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Breast Lift Chicago


A Mastopexy or Breast Lift is a procedure that removes excess skin and moves the nipple from a position low on the breast to a more aesthetically pleasing position on the breast. Part of the procedure is also aimed at improving the overall breast shape from a longer breast shape to a more round shape.

Who is a good candidate for a Breast Lift?

Women who have had children and have developed loose skin or a drop in the nipple position are most often good candidates for Breast Lift/Mastopexy procedure. Men or women who have had major weight loss are also good candidates. There are also women who are unhappy with the overall shape and position of the nipple since puberty and these women can also be good candidates for the procedure.

If you are considering pregnancy in the near future, then waiting until after the pregnancy will provide a better result.

Breast Lift Diagram

Why do some Breast Lifts have incisions around the nipple and others have incisions underneath and around the nipple?

There are many techniques to Mastopexy and these techniques usually reflect how much skin needs to be removed and how high the nipple needs to be raised. If the nipple only needs to be raised 1cm, an incision around the areola or a breast implant is usually all that needs to be done to raise the nipple. If the nipple needs to be raised 2-4 cm, then an incision needs to be made around the areola and also a vertical incision on the breast needs to be made to allow this amount of movement. If the nipple needs to be raised more than 4 cm or there is a significant amount of extra skin, then the incision needs to be around the areola, vertical and underneath the breasts.

There are exceptions to this rule and new techniques that minimize and shorten the scar that you may be a candidate for. Consult Dr. Lee today to determine if you are a candidate.

What is the recovery process like for a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is generally not considered a painful procedure and most women take pain medication for only a few days. There is some swelling and bruising around the breast that can last for 7-10 days and some general discomfort.

Most people take one week off of work unless they perform manual labor or heavy lifting. Exercise and heavy lifting are limited until three weeks after the Mastopexy.

How long do results from a Mastopexy last?

The results vary depending on the size of the breast, the quality of the skin, pregnancies, and weight fluctuations. If the quality of the skin is good, the breast size is moderate or small, and there are not significant weight fluctuations, the results can last as long as ten years.

Breast Lift Diagram 2

Should I wait until I am finished having children?

If you have started having children or are just about to start having children, it is probably best to wait until you are finished. There are some variations in breast size with pregnancy and breastfeeding that may change the skin quality and shape of the breast.

If the shape of the breast is significantly altered after having children or weight loss, it is possible to perform the surgery prior to having children or in between having children. This may mean that a revision will need to be performed after having more children.

How long should I wait until I have finished breastfeeding?

The breast shape will change 6-8 months after breastfeeding and surgery should be postponed until this general time frame.

My experience with Dr. Lee and his staff has been nothing but positive

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“I had an Abdominoplasty and Mastopexy done by Dr. Lee. I had these after significant weight loss. My experience with Dr. Lee and his staff has been nothing but positive. Throughout the entire process, Dr. Lee made me feel comfortable and at ease. He was always willing to listen and answer all of my questions. I also always felt extremely confident in his abilities, which was very comforting throughout the process and on the day of surgery. I am very happy with my results, and am so happy I chose Dr. Lee as my surgeon. On a further note, Dr. Lee’s office staff were always very friendly, warm, and helpful in guiding me through the process and making this a good experience. I would definitely recommend Dr. Lee to my close friends and anyone considering plastic surgery. Thank you for everything!”


Can a Breast Augmentation be performed at the same time as a Breast Lift?

A breast augmentation can be performed at the same time and may be necessary to provide the adequate volume and shape to the breast. If the changes or excessive skin is too much, the procedures may need to be staged.

What are the risks of Mastopexy?

The Mastopexy procedure may affect nipple sensation, scarring, wound infection and bleeding. These risks are low and typically do not occur although a red scar may be present for a variable period of time.

Contact Dr. Lee today for a Breast Lift consultation!

If you are interested in Breast Lift, contact Michael J. Lee, M.D. today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.