Step by Step: Unveiling the Procedure for a Breast Lift

Murphy Plastic Surgery

By achieving a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance, a breast lift can work wonders for your figure. At Murphy Plastic Surgery, we want to create an aesthetic that resonates with your unique body shape and personal desires. Harmonizing with your natural beauty means putting more care and attention into each breast lift we perform, and we are happy to put in the time and effort for our patients in Denver, CO. 

Our meticulous process is designed to make your experience as smooth and successful as possible. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Murphy combines refined surgical techniques with a commitment to personalized care. By giving you a closer look at the surgery itself, we can help make the experience smoother from your first consultation to your recovery.

What Can Breast Lifts Address?


A breast lift can effectively address the issue of sagging, restoring a more youthful and uplifted appearance. This procedure helps reposition the breasts to a higher point on the chest for a more aesthetically pleasing look.

Skin Laxity

As skin loses its elasticity over time, a breast lift can tighten and smooth the skin of the breast. This can contribute to a firmer and more contoured breast profile, enhancing overall body proportions.

Downward-Pointing Nipples

Correcting nipples that point downwards is an important aspect of a breast lift. This adjustment not only improves the aesthetic but also ensures the nipples are positioned more naturally in relation to the breast mound.

Overly Large Nipples

During a breast lift procedure, the size of overly large nipples can be adjusted to better suit the newly shaped breasts. This creates a more balanced and harmonious appearance, aligning with the overall breast aesthetics.

Breast Shape

Beyond lifting, a breast lift can improve the overall shape of the breasts. This enhancement helps in creating a more rounded and symmetric breast contour, tailored to your body’s unique structure.

What Type of Incision Can I Expect?

  • Crescent: If you’re looking to address mild sagging, a crescent incision may be suitable. This involves a small incision running halfway around the top edge of the areola, allowing for subtle yet effective lifting.
  • Donut: Ideal for those with mild to moderate sagging, the donut incision encircles the areola. This breast lift technique not only lifts the breast but also allows for size reduction of the areola if desired.
  • Lollipop: For more significant lifting and reshaping, the lollipop incision, which circles the areola and extends vertically down to the breast crease, can be an effective choice.
  • Anchor: The anchor incision is used for major reshaping and lifting, especially in cases of considerable sagging. It combines a circular incision around the areola, a vertical incision to the breast crease, and a horizontal incision along the crease, allowing for more breast tissue to be removed and providing the most significant lift and reshaping capabilities.

The Surgical Procedure Step-By-Step

Anesthesia and Safety Measures

In a breast lift procedure, patient comfort and safety are prioritized with the administration of anesthesia. The type of anesthesia used is determined based on individual needs and the extent of the surgery but always with the goal of ensuring a pain-free experience.

Making the Incisions

During breast lift surgery, incisions are made according to the predetermined plan tailored to the patient’s specific needs. These incisions allow for access to underlying breast tissue and are key to achieving the desired lift and shape. We place the incisions in the most discreet locations possible to minimize visible scarring. 

Removing Skin and Repositioning the Breast Tissue

In a no-implant breast lift, excess skin is removed, and breast tissue is carefully repositioned to create a more elevated and youthful breast contour. This can give the breasts a beautiful shape even in cases where implants are not used. Once the breast tissue has been repositioned, the area can be sutured. We close the incisions with care to further minimize scarring.

Post-Surgical Care and Recovery

Breast lift recovery involves specific guidelines to help you have a smooth healing process. We will teach you how to care for the surgical site, recommend and prescribe any medications that can help with pain and soreness after surgery, and let you know which activities you can safely engage in. If you are just getting a breast lift, you can go back to most daily activities after two or three days and can be exercising again by day seven to 10.

Long-Term Outcomes and Maintenance

The outcomes of breast lift surgery can be very long-lasting. However, natural aging, sun damage, and other factors can impact results over time. Maintenance of your skin and breast tissue is important to preserve the results.

Can Breast Lifts Augment or Reduce the Size of the Breasts? 

Breast lifts primarily focus on repositioning and reshaping the breasts. However, they can be combined with other procedures for size alteration. A breast reduction and lift can decrease breast size while lifting them for a more proportionate appearance. A breast lift with implants adds volume for a fuller look. It’s important to note that breast lift recovery protocols may vary slightly when additional procedures like reduction or augmentation are involved.

Schedule Your Breast Lift Consultation Today

A breast lift at Murphy Plastic Surgery can effectively rejuvenate your appearance, enhancing breast shape and position for a more youthful contour. Our approach in Denver, CO, focuses on aligning the procedure with your unique physical characteristics and aesthetic goals. With the option to combine a breast lift with implants or a reduction, we cater to a diverse range of goals. If you’re considering a breast lift and want to explore your options, contact us or call us at (720) 943-8194 to schedule a consultation.

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