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Breast Lift

Time, gravity, weight fluctuations, and childbirth all affect the breasts and may cause them to lose their youthful position and contour. 

A breast lift, or mastopexy, can help you regain a youthful bust line. The cosmetic procedure can be combined with implants to add volume.

At Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery in Waukesha, WI, Dr. Tracy McCall expertly performs breast lifts for patients around Milwaukee, WI.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?

There are many reasons why women want breast lift surgery. Some of their common complaints include:

  • Sagging breasts
  • Breasts that have lost shape or volume
  • Drooping breasts
  • Breasts that are flat, elongated, or pendulous
  • Nipples that fall below the breast crease
  • Nipples and areolas that point downward
  • Stretched skin and enlarged areolas
  • A breast that is lower than the other

How Does a Breast Lift Work?

During a breast lift, also known as mastopexy, our plastic surgeon removes excess skin and tightens tissue to raise and firm your breasts. Dr. McCall has worked with women from across the region to help them attain a more youthful-looking bust line. With a breast lift, you can rejuvenate your figure and enjoy firmer, perkier breasts. In cases where breast volume has also been lost, some of our patients combine cosmetic plastic surgery procedures like breast lift with breast augmentation.
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There are numerous methods to lift the breasts surgically, each designed for different stages of ptosis or breast droop. A breast lift, with or without breast augmentation, will leave permanent scars, but these fade with time.

Committed to Helping you Look and Feel Your Best 

If you wish to restore your breasts and improve the appearance of your bustline, consider how breast lift surgery can help you reach your aesthetic goals. At Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery, we develop personalized mastopexy treatment plans for all patients living in Milwaukee, Waukesha, WI, or the surrounding areas.

Interested in learning more about our services? Reach out to a member of our staff by calling our office or filling out our convenient online form.

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The Breast Lift Treatment Process

When you undergo mastopexy surgery with our skilled plastic surgeon out our Waukesha, WI, practice, serving areas throughout greater Milwaukee, WI, you can expect the following:

To produce a youthful lift, we will tighten the skin on the breasts.
To produce a youthful lift, we will tighten the skin on the breasts.


To keep you comfortable throughout your cosmetic surgery, we will administer anesthesia so you don't feel any pain or remember the procedure.


Next, an incision will be made in the breasts. For the smallest amount of correction, the incision is limited to the areolar area. More moderate alterations require an additional incision down the center of the breast. For the greatest amount of lift, we will perform the anchor approach, which includes an incision along the underside of the breasts.

Tightening the Breast Envelope

To produce a youthful lift, we will tighten the skin on the breasts so it no longer droops and has a smoother contour. 

Nipple Repositioning

To raise the nipple to a more natural location, we will reposition the nipple-areolar complex.

Tissue Removal

Next, we will remove excess tissue and close all of the incisions. When the plastic surgery procedure is complete, the incisions and treatment area will be bandaged.

What Is the Recovery Process Like after a Breast Lift?

Minimal Pain

There may be slight discomfort at the incision sites and in the overall breast tissue for several weeks after your cosmetic surgery. It's at its worst the week after surgery and then subsides. For the first few days, you may want to take the pain medication we prescribe to keep you comfortable.

Compression Garments

You will need to wear a compression garment or bra for a few weeks after surgery to decrease swelling and provide support during the healing process.

Seeing Results

Typically, patients start to enjoy the results of this plastic surgery procedure six weeks to three months after surgery.

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"She went through all my concerns with me and made me feel so much better. Getting the IV and the anesthetic was very smooth... I absolutely LOVE the results, they are exactly what I wanted and I couldn't be happier with the size, shape, and overall look! Dr. Tracy McCall is compassionate and thorough, she has an awesome personality, and is an excellent plastic surgeon! I highly recommend her for any plastic surgery as I know she is very detail oriented and does great work!" Alaina B., 2018

What Are the Benefits of Breast Lifts? 

Lift Sagging Breasts

As your body ages, the skin around your breasts loses its elasticity which can cause them to sag. Breast lift surgery can create the appearance of a more youthful and uplifted bust line that looks natural. 

Create the Appearance of Fuller Breasts

When excess skin is removed and not breast tissue, your breast may appear fuller and more shapely. Additionally, when a breast lift is combined with implants, it can add volume while tightening the area and eliminating excess skin in the process. 

Remove Excess Skin

Factors such as weight loss, genetic disposition, pregnancy, or nursing can cause excess skin to form around your breasts. When your plastic surgeon removes excess skin from the area, it can make your breasts look and feel more youthful. 

Combining Procedures for Optimal Results 

Combining procedures allows for a complete transformation and can help you achieve your unique desired results. To best meet all of your expectations with your breast lift procedure, your plastic surgeon may recommend combining a breast lift with breast augmentation or breast reduction.

Breast Augmentation

If you're not satisfied with your breasts' size, shape, or positioning, your surgeon may recommend combining breast lift surgery with saline or silicone breast implants. Patients with naturally small breasts or those who have seen changes in the appearance of their breasts because of pregnancy or aging may consider breast augmentation surgery. Your anatomy, skin elasticity, and the amount of breast tissue present will also be considered when choosing the right implant for your case.

Breast Reduction

When combined with a breast reduction, breast lift surgery can reduce the size of a larger bust and remove excess skin. Combining procedures means you will only have to go through a single recovery period, saving you time.

If you desire smaller breasts that appear lifted and perkier, consider how breast reduction combined with breast lift surgery can help you reach your goals.

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What Are the Risks of a Breast Lift?

Before your breast lift procedure, Dr. McCall will speak with you about the risks of surgery. Understanding potential complications that could arise because of breast lift surgery is essential, and your surgeon will be prepared to answer any questions you have about the procedure. Choosing a skilled surgeon like Dr. McCall is the best way to minimize your degree of risk during surgery.

Some of the risks involved in breast lift surgery include:

  • Asymmetrical breasts 
  • Scars that are large or uneven
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Loss of nipple sensation
  • Nerve damage in the breasts or numbness
  • Difficulty breastfeeding 
"Dr. McCall was fabulous when I need a breast reduction. She talked to me and told me what was going to happen and what recovery was going to be like, so I had no surprises. I am throughly impressed and very happy."
Courtney Larsen, 2017

Schedule Your Consultation With Our Practice 

At Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery, serving Milwaukee, Waukesha, WI, and nearby communities, we're committed to helping all our patients fall in love with the way they look. Consider how a breast lift can rejuvenate your appearance and improve your overall confidence.

If you want to learn more, request a consultation or call our office:

(262) 523-1200

Breast Lift FAQ

Is Getting a Breast Lift Painful?

Before your breast lift procedure, general anesthesia will be administered to prevent any pain or discomfort. Following your post-operative care instructions and taking pain relievers can minimize any discomfort you may experience. Your doctor might also prescribe pain medication to take in the first few days after a breast lift. 

Does Breast Lift Surgery Cause Scarring?

As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, some scarring will occur. Dr. McCall will work to minimize the size and prominence of the breast lift incisions. With time and proper healing, scars will fade considerably on their own. Mastopexy scars can also be easily concealed under most tops, undergarments, and bathing suits.

How Long Does the Recovery Take?

Every woman’s body is unique, which is why there is no set timeline for recovery. The average time to fully recover from a breast lift procedure is six weeks. Your incision site may be red or pink for the first few months, and you will likely still feel some soreness.

Is a Breast Lift Covered By Insurance?

Most breast lift patients come to us with cosmetic concerns. Those cases are not covered by insurance. Some more severe cases, however, can cause medical problems like skin irritation – especially after massive weight loss. In those scenarios, your insurance might contribute to the cost of your care.

Dr. McCall will give you an estimate during your initial consultation and we can file any necessary insurance paperwork. We also offer financing options through CareCredit® and United Medical Credit to break up the cost of treatment and put your cosmetic surgery goals within reach.

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Dr. Tracy McCall

Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery

Dr. Tracy McCall is a board-certified plastic surgeon that has been providing exceptional results to patients since 2001. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons

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