Breast Lift FAQs

Top Oakland County Surgeon’s Breast Lift FAQs


Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women across Oakland County get the look they love and the body they desire with breast lifts. In this article we answer some of our patients most frequently asked questions about breast lifts.

What is a breast lift?

The technical term for breast lift surgery is Mastopexy. It is a very safe and common surgical procedure that removes excess skin, and lifts breast tissue and the nipple and areola. Breast lifts can improve the shape, firmness, and appearance of sagging or dropping breasts.

A breast lift is not the same thing as a breast implant – although both procedures may be performed at the same time. To learn more about the difference between breast lift and a breast implant surgery CLICK HERE.

Who can benefit from breast lift surgery?

Women whose breasts are sagging from the effects of breastfeeding, aging, weightless, gravity or simply genetics are all candidates for breast lift surgery. In some situations, a breast lift can also help with breasts that are asymmetrical or misshapen.

A breast lift may be performed at any age over 22 (after the breasts stop developing). As with any surgery, you should be in good overall health, not extremely obese, and quit smoking for at least 6 weeks, in order to achieve the best breast lift surgery results.

If a women is planning on having more children, she should generally consider postponing breast lift surgery until she is done having children – as another pregnancy could result in additional drooping.

Are there different techniques for breast lifts?

In all cases, breast lift surgery requires removal of some breast skin – but the amount and location of skin removal will depend upon your breasts’ shape.

Sometimes an incision is made just around the areola. In other cases the surgeon may go around the areola and then vertically to the bottom. In some cases were skin needs to be removed, an incision may also be made across the bottom of the breast.

These different breast lift techniques can have some unusual names, such as “crescent,” “donut,” “Benelli,” “lollipop,” “vertical,” “Wise pattern,” “anchor”, “circumareolar”, and others. Dr. Ali will make recommendations based on your unique body – and help you make the choices that are best for you.

Will I have scars from breast lift surgery?

Dr. Ali has performed thousands of breast lift surgeries, and takes every step possible to create the most attractive breast shape with the least amount of scarring. He will strategically place incisions and masterfully make them as small as possible while still achieving the desired result. However, keep in mind that because it is a surgery, no matter what technique is used, some degree of scarring is inevitable.

Dr. Ali’s goal is always to keep scars as small as possible. But the most important decision about the incision size and location is creating the most beautiful breast shape.

Scarring typically fades considerably over time, however it never goes away completely. Most women feel that the “trade-off’ of having small scars is worth it to achieve the breast appearance they desire.

Dr. Ali will offer you a free consultation so that you can make the best decision, and decide which type of breast lift procedure is right for you.

Can I work or exercise after breast lift surgery?

Most women are able to resume light activities 2 to 5 days after breast list surgery. Typically you can return to work and other light activities after 5 to 7 days. This will depend upon the physical nature of your job, as well as how well you heal.

Many women can resume low impact exercises after about 4 weeks. However, jogging, jumping and any high impact activities can strain the breasts during recovery and should be avoided until you get the “all clear” from your surgeon.

Dr. Ali can tell you more specifically when you will be able to engage in certain activities, based on how extensive your surgery was, how well you are healing, your age and overall health, and the type of work or exercise you do.

Top Oakland County Breast Lift Surgeon

Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women across Oakland County get the look they love with breast lifts and breast implants. He will be happy to offer you a free consultation to answer all of your questions, and help you select the best procedure for your goals.

Feel beautiful inside and out, with breast lift and breast implant surgery. And remember, financing options are also available!