A breast lift is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape breasts that have sagged as a result of pregnancy, nursing, and the natural force of gravity. Mastopexy is not permanent since no surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity but it can reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The procedure is usually performed in an outpatient surgical center, either operated by your surgeon or a hospital facility, and takes 1 - 3 hours, but depending on the extent of the procedure, it can take longer. If you are having more than one procedure, overnight hospitalization may be required.

Breast lift surgery can be performed under local anesthesia, along with intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia depending on your health, the extent of the procedure and whether you are having other procedures at the same time. Techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision following the natural contour of the breast. The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to the higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is then brought down and together to reshape the breast. Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area, and along the lower crease of the breast.