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Frequently Asked Questions
About Breast Lift Surgery

1. Who is a good candidate for breast lift?
2. What causes breasts to sag?
3. How does a breast lift work?
4. Can I get breast implants put in during my breast lift surgical procedure?
5. Should I wait to have a breast lift until I have children?
6. What is a peri-areolar breast lift or mastopexy?
7. Will I be put under anesthesia?
8. How long will recovery take?
9. What is the cost?


1. Who is an ideal candidate for breast lift surgery?
The ideal candidate for breast lift surgery is a woman whose breasts have lost volume or whose nipples have slipped from their original position. For example, the breasts may appear deflated rather than full, or the nipples may point downward rather than forward.

2. What causes breasts to sag?
Breasts tend to sag from age alone, but they also lose volume and change shape after pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight loss. Some women are genetically predisposed to developing breasts that have more skin than volume, resulting in breast laxity .

3. How does a breast lift work?
The procedure works by repositioning the nipple to the center of the breast mound. The nipple stays attached to the vascular and nerve supply. Excess breast skin is trimmed, reshaped and tightened around the breast mound to form its new shape.

4. Can I get breast implants placed during my breast lift procedure?
Absolutely. In fact, many patients elect to do this because the sagging is due to loss of volume. This is a natural occurrence after childbirth, breastfeeding and/or weight loss.

5. Should I wait to have a breast lift until I have children?
This is often advised since additional sagging and loss of breast volume are likely to occur with each pregnancy.

6. What is a peri-areolar breast lift or mastopexy?
This breast lift technique is designed for patients who require a small lift. The incision is made around the areolae and a doughnut-shaped section of skin is removed. The outer circle is closed around the inner circle in a pursestring fashion. This breast lift procedure tends to flatten the breasts, so breast implants are generally used with this procedure. The incision is hidden along the pigmented borders of the areolas.

7. Will I be put under anesthesia?
Yes, anesthesia is very important in a breast lift procedure, especially if implants are placed. Your anesthesia will be provided by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The type of anesthesia used today is extremely light and you are not paralyzed. Modern anesthesia drugs dissipate quickly, so as soon as surgery is complete, you awaken. Breast lift surgery is an outpatient procedure and you will be able to go home a few hours after surgery.

8. How long will recovery take?
The recovery period is usually seven to ten days. This means that within a week you will be able to drive, work and go to school. However, formal exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks as it can trigger swelling and discomfort. You will receive a detailed postoperative instruction manual to make your recovery as easy as possible.

9. What is the cost?
The overall cost of Mastopexy will usually be in the range of $9,000.00 and $9,700.00. This includes Dr. Delgado’s surgical fee as well as anesthesia and the operating room/facility fee. The total also includes all supplies and all office visits.

If you are considering breast lift surgery or breast augmentation, you are invited to book a consultation with Dr. Delgado at his San Francisco office or his Marin County office, 22 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.

Dr. Delgado’s goal is to help you look as good as you feel.

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