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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

A woman's breasts can droop over time due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight changes, and the natural aging process.

A mastopexy can lift and reshape breasts that have lost their firm, uplifted contours.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Grasee and Dr. Debra C. Bergman can improve your self-image through a breast lift at our practice serving Indianapolis, IN.

What Is a Mastopexy? The Medical Term for Breast Lift

A mastopexy is the official medical term for the breast lift procedure, and you may hear the words used interchangeably. A mastopexy improves breast shape by shifting the underlying tissue upwards to create a youthful-looking bustline. Our plastic surgeons can also move the position of the nipple-areolar complex and reduce the areola size during this cosmetic surgery.

How Can a Breast Lift
Transform Your Appearance?

Perkier Breasts

As part of the natural aging process, pregnancy, or weight fluctuations, the quality and elasticity of your skin diminishes and breast volume decreases. This results in ptosis, or sagging of the breasts. With breast lift surgery, we can reshape the breasts and resize the nipple-areola complex to restore the appearance of youthful, perky breasts.

A More Youthful Breast Shape

When the breasts begin to droop, they lose their shape, which can make it difficult to find bras, bathing suits, and other clothing that fits comfortably. With breast lift surgery, we can reshape the breasts and make it easier for you to find clothes that fit well. If the loss of breast tissue and volume is also a problem, we can augment the breasts with breast implants.

Improved Symmetry

For many women, the breasts and nipples sag at different rates, resulting in an asymmetrical appearance. During breast lift surgery, we will remove precise amounts of excess skin, lift the breasts, and adjust the nipple-areola complex to produce a more symmetrical, balanced look.

Are You Ready to Enhance Your Bustline? Contact Our Indianapolis-Area Practice

A mastopexy can restore a youthful, perky bustline to enhance your appearance and confidence. When performed by skilled and experienced plastic surgeons like Dr. Grasee and Dr. Bergman, you can have the natural-looking results of your dreams that complement your feminine figure.

Contact our plastic surgery practice if you're ready to experience the benefits of mastopexy. Our Carmel practice serves the greater Indianapolis area.

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Breast Lift Techniques Which Option Is Best for You?

Our plastic surgeons can perform breast lift surgery through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. Which technique is most appropriate for you will depend on your breast size and shape, the size and position of your areola, the degree of sagging, and the quality and elasticity of your skin.
Illustration showing donut incision around areola


The donut lift is typically best for patients with smaller breasts and mild sagging. As the name suggests, our plastic surgeon will make a donut-shaped incision around the areola. There is minimal visual scarring because the incision is concealed around the areola.

Illustration showing lollipop incision around area and down to crease


The lollipop lift is best for women with mild-to-moderate sagging who also want to reshape their breast tissue. Our plastic surgeon will create the donut incision plus a vertical incision along the underside of your breast.

Illustration showing anchor incision around areola, down to crease, and under crease


The anchor lift is the most complex breast lift incision type and is typically used for women with large breasts or severe sagging. Our plastic surgeon will make the lollipop incisions and an additional incision along the breast crease.

Crescent Lift A Technique for Mild Sagging


A crescent lift is a small incision made along the top of the areola. We may recommend a crescent lift for women with minor sagging who only slightly need their nipples raised.

The Breast Lift Process What You Can Expect on the Day of Surgery

The first step towards an enhanced bustline is to request a consultation at our Carmel, IN, practice near Indianapolis. During your consultation, either Dr. Grasee or Dr. Bergman will review your aesthetic goals to determine which incision type will create the best, long-lasting results.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons take extra care to conceal your incisions so your results look natural and beautiful.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons take extra care to conceal your incisions so your results look natural and beautiful.


General anesthesia is used to ensure you remain asleep during the entire procedure.


Our plastic surgeons will create the incision pattern based on your aesthetic goals and degree of sagging. Our surgeons take extra care to hide incisions to reduce visible scarring.

Reshape and Lift

Our surgeons will remove the excess tissue and reshape your breasts to improve symmetry and achieve your desired look. They will then tighten the remaining tissue to lift the breasts and improve your feminine contours.

Areola Reshaping

Our doctors can resize your areola if desired. They take extra care to reposition your areola complex to ensure your results look natural and beautiful.

Closing the Incisions

Our surgeons will complete your breast lift by closing your incisions. Visible scarring should be minimal no matter which incision type you receive.

A Dramatic Transformation See How a Breast Lift Can Restore Your Bustline

While it takes between two to three months to fully heal, the final results of a breast lift are immediately apparent
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Before This patient experienced drooping of the breasts and nipples.
After breast lift
After The breasts have been lifted to restore a more youthful and attractive appearance.

Start the Process With Our Skilled Plastic Surgeon Contact our Indianapolis Plastic Surgery Practice

Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Elizabeth Grasee and Dr. Debra Bergman, perform all breast lift procedures in an accredited outpatient surgery center or hospital. They have undergone extensive training in reconstructive and plastic surgery and are members of several prestigious medical organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  

Both our surgeons take pride in getting to know their patients and their cosmetic goals to help them achieve their dream results. We strive to provide a supportive environment where patients can feel at ease discussing their concerns. Both Dr. Grasee and Dr. Bergman are committed to guiding you toward a solution that aligns with your personal preferences and creates your desired outcome.

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Contact our Indianapolis plastic surgery practice to schedule a breast lift consultation. 

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I had the best experience with Dr Grasee! She is such a sweet and down to earth person... They made me feel right at home and relaxed. The results from the surgery are amazing and I’m so impressed & forever grateful!

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Combining Cosmetic Surgery Procedures to Produce the Best Results

Sometimes a breast lift alone is not enough to achieve your aesthetic goals. For women who want to increase the size of their bustline, our Carmel surgeons may recommend a breast augmentation. For those who wish to downsize, a breast reduction might be best. You can discuss combining treatments during your consultation at our Indianapolis-area practice.

Breast Augmentation

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Many women have lost breast tissue due to pregnancy or the aging process. Others may simply wish to increase the size of the breasts for a more filled-out silhouette. During the breast augmentation procedure, we can place breast implants to add fullness and volume to the breasts, particularly in the upper area. By combining the lift procedure with a breast augmentation, we can fill out and reshape the breasts during one surgical appointment.

Breast Reduction

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There are some cases in which women have overly large breasts that have begun to sag due to age or weight gain. It may be more appropriate to perform a breast reduction procedure for these patients. This procedure utilizes the same incisions as a breast lift but involves the removal of tissue and excess skin. If you wish to reduce the size of your breasts, we invite you to contact our Carmel, IN, practice to learn more about breast reduction.

Recovery and Side Effects Following a Mastopexy

Following breast lift surgery at our Indianapolis practice, patients can expect to:

  • Experience swelling and discomfort at the incision sites
  • Control discomfort with medication
  • Wear a support bra
  • Take five to 10 days off work, as long as there is no heavy lifting

As you heal, swelling will decrease, and incision lines will fade. Drs. Grasee and Bergman will give you aftercare instructions following your breast lift. Contact our Indianapolis-area practice if you experience any adverse side effects.

Breast Lift

The results of your breast lift will be evident as soon as you complete surgery. However, swelling and bruising can alter their initial appearance. Your results should become more refined over time as you recover. 

While the results of breast lift surgery are permanent, your breasts will continue to change overtime. Aging, weight gain, and gravity can all continue to take their toll. The best way to prolong your breast lift is by maintaining your weight and a healthy lifestyle.

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If you’re looking for a skilled surgeon with an excellent bedside manner, look no further than Dr. Bergman. The level of care she and her team (special shout-out to Trisha) have provided me during and after my extensive procedure is unmatched. Highly recommend!

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Dr. Grasse did an AMAZING job on my breast reduction! I was SO nervous, and she calmed all my fears and reassured me. I absolutely LOVE the results-my back relief is immense! I should have visited Dr. Grasse years ago! The entire staff is wonderful-the nurse, Trish, is incredible!

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Committed to Surgical Excellence

At Carmel Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeons, we are dedicated to excellence. We belong to several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

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