lift procedure can do more than just lift them. A breast lift can also reduce the size of your areolas to balance your breast’s appearance. If you experience sagging or a loss of firmness due to factors like aging, pregnancy, or weight fluctuations, a breast lift can be a remarkable solution for you to restore a more youthful appearance to your breasts and regain a more confident you.

What a Breast Lift Cannot Do

While a breast lift can alter the position of your breasts, there are two essential aspects a breast lift cannot achieve on its own: increasing and decreasing the size. For extra volume, you would need to add implants or use fat grafting with a breast augmentation. On the other hand, if you want less volume, you would need to remove breast tissue, this is done with a breast reduction. With this understanding of a breast lift’s capabilities, you can make an informed decision about a breast lift procedure or explore any additional options.

Your Breast Lift Options

If you’ve determined a breast lift is right for you, your next step is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. At the consultation, you and your provider will discuss your goals and tailor your surgery to your breasts to achieve your desired results. There are a few variations of a breast lift surgery that differ depending on the degree of sagging and amount of excess skin. These variations include:

Periareolar Lift

Also known as a donut lift, this breast lift is best for minor sagging. Your surgeon will make incisions around the areola to lift the breasts.

Lollipop Lift

A lollipop lift is a good choice if you have moderate sagging. This breast lift includes incisions around the areola and another straight down to the breast crease.

Anchor Lift

An anchor lift is the best option to remove excess skin and treat more severe sagging. This lift has the same incisions as a lollipop lift but with an additional incision along the breast crease, which can easily be hidden by a bra or bikini top.
If you’re considering your options, consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to create a personalized plan that will help you reach your contour goals.

Other Procedures You May Consider With Your Breast Lift

If you want additional alterations to your breasts or body during your breast lift, you can discuss the possibility of combining another procedure with your breast lift at your consultation. Some common procedures others get along with their breast lifts include:

Breast Augmentation

If you want to add volume to your breasts, you can discuss combining a breast augmentation with your breast lift at your consultation.


While you improve the contours of your chest, you can also improve the contours of other areas of your body as well. Liposuction is a popular choice to combine with breast augmentation if you have another area of your body you’d like to improve such as your hips and abdomen.


If you have excess skin around your arms, you can combine a brachioplasty with a breast lift to combine the scars for a seamless look across the body.

Reverse Tummy Tuck

A reverse tummy tuck removes excess skin from the abdomen to tighten its appearance. Like a brachioplasty and breast lift, you can combine the scar of a reverse tummy tuck with your breast lift scar underneath the breasts.

It’s Time to Discuss Your Personalized Procedure

If you’re looking to regain confidence in your breast contour and achieve a more youthful shape, a breast lift could be the right choice for you. Schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons to learn more about our breast lift procedure and to create a plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.

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