Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Gravity takes its toll on everything

Whether it be from age, pregnancy, weight loss, or some other life changes, it’s not fun when your breasts start to sag. Luckily, there is a safe treatment for sagging breasts to a more youthful, perky appearance.

As a woman in a largely male-dominated field, I bring a more sensitive approach to plastic surgery in addition to my years of experience. My goal is to help patients of all ages, genders, and backgrounds safely achieve their appearance goals and restore their self-confidence.

What is a breast lift?

A breast lift (medically known as mastopexy) is a cosmetic surgery procedure that raises sagging breasts to a firmer, perkier natural shape. It can also fix asymmetry between the breasts, lift drooping areolas to a more raised position, and correct the size of excessively large or asymmetric areolas.

For some patients, a breast lift pairs well with breast augmentation or breast reduction. A breast lift can actually slightly decrease breast size because it works by removing excess skin. So, if you’re insecure or would like larger breasts, we can discuss if breast augmentation is an appropriate addition to your breast lift. Augmentation can be achieved through saline or silicone breast implants or through liposuction and fat transfer.

Excessively large breasts can result in physical and psychological discomfort. If desired, we can reduce the overall breast size while lifting and creating a more aesthetically pleasing shape.

During your initial consultation, we’ll discuss your goals and what procedures best suit your needs.

A breast lift (or other breast enhancement) is often included in our “mommy makeover.” For people unhappy with their post-pregnancy body, we can discuss a collection of cosmetic surgery procedures that can help reach your post-pregnancy body goals. (A “mommy makeover” may include a tummy tuck, body contouring, Brazilian butt lift, or facial rejuvenation, to name a few.) If you’re considering multiple surgical procedures, we can discuss them during your consultation. I’ll never push a patient toward a surgery I don’t 100% believe will benefit them.

Picture of Woman after a Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?

This is the most important question I have to answer. I will always be 100% honest with you about the risks and benefits.

Ideal breast lift candidates are:

  • generally healthy
  • non-smokers
  • adults with fully-developed breasts
  • finished having children and/or breastfeeding
  • realistic in their expectations

Mastopexy Procedure

The first step of any plastic surgery procedure is a consultation with me. We’ll go over your medical history, breast size and shape, and goals. I’ll also inform you of the most likely benefits for you and the possible risks. It is important to me that my patients be able to make fully informed decisions.

On the day of the procedure, you’ll be given general anesthesia or sedation. Then the incision will be made based on our previously agreed upon surgical plan.

The three types of incision are:

Periareolar Incision

Also known as the “donut” lift, this incision is only made around the perimeter of the areola. It’s suitable for patients with mild-to-moderate sagging as it only allows for a moderate lift. However, it does involve the least number of incisions.

Lollipop Incision

Also known as a “keyhole” incision, this is my most commonly used incision. A periareolar incision combined with a vertical incision from the lower border of the areola to the lower fold of the breast. It allows for a powerful lift and a beautiful round shape of the breast.

Anchor Incision

This incision has the highest risk of scarring, but I try to hide the incision in the lower fold of the breast as much as possible. This incision goes around the areola, down to the lower fold, and then horizontally across the lower fold of the breast. This technique is for patients who need a significant breast lift due to excessively loose skin and heavily deflated breast tissue.

Then, the necessary reshaping and lifting will be performed to achieve your desired look. Any augmentation or reduction we agreed upon will also be performed at this point.

The incisions will be closed in multiple layers to reduce tension and minimize scarring.

Does breast lift cream work?

I get it, no one enjoys surgery. And there are plenty of ads out there for creams that claim to lift and enhance breasts without surgery.

While creams can moisturize the skin, they can’t firm up the skin enough to reverse sagging. 

What is the recovery from Mastopexy surgery?

Immediately after surgery, your breasts will be covered in gauze and a surgical support bra. You may also have temporary drainage tubes. I’ll go over your recovery instructions ahead of time and you’ll be able to go home after your surgery.

You’ll be uncomfortable for a few days, but most patients manage their pain and discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication. You should be able to return to normal activities after two to three weeks. However, avoid strenuous activity for about six weeks. We’ll meet regularly for follow-ups to monitor your progress.

You’ll notice a change immediately, but your breasts will continue to settle and change over a few months.

Breast Lift Frequently Asked Questions

When can I wear a bra after a breast lift?

You’ll wear the surgical support bra for a while and will then move on to sports bras or other bras with no underwire. About six weeks after surgery, you should be able to return to normal bras.

How long after a breast lift can I sleep on my side?

In general, you’ll have to avoid sleeping on your side or stomach for two to four weeks.

Do breast lift scars go away?

The scars usually start out lumpy and red. Over time, they will fade, becoming less noticeable and, hopefully, becoming practically invisible.

Incisions will be made so that scars can be concealed by bras and swimsuit tops.

How long does a breast lift last?

The results will last a while, but might not be permanent. With age, your skin loses elasticity and may begin sagging again. Maintaining a stable, healthy weight will help maintain your results.

Larger breasts are more likely to succumb to gravity; and while many women have long lasting results, some require a touch up or even a repeat lift years down the line.

Will insurance cover a breast lift?

Insurance generally doesn’t cover cosmetic surgery. You should contact your insurance provider to see if you have any coverage options.

How much does a breast lift cost?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost for the procedure is around $4,693. This doesn’t include anesthesia, hospital costs, prescriptions, or associated expenses. I will give you an estimate of your total costs during your consultation. No surprise bills!

What are the risks of having a breast lift?

All surgery comes with some risk, but in the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon, your risk is decreased.

Some risks of mastopexy include:

  • Scarring
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation
  • Irregularities or asymmetry in the shape and size of the breasts
  • Partial or total loss of the nipples or areolae
  • Difficulty breast-feeding

Most of these are very rare. Sensation in the nipples and breast usually returns with a few weeks and breastfeeding is usually possible. 

Why it’s critically important to choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

All surgeries come with some risk; we all know this. But did you know that many doctors who perform plastic surgery are not board-certified plastic surgeons?

For a surgeon to become board certified, they must have at least 14 years of higher education including special intensive training in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. 

This means that in the very unlikely event of a complication, it can be handled quickly and efficiently.Board-certified plastic surgeons have full admitting privileges at local hospitals. Non-board-certified plastic surgeons do not, thus they cannot even treat you outside of their own surgery center. Additionally, I always work with leading board-certified anesthesiologists during my procedures to ensure patient safety. Unfortunately, this is not always the case with cosmetic surgeons.

Aren’t all doctors who perform cosmetic plastic surgery procedures board-certified?

Sadly, no. Many are not certified to do the cosmetic procedures they are performing. That can lead to significant problems for any patient who has complications. It can also mean that the surgeon who performed your procedure cannot even admit you to a hospital or provide any follow-up care at the hospital.

My extensive training, board certification, and experience as a noted reconstructive surgeon serve as an assurance that my approach to surgery is ethical, safe, and effective.

Why choose Dr. Saber for a Breast Lift in the Los Angeles area?

Dr. Sepideh Saber, MD, FACS offers a more sensitive, female perspective for patients of all ages, genders, and orientations. Patients of all ages and from all walks of life have praised not only their outcomes but her caring, thoughtful approach to all types of appearance and health-related matters.

Dr. Saber graduated from Stanford University’s world-renowned medical school and did her plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the University of Southern California (USC). She then completed a fellowship at New York University (NYU) in the extremely challenging and delicate area of hand surgery, as well as microsurgery.

To request a consultation, call (877) 205-4100 or click here to schedule a consultation online.

The practice of Dr. Saber is located in Encino, CA for patients throughout the Los Angeles area. We are also convenient to Encino, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, Burbank, Glendale, Hidden Hills, Agoura Hills, Northridge, North Hollywood, Malibu, Topanga, Canoga Park, Reseda, Valley Glen, Chatsworth, West Hills, Winnetka, Universal City, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, Silverlake, and Echo Park.

What patients say about Dr. Saber

Over 16 Reviews

I was fortunate to find Dr. Saber after researching board-certified surgeons who specialize in breast cancer reconstruction revision surgery. I knew I was in good hands from the moment I spoke with the lovely and efficient Marlene, Dr Saber's office manager. Dr Saber patiently listened to my concerns and, after examining me, explained what I could realistically expect the outcome to be from another surgery. She also explained to me that she would need to review my previous surgery notes before we could discuss a possible further surgery, which I found comforting and highly ethical. I also discussed a couple of other procedures that I would like done, including fat removal from my large upper arms that had caused me great embarrassment for several years. Dr. Saber is an excellent surgeon who is incredibly kind and genuine. She truly understands the female body and the emotional aspect of body insecurities yet, she is transparent about what can and cannot be done and takes time to discuss realistic expectations and outcomes. My breast reconstruction revision surgery will take place in the New Year, but in the meantime, I have the most fabulous upper arms that I recently flaunted in a strapless dress (something I have not done in years). Dr Saber is truly one of a kind, and I still cannot believe how fortunate I am to have found her. I highly recommend Dr Saber.

Linda DeCarlo November 29, 2023

I don’t have enough wonderful words to describe Dr Saber and Marlene! I had a tummy tuck done this year and from start to finish the entire experience was amazing. Marlene is always so helpful and works so hard to make every detail a breeze for you. When I had my consultation with Dr Saber I was at a point of complete agony with my body. She instantly took that stress and frustration off my shoulders! As a woman not being heard by doctors for years I left that consultation with happy tears knowing I had finally found my Dr. It was a major surgery and I felt completely zen and at peace going in because she really does make you feel that safe. I didn’t think I would ever look the way I do now! She gave me the gift of having the body I kept fighting for. I will never stop recommending her.

Monica Prusa October 9, 2023

I saw Dr. Saber when I broke my wrist. I ended up having to have surgery. She did an excellent job and I am healing nicely. She was very professional, but was also very kind and compassionate. I would highly recommend her!!

Sandy Schaupp September 13, 2022

I LOVED DR SABER!!! There are a few reasons why I chose her. One was because she’s a female Doctor that was my goal who also did a good job (which I was able to confirm with all her before and after photos) and what sold me was my safety in mind. She made me feel like I was in the best hands ever along with Marlene who coordinated everything THANK YOU LADIES! Dr Saber helped me get back the body I have always desired. I had a lot of stomach fat from weight gain and I lost weight so a lot of my weight was in my front lower and upper abdomen. Now I have a super beautiful curvy body like an hourglass after a tummy tuck and lipo she did. She understood the assignment hahaha . I’m 32 years old no kids just wanted to enjoy my younger body looking and feeling beautiful and she really took good care of me. Even after hours I had an emergency due to my fault but she was there and got back to me very quickly and I’m very grateful. I also think her work says a lot because I stopped taking pain medication on the 3rd day after surgery and was fine with very minimal pain I was able to tolerate the healing process. Highly recommend going with her I just had a wonderful experience and would do it all over again if I had too. Maybe after I have kids. Thanks Dr Saber and team <3

STEPHANIE d July 15, 2022

Dr.Saber is by far one of the best plastic surgeons. I love how she takes her time to explain any procedure to the patients understanding. She always makes sure to answers any and all questions.From fillers to body contours she’s the one you want.

Katherine Melara February 15, 2022

Dr Saber is amazing! She is caring and very informative. I went in for fillers and she explained procedure step by step. I highly recommend her and look forward to future visits.

Amanda Vazquez December 18, 2020

Dr. Saber was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. She took time to listen, answer all my questions and was forthright in her recommendations. Her staff was friendly and helpful. I was very happy with the results and plan on going back. If you are looking for a first rate professional experience look no further she is the doctor for you!

T R December 18, 2020

Dr. Saber is one of a kind plastic surgeon with a heart of gold. She is a well verse plastic surgeon that puts her patient's needs before anything else. She genuinely cares about every single patient, and her work speaks for itself. I notice every post-operative result on her Instagram (@saberplasticsurgery) the patients have this glow that radiates through. I have been going to Dr. Saber for my Botox for the past 3 years, and love the results every time. I know who I will be going to for any future plastic surgery needs, and will confidently refer family and friends to Dr. Saber for any Botox, fillers, and plastic surgery consultations.

Rudy Garcia December 16, 2020

I have nothing but great things to say about Dr. Saber! I am so pleased with my results from a breast augmentation she performed on me back in late June! She answered all my questions and concerns before and after my surgery. She’s very easy to get in contact with and she’s so nice. She made feel so comfortable throughout the whole process. 100/10 Lover her work!!

Amanda Villegas October 15, 2020

Dr Saber is hands down the best surgeon! She took her time answering my questions and explained procedure in detail. After doing liposuction six months ago, I am extremely happy with my results and I appreciate her so much.

Marlene Cosentino October 15, 2020

Dr. Saber is so kind and thorough with her patients! She is an amazing doctor and genuinely cars about everyone she comes in contact with. I would recommend her to anyone for any hand surgery or cosmetic procedure.

Rachel Meach October 15, 2020