By Ece Yalcin • Medical review by Ebru Sen, MD on August 11, 2022

What is Breast Lift (Mastopexy) ?

A breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a procedure that is performed to fix saggy breasts by removing the excess skin and tightening the breast tissue. Age, pregnancy, breastfeeding, significant weight loss, and gravity may lead to saggy breasts. Breast lift surgery can raise the breasts and improve the appearance of saggy breasts.

A breast lift can change the shape of the breasts and the position of the nipple and areola, but it cant give extra volume to breasts. If patients want to change the size of their breasts along with breast lift, then a breast augmentation procedure or a breast reduction is combined with breast lift surgery.

How Much Does A Breast Lift Cost?

The cost of a breast lift varies depending on the technique of the surgery, the experience level of the surgeon, and the location of the clinic or hospital. The average cost of a breast lift is $2500 and if the breast lift surgery is combined with other procedures, such as breast augmentation (with breast implants or with fillers) or breast reduction, the price will change.

How Much Does Breast Lift Cost In Turkey?

The cost of a breast lift varies depending on what type of lift is going to be performed on the patient. Some breast lift surgeries are combined with other procedures such as breast augmentation with implants or breast reduction. In that case, the price will change.  

Am I A Good Candidate For Breast Lift Surgery?

If your breasts have lost volume and shape because of pregnancy, aging, wearing the wrong bra or just of gravity, you may benefit from a breast lift surgery as long as you dont smoke and have health issues. 

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you cant have a breast lift procedure. You should wait several months after you quit breastfeeding.

What Are The Steps Of A Breast Lift Surgery?

A breast lift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. There are three degrees of breast sagging and the surgeon uses special techniques for each grade. 

Types Of Breast Lift

Lollipop or vertical lift: An incision is made around the areola. Most of the breast lift procedures can be performed via a lollipop lift.

Anchor or inverted T lift: Incisions are made around the areola and vertically down the breast creases. This option is ideal for patients with grade 3 breast droop.

Donut lift: This is the least invasive form of breast lift while a circular incision is made around the areola to reshape the breast tissue. This is an ideal type for patients with minor sagging.

Crescent lift: As a donut lift, this type is also for correcting mild breast droops. A very small scar may be seen after the full recovery.

After deciding the type of incision, the surgeon removes the excess skin and tightens the breast tissue. After your breasts are lifted higher on the chest wall, the position of your areola is shifted. When the reshaping procedure is completed, the incisions are closed with sutures.

The surgery takes 2 to 3 hours depending on the techniques. If any additional procedure, like breast augmentation or breast reduction, will be performed during a breast lift, then it may take longer.

Patients with large breasts prefer to combine their breast lift surgery with a breast reduction, while on the contrary, patients with saggy breasts that have lost volume, mostly prefer having breast implants or other breast augmentation procedures along with their breast uplift surgery.

Breast Lift Recovery

  • You may experience bruises and swell around the incisions and on the breast tissue. This is typical and mostly heals in a week.

  • Your breasts will be covered with bandages after the procedure.

  • You will be wearing a surgical bra for four weeks.

  • You are recommended to rest for 7-8 days and sleep on your back or side.

  • You should avoid lifting any object heavier than 10 pounds.

  • The stitches generally dissolve on their own, in that case they dont need to be removed.

  • You can have a bath when drains are taken off.

  • Avoid sexual activities for a week but you must protect your breast at least 4 weeks.

  • Avoid weight lifting until your doctor allows you to continue.

  • Your doctor will recommend you to take pain medications for a week.

  • You can go back to your normal life in a week following the instructions given by your doctor.

  • You can see your final results in 3 months.

  • Breast lift scars will fade within a year and a pale line may be seen after that.

The answer to the question, Can you breastfeed after a breast lift”, is usually yes.

How To Lift Your Breasts Without Surgery

There are nonsurgical breast lift options to improve the appearance of the breasts or add some extra volume to them.

Even if these options may not provide the same results as a breast lift, women who have concerns about general anesthesia or, are looking for cheap breast lift options, consider lifting breasts without surgery.

The options listed below are temporary solutions, they dont last long, and none of the methods can raise and reshape your breasts like a breast lift surgery.

Nonsurgical Breast Lift Options


  • Aptos threading, Caci bust treatment, Laser therapy, Thermage, Renuvion-J Plazma, Vampire breast lift, Botox injections ,Dermal fillers, Breast lift exercises, Shaping creams

The Advantages Of Breast Lift In Turkey

Turkey is famous for its health tourism. Since there are many people, either natives or foreigners, having their cosmetic procedures done in Turkey, doctors are so experienced that generally you will be fully satisfied after having a breast lift.

Having read the patientsreviews and checked the doctorsbackground, you are most likely able to choose the best doctor for your procedure. Another advantage that comes with the country-which matters too much- is the low-cost procedures compared to European or US cities. Besides, many high-quality clinics offer full accommodation including airport transfers and a translator.

There are plenty of world-class clinics and renowned surgeons in the country and the workforce in the healthcare system is well-trained and talented. You pay less than you would pay in any other western country for your procedures while you get the best service.

The Advantages Of Breast Lift In İstanbul

İstanbul is the most populated city in Turkey and the city keeps developing constantly in almost every field. Having a breast lift surgery in İstanbul has many advantages. First of all, you are most likely able to choose a good surgeon since there are plenty of renowned and skilled surgeons live in the city.

Breast lift is one of the most popular and common aesthetic procedures performed in İstanbul and this fact provides patients a comfortable experience that brings high-satisfaction after the procedure.

Besides, you can take the advantage of the city that has a global reputation for having historical and natural places, and countless delicious cuisines to make your day.    

Written on 15/10/2018


Last Update: 07/09/2022

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