Breast Lift

Serving the Bay Area, Including San Jose

Breast Lift

Who is a candidate for breast lift?

Age, hormones, significant weight loss and multiple pregnancies can all contribute to sagging breasts. Though your breasts may be of good size, they may droop (ptosis) and lack firmness or substance. Breasts may appear pendulous and nipples may point downward below the breast crease. A breast lift will reshape sagging breasts to a more naturally rounded shape and repositions the breast and nipple to a more youthful height and projection.

How is it done?

A breast lift literally lifts sagging breasts without major removal of tissues but may or may not include placing implants. It could involve some removal of skin to allow the breast tissue to be repositioned.  Incisions made to sculpt breast to a new position are similar to those experienced by breast reduction patients; Incisions may be around the areola, vertically from areola to the breast crease or horizontally at the breast crease. This is determined upon consultation. In some cases, a breast augmentation may be performed concurrently if desired. In addition to adding overall volume, the use of an implant adds fullness to the upper portion of the breast.
Breast lifts are outpatient surgery and typically done under general anesthesia.


You will experience mild discomfort for the first few days. There will be some swelling and bruising the first couple weeks and you will be wearing a support bra. Your internal stitches will dissolve. If external stitches are used, they will be removed in 7 to 10 days.  Most patients are back to work within a week.  Scars will fade by 6 to 12 months.

Other Options

Breast Augmentation. Click here for Breast Augmentation

A word about financing…
Breast lifts can be made very affordable through our partners at CareCredit. Visit them at would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you with the necessary paperwork.

Insurance Notes:
A breast lift is considered a purely aesthetic procedure and as such is not covered by insurance.

Ask Dr. Beck

Q:My breasts only droop a little bit. Can lifting weights lift my breasts?
A:Exercise, diet and creams will not change the lift in your breasts. A breast cannot contract to its original size without surgical intervention.

Q:Can I have a breast lift and still breastfeed someday?
A:This depends on the type of lift performed. Some lifts involve restructuring the breast which could have an impact on breastfeeding and may prevent the breast from producing/delivering adequate amounts of milk.

Q:What if my nipples are not at the same level?
A:Perfect symmetry in any surgery is not always attainable. Mother Nature does not even provide symmetry. However, both the nipples and the breasts should be close to mirror images of each other. Select your surgeon carefully and ask to see pictures of his work to insure you are in the most skilled hands. We will strive to make the breasts as symmetrical as possible. The likeliness of improving symmetry will depend upon the severity of the differences of the breasts preoperatively.

Q:Do you recommend implants with breast lifts?
A:Breast size is very subjective. If a patient is satisfied with their breast size and just wants more "perky" breasts, a lift is all that is necessary. If enough volume has been lost, an implant can create a more proportioned result.

Q:How do you determine incision location?
A:Incision location is determined during consultation. It depends upon breast size, shape, degree of ptosis and elasticity of your skin. You cannot have a breast lift without incisions, but there are techniques we can discuss to minimize scarring.

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Board certified in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Joel Beck brings the highest standards of integrity and medical excellence to helping clients enhance the natural beauty of their body, breast, face and skin. His surgical expertise, aesthetic sensibility and sound judgment have earned him an international reputation for providing patients with fresh, natural looking results.