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Breast Lift With and Without Augmentation

Mastopexy (Breast Lift) Surgery

Life has its way of changing our bodies, and sometimes those changes can leave us feeling like a completely different person. Women often experience unwanted drooping or sagging of their breasts following normal lifestyle factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, or simply aging and genetics. With an expertise in achieving results that appear both aesthetically beautiful and natural, our Midsota plastic surgeons can help restore the youthful feminine silhouette you want back.

Breast Lift at a Glance

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Ages: Most common around 40

Return to Work: 1 week

Surgery Time:2 hours without augmentation; 3 hours with augmentation

Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks

Off Restrictions: 4 weeks

Is a Breast Lift for Me?

The breast lift can be a great option for any woman looking to restore a more youthful and feminine figure. A woman’s breasts can go through various changes as she gets older, and sometimes this cannot be improved with diet and exercise alone. Once the skin around the breasts loses elasticity, the breasts can begin to droop, and the nipples and areolae also droop and may point downward.

Many mothers choose to get a a breast lift after having children in order to restore their pre-baby bodies, but the procedure is also common with women experiencing sagging due to age or weight loss. A breast reduction is like a breast lift combined with making the breasts smaller and is appropriate for women whose breast size is too large for their comfort.

Women who not only want to lift their breasts, but also enhance their shape and enlarge their breast size may choose to combine their breast lift with a breast augmentation. During your consultation with our experienced Midsota plastic surgeons, the two of you will discuss your goals and expectations to determine the best treatment plan for you. Not all women will require both breast implants and a breast lift to achieve their desired results; however, those who have lost breast volume and lack fullness at the top of the breasts may benefit from supplementing their breast lift with implant placement.

What are the Benefits of a Breast Lift?

Some of the major benefits of breast lift surgery include:

  • Restoring a youthful position of the breasts
  • Correcting the position and shape of the areolae.
  • Repositioning downward pointing nipples

How is a Breast Lift Performed?

The details of your breast lift, such as incision location and pattern, will be discussed during your consultation. We will work with you to create a treatment plan centered on your goals and expectations while always prioritizing your safety.

Your breast lift will be performed under general anesthesia. Your areolae are resized and nipples and areolae are centered at a more youthful and natural position.  Your surgeon may reposition the breast tissue.  Women who have chosen breast augmentation as well will have their implants placed.  Excess skin is removed to restore the balance between the amount of skin and what it holds before closing your incisions.

How Long Does Breast Lift Surgery Take?

Breast lift surgery at Midsota Plastic Surgeons will take about two hours, but will vary based on your unique condition and whether you chose to combine your breast lift with a breast augmentation.

How Long is the Breast Lift Recovery?

We will provide you with detailed care instructions following your breast lift. A support bra is to be worn for the first few weeks to assist with proper healing. You should be able to return to work within 1 week; however, more strenuous activities and exercise should be limited for about a month.

When will I Notice the Results of my Breast Lift?

Although there will be some initial bruising and swelling, which will fade over the next several weeks,  you will notice an immediate change in the position of your breasts. Our patients are often thrilled at the sight of their new figures and can’t wait to try on new clothes and old favorites.

How Long Will my Breast Lift Results Last?

Your breasts will appear much younger than before surgery, but your body will continue to age and skin may begin to relax again. Some women may choose to return for a revision surgery when they feel their results begin to fade.

Breast Lift Reviews

Read what our past patients are saying about their breast lifts.


Our goal at Midsota Plastic Surgeons is for you to walk out our doors feeling refreshed and more confident than when you walked in. Our dedicated team of Minnesota plastic surgeons and caring staff put your safety first and will work closely with you on your journey to your new self. For more information on any of our procedures, or to schedule a private consultation, please give us a call at one of our locations in St. Cloud, Alexandria, Brainerd or Minnesota.


“I want to say Thank you to Dr. Heath and the staff at Midsota. Every time I came into the center I was welcomed. Dr. Heath made me feel very comfortable discussing my options for breast reduction. I was kept well informed and felt very safe and secure during the procedure and all of my office visits.”

Rita N.

“The beautiful job Dr. Houle did with my DIEP flap reconstruction surgery was the final chapter in my successful survivor story of breast cancer. Thank you for restoring my feeling like a “whole” woman again.”


“Dr. Yang did an absolutely amazing job on my lower eyelid surgery. I am so completely happy with the results. Thank you is all I can say! Recommending to anyone considering!”

Karen P.