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Will A Breast Lift Make My Breasts Smaller?

Will A Breast Lift Make My Breasts Smaller?

Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic plastic surgical procedure that aims to return sagging breasts to a more lifted position and restore firmness and contour. Some women experience dissatisfaction with the appearance, shape, and position of their nipples, areola, and breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding, after significant weight loss, or as their bodies change due to aging. A mastopexy procedure involves repositioning the nipple and areola, removing excess skin, and reshaping the breast. Many women seek out mastopexy to restore their breasts to a more youthful position, but they wonder… Will a breast lift make my breasts appear smaller?

To answer that question, let’s first explore breast mastopexy surgery and understand how your plastic surgeon will refine and reposition your breasts.

Breast Mastopexy For Lifted More Contoured Breasts

Who Is Breast Lift Surgery For?

You might consider breast mastopexy if you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts because:

  • Your breasts sit lower than you would like due to genetics, aging, pregnancy and breastfeeding, or significant weight loss.
  • The tissues of the nipple and areola have become stretched out.
  • Breast implants alone will not help you get the results you are looking for.

How Is It Done?

There are three main incision types your doctor may use during breast lift surgery.

  • A circular incision around the areola.
  • A circular incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease.
  • A circular incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally in the natural fold of the breast.

Your surgeon will determine which technique is most suitable for you based on the amount of revision necessary to help you achieve your goals for breast lift surgery. These techniques will help your doctor refine the contour and lift, reshape and reposition the areola and nipple, restore fullness, and create symmetry. 

And Will Mastopexy Affect My Breast Size?

As you have read above, breast mastopexy does involve the removal of tissue and skin that will definitely change the size of your breasts. In most cases, the amount of skin, breast tissue, and fat that is removed is not very noticeable. What is more important to understand is the way the appearance of your breasts will change after breast lift surgery. Successful mastopexy will create a fuller, higher breast contour that will fill out a bra cup better. The removal of stretched and sagging tissue will result in breasts that appear more voluminous, even if they are smaller in size. Most women are able to achieve the outcome for breast lift they desire with mastopexy surgery.

Combine Surgeries For Optimal Results 

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts and the size, there are options to combine breast surgeries to get the results you want.

Breast augmentation mastopexy refines sagging breasts with the techniques of mastopexy (breast lift) and uses implants (augmentation) to help patients achieve the position and fullness they desire.

Breast mastopexy and breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) can be combined for patients who wish to improve the contour and position of their breasts while reducing the size. Breast reduction surgery (especially with a dramatic reduction) almost always involves breast lift techniques to address nipple position and excess skin after breast tissue is removed.

Options For Breast Enhancement At Peterson MD

If you are considering breast mastopexy to help you achieve your goals for lifted, naturally contoured, and symmetrical breasts after breastfeeding, after weight loss, or due to aging and genetics, the first step is to consult with your plastic surgeon. A qualified plastic surgeon will help you determine if your expectations for breast enhancement surgery are realistic and help you to understand your options to get the results you want. Breast mastopexy is a transformative procedure with lasting results for perkier, shapelier breasts. Your surgeon may also suggest combining mastopexy with reduction mammoplasty or augmentation to achieve your ideal outcome.

To explore your options for breast enhancement, contact our clinic in downtown Kelowna by calling 1-250-868-9099 or by filling out our online contact form. Dr. Peterson and the team at Peterson MD are the Okanagan’s choice for surgical cosmetic procedures including breast surgery, tummy tuck, liposuction, arm lift surgery, and mommy makeovers. We specialize in transformative cosmetic surgical producers with exceptional and lasting results. We are committed to a high standard of patient education and care and to providing surgical and non-surgical treatments to help patients look and feel their very best.


Q: How complicated is breast lift surgery?
A: Breast mastopexy is performed as a day surgery under general anaesthetic and can take between 1-3 hours depending on the degree of refinement needed. Some of your incisions will be concealed in the natural contours of your breasts, and others will be visible, but will significantly fade over time. Recovery is different for everyone, but you will feel mostly healed around the two week mark. By week four the majority of your swelling and bruising should be gone, but you may not see the final results of your surgery for 6 months or even up to a year.

Q: Can I get both a breast reduction and a breast lift?
A: Yes, you can have both procedures completed as one surgery. Discuss your goals for surgery with Dr. Peterson and he will determine if a breast reduction, breast lift, or a combination of the two is ideal for you. While consulting with him before scheduling your surgery, discuss your goals and desired outcomes for breast surgery. Book your complimentary consultation here.

Q: What will I need to do to prepare for a breast lift?
A: The first thing you need to do is to schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon. Once you have decided on the right procedure for you, Dr. Peterson will provide you with specific pre and post-procedure instructions detailed specifically for you. An important thing to note: on the day of surgery you will need to arrange to be driven home.

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