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Breast Lift in Philadelphia

Breast lift (mastopexy) surgery restores a round, youthful shape to breasts that have begun to sag.

This procedure is ideal for women who want to improve the elevation of their breasts without making their breasts larger. Mastopexy can also be combined with breast augmentation surgery to enhance breast fullness while simultaneously making the breasts more pert and symmetrical.

As a trained artist, Dr. Subbio brings his innate sense of aesthetics to the operating table when performing a breast lift. He carefully personalizes every breast lift he performs, starting with an artist’s rendition depicting each patient’s projected results. This tailored approach ensures that patients get exactly the results they want, without the need for future revision surgeries. Dr. Subbio also takes the time to educate patients about the causes of breast ptosis (sagging) so they can maintain their results for many years. To learn more about how Dr. Subbio performs mastopexy at his Newtown Square, Philadelphia clinic, contact us to schedule a consultation or review the FAQ provided below.

How Do I Know If a Breast Lift Is Right for Me?

If you are dissatisfied with your breasts because they have begun to sag, change shape, or lose volume, a breast lift might be right for you. Signs that you could benefit from breast lift surgery include having nipples that point downwards (instead of straight ahead), having nipples that sit below your inframammary crease, or having breasts that appear flat or oblong in shape (rather than round).

Some women use the “pencil test” to assess whether or not they need a breast lift. To perform this test, place a pencil within the crease below each breast and raise your arms. If the pencil remains in place when your arms are elevated, you are probably suffering from breast ptosis.

The Breast Lift Procedure

Most patients enjoy the results of their breast lift for 10 years or more. However, gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight changes may cause new sagging. Results may last longer or be enhanced when breast implants are inserted as part of the procedure. Proper breast care will also extend the duration of your results.

Procedure: Lift and reshape breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples. General anesthesia is used and the surgery itself is usually 3 to 4 hours. The incisions vary depending upon the patient. Below are the most common types of incisions:

Anchor or inverted-T pattern includes an incision around the areola, a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and a horizontal incision across the breast crease. This pattern is usually necessary for women who need a significant breast lift.

Lollipop pattern includes an incision around the areola and a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. There is no horizontal incision under the crease. This is possible only for women who need a moderate breast lift.

The periareolar technique (also called short-scar or donut lift) requires an incision around the areola only. This technique is only possible for women who have very mild sagging or sometimes for women who are also receiving breast implants.

What’s the Difference Between a Breast Lift and Breast Implants?

A Breast Lift raises sagging breasts to a higher position on the body. The surgery can also correct misshapen nipples and asymmetrical breasts. The size of the breasts remains the same as before surgery, however. Breast Implants increase the size of the breasts. A combination of Breast lift with breast implants can deliver a “Push-up bra” look with upper pole fullness.

Breast Lift Candidates

The ideal breast lift candidate is a healthy nonsmoker who is done having children and who maintains a normal weight.

Future pregnancies and weight gain (or loss) can affect the results of breast lift surgery by creating additional loose skin. Women usually schedule breast lift surgery after having children, going through menopause, or losing a significant amount of weight. All of these physical changes have the potential to cause breast sagging by affecting the amount of fatty tissue present in the breasts.

Breast Lift Results

Some of the changes created by breast lift surgery are permanent, but gravity can cause some additional sagging over a period of years. However, this sagging is typically minor compared to the amount of ptosis the patient experienced before surgery. There are a number of steps patients can take to ensure their breast lift results last a lifetime: Maintain a stable weight, do not smoke, avoid sun exposure, and wear a supportive bra when exercising.

Smoking, UV radiation, and inadequate support all contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin, two proteins that keep the skin strong and firm. Protecting the collagen and elastin in your skin will slow down age-related breast sagging.

Down Time Chart

Off opioid pain meds Immediately
Back to office/non-exertional work 2-3 days
Back to Activity Work 5 days
Back to Gym 10 days
Back to lower body weights 14 days
Back to upper body/weights/strength training 6 weeks


Yes, Dr. Subbio can make your breasts more symmetrical during your Breast Lift surgery.

Most patients prefer general anesthesia, though in some cases, a breast lift can be performed using just a local anesthetic and sedation. In either case, please bring someone with you to drive you home after surgery.

The surgery takes about 1-3 hours, depending upon the individual patient.

You can expect some swelling, bruising, and a feeling of tightness for a few weeks. We will provide a surgical bra for you to wear for a few weeks during the healing process. Tenderness will subside faster than the swelling, which may take a few months to resolve entirely.

Most women go back to work within 1-2 weeks.

We ask that you refrain from strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks.

Yes, but it’s better if you sleep on your back for the first couple of weeks.

Yes. The nipples and areolas often lose their shape as the breast tissue sags. Dr. Subbio can reshape your nipples during your Breast Lift so that they are a pleasing size and round shape

Absolutely! During your consultation, Dr. Subbio will examine you and determine if you are a good candidate for a breast lift.

No. Mastopexy is an outpatient procedure, so after a short period of recovery time, you can go home the same day.

After the incisions are made, Dr. Subbio removes any excess, stretched skin. Then, he raises the patient’s breast tissue, including her nipples and areolas, to a higher position and reshapes the breasts, as necessary. He then closes the incisions with sutures.

You’ll be anesthetized during your surgery, so you’ll feel no pain. All surgeries involve some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, though. We will give you pain medication to help you get through your recovery as easy as possible. Plus, you can text or call Dr. Subbio at any time with your questions!

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In our office, you will be treated like a part of our family. It’s a relaxing, pressure-free haven where you can feel comfortable to ask all of your questions. We think you’ll sense immediately that we care as much about your safety and your beautiful results as you do. Contact us today for a consultation, and find out why Dr. Subbio has earned a reputation as one of Philadelphia’s most trusted and skilled plastic surgeons.