What Are the Signs You Need Breast Lift Surgery?

By: R. Sean McNally, M.D.


For many women, changes in their breasts that follow pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, or aging prompt them to wonder whether breast enhancement surgery may be right for them. More specifically, women are often curious about whether a breast lift would be appropriate for their particular set of concerns. While you may have heard about the classic “pencil test” for sagging breasts, visiting your cosmetic surgeon is one of the best ways to determine with certainty whether a breast lift — or perhaps another type of breast surgery — may be most suitable for you.

Still, there are some common signs and symptoms that may indicate a breast lift would be beneficial for you. At The Oregon Clinic, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean McNally performs a full suite of cosmetic breast surgeries in Portland, OR, to help women look and feel their best. Keep reading to discover some of the telltale signs that may mean you could be a good candidate for breast lift surgery.

What does a breast lift do?

To better understand whether you may be an appropriate candidate for breast lift surgery, it’s important to know what the procedure is and what it’s designed to do. Breast lift surgery — formally known as mastopexy surgery — is a cosmetic breast enhancement procedure that involves repositioning the breasts to a higher placement on the chest to help restore a more youthful, perky appearance. This can also help to improve the shape, fullness, symmetry, and other characteristics of the breasts.

To make these changes to the breasts, Dr. McNally will make an incision on the breast (and/or around the nipple), through which he can trim away loose, excess skin and raise the breast mound. The nipple-areola complex will also be repositioned if needed to achieve a more natural and proportionate look. Following breast lift surgery, patients can enjoy perkier breasts, a younger-looking silhouette, and a host of other benefits — from physical to cosmetic and even psychological.

How do I know if I need a breast lift?

One of the first signs that prompts women to question whether they may need a breast lift is starting to notice that the breasts are drooping or saggier than they once were or that their nipples have started to point toward the ground. Again, the best way to know whether a breast lift (or a breast lift vs. breast augmentation or reduction) may be right for you is to consult a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. In the meantime, here are some of the common indicators that a breast lift may be an appropriate consideration:

  • Sagging breasts
  • Deflated breasts
  • Elongated breasts
  • Stretched breast skin
  • Drooping breasts
  • Nipples point downward
  • Chafing under the breasts
  • Asymmetric breast position

It is also essential to keep in mind that some of these concerns may also be improved by breast augmentation instead of a breast lift. In many cases, a combination of breast augmentation plus lift can provide an even more complete transformation and may be considered a more suitable option. With many options available for cosmetic breast surgery, patients can take comfort in knowing they don’t have to make their decision alone. Dr. McNally and our knowledgeable team will take ample time to listen to your concerns and goals, discuss all of your options for breast surgery, and help you choose a plan that is best aligned with your needs and desired outcome.

Raise your spirits with breast lift surgery in Portland, OR

If sagging breasts have you feeling down, we can help. To learn more about your options for breast lift surgery and to find out whether a breast lift is the most appropriate choice for you, don’t hesitate to call our friendly team at The Oregon Clinic to schedule your private consultation for breast lift surgery with Portland, OR, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean McNally today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.