Breast Lift

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Mastopexy (known as a breast lift) is a body contouring procedure that redefines the breasts by trimming away loose skin and surgically tightening the existing tissue to result in a more youthful and healthier look.

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About Breast Lift

This body reshaping surgery is performed for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape and who are experiencing breast drooping due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Outstanding advancements in mastopexy techniques have made this cosmetic surgery so effective and successful that new statistics by the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal nearly a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Francisco CanalesDr. Heather Furnas, and Dr. Culbertson are seasoned plastic surgeons in Northern California who perform this procedure at Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa. By incorporating the latest methods, our plastic surgeons can choose the appropriate technique based upon the degree of sag present, keeping in mind the desired result. Call our office in Santa Rosa, California to schedule a private consultation to learn more.

Ideal Candidates

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Learn About Breast Lift In Northern California.

Here’s a look at who is the ideal candidate for our breast lift in Northern California.

You may come to Plastic Surgery Associates of Sonoma or Marin County wanting breast augmentation, but after a private assessment, you may discover that breast lift surgery is what the doctors recommend. The reason is due to the amount of sagging that may be discovered during the initial evaluation. Breasts that have lost elasticity generally need skin removal and tightening to reduce skin looseness and bring the breasts to a perkier position. If you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts sag significantly below the breast crease, a surgical lift can help their appearance. If you are contemplating a breast lift, you need to be in good health and at a good weight.

How It Works

Surgical Technique

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Our breast lift in Northern California usually takes two hours or less and is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia.

The duration of this treatment is dependent on the nature of breast size and sagging. The surgical technique used for a breast lift typically falls into two categories — the technique is defined by the type of the incision. The inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the straight line vertical incisions (lollipop) are the most used methods. The incision is first completed, and any excess skin is excised along with fat and tissue that is not wanted. The breast tissue is then tightened, and the breasts are positioned higher and lifted so they appear healthy and younger. In most situations, the size of the areola is reduced to be smaller and in proportion with the new placement and shape of the breast. At this point, an implant or a fat transfer could be placed in the breast if this was part of the plan discussed with Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson ahead of surgery. If the lift is the only procedure being performed and if size and shape are a worry, augmentation surgery with implants could be implemented at a different date if the patient chooses that route.

What to Expect

Here’s what to expect with a breast lift. 

After the Treatment

Recovery for an isolated breast lift is usually less extensive than a surgery with implants only. If both implant and lift is done at the same time, then the recovery is longer. After the procedure, you will wear a medical compression bra to help with swelling. A thin tube (drain) could also be needed on a rare occasion. After surgery, the swelling usually goes away within a few days. Our office in Northern California will provide in-depth, home treatment care instructions to help with your healing process.


Aesthetic results after a breast lift surgery appear after a few weeks as the breasts take their higher placement on your chest. Your breasts should feel and appear natural, and they will appear more youthful.



What is the cost of a breast lift?

Each breast lift is individualized to address each patient’s anatomy, tissue tone, and personal goals. The cost varies according to the complexity of the operation. This price includes the surgeon’s fees, anesthesiologist’s fees, the cost of the surgical center, and all follow-up appointments. Not covered in that price are out-of-office charges, such as prescription medications. Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson aim to make your surgical experience as stress-free as possible. During your consultation appointment, the patient coordinator will go over all of your payment options, including healthcare financing through CareCredit. You will be given prescriptions ahead of time, and you will have plenty of time to review an information packet and ask questions before the day of surgery. Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson aim to make your surgical experience as stress-free as possible.

Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?

Whether you should have a breast lift, implants, or both depends on your specific goals. Oftentimes, a breast lift will enhance the form and fullness of your breasts with no need for implants. Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson will evaluate your physical condition and also listen to your goals at your consultation, then make a decision whether you would benefit from implants, a lift, or an augmentation plus a lift.

Will my nipples be moved?

Generally, the nipple-areola complex will be moved up in the breast lift. If your areolas are excessively large or stretched, then our plastic surgeons can incorporate an areola reduction in your surgery. This may be discussed during your appointment so we can choose the ideal incision pattern to use in your breast lift.

How long will my results last?

With good care following surgery, your results can last for several years. Your breasts will still age normally, which means you could start to see loose and sagging skin in time. Factors, such as significant weight loss or gain, can change your results; therefore, it is best to stay at a steady weight following your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift may also alter your results, which is why we suggest patients wait until they are done having kids to get a breast lift.

Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?

A lift may improve asymmetry in your breasts if they’re different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson will evaluate the appearance and condition of your breasts in your consultation and talk about how a lift will be able to help. In your lift surgery, we will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size for symmetry.

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Youthful looking breasts

Surgical breast lifting has transformed the lives of countless women in our Northern California plastic surgery practice. If you suffer from hanging, sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or stop you from sporting the clothing styles you desire, a mastopexy at Plastic Surgery Associates in Sonoma or Marin County may be the answer to your problems. Schedule a consultation to create a tailored plan for treatment to assist in transforming your breasts.