Virden MD

Breast Lift Procedure

When factors such as aging, weight loss, or pregnancy affect the shape and position of the breasts, it may be time to consider a breast lift at Charles P. Virden, MD in Reno, Nevada. – Dr. Charles Virden

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A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, can give patients a younger-looking profile by elevating the breasts and giving them a more youthful appearance. Dr. Charles Virden, a board-certified plastic surgeon has performed thousands of breast surgery procedures and focuses on creating a flattering shape for every patient’s body that creates long-lasting improvements. Dr. Virden enjoys helping women in the Reno and Tahoe areas elevate their self-esteem and confidence by performing a breast lift surgery that creates perky, feminine breasts. A breast lift may also be completed in conjunction with breast augmentation to both elevate and add volume for a remarkable rejuvenation.

Ideal Breast Lift Candidates

During the initial consultation and after a thorough exam, we will help determine if a breast lift is the right surgery for you. Ideal candidates for this operation are woman who:

  • Have realistic ideas about what breast lift surgery can do
  • Have breasts that sag or need a better shape
  • Have breasts that hang, are stretched out, or are asymmetrical
  • Have nipples that point downward or rest underneath the breasts
  • Have lost skin elasticity with weight loss, pregnancy, or age

What to expect during your breast lift

Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is considered an outpatient surgery. There will be many factors to discuss prior to the surgery, including where the incision will be placed. The most commonly practiced incisions made in lift surgery are:

  • Anchor/Standard incision is made around the areola, plus a vertical incision down and along the crease under the breasts
  • Crescent incision removes a crescent shape of skin above the areola
  • Concentric/Donut incision is made only around the perimeter of the areola
  • Lollipop/Keyhole incision is made around the areola then vertically down to the breast crease

The incision is usually chosen based on how invasive the lift needs to be. This procedure will produce surgery scars, however, the plastic surgeon will do everything possible to make the scars less visible or easily concealed. We will also provide information on how to best care for your surgical wounds for more attractive results. Our office will provide every breast surgery patient with a complimentary bra designed for a comfortable recovery. The bra has a front closure, no underwires, and provides light compression. Patients may buy more of these special recovery bras from our office to wear during the first three weeks of their recovery.


anticipated results

With breast lift surgery, the patient will see immediate results in the shape of her breasts, but the final result will be visible after the swelling from surgery subsides. The recovery will vary since many patients will have a breast lift in combination with another plastic surgery procedure, such as a breast augmentation, breast reduction, or tummy tuck. Patients will be urged to do light activities, such as slowly moving around the room, or spend a few minutes standing within the first 48-hours to stimulate blood circulation. There should be no heavy lifting or strenuous activity involving the chest whatsoever. Patients can restart their normal activities within 2 – 3 weeks, but exercise should not be attempted for 6 – 8 weeks. There is a myth that women who have breast lift surgery never have to wear a bra again. This is not true as you will want to wear a bra to keep the breasts in the right position. The breast skin will continue to age regardless of this surgical intervention, but it should never be as severe as it was before breast lift surgery.

Get back your perky breasts

You can have the healthy and youthful breasts you once had with breast lift surgery. We invite you to have a complimentary consultation with our plastic surgeon today and discuss if this surgery is right for you. Whether it is suggested to have just a breast lift or more, we can help you look and feel younger and fantastic.