A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a tightening technique to raise breasts to a higher position on the chest wall. Boise plastic surgeon, Dr. Dean Sorensen, performs this surgery to improve patients’ breasts to create a more youthful appearance. In some procedures, silicone or saline implants may be used to improve the size and shape of the breast. Women choose to have a breast lift following pregnancy, nursing or weight loss. Dr. Sorensen works with patients from the Boise area to achieve an optimal outcome, one that includes a tighter, younger appearance with lasting results.
"A Beautiful Rhinoplasty! - Boise, ID - I had both Dr Sorenson and Dr Garner work on my nose and they both did an incredible job. It looks exactly how I wanted it to look and looks completely natural which is something I really wanted. I am really happy with both of my doctors they did an excellent job!! - - I had always hated how my nose looked especially in my profile. It was really important to me that my nose look as natural as possible as well. I didn't want people to look at my face and instantly think I had a nose job. I really just wanted a nose that looked more feminine and looked good with my face and I got just that. The bump is gone and it looks so natural. I feel so much more confident now and I love my profile!! It looks natural and beautiful!!"- C. / RealSelf / Jan 21, 2016
"I had met with two other surgeons prior to meeting with Dr Sorensen and I didn't feel confident or comfortable with either one. The moment I met Dr Sorensen I knew he was the one I wanted to perform my breast augmentation. I am 6 months post op and I LOVE my breasts. I had 3 pregnancies and 6 kids and luckily didn't need a lift. The recovery was super easy as well. I was up and moving the next day. No pain. His work is amazing. He was super helpful, caring and friendly. His staff was extremely nice as well. I will def be going back to him in the future for a tummy tuck. I highly recommend Dr Sorensen for anyone that is looking for an awesome surgeon in the Boise area."- M.N. / Google / Sep 15, 2016
"I am two weeks post op today from having a TT and I could not be any happier!! Dr. Sorensen is a very kind and caring man and a good listener. Val & Harmony are wonderful as well, they have always been there to answer my questions and are very sweet. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me and my self confidence. Can't wait for my BA!!!!!"- L.G. / Google / Sep 02, 2016
"I am two weeks post op from a TT and Dr. Sorensen did an amazing job. He is a great listener, caring & kind. Val & Harmony are just as great, always there to answer my questions. I can't wait to get my BA. Thank you all for helping me get my self confidence back."- L.G. / Healthgrades / Sep 01, 2016
"Tummy Tuck...best Decision I Have Ever Made - Boise, ID - From the moment I walked into their office I was met with kindness and professionalism. Dr. Sorensen was very knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable and let me ask as many questions as I wanted. After I decide to go ahead with the procedure the had an opening one week later, I was so excited. The day before my pre op appointment I was having doubts so when I went in I shared my concerns with Val and she made me feel much better and reassured me that everything was going to be great. The day of my surgery was wonderful. The staff at the Surgery Center were amazing!! Before I knew I was being wheeled into the recovery room. I stayed one night in the hospital, the staff there were just as wonderful!! I went home the next afternoon, the was in no pain whatsoever from the time after surgery until this moment. I stopped pain killers after day three, I have been out and about running errands, doing chores, etc. I feel incredible. I was most worried about the recovery because of things I kept reading online but none of those things have happened to me. Dr. Sorensen glued my incision, which I am thankful for because it looks so much better then stitches or staples. I have had two post op appointments since, one at one week and the other at two, and Dr. Sorensen & Harmony were wonderful at both. I go back in two weeks for that check and at that time I will be setting up a time for BA and lipo. In the end I am more than happy I chose Dr. Sorensen, he really does a wonderful job!!"- C. / RealSelf / Sep 01, 2016
The type of incision used during a breast lift procedure will vary depending on the degree of lift and whether implants will be placed during the surgery. If implants are a part of the procedure, whether silicone or saline, they are placed under the pectoralis muscle. This method provides additional support and helps to keep the breasts in a higher position for a longer period of time. In situations where a larger implant is desired, a supportive tissue matrix may be used as a sling to hold the implants in place.
The degree of lift will determine how many incisions are needed. Once the incisions are made, excess skin and tissue are removed and the nipple and areola are repositioned for a natural placement. The sutures during this procedure are placed deep in the breast wall to secure and hold the breast up firmly. There are several incision placements to consider:
- Around the curvature of the areola (the tissue immediately surrounding the nipple)
- Vertically on the bottom of the areola, down to the crease under the breast
- Horizontally beneath the breast following the natural crease
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is considered an outpatient procedure. Operative time in most cases is between 1-2 hours. Recovery following a breast lift will vary depending on whether it was a stand-alone surgery or if it occurred in conjunction with another body contouring procedure. Most patients are able to resume their normal work schedules within a few days. Exercise will be a gradual process. Most women are able to resume their normal routines within 6-8 weeks. This includes running and weight training.
The average cost for a breast lift is about $8,800. These costs will vary depending on the extent of the surgery. If breast implants are placed during the lift procedure, the total cost will increaseIf breast implants are placed during the lift procedure, the total cost will increase $750 for saline implants and $1,750 for silicone implants.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Total Cost
- $8,800 - $10,550
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Lift FAQS@headingTag>
Breast Lift or Implants?@headingTag>
Breast augmentation surgery with implants will help with size, but it will not help women if their breasts sag or droop downward past a certain point. Some doctors may use implants to help with sagging. With this approach, the immediate results may look better, but the additional weight causes the breasts to sag further. Some women find a breast lift is the only procedure they need to obtain the fullness they desire and determine implants aren’t necessary. During the consultation, we will discuss whether a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination of both will attain the best results.
During a breast lift procedure, the nipple and areola will be placed in a location on the breast that is natural and proportionate. The goal during this surgery is to reduce the size of the areola (the area surrounding the nipple) so it looks balanced with the new breast size and shape.
What About Scarring?@headingTag>
There is no way to avoid making the necessary incisions to complete a breast lift procedure. Therefore, some scarring will result from this procedure. Every effort is made during surgery to minimize scarring. Most women feel that the physical results following a breast lift procedure are worth the scars left behind. During the consultation, we will provide detailed post-operative scar care instructions.
Breast reduction surgery may also be combined with a breast lift to help a patient achieve the size and shape she desires. The breast reduction surgery procedure is very similar to a lift, but with the added step of removing more breast tissue in conjunction with excess skin. More information on this procedure can be found on the breast reduction page.