Breast Lift

Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeons located in San Luis Obispo, CA

Age and gravity take a toll on even the perkiest of breasts, and if you add in pregnancy as well, then it’s no great surprise if your breasts are starting to sag. Gary Donath, MD, and Danielle E. Giacona, DO, at Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery in San Luis Obispo, California, are experienced cosmetic surgeons who perform breast lift surgery. Their skills and expertise help reverse the effects of time and restore a more youthful shape for women in San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara counties. Call the office today to schedule a consultation with Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery, or book an appointment online.

Breast Lift Q & A


What is a breast lift?

A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that involves removing any excess skin and tightening tissues to raise and reshape your breasts.

According to figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast lifts are now twice as popular as breast implant surgery, with numbers of breast lift procedures growing by 70% since the year 2000.

Why would I need a breast lift?

Most women find their breasts start to droop as they get older, losing the shape and firmness they once had. In addition to the effects of time and gravity, breasts are also prone to losing their shape due to:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Fluctuating weight
  • Genetic factors

As well as changes in the breast shape, the areola can change and become larger too. Breast lift surgery can raise the breasts and correct the areola at the same time.

How does a breast lift differ from a breast augmentation?

A breast lift won’t make your breasts bigger, as it just reshapes the tissue that you already have.

For an augmentation procedure, your surgeon inserts implants into your breasts to increase their size and round the upper areas. So if you want larger breasts, you might prefer a breast lift with augmentation rather than just the breast lift alone.

Similarly, if you want to reduce the size of your breasts, you can combine a breast lift with breast reduction surgery.

Before having any type of surgery, your surgeon needs to be sure you’re physically and psychologically ready for the procedure, and they also take time to make sure you have a realistic expectation of what is achievable.

What happens during the breast lift procedure?

On the day of your breast lift operation, you’ll either have intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, depending on which would be best for you.

When the sedation takes effect, your provider makes an incision into the breast, then lifts and reshapes the breast tissue. They may need to reposition the nipple and areola to make sure they look natural on the newly shaped breast.

Your surgeon removes any excess skin from the breast, tightens what remains, and then closes the incisions with stitches. The surgery does cause scarring, but Dr. Donath and Dr. Giacona make the incisions as small as possible and hide them under the breast contours when they can. Over time the scars do fade until they’re barely noticeable.

You’ll see the difference as soon as you wake up, but the outcomes are even clearer once your breasts heal. The results should last for years, especially if you maintain your weight and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Find out more about breast lift surgery by calling Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery today, or book an appointment online.