Breast Lift Surgery

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy refers to a variety of procedures to treat many different issues.  Droopiness can be extreme with the breasts shapeless and laying against the body.  This can be caused by weight loss, lactation, or just gravity pulling down a heavy breast against skin that can’t quite hold up the weight of the breast.  It can be mild in which a breast is full, firm and projecting, yet the nipple may be a bit low or the breast itself needs reshaping.  

Drooping breasts come in an infinite variety of shapes and the photos below exemplify the wide varieties of these configurations for which Dr. Teitelbaum has helped his patients.

before and after photo of breast lift patient

In all cases, a breast lift requires removal of some amount of skin.  The amount and location of that removal depends upon the breasts’ shape.  That is why some lift scars just go around the areola; some around the areola and down to the bottom; and others around the areola, down to the bottom, and across the bottom.  All patients and surgeons want to shorten the scar, but the most important decision about the scar is selecting the one that will create the most beautiful breast shape.  Dr. Teitelbaum excels at using the variety of breast lift - mastopexy techniques to reshape gorgeous breasts.

Plastic surgeons use the term “breast lift” to describe a vast array of procedures for patients with very different problems. The formal medical term for a breast lift is a “mastopexy.” A lift can be a small elevation of the nipple, a reduction in size of the areola, a generalized tightening of loose breast skin, or a general lift of breasts that have fallen far south and are “pancaked” against the chest. The core concept regarding a lift is that the breast volume remains fundamentally the same: a lift is a reshaping or lifting of existing volume to create a more attractive breast.

There is a myth that an implant is needed with the lift in order to create a nice shape. This is not true. A good lift can give an excellent shape, and an implant is only necessary for the patient wishing to go larger. Some patients who need a mastopexy because of their extensive laxity get an implant instead. While it is entirely understandable to not want the scars, trying to substitute an implant for a needed lift only worsens the problem. An implant does not correct droopiness. In fact, adding weight to such a breast, at best, only worsens the droopiness, and in order to adequately fill a lax breast envelope it may require making the patient take a larger implant than she wishes.

Dr. Teitelbaum’s goal in mastopexy surgery is to create the most attractive breast shape possible for that patient. He is meticulous in his suturing in an effort to create the best scars. However, no matter what technique is used, some patients simply will not make good scars. A breast lift is a trade-off between shape and scar. Each patient has to decide for herself what is right for her. Dr. Teitelbaum is sensitive to these issues and he will explain how various techniques for breast lifting balance shape with scar.

Dr. Teitelbaum does breast lift surgery all the time, and over several decades he has performed hundreds of breast lifts. He follows all of his patients carefully, and this attentiveness is of particular importance with breast lift surgery.  There are two reasons for this: Breasts change with time from the effects of gravity, aging, and hormones.  The second reason is that some lift techniques last longer than others. Putting these two issues together, it is clear that experience and a thoughtful approach is very important in order to help new patients decide what lift is most likely to give them the results they strive to achieve.


Dr. Teitelbaum performs every type of breast lift operation, including the “crescent,” “donut,” “Benelli,” “lollipop,” “vertical,” “Wise pattern,” “anchor,” “circumareolar,” and others.  He sees a role for each and will explain to you the risks and benefits of the methods as they pertain to you.


Everyone getting a breast lift wants to have the shortest scar, the best quality scar, and the best breast shape possible.  Sometimes, all three goals are achievable with one lift type, but more often there is some give and take.  For instance, in most situations a scar that is just around the areola results in the shortest scar, but it is often the widest scar as well with the least ability to project the breast.  (Even still, it also sometimes gives the best result in some situations.) 

Since Dr. Teitelbaum performs all the different types of mastopexy procedures in conjunction with a breast augmentation, he can help you sort through your options to find what will give you the result you want based on the shape of your breasts.


For more information about breast lift surgery in Los Angeles, call board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Teitelbaum at 310-315-1121 or click here to contact us by email.