Breast Lift (Mastopexy) in Jacksonville, FL

Over time, many women experience changes in the shape of their breasts, an enlargement of the areolas, and drooping or sagging. These are usually caused by several factors including pregnancy, aging, gravity, breastfeeding, weight gain/loss, and genetics. A breast lift is a procedure in which the breast tissue is lifted back up to a position that is anatomically proportional to the patient’s body to achieve a more youthful-looking breast appearance. Breast lift patients range in age, weight, history of childbirth, and genetics. A breast lift can help restore a perkier, more youthful look to your breasts with the increase in confidence, self-esteem, and better wardrobe choices that go along with it.

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Breast Lift Benefits

  • Lifts breast tissue that has migrated downward
  • Delivers a perkier, more youthful appearance
  • Improves contour of the entire breast mound
  • Corrects nipples that are positioned very low
  • Provides symmetry for uneven breasts
  • Tightens excess, loose skin on the breasts
  • Boosts self-image and confidence 

Breast Lift at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery

At PVPS, we’re more than plastic surgery — we’re a lifestyle. And we’re more than just Ponte Vedra; we’re all of Northeast Florida. With multiple providers and locations, we have the ideal physician for every individual patient. And with multiple locations to serve Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fernandina Beach, FL, and beyond, we offer convenience as well. 

Our surgeons are all board-certified, and we are pleased to have an exceptional reputation for both surgical and non-surgical procedures, as well as excellent bedside manner and professionalism. What sets us apart is our continuing education, our national trainers on staff, and our Care Teams. If you’re interested in a breast lift, we invite you to contact us to book a consultation. 

Before & After

“BEST decision I’ve ever made!...When I woke up from surgery, my life instantly changed. My recovery was easy…I’m 45 and for the first time in my life, I’m not disgusted to look at my breasts. Seriously ladies, it’s a life-changer!”


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Breast Lift vs. Breast Implants

Breast augmentation surgery with implants will help increase breast size, but it will not help women if their breasts sag or droop downward past a certain point. Some doctors may use implants to help with sagging. With this approach, the immediate results may look better, but the additional weight causes the breasts to sag further. Some women find a breast lift is the only procedure they need to achieve the fullness they desire, and determine implants aren’t necessary. During the consultation, we will discuss whether a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination of both will attain the best results.

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Crisalix Virtual Aesthetics

Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery offers Crisalix Virtual Aesthetics, allowing patients to “try on” their new breasts before the procedure. Your body will be scanned into the software, where you can then choose between various sizes and even the different types of breast implants. By wearing the virtual reality headset, you will even be able to see what you would look like from your own point of view (looking down at your body).

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What Types of Incisions Are Used During a Breast Lift?

The degree of lift will determine how many incisions are needed and where they will be placed. Once the incisions are made, excess skin and tissue are removed and the nipple and areola are re-positioned for a natural placement. The sutures during this procedure are placed deep in the breast wall to secure and hold the breast up firmly. 

There are several incision placements to consider:

  • Around the curvature of the areola (the tissue immediately surrounding the nipple)
  • Vertically on the bottom of the areola, down to the crease under the breast
  • Horizontally beneath the breast following the natural crease
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Breast Lift Surgical Details

Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is considered an outpatient procedure. Operative time in most cases is between 1-2 hours.

The type of incision used during a breast lift procedure will vary depending on the degree of lift and whether implants will be placed during the surgery.

If implants are a part of the procedure — whether silicone or saline — they will be placed under the pectoralis muscle.

This method provides additional support and helps to keep the breasts in a higher position for a longer period of time. In situations where a larger implant is desired, a supportive tissue matrix may be used as a sling to hold the implants in place. 

During a breast lift procedure, the nipple and areola will be placed in a location on the breast that is natural and proportionate. The goal during this surgery is to reduce the size of the areola (the area surrounding the nipple) so it looks balanced with the new breast size and shape.

Recovery After Breast Lift

Recovery following a breast lift will vary depending on whether it was a stand-alone surgery or if it occurred in conjunction with another body contouring procedure. Patients will go home the same day as the procedure wearing a post-op supportive bra. Most patients are able to resume their normal work schedules within a few days. Exercise will be a gradual process, with most women able to resume their exercise routines within 6-8 weeks. (These include running and weight training.) Avoid lifting anything over 10 pounds for two weeks, and then for one month after that, nothing over 20 pounds. 

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Will I have scars after a breast lift?

Can a breast lift reduce the size of my breasts?

Will I have scars after a breast lift?

There is no way to avoid making the necessary incisions to complete a breast lift procedure. Therefore, some scarring will result from this procedure. Every effort is made during surgery to minimize scarring. Most women feel that the physical results following a breast lift procedure are worth the scars left behind. During the consultation, we will provide detailed post-operative scar care instructions.

Can a breast lift reduce the size of my breasts?

Breast reduction surgery may also be combined with a breast lift to help a patient achieve the size and shape she desires. This surgery is very similar to a lift, but with the added step of removing more breast tissue in conjunction with excess skin. More information on this procedure can be found on the breast reduction page.

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