Breast Lift

Procedure Snapshot

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy (which means "to tighten the breast skin"), restores a perkier, more youthful shape and firmness to sagging breasts. Dr. Parker can perform a breast lift alone at his Paramus, New Jersey, practice, or combine it with breast augmentation (to make the breasts larger) or reduction (to make the breasts smaller).

Cost & Recovery

  • $10,020 to $13,100*
  • Patients typically return to normal activities within 10 days after surgery.

Quick Facts

  • A breast lift alone will not substantially change breast size.
  • Areolas can be reduced in size during a breast lift procedure.
  • A breast lift with implants or fat injections can restore lost volume as well as reshape.
  • 146,711 women had a breast lift in 2019.**

*Refer to our Pricing page for details.

**Statistical information listed here is drawn from 2019 The Aesthetic Society data.

Breast Lift
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Breast Asymmetry Case 512 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #512

This 31 year old patient was referred to Dr.Parker by her mother, also a patient of Dr. Parker’s. The patient requested improvement in the appearance of her large breasts. She wears a 38 DD cup and would like to be smaller, in the range of C cup. Dr. Parker performed a vertical breast reduction and lollipop lift, removing 195 grams of tissue... Read More
Breast Asymmetry Case 514 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #514

This 16 year old came to Dr. Parker requesting breast reduction. She wears a 36 DDD bra and is very bothered by the appearance of her pendulous and very large breasts. Her breasts started growing rapidly in the 5th grade and have now been stable for approximately 1 year. Dr. Parker performed a vertical breast reduction and lollipop lift, removing... Read More
Breast Reduction Case 531 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #531

This 18-year-old was referred by her pediatrician to Dr. Parker for treatment of her large breasts. She currently wears a D-cup bra and has some neck and lower back pain. The patient is 5′5″ tall and weight is 125 pounds. Dr. Parker performed a vertical reduction mammoplasty removing 225 g of tissue from the right breast and 245 g from the left.... Read More
Breast Lift Case 551 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #551

This 49 year old, referred to Dr. Parker by another patient, was concerned about her large, sagging breasts. The patient currently wears a D cup bra. She is 5’3″ tall and weighs 140 pounds. Dr. Parker performed a vertical mastopexy, removing 115 grams of breast tissue from each side. The patient enjoyed a prompt recovery and loved the... Read More
Breast Asymmetry Case 511 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #511

This 57 year old requested that Dr. Parker rejuvenate her large, sagging breasts and the fullness of her abdomen. She is an avid runner and both the hanging skin on her abdomen and pendulous DD breasts adversely affect her ability to do this as she would like. The patient had given birth 18 years earlier via a C section. She is 5’1″ and weighs 138... Read More
Breast Asymmetry Case 515 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #515

This 22 year old was referred to Dr. Parker by her gynecologist for correction of her large, asymmetric, and pendulous breasts. The patient told Dr. Parker that her breasts developed early and became quite large. She said she wears a 30 FF cup. The size of her breasts cause her back and neck pain, give her difficulty in finding bras, and that they... Read More
Breast Lift Case 550 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #550

This 37 year old female lost 130 pounds with diet and exercise, and although she was content with her breast volume, she desired an uplift. She also desired an improved abdominal contour. The patient is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 175 pounds. Her cup size is large C, small D. A vertical mastopexy, or lollipop breast lift, was performed by Dr. Parker.... Read More
Breast Lift Case 900 Before & After View #4 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #900

This patient had breast lift and reduction with Dr. Parker. She is shown here before, after 6 months, and 5 years after her procedure. As you can see, her results look nearly the same in both after pictures, and that her scars have faded significantly in the most recent photos. Read More
Breast Reduction Case 529 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #529

This 20 year old professional ballet dancer was referred to Dr. Parker with DD breasts. These large breasts get in the way when she dances and hurt her back a great deal. The patient is 5’6″ and weighs 130 pounds. After reviewing options with the patient, she requested Dr. Parker to perform a vertical breast reduction and lift her breasts.... Read More
Breast Reduction Case 526 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #526

This 17-year-old, referred by her gynecologist, sought a reduction in the size of her breasts. Currently, she wears a D cup bra and would prefer to be in C cup range. She is bothered by lower back pain and shoulder strap furrows. The patient is 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 105 pounds. Dr. Parker performed a vertical reduction and lift, removing... Read More
Breast Reduction Case 537 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #537

This 41 year old patient requested smaller, more uplifted breasts. She says they became larger and more droopy with each pregnancy. The patient currently wears a DDD cup and would like to be a C cup. She is 5’2″ tall and weighs 158 pounds. Dr. Parker performed a vertical breast reduction along with a “lollipop” lift, removing... Read More
Breast Reduction Case 538 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #538

This 63 year old existing patient of Dr. Parker’s returned to him requesting a reduction in the size of her breasts. She said her breasts had grown larger over the last 6-7 years. She came in as a DDD cup and wished to be a C cup. The patient is 5’3″ tall and weighs 160 pounds. Dr. Parker performed a vertical breast reduction and... Read More
Breast Lift Case 553 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #553

This 39 year old had a breast augmentation with another surgeon 10 years ago, using saline implants. She said that since then her breasts have progressively sagged. She wanted them lifted and the same implants kept in place. Dr. Parker recommended that she get new implants, however she insisted on keeping the same implants in place. Dr. Parker subsequently... Read More
Breast Asymmetry Case 501 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #501

This 43 year old initially was referred to Dr. Parker to improve the appearance of her sagging breasts and lower abdominal fullness. She had lost 43 pounds a year earlier and maintained this. She is 5′7″ tall, weighs 158 pounds and previously had given birth to two children. She wore a D cup bra and wished to wear a C cup. Dr. Parker performed a... Read More
Breast Lift Case 552 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #552

This 46 year old patient, referred by another patient to Dr. Parker, requested removal and replacement of her breast implants. She had 360 cc saline implants inserted 15 years ago in California. She has always thought they were too large and asked that they be replaced with smaller silicone implants along with a breast lift. Just prior to surgery,... Read More
Breast Lift Case 548 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #548

This 46 year old patient, from Central NJ, consulted Dr. Parker about drooping breasts and sagging abdominal skin. These developed following the birth of two children a number of years ago and a recent 40 pound weight loss achieved with diet and exercise. Dr. Parker performed a lipoabdominoplasty, SAFE liposuction of the hips and a breast lift to... Read More
Breast Asymmetry Case 502 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #502

This 35 year old patient is status post gastric bypass and 135 pound weight loss. She was bothered by the extreme sagging of her breasts, which were quite uncomfortable and prevented her from exercising. She is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. Bilateral mastopexies (breast lift) were performed by Dr. Parker and 100 grams of tissue removed... Read More
Breast Lift Case 549 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #549

This 43 year old patient, referred to Dr. Parker by another patient, requested correction of her drooping breasts. She asked to have her D breasts made somewhat smaller and uplifted. The patient is 5′ 5″ tall and weighs 112 pounds. Dr. Parker performed a vertical mastopexy or “lollipop lift”, removing 90 grams of tissue on... Read More
Breast Lift Case 554 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #554

This 26 year old was referred to Dr. Parker by another patient. She lost 95 pounds following gastric sleeve surgery 1 1/2 years ago and has maintained that since. The patient is 5’2″ tall and weighs 145 pounds. She asked to have her breasts lifted higher on her chest but was adamant in not wanting breast implants. Dr. Parker performed... Read More
Breast Reduction Case 527 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #527

This 40 year old, referred to Dr. Parker by word of mouth, requested rejuvenation of her abdomen and hips following the birth of her children. After a consultation with Dr. Parker, the patient spent considerable time with his Professional Photographer reviewing Computer Images and discussing the various options raised. She decided to undergo an abdominoplasty,... Read More
Breast Asymmetry Case 500 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #500

This 27-year-old patient was referred by her primary care physician to Dr. Parker for breast reduction and breast lift surgery. The patient is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. She currently wears a double D bra and would like to be a C cup. Dr. Parker performed a vertical breast reduction and lift removing 175 g of tissue from the right... Read More
Breast Lift Case 899 Before & After View #4 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #899

This 23-year-old patient complained of neck and back pain as well as shoulder strap furrows. Dr. Parker performed breast reduction, removing 680 grams from the right breast and 660 grams from the left breast to maximize symmetry.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Breast lift surgery has always been a very popular cosmetic procedure among women to help correct breast sagging as well as improve breast shape and symmetry after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging.

Dr. Parker has performed thousands of breast lift procedures over the years and has found it to be one of the most rewarding procedures for patients. Breast lift benefits include improved symmetry and proportion, a more comfortable and attractive fit with bras and swimsuits, and enhanced self-confidence. We invite you to learn more about breast lift surgery at Parker Center.

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What Causes the Breasts to Sag?

Breasts are composed of glandular tissue and fat (together called parenchyma) connected to the skin by suspensory ligaments. Hormonal changes, pregnancy, and weight gain all cause the parenchyma to increase in size, stretching the surrounding skin and suspensory ligaments. Breasts sag (medically, we call this “ptosis”) due to a combination of the following issues:

  • A decrease in the amount of parenchyma causes a loss of breast volume.
  • The breast skin and suspensory ligaments are stretched, lose their elasticity, and cannot contract proportionally, which causes a downward descent of the nipple and areola.

The degree of ptosis, or sagging, will vary from patient to patient based on their individual genetics and the amount of weight gained and lost over time. Plastic surgeons use a classification system (see illustration) to categorize the degree of breast ptosis, which helps determine the breast lift technique that will achieve the most aesthetically pleasing result.

Breast Ptosis: Measuring Your Degree of Sagging

Levels of Breast Sagging
  • Normal breast: the nipple and parenchyma (glandular tissue and fat which compose the breast) of the breast sitting above the crease underneath the breast (inframammary fold).
  • Grade 1 ptosis: mild sagging in which the nipple lies at the level of the inframammary fold and the parenchyma below it.
  • Grade 2 ptosis: moderate sagging in which the nipple lies below the level of the inframammary fold but remains above the lowest hanging (or most dependent) part of the parenchyma.
  • Grade 3 ptosis: severe sagging in which the nipple lies well below the inframammary fold at the bottom of the breast and the lowest hanging part of the parenchyma along the inferior contour of the breast.
  • Pseudoptosis: not true ptosis because the nipple lies above or at the level of the inframammary fold. However, the majority of the breast parenchyma has descended below the level of the fold.
  • Parenchymal maldistribution: involves a lack of fullness in the lower portion of the breast, a high inframammary fold, and a relatively short distance from the fold to the nipple, seen in conditions such as a tuberous breast.

What Is the Difference Between a Breast Lift and a Breast Reduction?

While it is true that larger breasts are often more prone to sagging, a breast lift is a very different procedure than a breast reduction.

  • Breast lift surgery is designed to address breast sagging without dramatically altering the size of the breasts. Rather, this procedure removes excess skin and lifts the breasts higher on the chest for a more youthful appearance. A breast lift can be performed on breasts of all sizes, and many women with smaller breasts benefit from a breast lift after weight loss, pregnancy, and breastfeeding, or the natural impact of aging. In fact, breast lift surgery is often combined with breast augmentation to correct deflation and improve breast shape.
  • Breast reduction surgery reduces natural breast tissue to create a smaller breast mound. While the majority of breast reduction patients also benefit from lifting, the primary goal of a breast reduction is not to correct breast sagging. Instead, a breast reduction reduces excess breast tissue to a more manageable size, shape, and position.
Dr. Paul Parker

Paul M. Parker, M.D., FACS

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Known for his surgical talent and caring personality, Dr. Parker has been serving the community for over 25 years. He has dedicated his practice to the education, safety, and comfort of his patients—making each one feel as important as family.

The Aesthetic Society; American Society of Plastic Surgeons; International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; The Rhinoplasty Society
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What Are My Breast Lift Options?

A breast lift will help your breasts sit higher on your chest and look perkier in and out of clothing. A breast lift alone does not substantially change the size of your breasts but will tighten the skin, lift them, and make them appear more youthful. Options include:

  • Breast lift
  • Breast lift with implants
  • Breast lift without implants
  • Breast lift and reduction
  • Dual Plane Breast Augmentation

Breast Lift With Implants

Breast lift with implants
Breast lift with implants

If you wish to restore lost volume to the upper portion of your breast or increase the size of your breasts in addition to lifting them, you can have the breast implants of your choice added at the same time as your breast lift. This procedure is called an augmentation mastopexy, or breast lift with implants.

Breast Lift Without Implants

Breast lift without implants
Breast lift without implants

A breast lift will help you breasts sit higher on your chest and look perkier in and out of clothing. A breast lift, or mastopexy, alone does not substantially change the size of your breasts but will tighten the skin, lift them and make them appear more youthful.

Breast Lift and Reduction

Breast lift and reduction
Breast lift and reduction

If you would like smaller, lighter, and perkier breasts, a breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, can achieve all three. Dr. Parker includes a breast lift as part of all breast reduction procedures he performs.

Dual Plane Breast Augmentation

Dual plane breast augmentation.
Dr. Parker performed an alternative procedure. Using an inframammary incision, the breast tissue is lifted from the underlying pectoralis major muscle and the implant inserted. In this way, the patient achieves a mild breast lift (not to the same degree as a peri- areolar mastopexy or vertical mastopexy), avoiding any scarring around the areola.

What Is Involved With Breast Lift Surgery?

Breast lift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, administered by one of our board-certified anesthesiologists, in our fully certified onsite ambulatory surgical center, Surgiplex, LLC. Typically, the surgery takes 2 to 4 hours to perform, depending on the extent and complexity of the procedure. You will be able to go home about 1 hour after surgery, wearing a soft, supportive bra.

What Do Breast Lift Scars Look Like?

Breast lift scar variations diagram

Dr. Parker makes every effort to use limited incisions and minimize scarring while achieving an aesthetically pleasing breast shape. The extent of incisions necessary is determined by the amount of skin to be removed and how much the nipple must be raised. Visit our Breast Lift Options page to learn more.

We will show you before-and-after pictures of patients like you who have undergone breast lift surgery to help educate you about the possibilities. We are committed to patient education at Parker Center, having found it to be a major factor in giving our patients the best surgical experience possible.

How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost in New Jersey?

Here at Parker Center in Paramus, NJ, the price of breast lift surgery ranges from $10,020 for a minor breast lift to $13,100 for a more extensive procedure (i.e., a lift with implants or breast lift/reduction). Your total price will depend on your goals and the extent of surgery needed to achieve your desired results. We will provide an all-inclusive, individualized price quote at your consultation, including:

  • Surgeon’s fees
  • Operating room and anesthesia costs
  • Pre- and post-op visits
  • Surgical garments
  • Breast implants (if applicable)

Visit our Pricing page for detailed information about the cost for various breast lift options.

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What Is Breast Lift Recovery Like?

Showering and light activities are permitted the day after surgery; pain is usually minimal. All sutures dissolve and do not need to be removed. Sedentary work can be resumed in several days and most normal activities in 10 days. Upper body exercises can be started within 3 to 4 weeks and fully resumed by 4 to 6 weeks.

“After going on 2 other consultations, Dr. Parker was definitely the right choice. His office is gorgeous, his staff is friendly, courteous, and personable, and his bedside manner was extremely professional. From my first to last visit I was treated with care. I would recommend this surgeon to any one of my friends and family, and my results are amazing! I could not be happier with my breast lift and I plan to return to the Parker Center.”

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How Long Do Breast Lift Results Last?

After breast lift surgery, you can expect your results to last for many years. Remember, that excess, sagging skin is gone. Dr. Parker’s surgical techniques, which involve layers of internal sutures for support, help to ensure your new breast shape continues to look beautiful and natural. Scars should also fade significantly during the first year with proper care.

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About Your Procedure

Our free cosmetic consultations include plenty of time with Dr. Parker, our patient care coordinator, and our imaging specialist. Once your procedure is booked, our nurse educator will meet with you for a special 1-hour pre-op education session.

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What Is My Next Step?

To meet with Dr. Parker and his team in Paramus, New Jersey, and learn more about breast lift surgery, request a free cosmetic consultation using our online form or call (201) 967-1212 for an appointment.