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What is breast lift surgery?

Breasts may lose their fullness and shape due to reduction of skin tension, gravity, weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Women who are satisfied with the size of their breasts may request breast lift surgery to achieve livelier and fresher breasts. In some women, there is both sagging and loss of volume in the breasts. In this case, a breast prosthesis can be applied to increase fullness during breast lift surgery.

Am I a good candidate for breast lift surgery?

If you have one or more of the following conditions, you may be a good candidate for aesthetic breast lift surgery;

  • If you have sagging but adequately sized breasts,

  • If your breasts have lost their volume and fullness,

  • If your nipples are pointing down,

  • If your nipples are below the level of the inframammary groove

Sometimes, saggy breast structure may come from the family. Sometimes, while one breast is well and fully developed, the other may be problematic. There may be differences in shape and size between the breasts. Large breasts can also be erected, but the result will not be as permanent and long-lasting as the lifting procedures for small breasts.

Deciding on surgery

Breast lift operations can be performed at any age, but plastic surgeons advise to wait until the end of the development period. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can greatly affect the shape of your breasts. Milk may not be delivered after breast lift surgery, as the relationship between milk ducts and nipples  is somewhat impaired during the procedure.

Your plastic surgeon will ask you the desired breast size and shape at the first meeting. He will explain how to move drooping nipples to their normal places. Again, telling your plastic surgeon about your breast problems that bother you will help your doctor to understand your expectations. During the examination, some measurements can be taken and photographs can be taken. The shape and fullness of your breasts, the elasticity of your skin, the level and diameter of your nipples are noted. At the same time, your doctor will inquire about your medical history, general health status, allergies, previous treatments, and medications you use. Breast lift surgeries are not covered by private health insurance.


The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Accepted breast lift methods can be grouped into 3 main groups; The first method can be done around the nipple, but the breast shape obtained in this method is more flat and flat. The second method is the method performed with a suture line around the nipple and an inverted t-shaped suture extending under the breast and in the inframammary groove. The last method that we frequently recommend is the lifting surgery performed with a short suture line that continues vertically under the nipple and under it. In all surgeries, the excess skin that has lost its elasticity is removed, and the lower nipples are moved higher, where they should normally be. The breast tissue is raised to fill the upper quadrants of the breast. After the surgery, a small dressing is applied and a bra is put on.

You can return to your home on the day of the surgery, you can return to your work life in three or four days, and you can start sports within a few weeks. It is desirable that you have a relative who will drive you home after the surgery and stay with you overnight.


Postoperative bleeding, infection, delay in wound healing and asymmetry occur very rarely in experienced hands. Small corrections can simply be made anytime. The sensation of the nipples is still preserved in experienced hands. Before the operation, your plastic surgeon may consider a mammography examination necessary. We recommend supporting the wound lines with special tapes and applying a number of special creams to the scar in order to increase the quality of the scars and help them fade early in the 2-month postoperative period.

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