Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

At Gorin Plastic Surgery & Medspa

What is a breast lift?

Breast Lift with Implants Pre-op (top) | Post-op 1 year (bottom): 286cc silicone gel implants | 34yrs | 5'5

Pre-op (top) | Post-op 1 year (bottom): 286cc silicone gel implants | 34yrs | 5’5″ | 145lbs | no kids

 Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos

A mastopexy – also known as a breast lift – is an effective surgical procedure to change the shape and position of the breast. To put it simply, it is an operation that will reposition your nipple higher on the chest wall and remove excess skin and reshape the breast tissue to raise the breast. In a way, it has a similar effect pulling up on your chest to lift the breasts to a more youthful height.

If you are thinking of a breast lift in Portland, one of the ways to see if you might need a breast lift is to put a pencil under them and see if the pencil stays there. If the answer is yes, then a breast lift may be a good solution that will help you reach your goals.

The breast lift experience at Gorin Plastic Surgery & MedSpa

The treatment team at Gorin Plastic Surgery and Medspa is dedicated for a pleasant, stress free yet exciting experience.  All procedures are performed on-site with board certified anesthesia providers using IV sedation/sleep without the need for a breathing tube.

There are many techniques for reshaping the breast and removing breast skin that also determine the location of the incisions and scars. Since every patient is completely unique, Dr. Gorin will choose a technique depending on your breast shape and size, breast sagging degree, skin elasticity and quality, how much extra skin you have, and areola size and position. Every patient at Gorin Plastic Surgery & Medspa receives a completely unique breast lift treatment plan depending on their aesthetic goals.

What do I need to know about a breast lift?

breast-augmentation-portlandA breast lift is a procedure with an overall very low risk profile when performed by an appropriately trained and experienced plastic surgeon.  Dr. Gorin is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.   That said, Dr. Gorin does not charge for revisions in the first year after surgery (other than size changes).

Therefore, patients should closely follow all aftercare advice both before and after breast lift surgery. Because of the incision pattern there will be visible scars.  However, with very careful placement of the incisions and expert closure, the visibility may be reduced.

Does breast lift reduce your cup size?

Breast lifting without an implant does decrease the overall size a bit.  For those looking for an increase in size Dr. Gorin will combine the breast lift with an implant.  In fact, the vast majority of Dr. Gorin’s breast lift procedures do incorporate an implant as a combined procedure.

Do you lose feeling in your nipples after a breast lift?

A breast lift procedure can also leave unevenly positioned nipples or a permanent loss of feeling in your breasts or nipples. But once again, the chances are minimal. So, you could experience numbness, a decrease in sensitivity, or even heightened sensitivity in the nipple area. These changes may be just temporary right after the procedure, and over time they generally go completely back to normal.

How long does a breast lift take?

This type of surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, which means there is no need for an overnight stay. It takes about two hours.

Is a breast lift worth it?

The decision to undergo plastic surgery is personal, and you will have to decide if this procedure is right for achieving your goals. A breast lift surgery will bring back the breast’s youthful and shapely appearance. It is a great way to have increased self-confidence.

What breast lift surgery can’t do?

A breast lift procedure cannot significantly change the breast size or round out the breast’s upper part. If you want your breast to look fuller, contact us to find more about breast lift and breast augmentation surgery.

Get your questions answered with a complimentary breast lift consultation

It is always wise to make up your mind after visiting and speaking to an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon. Gorin Plastic Surgery & MedSpa takes every patient’s full medical history, desired look, and body limitations into consideration when helping them decide if a breast lift is right for them.

Schedule an appointment today to get your questions answered with a free breast lift consultation at Gorin Plastic Surgery & MedSpa!

Breast Lift Information

A breast lift procedure, which is also called mastopexy, is gaining in popularity. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 99,614 breast lift procedures were performed in 2015, up 31% from 2000. Mostly for female patients between ages 30 and 54.

Dr. Gorin is here to provide reliable breast lift answers for patients with questions about cost, safety and after care. As with breast implant surgeries, each patient will have a unique experience with mastopexy, and most details can be provided during an initial consultation.

Details about breast lift procedures

The aim of this procedure is to restore beautiful breasts for patients. The breast itself and the areola are surgically adjusted into a youthful and perky position, just like that of natural breasts. Here are some common causes for changes to the size and contour of breasts:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Gravity effects
  • Changes to skin quality

Ptosis, or sagging breasts, leads many patients to seek surgical ways to restore their feminine physique and the confidence of having a full, round bust line.


Mastopexy involves an incision around the areola which, if needed, continues down the breast with an extension in the fold. Through this approach, the amount of repositioning and recontouring needed is customized based on the needs of each individual patient.

While some patients view a lift as an alternative to breast implants, it is possible to undergo both a lift and implant surgery for large breasts. As with any cosmetic surgery, each patient has their own preference and comfort level with these procedures. Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.


The national average cost for mastopexy runs a wide range and varies between each office. We remain competitive with many other local offices. Please call, e-mail, or come in for more information regarding costs for the procedure.

Health risks and complications of lifting breasts

As with most breast enhancement surgery, the risk of operative complications or long-term issues has been greatly reduced over the years. Smokers are advised to quit, which can decrease the chances of a problem developing postop.

Following a breast lift, most patients are able to return to work within a week and get back to strenuous activity after three weeks. Breast symmetry, sensation and scarring concerns can be addressed with thorough after care and follow-up visits with Dr. Gorin. A lift typically does not affect breast feeding to a substantial degree.