What Is a Breast Lift?

For many women, the look of their bust is a source of pride, confidence and femininity. Unfortunately, breasts are also prone to a lot of change over time.

Some of the most significant changes come from some of the happiest checkmarks in our lives: marriage, kids, positive changes to our health — all of these are prone to having significant effects on your breast tissue.

Luckily, a breast lift is a safe and reliable way to reverse the clock on some of those changes entirely.

A breast lift is a routine surgical procedure that removes excess skin and tissue to create a perkier bust. 

Unlike breast augmentation, which focuses on creating a more prominent overall appearance, a breast lift focuses on reducing the overall amount of tissue. 

Many people who turn to this procedure also look to correct elongated or pendulous breast shapes or breasts that appear flat.

Nipples that point downward or overly large areolas are another aesthetic concern that can be surgically addressed during a breast lift.

The result of a breast lift procedure is a more youthful, harmonious aesthetic. 

What Does Breast Lift Treat?

A breast lift can treat breast ptosis (sagging) that develop from any of the following circumstances:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Pregnancy
  • Weight fluctuation
  • Gravity
  • Genetics
  • Aging

What Makes a Good Breast Lift Candidate?

If you are bothered by sagging or deflated breasts, you are likely a candidate for a breast lift procedure. 

However, the best candidates:

  • Are in good physical health
  • Have maintained a healthy body weight
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations for the procedure

Why Do We Need Breast Lifts?

People come to us for breast lifts for many different reasons. 

Sometimes, drastic weight loss can leave the breasts looking deflated or severely sagging.

Pregnancy and nursing also do quite a number on the structure of your breast tissue, so it is very typical for women who have finished having children to seek out a breast lift. 

Even if weight loss and pregnancy were not factors, our bodies go through a natural degradation anyway. 

This decline in structural support is primarily due to the amount of collagen and elastin in our bodies. 

When we are young, those essential proteins are abundant. They keep our skin taut and our breasts elevated. 

But as we age, the production of those proteins begins to slow, sometimes as fast as 1% annually, and we often end up noticing those effects in our breasts very early on. 

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What Should I Expect from a Breast Lift Procedure?

Every breast lift procedure begins with general anesthesia or IV sedation, but which one you will have will be determined by the end of your initial consultation. 

Once the anesthesia has kicked in, you will have one of three techniques performed, depending on the severity of your conditions:

The Donut Lift

This technique is the most conservative approach for a breast lift that allows for minor to moderate correction. 

During this procedure, only one incision is made around the areola, allowing Dr. Haywood to remove skin and reset the nipple-areolar complex to a more natural part of the bust.

The Lollipop Lift

The lollipop lift is a step up from the donut lift that is typically performed on patients with moderate to slightly severe breast ptosis. 

In addition to a circular incision around the areola, an incision will also be made vertically on the bottom of the breast going down from the nipple. 

This allows us to remove a greater amount of excess tissue on the bottom portion of the breast.

The Anchor Lift 

The anchor lift is the most extensive technique, providing the most amount of access and change to the breast shape. 

Since it requires the most incisions, it is generally reserved for patients with the most severe amounts of breast sagging. 

The anchor lift builds on the lollipop technique’s incisions (one around the nipple and one going from the nipple to the bottom of the breast), but it also includes horizontal incisions along the bottom fold of the breast. 

This additional incision allows more skin to be removed on the sides of the breast tissue.

How Should I Prepare for a Breast Lift?

The first step in your breast lift journey is scheduling a consultation with our office in Brampton, Ontario.

This is an essential step in the process since it will be when Dr. Catherine Haywood can meet with you and get a perfect understanding of your aesthetic goals.

Every breast lift procedure is unique, so your surgery should be completely customized to your specific needs. 

After listening to your goals, reviewing your medical history and conducting a thorough physical examination, Dr. Haywood will work closely with you to create a tailored treatment plan.

We recommend that all of our patients keep a list of questions or concerns handy so you can ask all of them during the consultation. 

One of our biggest goals is to make you feel comfortable about the process, and you will feel more comfortable in whatever decision you make if you are armed with all the details. 

Dr. Haywood will take her time answering all of your questions and working through any concerns.

You may then be given a list of preoperative instructions. It is important to follow them as closely as you can since they will significantly impact your results and recovery.

What Is Breast Lift Recovery Like?

Immediately after your breast lift surgery, you can expect to experience some mild pain or discomfort from the surgery.

They usually linger around for a week or so, but they can be mitigated with over-the-counter or prescription medications when necessary. 

You will be able to move around reasonably comfortably after a few days and return to work within a couple of weeks.

Most patients are cleared to resume all strenuous activities by Dr. Haywood around the eight-week mark.

We recommend taking time off from work and getting help with other responsibilities as much as possible. 

The better and smoother your healing process, the faster and more successful your results will be.

What Results Does a Breast Lift Provide?

You can expect to experience a drastic improvement in the shape of your breasts. They will feel perkier and tauter and have a much more natural, youthful appearance.

The results are long-lasting, and while you can prevent future sagging from developing through the aging process, your breasts will always look better than they would have if you didn’t have the surgery. 

Can I Combine My Breast Lift with Other Procedures?

Breast lifts are often combined with other procedures like breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast asymmetry, tummy tuck and liposuction

While other breast procedures help you achieve the perfect breast appearance, having body procedures like a tummy tuck or liposuction can help provide a better overall contour.

How Much Does Breast Lift Cost?

Mastopexy (with OHIP)


What's Included

Surgeon + HST



What's Included

Surgeon + HST

Frequently Asked Questions

Q&A With Dr. Catherine Haywood
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Rebuild Your Confidence with a Breast Lift at Brampton Plastic Surgery

If you are ready to learn more about how a breast lift can help you achieve your ideal breast appearance, give our Brampton, Ontario office a call at 905-451-2285.

You can also fill out our online contact form and someone from our office will get back to you as soon as possible. 

We can’t wait to be your trusted partner throughout the breast lift process and help you rebuild your confidence.