Breast Uplift

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A breast lift (mastopexy) is the best way to raise and re-shape the breasts that are going through ‘breast ptosis’ (or sagging). This surgery will tighten the skin, lift and reposition the nipple and restore firmness and shape both with and without your bra.

If your breasts are empty or saggy, or you are unhappy with the shape of your breasts or the position of your nipple, a Breast Uplift or Mastopexy may be the most suitable option for you.

Cosmeticium is one of the main clinics who offer breast uplift surgery in İstanbul, Turkey.


  • If your nipples have dropped beneath your breast or they are pointing downward
  • If your breasts have lost volüme or firmness and have stretched skin
  • If your breasts sag, droop or appear slouchy


The operation is under general anesthesia and will last about 2-3 hours. Although the nipple areolar complex will be repositioned, this is done by trimming the sur-rounding skin and it remains securely attached to your underlying breast throughout. The skin is incised along the carefully designed pattern and elevated off the breast tissue. The excess skin is removed leaving behind what is in effect a close fitting skin bra. If your areola has stretched and is too large it can be re-sized to more appropriate dimensions.

The remaining skin is now re-draped over and around the breast tissue and sutured snuggly to form a pert new breast mound. The skin closures will be circular around the nipple-areola with a vertical join descending from the areola to meet a transverse suture line tucked in the crease below the breast.

Temporary surgical tube drains will be in place when you awake. These minimise the bruising and risk of infection from the accumulation of blood and serum beneath the elevated skin flaps.


Vertical (lollipop) technique
This is by far the most common technique in our practice. The incisions go all the way around the areola, and then vertically down to the bottom of the breast. This way, the areola can be made smaller, sagging breast tissue can be removed or repositioned, and the skin can be redraped. This technique lifts and cones the breast, and is versatile both with and without an implant.

Inverted-T technique
There are different ways to perform an inverted-T mastopexy. While we don’t perform this technique frequently in our practice, it is a good option if there is too much excess skin to have a good result with only the lollipop scar. The breast tissue is still rearranged, the nipple is elevated and the breast is reshaped. However, extra skin is also removed along the crease under the breast, adding the additional scar.

Periareolar (donut) technique
This technique is useful for a tuberous breast, but we don’t recommend it for most of our mastopexies. The tightness of the closure around the areola tends to flatten the breast, the scar quality can be poor, and the areola often widens. Many women ask about this technique due to the perception that there is less scarring, but we usually prefer the vertical technique for its superior reshaping.


Immediately after surgery dressings and bandages are applied to your incisions and a support bra is worn to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to manage the discomfort and pain.

The full recovery process following breast lift surgery can take several weeks or longer to see the final results. Exercise is contraindicated for about 1 month while other daily routines are gradually increased based on your surgeons advice.



The results will make your breasts fuller and more uplifted. The position of your nipples and areolas will be improved.

Scars are usually quite red for the first 6 weeks after surgery. They then change to a purple colour over the next 3 months before fading. You can expect some swelling and bruising for a few weeks, with the full result evident within a few months of the procedure.

What is a breast lift?

Breast lift or mastopexy is a plastic surgery designed to lift and firm the breasts. This procedure will restore a youthful and perky appearance of your breasts. Breast lift surgery does not change the size of the breast, but it can be combined with breast augmentation surgery in order to achieve best results.

Can breast lift and breast augmentation procedures be performed on the same surgery?

Yes. Breast lift surgery can be combined with breast augmentation.

What cup size will I be after breast reduction surgery?

Most women who undergo breast reduction will end up as either a large C or a small D cup. However, some women have expressed that they would like to be smaller than this size. Although it is possible to reduce the size down further, reducing the breasts to a large C or small D is usually enough to relieve patients of their symptoms. In addition, the build and weight of the average breast reduction patient is such that anything smaller than a large C cup would not be proportional.

Does a breast lift affect breast size?

No. The aim of the breast lift surgery is to reshape breast tissue. The surgeon will lift the breasts to a higher position and remove excess skin. In most cases the size is not affected, however, sometimes, the size may be slightly smaller due to the tightening of breast skin.

Where are the incisions?

For very mild ptosis, the incision will only go around your areola, but for most patients it also involves a vertical incision, and possibly one in the infra-mammary crease (an inverted “T”), depending on your situation. Sensation is preserved and the scars fade over time.

Are the results from a breast lift permanent?

Yes. However, factors such as age, pregnancy, and massive fluctuations in weight may influence results from a breast lift.

Can i breastfeed after the surgery?

Since some mastopexy procedures require your surgeon to cut the milk ducts while repositioning the breasts, the surgery can have a negative impact on breastfeeding. However, the risk is minimal. Patients are urged to discuss this issue with their surgeon during their consultation if breastfeeding is a concern.

What are the risks of breast uplift surgery?

Breast lift is a common plastic surgery and if done by the professional surgeon is safe. By there is no risk-free surgery, and there are some risks associated with the surgery. Possible risks are:
• Bad reaction to anaesthesia
• Soreness
• Bruising
• Infections
• Tissue necrosis
• Loss of nipple sensation

When can I return to work?

Most patients can go back to work one week after breast lift surgery abroad. But it depends on what type of job you have and will be discussed during the consultation.

What can I expect during recovery?

For the first two weeks, you may have soreness, bruising and swelling. You will be told to wear a special garment for about two weeks after the surgery, it is needed to help the healing and to provide better results. Right after the surgery, you might feel pain, but the surgeon will prescribe you painkillers to handle it. Most patients can go back to work one week after the procedure. Light exercises like walking should be started as soon as possible, while with more serious exercises you should wait about a month. Every body is unique, and recovery differs from patient to patient, the main thing you need to do is listen to your body

Procedure: Breast Uplift (Mastopexy)
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Recovery: 7 to 10 days to return to work
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
Stay: 4 nights hotel, 1 night hospital
Side Effect: Temporary swelling, bruising, soreness, discomfort, nipple sensitivity, numbness
Exercise: After 1 month
Scars: Yes (depending on the incision type)
Pain: Slight (depends on the patient)
What to bring: Comfortable clothes (sweatshirts, button-down or zipped shirt etc.)
Results: Immediate (final results after 4 to 6 months and may change due to pregnancy, gravity, weight or age)
Multiple surgeries: Breast augmentation, breast reduction, liposuction, nose surgery