Breast droop, called ptosis, can be corrected by mastopexy, better known as a breast lift. Mastopexy is a surgical procedure similar to breast reduction, however, in this case the majority of breast tissue is preserved and placed in a more youthful position. Patients with breast ptosis have low nipple placement and excessive skin.. Mastopexy raises the nipple, removes excess skin and tightens the remaining skin. Mastopexy can be combined with breast augmentation to restore breast shape, or can be employed as part of a comprehensive mommy makeover.

You may qualify for the breast lift procedure if…

  • You are physically and mentally healthy, with no major medical issues
  • You have realistic expectations for improvement rather than perfection
  • Suffer from sagging breasts
  • Suffer from loss of skin elasticity in the breast area
  • Have low-hanging nipples that droop below the breast crease and point downwards
  • Experience lowered self-confidence as a result of breast appearance

Breast Lift Before & After


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There are many approaches for this procedure, and Dr. Gardenier will select the one that best meets your aesthetic goals. The choice will depend largely on the degree of breast ptosis.

Benelli Lift

Also called a donut lift, the Benelli lift utilizes an incision that is well-hidden within the darker pigmentation of the areola, encircling it inconspicuously.

Crescent Lift

Also known as a partial breast lift, the crescent lift is appropriate for those clients with only mild breast ptosis that require subtle, elegant improvements.

Lollipop Lift

This type of lift employs an incision that encircles the areola and then continues down to the breast crease in a vertical fashion. A lollipop lift is ideal for those with moderate breast ptosis.

Full Breast Lift

For those women suffering from more dramatic breast ptosis, a full breast lift is the wisest choice. This incision encircles the areola, continues down the breast and then across the inframammary fold, creating a shape that looks like an anchor. This incision allows the surgeon the greatest access to excise fat, skin and tissue.

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Most patients may return to work or their other activities in three to seven days. Typically, there is to be no heavy lifting (greater than 5-10lbs) for 4 weeks. Strenuous activity is resumed at 6 weeks. Each patient will be given a tailored recovery schedule based on their post-operative course.

If you are curious to learn more about undergoing mastopexy with Dr. Gardenier, please contact our Portland, Maine offices today to set up your confidential consultation. Our friendly, experienced team is standing by to take your call.

During your initial visit, the surgeons will examine your breasts, review your medical history and any prior cosmetic treatments, and will begin to create a unique, customized plan for resolving your most pressing aesthetic concerns.

You will receive access to our extensive library of before and after photography so that you can get a better picture of what to expect from a breast lift. Our clients come from all different backgrounds and are of all ages.

If you are interested in undergoing a breast augmentation in tandem with a breast lift, Dr. Gardenier is happy to discuss this combination procedure with you during your consultation. Combining cosmetic treatments can often reduce both costs and downtime.

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