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A mastopexy (breast lift) is an operation carried out by a plastic surgeon to alter the shape of your breasts. Mastopexy surgery helps to correct sagging caused by pregnancy, breastfeeding, or the effects of time and gravity. It is ideal for women who want firmer, more youthful looking breasts.

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  • Breast lift is for women who feel that their breasts are droopy after pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • Women whose nipples point downwards or drop below the breast crease when unsupported
  • Women whose breasts show pronounced sagging, reduced elasticity or stretch marks due to weight loss
  • Breast lift can be performed for anyone who wants younger looking, firmer breasts
  • Those who wish to combine other procedures such as breast enlargement or reduction with a rejuvenating breast lift
  • Avoid bending and lifting for first few days after your breast lift
  • Resume light activities and exercise after 2 weeks
  • Resume normal activities after 6 weeks
  • Recovery time may vary if combined with other breast treatments
  • A breast lift can take several weeks or months to see final results once breasts settle
  • 1.5 to 3 hours in surgery
  • 1 to 2 nights in clinic
  • 5 to 7 night stay in hotel, if done abroad
  • Between 93-95% of people are happy with their breast lift results
  • Scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Difficulty breastfeeding
  • Loss or changes in breast or nipple sensation
  • Asymmetry in size or shape of breasts
  • Partial or total loss of nipples or areolae (rare)

Mastopexy, also known as a breast lift or breast uplift surgery, is a surgical procedure that raises and reshapes the breast. Excess skin is removed from under the breast, the breast is reshaped and the nipple is re-sited. Women choose breast lift surgery for various reasons. For example, your breasts may be naturally droopy or sagging due to ageing, weight loss, pregnancy or breastfeeding. After the procedure, you are likely to feel more comfortable and confident.

What does breast lift surgery involve?

A breast lift improves the appearance of breasts by raising them and making them firmer. Depending on the size of your breasts and the look you hope to achieve, it can be done in several ways. Normally, the plastic surgeon will remove any excess skin from under the breasts before tightening the surrounding skin and placing the nipple in a slightly higher position. You will have to go through a number of steps to complete the procedure including:

1. Consultation

During your initial consultation about your breast lift, you can discuss the procedure and what you hope to gain from it. You should mention any current medical issues, allergies or treatment plans. The surgeon may want to know if there is a history of breast cancer in your family or see the results of any previous mammograms or biopsies. You should tell your surgeon if you are taking prescribed medicines, vitamin supplements or herbal remedies and whether you drink or smoke. After covering your medical history, your surgeon will assess your general health and discuss any risk factors. You will have a breast examination so that the precise size and shape of your breasts can be measured. Photographs showing the position of your nipples and areolas (the darker area that surrounds your nipples) will be taken. Following the examination, your surgeon will explain the procedure, including the part involving anaesthesia, in more detail. They will ask how you feel, discuss your options and answer any questions you might have.

2. Anaesthesia

A general anaesthetic is normally preferred for breast lift surgery although it can be performed under local anaesthetic or with intravenous sedation. Your surgeon will help you to decide which is best for you.

3. Procedure

Several techniques are used in breast lift surgery, and the number and location of incisions will depend on the type chosen - your surgeon they will decide based on your breast size and the result you want to achieve. Different techniques leave different scars, but they won't be visible when you wear a bra or bikini top. Normally, the surgeon will:

  • Make an incision around the areolas
  • Make a vertical incision from the areolas to the breast crease
  • If necessary, they will make a horizontal incision along the breast crease
    Excess skin is removed from under your breast and the breast is formed into a tighter cone shape. The nipples are then moved a little higher up the breast for a more natural look. You can have your areolas made smaller at the same time. The plastic surgeon then gently pushes the skin together and closes the incisions with stitches, skin adhesive or surgical tape. Small tubes may be placed at the incision sites to allow any excess blood or fluid to drain before the breasts are dressed in gauze and you are fitted with a surgical bra.

Are there different types of breast lift?

The breast lift procedure can vary depending on the size of your breasts and the degree of ptosis (sagging). The most common types are:

  • Anchor incision mastopexy: incisions are made around the areolas, down to the breast crease and under it. This is best for women with pronounced sagging.
  • Lollipop breast lift: incisions are made in the shape of an inverted T. This procedure suits women with very droopy breasts.
  • Donut breast lift: suitable for women with mild to moderate sagging, it is also known as the Benelli or periareolar lift.
  • Crescent breast lift: the crescent-shaped incision is often done in conjunction with breast augmentation and is ideal for women with mild ptosis.

What should I expect from breast lift surgery?

After the mastopexy surgery, your breasts will feel tender and sore and you'll notice a change in their shape and appearance. Most women are able to go home the same day. One week after the procedure, a nurse will check the incisions to ensure that they are healing well and remove any remaining dressings or stitches. You should be able to return to work within a week to ten days. Avoid vigorous exercise or activity for two weeks after your breast lift.

What else should I consider when having a breast lift?

As with all surgeries, there are risks and possible side effects. Although bruising and swelling are common immediately after surgery, your breasts will settle in a few weeks. Heavy bleeding is unusual but possible. Before the procedure, your surgeon will discuss medications that might increase the risk of bleeding. You will have scars afterwards although your surgeon will ensure that they are minimal. They may be red or purple at first but will gradually fade over 12 to 18 months. In the unlikely event of infection, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. Be sure to tell your surgeon about any discharge from your nipples before the operation as this can increase your risk of infection.

Once you’ve healed after your breast lift, it is also possible that you may have loss or changes in sensation in your breasts or nipples. Feeling usually returns in several weeks but some loss may be permanent. However, this should not affect erotic sensation. If your breasts were asymmetrical before your breast lift, this asymmetry might not be fully corrected and irregularities may appear after healing. Very rarely, the blood supply to the nipple or areolas could be interrupted during surgery causing damage to the tissue and resulting in the loss of the nipple.

Although it is a relatively simple procedure with a low risk factor, breast lift surgery is not suitable for women under the age of 18 as their breasts may still be developing. Nor is it advisable if you are hoping to become pregnant as the breast tissue is likely to stretch again, so many women wait until they have completed their family before having the surgery. Breast lift procedures work best on women with small, saggy breasts. Although it's also a viable option for women with larger or heavier breasts, the results may not last quite as long.

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Below are price ranges for Mastopexy at Qunomedical-approved clinics.
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Costs for a breast lift can vary depending on the extent of the surgery, if it's combined with other treatments, and the country where the surgery is performed as well as cost of living, exchange rates, practicing costs or regulatory conditions, which may differ greatly from country to country. Below are starting prices for a breast lift across various countries.

popular destinations

Mastopexy is offered in 15 countries

In Bangkok from € 1,370

In Phuket from € 4,100

In Vilnius from € 2,100

In Cologne from € 2,500

In Frankfurt am Main from € 2,500

In Hamburg from € 2,500

In Munich from € 2,500

In Manila from € 2,540

In Wroclaw from € 2,840

In Jelenia Gora from € 2,930

In Szczecin from € 3,000

In Tijuana from € 2,900

In Cancun from € 5,400

In Budapest from € 2,959

In New Delhi from € 2,980

In Denpasar from € 3,300

In Zagreb from € 3,425

In San Jose from € 4,250

In Vienna from € 5,900

In Marbella from € 6,500

In Barcelona from € 7,300

In Chicago from € 9,910



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December 19, 2019

| GOP Hospital, Turkey




After meeting Dr Anı and the GOP Team I know would recommend GOP to all my family and friends.

Hello GOP Team First of all I would like to thank my doctor Dr Anı for the treatment she has performed. I have been wanting to have surgery for years but was very scared. After meeting Dr Anı and the GOP Team I know would recommend GOP to all my family and friends. From the airport pick up to my after care they have all been fantastic. Funda you have been amazing thank you so much. I love you guys...

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Dr. Paulis and his staff are very professional and have a very personal approach.

Dr. Paulis and his staff are very professional and have a very personal approach. I am happy not only with how the surgery went but how the doctor and clinic staff as well. All my questions and my husband’s concerns were answered with patience by the Doctor. I was also provided a telephone contact with the Doctor as a big plus and he actually responded promptly even after the operation. I am happy I chose such a professional.

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United Kingdom

October 3, 2018

| GOP Hospital, Turkey




The main point of the trip was the surgery and though I don’t yet know the final outcome I feel confident that the surgeon was excellent and I am excited to see my results.

All in all this has been a positive experience. The main point of the trip was the surgery and though I don’t yet know the final outcome I feel confident that the surgeon was excellent and I am excited to see my results. The nurses were thourough though underatandably due to the language barrier it was a little difficult at times! One thing is the surgeon was not the one I had researched (on my quotation) however, I don’t feel this was a problem as he was great. On the day of surgery, for payment I was asked for €8,300 though my final pdf quotation was €7,470. The lady took the smaller sum and said she would look into it though I haven’t heard back. I decided not to have the rhinoplasty with the honest opinion of the surgeon so this was taken off of the sum. Ebru (my assistant) is a very nice person, punctual, and checked up on me either in person or via message every day. So far so good. Unfortunately however, I have had significant issues with the hotel and I am in the process of making a complaint. I never complain however in the 2 nights I have stayed at the hotel I’ve already had something like 8 issues!! When you are in a lot of pain trying to heal and you can’t order food etc in order to take your medication this is a big problem. Once I have made the complaint I will forward it to you. Colette is very nice, very professional, and super helpful. The surgeon, the hospital and Ebru were also great. So a good experience overall. However the hotel service was/is very very frustrating and did not assist my recovery despite the fact that the room was beautiful and some of the staff were very helpful!