Breast Lift Surgery Without Implants (Mastopexy)

Breast Lift Surgery: Do Your Breasts Droop, Or Are They Getting Saggy?

Mastopexy surgery, also called a Breast Lift procedure, helps to reshape, uplift and reposition the breasts and nipples for a firmer, fuller appearance.

Definition and details about Breast Lift/Mastopexy: A breast lift surgery without implants procedure allows for nipple resizing and nipple aerola complex (NAC) reshaping due to where your Surgeon makes incisions (down the front of the breast mound and around the nipple); however, this surgery does NOT increase your overall breast volume or size.

If your nipples and breasts look deflated or ptotic, you may want to explore your Mastopexy Surgery options with a Plastic Surgeon.

Mastopexy lifts the breasts and restores the nipples to a more central location. It helps restore shape and upper-body curves where they once existed but which was lost due to sagging, drooping or skin ptosis. For size increases along with an uplift OR for a replacement of breast implants where there is sagging or drooping, you may want to explore the Mastopexy-Augmentation option (breast lift with added volume using breast implants).  Other surgeries may assist you in reshaping or resizing the breast, including breast reduction surgery options.

  • After a breast lift, your breasts will look fuller than when they are drooping; but in general, will remain similar in size.
  • Other factors such as your body composition (BMI), weight changes or life events may alter the appearance of your breasts, both before AND after having breast lift surgery.
  • Ask your Surgeon what to expect and be sure your read the Guide to Breast Lift/Mastopexy Surgery.

Breast Lift Surgery Risks and Recovery Time Frames



If you want to find out about breast lift risks and recovery times – including when you’ll be able to resume your favourite exercises, sports or child care/grandchild lifting activities, phone us on 03 8849 1444 (Melbourne) or 1800033333 (Sydney).  You can also get a Guide to surgery so you know what to expect.

Breast Lift – What is the Meaning and Purpose of a Mastopexy Surgery procedure?

A breast lift surgery helps restore the breasts and nipples to a more central, firmer and elevated position on the chest wall.  It is not intended to alter breast size but is an uplift and gentle reshaping of the breasts; some breasts look FULLER after a breast lift restores the breasts to a central location; others look about the same in size, with a few patients reporting they look slightly smaller. 

Results from Breast Lift Surgery vary from patient to patient and there are surgery risks to consider.

Should you have a breast lift with implants or on it’s own?

  • If you are generally happy with your breast size but not with how they look due to sagging nipples or low-hanging breast tissues, and if you want to change your breasts to be firmer, higher or less droopy, a breast lift as a sole operation (on its own, without breast implants) can help.
  • Sagging breast tissues and breast appearance concerns related to ptosis (drooping or sagging due to lost skin elasticity) can be treated with surgical methods.

Breast Lift Surgery techniques can elevate the breasts and reshape the nipples if warranted, but the size or volume remains essentially the same – just re-positioned.

However, if you want to restore the breasts to a higher location AND you’d like a bit more breast volume or cleavage, you can also choose to have a Breast Lift with Breast Implants instead.


Breast Lift Surgery – are you a good candidate?

Breast Lift surgery may be appropriate for you if you are generally pleased with your breast proportions and cup size, but are unhappy with where your breasts sit on the your or torso.

Why do some women ask for breast lift surgery?

  • Gravity, skin ageing, pregnancy, weight changes and breast feeding all contribute to a rapid or gradual decline in the breast and nipple position.
  • Where nipples aesthetically face forward on the upper torso or chest, eventually they will start to droop downwards.
  • The breasts can look droopy, saggy or the nipples in the ‘wrong’ position after they have sagged well below their normal position – some women find they don’t mind this at all, but some prefer to have their firmer, fuller breasts to be restored to near where they were BEFORE pregnancy, breast feeding, menopause, weight change or loss of skin elasticity took it’s toll.
  • Many women prefer their breasts to be restored to a more firmer, fuller and higher location and surgery is the long-lasting solution for restoring a shapely, perkier appearance to the breast or chest area.

What is recovery like after a Breast Lift/Mastopexy?

  • Every patient is different, but you’ll typically wear a post-surgery garment provided to you by our team.
  • You’ll typically have a check up the next day and about a week or 2 weeks later, then at 3 months, six months and yearly.
  •  You will need to avoid heavy lifting for the designated period of time and NOT return to driving or exercising until cleared by your Surgeon.
  • Take it easy and rest, and follow the Recovery advice provided to you by your Surgeon; typical time off from work or other activities depends on the responsibilities and physical nature vs sedentary nature of these activities.
  • Allow at least 2 weeks off from work for comfort and good healing during your recovery, although some patients return to work at 1 week if they have limited or easy physical responsibilities involving no lifting.

Pain: Does having breast lift surgery hurt? Is a Mastopexy painful?

  • Any Surgery that involves excisions of the skin may have discomfort.
  • A good surgeon often injects special pain medications into the chest area DURING surgery, to alleviate the primary discomforts you’d otherwise experience just after surgery.
  • That noted, every person’s skin and nerve sensations are unique. Some people feel discomfort or pain more acutely than others.
  • Most patients are surprised that the pain levels are far less than they anticipated, thanks to pre-surgery injections of pain medications and over the counter pain relief during the first few days.
  • However, sleep and resting may feel uncomfortable so expect a bit of sleep disruption for a few days or weeks after your procedure.
  • If you are worried about pain from a Breast Lift or other breast surgery procedure, discuss your options for pain management with your Surgeon.

What does a breast lift result look like after surgery?

Visit our Photographic Gallery pages for photographs of Breast Lift Surgery results by Melbourne and Sydney Breast Surgeons.

For augmentation along with breast uplift surgery, click here to see results.

An example of a single operation for breast lifting surgery by one of Melbourne’s expert Breast Surgeons at our Plastic Surgery group:


Breast Lift Surgeons near me – Experts in Breast Lift and Augmentation or Reduction procedures in Melbourne and Sydney

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The Truth About Breast Ptosis:  Nearly all women have drooping breast tissues at some stage in their lives.

Not all women mind having sagging breasts, but in our experience, many women find this one of the more distressing aspects of post-pregnancy or of ageing.  They would like their nipples and breast tissues restored to a more central location; with restoration of the firmness or cleavage they once had.

Why do breasts droop over time? Do you have sagging nipples?

This drooping is known as breast ptosis or “ptotic breasts” – which simply means the nipple and surrounding breast tissue have lost firmness and skin elasticity, leading to breast sagging and nipple droopiness.

A loss of “upper pole fullness” (the top part of the breast) is one of the reasons that many women seek a breast lift; the other common reasons for wanting a breast lift is that the nipples “point south” (down towards the floor) OR the breasts hang low on the chest or torso (which can impact posture or deter freedom of movement during exercise).

  • It is extremely common and eventually nearly any woman will have some drooping or ptosis of their breasts.
  • Weight changes or post-pregnancy can make the drooping breast tissues more visually prominent.
  • Some women become self-conscious about where their breasts ‘sit’ on their chest wall (or how low the nipples sit beneath the inframmary crease).
  • Some women have more tissue than they want, and if it causes back or neck pain, a breast reduction (Mammoplasty) with a breast lift may be in order.



Breast Lift on it’s own as a sole surgery procedure – or should I get a Breast Lift with Augmentation (Breast Implants)?

Size considerations also apply to your choices for breast uplift surgery.

Do you want a breast lift surgery and how do you know if you need a lift with breast augmentation OR a breast lift as a stand-alone procedure?

  • If you liked the way your breasts looked when you were younger and the breast tissue was firmer, such as you may have had before significant weight changes, breast feeding or the passing of time, you may want to consider the benefits of a Breast Lift.
  • Through a Breast Lift/Mastopexy procedure, your surgeon can help you to reduce sagging breast skin and re-position or resize your nipples and existing breast contours.  This is known as a surgical Breast Lift.
  • If you feel your breasts are on the smaller size or don’t suit your physique, you could opt for a Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation – the Breast Lift with Enlargement using Breast Implants to increase your bust size.


Benefits of Mastopexy – the reason women have a Breast Lift procedure

Breast Mastopexy – Breast Lift Surgery in Melbourne by our Team’s Top Plastic Surgery experts.

A breast lift is a popular method of rejuvenating the appearance of the breasts and nipple aerola complex (nipple area or “NAC”).

  • This surgery can get you the firmer breast look you desire or youthful “perkier” elevated breast contours.
  • You can get your breasts looking their best again with a Mastopexy without breast implants (a breast lift without Augmentation) as long as your quite satisfied with the current volume of your breast size.
  • For most women who want to remedy breast sagging or droopy breasts, this is the best choice, but one of our top Melbourne Surgeons can help you understand the measurements and vectors that are considered in custom-designing YOUR Breast Lift Surgery and cosmetic surgery.
  • Remember, all patients are unique and results can vary from patient to patient.
  • The patient age of surgery can vary widely also – some women want a lift in their 30’s or 40s after having children, others have one in their 50s.  It’s entirely up to you although there are benefits to having the surgery when you’re younger and healthier as it can help to have good skin health and skin strength (resiliency) to heal.

  •  If you’re breasts have only VERY MINOR sagging, another option MIGHT be the breast implants without a lift, but you want to consider the long term results of both procedures and speak to your surgeon before deciding what’s best for the outcomes you seek.

Breast Mastopexy Lifts the Breast and Nipples to Restore Their Elevated Position on the Torso.

Higher nipples, firmer breasts – what most women want when they pursue a cosmetic breast surgery known as the Breast Lift or Mastopexy.

  • The Mastopexy procedure repositions, lifts and helps tighten the breast skin and breast tissues.
  • The areola or nipple area, which can be tailored to suit your visual preferences.
  • Your nipples and areola area may be altered to look smaller, more symmetrical, more prominent or even more pronounced in colour; and inverted nipples can be adjusted if you prefer a different look.

The key to getting good breast and nipple surgery results is to see your surgery as a collaboration with your Specialist Plastic Cosmetic Surgeon.

Breast uplifts are often viewed as rejuvenating breast contouring procedures. They can have many benefits in terms of posture, fashion, comfort and body confidence in relationships or at the beach.

  • Many women who have breast uplift surgery feel more comfortable wearing swimsuits again or to occasionally go without wearing a bra (however, your Surgeon is unlikely to recommend going without a bra or support garment because these assist in protecting and supporting your newly uplifted tissues).
  • There is, however, a debate about wearing bras and how important they are to avoid sagging.
  • Our Plastic Surgeons recommend always wearing a supportive, quality bra on a daily basis to help keep your breasts in their best condition and prevent sagging.

Fat Transfer to breasts is not usually the best idea for sagging breasts as the skin tissue has laxity that won’t be helped by adding weight and volume.  This is where a good breast lift procedure can help.

  • Some women want the look of a breast lift with some enlargement or enhancement such as augmentation using implants or fat grafting/fat transfer to breasts methods if appropriate.  This is usually not an option if you have lax skin, which is often the reason people seek a lift.
  • Some women will be likely to require an implant in order to get the best possible results or the appearance change they are seeking.

Other women simply want a breast lift without an breast implant to simply enhance their natural look.

  •  If you have adequate existing breast tissue and good skin elasticity, you may be a candidate for an augmentation without enlargement procedures.
  • You may find you’ll get excellent surgical breast lift results by a Mastopexy or Breast lift without any added augmentation  (without a breast implant) performed by a highly-experienced Specialist Surgeon.

Such choices often depend on your existing breast tissue, skin health or skin elasticity, and your outcome preferences in terms of shape, size and position.

Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons on our team are highly-regarded for their complex breast surgery expertise including Breast Lift without Implants, breast reduction procedures, implant removal & replacement and Revision Surgery expertise.

Please contact us using the Enquiry Form to arrange to book a consultation.

Send an Enquiry Form today or phone (03) 8849 1444 to speak with our Patient Care Coordinator.You can also read more about other related procedures on our Breast Pages.

Checklist for choosing a Breast Lift – but only a consultation with a leading Surgeon can help you assess exactly the right procedure to meet your surgery objectives.

  • Have your breasts drooped significantly after pregnancy or weight loss?
  • Are your nipples enlarged or over-stretched from breastfeeding?
  • Are you embarrassed by having droopy, sagging cleavage or stretched-out looking breast skin?
  • Have your breasts sagged with age or gravity?
  • Do you miss having firm, full breasts?
  • Are your nipples pointing south?

Ideal Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery

  • Your breasts have lost their shape and volume, and their pendulous positioning bothers you
  • Your breasts have developed a flatter, elongated shape over time
  • When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease
  • Your nipples and areolas point downwards
  • Your breast tissue is stretched and you have enlarged areolas
  • One breast is lower than the other
  • You have realistic expectations of your outcome
  • You are willing to do the pre-surgery preparation and post-op healing protocols (following your Surgeon’s healing recommendations for best Breast Lift Surgery results)

Our Plastic Surgeons are highly trained professionals with extensive experience in breast lifts and nipple reduction and nipple reconstruction surgeries.

Our Surgeons’ qualifications exceed all Australian benchmarks and will give you sound, practical advice on your procedure options and what to expect during your breast surgery recovery period.



Does Having Droopy Breasts Leave You

  • Feeling you look older than you are?
  • Missing the freedom of occasionally not wearing a bra?
  • Embarrassed by where your nipples sit?
  • Feeling less feminine?
  • Struggling to find a swimsuit that flatters your torso?
  • Missing having firmer breasts?

Do you miss the location and firmness of your breasts, or how they were before children or menopause? If so, you’re not alone. This is the main reason women have a Mastopexy [breast lift surgery procedure].

  • Drooping or saggy breasts are very common in women who have breast fed children, experienced weight fluctuations or significant weight loss, or who have lost elasticity of their breast tissue due to ageing and other reasons.
  • Breast Mastopexy Surgery can resolve Sagging Breasts due to gravity, heredity, breast-feeding or ageing skin. Fortunately, you can correct drooping breast tissue via a breast lift MASTOPEXY Surgery.
  • It can be an excellent solution for women who want uplifted, firmer-looking breasts again and the increased body confidence that often comes after the surgery and healing process

To book your consultation send an Enquiry Form today or phone (03) 8849 1444 or 1800033333  to speak with our Patient Care Coordinator – we have expert Surgeons in Melbourne, Berwick/Mornington area and in Double Bay/Sydney.

Breast lift surgery types, options and Mastopexy approaches:

Crescent Breast Lift

  • This procedure is also known simply as a crescent lift or a nipple lift.
  • This is a simple breast lift that corrects mild, or Grade I, ptosis.
  • During this surgery, your surgeon will remove a crescent shaped piece of tissue above your areola before he raises your nipple to a higher position.
  • This is rarely performed as many women seek breast lift surgery after more moderate to severe ptosis PLUS it’s not only the nipple aerola complex (ANC) that is drooping – it’s often the entire breast mound that has seemingly slipped below the IMF or inframammary fold (breast crease).

Benelli Breast Lift

  • The Benelli breast lift is also known as a Doughnut mastopexy, Circumareola breast lift, and Apex breast lift.
  • The Benelli is typically considered less invasive than other types of breast lifts and it will correct mild to moderate ptosis in the Grade I or Grade II range.
  • This involves surgery to remove a doughnut-shaped piece of tissue from around your areola before re-attaching the remaining tissue to your areola.
  • Ask about risks to nipple function/nipple sensation.

Vertical Mastopexy Breast Lift

  • Also known as the Lollipop breast lift, LeJour lift or Modified Benelli.
  • The Vertical Mastopexy provides MORE lift (or uplift) than the Benelli for women with moderate or Grade II breast ptosis.
  • During this procedure, your surgeon will remove a doughnut-shaped piece of tissue just like in the traditional Benelli breast lift.
  • In addition, they will make a straight incision from under your areola to your breast crease.
  • The Vertical Mastopexy provides more lift than the Benelli, but less than the Full Mastopexy.

Full Mastopexy Breast Lift

  • The Full Mastopexy breast lift is also known as an Anchor lift or the Inverted-T.
  • This breast lift will correct severe Grade III ptosis. In this procedure,your surgeon will make an anchor-shaped incision that starts at the base of your areola and travels to the bottom of your breast where it meets your ribcage.
  • Your surgeon will cut out a crescent-shaped piece of skin above where your breast meets your rib cage. He will then remove and re-position your nipple so that is sits in a more youthful position.

What is the Post-Operative Recovery like?

Our approach to recovery is simple. We do whatever we can to get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.

  • Following your Breast Lift you’ll be given specific post-op instructions to follow.
  • After the procedure, you can expect some swelling and scarring, but both of these will reduce over time.
  • You’ll usually likely have swelling and discomfort or soreness for about four to six weeks, but this can vary.
  • Pain management is customised for each patient and will be discussed as part of your consultation with your surgeon.
  • Our team will also offer you a holistic ‘science and love’ post-surgery rapid-recovery kit and high-tech scar minimisation procedures (e.g., Fraxel or Healite-II) to ensure a great result.

It is important to follow your Melbourne Surgeon’s post-surgical instructions for best recovery and surgical results.

What is the Normal Recovery Time Off Work when you have a Breast Lift?

  • It depends on the patient and their surgery recovery experiences.
  • Patients with normal recovery processes after breast lift surgery can typically return to work after 7 to 14 days.
  • They should avoid vigorous activities for at least 3 weeks or more and wait to begin exercising again until cleared by their surgeon.
  • Visible bruising should resolve within 2 weeks, and swelling should begin to subside within 3 weeks.
  • You are likely to experience some pain after a mastopexy, so be sure to follow your surgeon’s directions for pain management and expectations.
  • Also be sure to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous work until you are fully recovered – activities like this can affect both pain levels and quality of healing.

How Long Do The Results of a Breast Lift Last?

  • Again, it can vary from patient to patient.
  • When performed properly, by fully-qualified surgeons, breast lift results last for a very long time.
  • It can vary depending on certain factors; for example, having children after your breast lift can influence results due to the many changes your breasts experience in this time, but for women who keep a stable weight, results can certainly last for decades.

How Long Will I Be In Hospital?

After a breast lift, we generally recommend 1-2 nights in hospital.

As part of our service, we place you in a top private hospital, meaning you get a comfortable place to rest and recover, with access to medical professionals and, of course, your surgeon, whenever you need.

Do Breast Lifts Leave Scars?

  • Like most surgical procedures, breast lifts do leave some scars on the breast area.
  • These can fade over time with proper care.
  • The nipple area scars usually fade nicely around the NAC (but this too can vary as everyone scars differently).
  • Ensure you care for the wounds as instructed by your doctor, and try to avoid exposing them to direct sunlight for 12 months.

What are the Risks and Possible Complications of a Breast lift?

Any surgery poses a certain amount of risk and potential complications.

Potential complications include, but are not limited to:

  • infection
  • poor scarring
  • seroma (accumulation of fluid)
  • implant issues (wrinkling, leakage, rupture)
  • capsular contracture
  • asymmetry

Common side effects include bruising and swelling.

  • The shape of the breast may change over time, and the final result may not be realized for a few months.
  • Breast Lift is associated with a lower rate of corrective surgery than breast augmentation. It is highly important that you choose the best possible Melbourne Surgeon to minimise risks associated with your procedure.

Risks of Breast Surgery can include:

  • General Anaesthesia – Most healthy patients respond well to general anaesthesia as modern techniques are very safe. Our team will provide you with the details of your anaesthetists prior to your surgery to discuss any specific concerns.
  • Bleeding (Haematoma)  – This may require a visit to the operating theatre to remove the blood clot.
  • Infection – Your Surgeon will prescribe you with antibiotics and monitor you closely with regular visits at our room.
  • Scarring  – You will receive 3 Fraxel Laser treatments approximately 8 weeks post-surgery to manage and improve scarring with our Dermal Clinician.
  • Delayed Wound Healing – Your Surgeon and our clinical nurse will manage the healing process. This usually occurs within patients who are overweight, smokers or those who have an infection.
  • Nipple Sensitivity – You may lose nipple sensation permanently; however, this is very rare. Most patients lose nipple sensation temporarily and as nerve endings start to re-connect underneath the skin, sensations will return to the area.
  • Nipple Loss/Necrosis – This is a rare complication that occurs often in smokers. It may affect all or part of the nipple.
  • Breast Asymmetry – Most women will naturally have asymmetry to some degree. This is taken into account before the surgery. Asymmetry will also be visible after surgery to some extent but some breasts may have more asymmetry than others.
  • Breastfeeding – Ability to breastfeed after this surgery may be affected.
  • Allergies – To tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agents.

All successful surgery outcomes are the result of realistic expectations of the patient, realistic surgical goals and the knowledge of possible risks and complications.

Nothing is ever guaranteed in science and medicine. Risks are minimised through careful patient screening and planning, high standards of surgical training, meticulous surgical technique and vigilant post-operative care.

Small, less serious issues are common and every effort is made to resolve them quickly. These rarely have a long term effect on an excellent final result.

Find out more about Breast Lift Surgery Techniques.

  • Consultation for breast surgery options is key to ensure both you and your surgeon are on the same page before proceeding with surgery.
  • In the consultation period, you can expect to discuss motivations, expectations, options, the procedure itself, surgical risks, after-care and recovery.

Our surgeons are caring, highly-experienced and professional, helping ease you through every phase.
*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient.
The information we provide is of a general nature.
To find out what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full-history and surgical consultation. Read more about surgical outcome variability on our Disclaimer Page.

Prices and Average Costs of Breast Lift Surgery in Australia (Sydney or Melbourne)

  • The cost varies depending on which Surgeon you choose, where you have surgery, and what specific operation you need.
  • When comparing quotes, be sure you know WHAT’s actually INCLUDED versus going to be billed to you separately.
  • At our Plastic Surgeon group, quotes are inclusive of post-op garments and follow-up visits – but DO ask if you’re comparing average prices of Mastopexy breast lift surgery in Melbourne or Sydney – not all doctors are alike.
  • For more information on quotes and costs, send an enquiry form or phone us on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange a confidential consultation to discuss your concerns.

NEXT STEP: Book your Initial Consultation

  • Email us or Call on (03) 8849 1400 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
  • A Referral from your GP or from your Specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
  • Schedule a confidential consultation with your selected Specialist Surgeon by paying the $200 booking fee.

What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes

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