Breast Lift Surgery

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Drs. Edelstein and Jindal have designed the breast augmentation procedure to make it safer and to have a less intensive recovery period. All of the surgeons at Edelstein Cosmetic perform these special, exclusive techniques. The advanced surgical skill of our surgeons allows us to achieve less risk of capsular contracture.

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If you find the size of your breasts to be too small or too large, you may choose to undergo a complementary procedure at the same time.

In conjunction with a breast lift, breast augmentation or breast reduction may be performed. A complementary procedure may enable you to achieve an enhanced result that addresses more than one concern at the same time, so you don’t have to undergo the experience of two separate surgical procedures and their related recovery periods.


However, you also have the option of having them scheduled at separate times if you are more comfortable doing so.

Classifying breast ptosis

Physicians and surgeons typically determine degrees of breast ptosis using a system developed by a Canadian surgeon, Dr. P. Regnault, who created a classification method for the condition in 1976.

The Regnault classification system uses a set criteria that includes:

  • Pseudoptosis / Glandular Ptosis: the nipple is above the inframammary fold, but the breast hangs below the fold (as described above).
  • Minor Ptosis (Grade I or 1st Degree): the nipple is at the level of the inframammary fold.
  • Moderate Ptosis (Grade II or 2nd Degree): the nipple is below the inframammary fold, but above the lower breast contour.
  • Severe Ptosis (Grade III or 3rd Degree): the nipple is below the inframammary fold and also below the lower breast contour.


Each of the Regnault classifications includes the basic criteria of the patient having a stretched breast envelope. Physicians further classify the patient (while also considering their correction desires and the quality of their skin) in order to recommend the most effective form of treatment.


In many cases, patients suffering from minimal ptosis (pseudoptosis/glandular ptosis and minor ptosis) can be effectively treated with breast implants. Women whose condition is classified as 2nd or 3rd degree on the Regnault scale require more extensive surgery and skin excision. Physicians and surgeons will always work with the patient to determine the best form of treatment for their individual circumstance and desires.

Fuller breasts without implants

You can get a breast lift that increases the size of your breasts without implants. A breast lift typically reduces the size of your breasts due to the removal of tissue during surgery. In fact, according to The Impact of Mastopexy on Brassiere Cup Size, you may lose a full cup size following surgery. This loss of volume is often replaced with saline or silicone implants. However, an artificial device may be necessary. We offer breast lift and auto-augmentation, a technique that not only lifts your breasts to create a perkier contour, but also uses your own tissue to add volume, thereby making them larger. You won’t need implants, which means there’s no risk of capsular contracture or other related complications.


What is Ptosis (Sagging Breasts)

Ptosis is a medical condition that refers to the drooping of a woman’s nipple, areola, and/or breast. It is due to tissue stretching, atrophy (degeneration), or a loss of elasticity. The change is classified as ptosis when the breast has become significantly elongated in comparison to the adolescent breast.

Ptosis sometimes occurs with early breast growth, during a woman’s developmental phase, but is more common over time. Advanced age and lifestyle factors (weight loss or pregnancy) contribute to the development of ptosis. It also occurs as the result of gravity, hormonal changes and after glandular regression (an element of menopause).


What is pseudoptosis?

Pseudoptosis refers to a condition where the nipple remains in a normal position, which is usually about 21 centimetres from the sternal notch (the hollow right at the base of the neck) in the average woman, but a significant amount of the breast gland sits below the inframammary crease or fold (the fold under the breast). This positioning indicates the presence of glandular ptosis—referred to as pseudoptosis. Pseudoptosis is usually treated through breast augmentation with implants and the lowering of the inframammary fold rather than a complete breast lift.

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Candidates for a breast lift surgery are healthy and relatively fit. A complete medical history and assessment will be made prior to surgery to confirm that patients have the minimum health profile to qualify for a breast lift procedure. Patients should quit smoking 4 weeks prior to surgery and not resume smoking after the procedure has been completed for at least another 4 weeks.

Patients who are breast feeding should wait 3-4 months after they have weaned their last child to get an accurate measurement of their current size so their final result can be determined.


There are three types of incisions commonly used for breast lift surgery.

A peri-areola incision is made around the areola at the border of lighter and darker skin. This incision will produce some scarring that is hidden well and blends into the skin. 

A vertical incision begins at the bottom of the areola and travels to the breast fold. This incision placement results in scarring that is located in an area where you don’t normally have scarring. It tends to heal more successfully than the other scars.

An incision can also be made on the breast fold, which is an area that is naturally concealed by the lines and contours of the breast.

The amount of breast sagging will determine which type of incision is necessary to achieve the desired results. Less drooping will require fewer incisions.

Breast Lift Procedure Details

The breast lift procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and the patient will not be awake during the surgery.

After the incisions have been made the surgeon will remove the excess breast tissue that has been stretched due to drooping and will reshape the breast mound to make it rounder and fuller. Next, the surgeon will reposition and elevate the breast tissue so it will appear higher on the chest after surgery. The nipple is also moved to a higher position but remains attached to the tissue. The areola will also be reduced so that it is a proportional size when compared to the rest of the breast.

After the surgeon has lifted and shaped the breast, the patient is lifted by the operating table to a seated position so symmetry can be examined and adjusted, if necessary. Once satisfied, the surgeon uses specialized plastic surgery techniques to close the incisions using methods that minimize scarring.


After the breast lift procedure the patient will be moved to the recovery room and be monitored by the clinic’s nurses until she awakens and feels ready to go home. Patients can leave 2-3 hours after the procedure has been completed, accompanied by a family member or friend.

Resting and relaxing at home in the following days post-surgery will aid a fast and full recovery. Strenuous activities should be avoided.

After a breast lift procedure most patients experience swelling and discomfort for approximately 3-7 days after their surgery. The pain and discomfort is usually considered mild. Patients should closely follow post-op aftercare instructions to ensure the procedure heals quickly and safely.

A week after surgery the patient will re-visit the clinic to have a check-up. Most women usually feel comfortable returning to work 1-2 weeks after their procedure. Patients can resume walking as exercise after 1-2 weeks and more strenuous exercise (going to the gym, yoga, Pilates, weightlifting and martial arts) can resume after 4-6 weeks with clearance from the surgeon. Breasts should be handled gently for 4-6 weeks after surgery. Follow up appointments will also be scheduled at 2 months and 6 months.

The breasts will look bruised and slightly swollen for the first 1-2 weeks and this should be considered quite normal.  Breasts may also appear to have an unusual shape, but as the procedure heals and settles the look and feel of the result becomes more apparent. The breast tissue is disrupted during surgery and it is normal for it to take time for swelling to completely subside before the final result of the procedure is truly noticed. Patients are always welcome to contact the clinic with any concerns.


Breast lift surgery candidates include: women that want to correct drooping or sagging breasts, want their breasts to sit higher on their chest, want their nipples to sit higher, want more volume in the upper breasts without going larger, and want rounder breasts rather than narrow.

How long does a Breast Lift last?

It should be noted that a breast lift does not prevent aging, sagging or drooping in the breasts. Genetics and lifestyle factors such as weight loss, weight gain, sun exposure, pregnancy and smoking will affect the future maintenance of the Breast Lift procedure.

The best way to ensure that the results of the breast lift surgery are maintained is by following a healthy lifestyle that does not promote too much change within the body. Wearing a bra, both during the day and at night, is a tremendous help.
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