Breast Lift

Return a youthful shape to breasts that have lost volume and firmness


A woman’s breasts may lose their natural shape and firmness as a result of aging, heredity, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss. Dr. Kitto performs breast lift procedures designed to counteract these effects, elevating and shaping the breasts to give them a more youthful appearance. Our procedure can be completed in conjunction with breast augmentation surgery.

Our breast lift procedure is ideal for women whose breasts have lost shape or volume. It is also important that breast lift candidates are physically healthy, maintain a stable weight, and do not smoke.

There are several incision methods that can be used when performing a breast lift, and the technique we choose will depend on your breast size and shape, the degree of sagging, amount of excess skin, and the condition of your skin. Dr. Kitto will make the necessary incisions, will lift and reshape the breast tissue into its new contour. The procedure takes no longer than three hours to perform. Once the desired lift is achieved, incisions are closed with either stitches, tissue adhesive, or surgical tape. Scars will mature and fade over time.

After your breast lift surgery, you will be transported to our comfortable recovery room where you will slowly wake up from the anesthesia in the company of our caring staff. Post-surgical effects may include bruises, swelling, and discomfort. Any numbness in the breasts and nipples should lessen as the swelling subsides. Stitches are removed after two weeks, at which time you may return to work

If you would like more information about breast lift surgery with Dr. Kitto, or wish to schedule a consultation, call us at 804-294-1777 today.

1. What is breast lift recovery time?

Recovery after a breast lift is usually quick. We recommend that patient take a week off of work. Most patients may take pain medications for a week after the surgery but they soon can transition to Tylenol alone. We recommend that patient do not do any strenuous exercise for the first two weeks after surgery. We recommend that patients avoid any heavy lifting for 4-6 weeks after surgery. This plan can also be modified once discussed with Dr. Kitto.

2. Will I have stitches after a breast lift?

All stitches after a breast lift are internal and dissolvable. There are no stitches that Dr. Kitto will have to remove after a breast lift.

3. Will I have scars on my breast after a breast lift?

Depending on which type of breast lift is performed some incisions may be placed on the breast. The incision around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipples) heals imperceptibly. If there are scars on the breast itself they fade and become flat over time. At three weeks after surgery patients are encouraged to start applying a scar cream which helps improve the final appearance of the scars.

4. Do I need breast lift or breast augmentation?

The two procedures address different concerns. If a patient does not like the size of their breasts and would like to have a bigger cleavage then breast augmentation is the ideal procedure. If a patient does not like the shape of their breasts or the low position of their nipples then breast lift is the ideal procedure for them. In many cases the two procedures can be done together to provide youthful shape to the breast and increase the breast size.

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This lovely lady who was in her 50’s had lost over 50 lbs through diet and exercise. She was not happy with the way her breasts looked. She wanted to keep the current size but wanted a more youthful shape to her breast. She underwent a breast lift (mastopexy) surgery. The pictures are before her surgery and 3 months after surgery.