Breast Lift


Mastopexy at Chicago’s Iteld Plastic Surgery

Women who choose a mastopexy, known as a breast lift, at Chicago’s Iteld Plastic Surgery may be wondering what happened to get them to the point where their once-perky breasts are now sagging. In a word, it’s gravity. In several words, it’s a constant downward pull combined with skin changes, weight gain or loss, and often a pregnancy or two. Given the multiple forces working together to make breasts point straight down to the ground, it’s no surprise that a significant number of women not only notice the change, but become unhappy with the way their breasts look as the years pass.

Before deciding on breast lift surgery, it’s important that you discuss the overall look you’re trying to achieve with Dr. Lawrence Iteld and his team. Remember that a lift raises the breasts, but does not change their size. No matter your ultimate aesthetic goal, our aim is to guide you to the best procedure for you and give you natural-looking results that are in proportion to your body.

Discover more about a breast lift from Chicago board-certified plastic surgeon Lawrence Iteld, MD. Send a message online or call 312.757.4505.

How Does a Breast Lift Work?

A breast lift is the only way to reposition the breasts. Because each patient’s exact degree of sagging is unique, as is her desired result, Dr. Iteld has a range of techniques and variations to suit individual cases. While the placement and size of incisions varies, they all have the same goals: to elevate the nipple and areola higher on the breast mound and to tighten any loose skin, giving the breasts a fuller and more youthful appearance.

Incisions may run partially or all the way around the areola. They may also run down in a straight line from the areola to the breast crease (creating a lollipop shape) or include a horizontal incision in the breast crease (creating an anchor shape). The more ptosis (a nice doctor word for “droop”), the more incisions may be needed to achieve a good lifted shape.

Once these incisions are made, Dr. Iteld can reposition the nipple and areola as necessary, so they point forward. He can also remove excess or stretched-out skin, whether a small or more significant amount. If additional volume is desired (or needed), breast augmentation with implants or fat transfers to the breast are performed at the same time as the breast lift surgery.


Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Lawrence Iteld, MD, is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and a highly regarded Chicago based plastic surgeon, receiving awards from Chicago Magazine's Top Docs, and Castle Connolly Top Doctors®.

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What Can I Expect After Breast Lift Surgery?

After breast lift surgery, you can expect to experience initial swelling, which will resolve in the following weeks. As the incisions heal and tissues “settle,” the full effects of the surgery will be visible.

Is a Narcotics-Free Breast Lift Surgery Possible?

Dr. Iteld believes that preventing pain in his patients is far superior to simply telling his patients to expect pain and then managing it later. Who would disagree with that? This philosophy definitely extends to breast lift surgery, which means patients can enjoy a perkier profile without worrying about the need for opioids to get through the recovery period. In fact, the narcotics-free strategy works for other breast procedures—including breast augmentation and breast reduction—as well as body contouring procedures, such as tummy tuck and liposuction.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery in Chicago?

If you have sagging breasts and want to address that sagging, and if you are healthy, you are a good candidate for a breast lift. Since weight changes can, in some cases, affect your result, it’s important that you’re at a stable weight before having any procedure.

If you have questions specific to your own situation, schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Iteld to discuss them.

What Are the Available Breast Procedures Beyond a Breast Lift?

If you have lost volume in the breasts, we might recommend a breast augmentation in conjunction with a breast lift. Breast lift surgery might also be part of a Mommy Makeover, which is an umbrella term for multiple procedures designed to restore a woman’s body to a look more like it did before pregnancy and childbirth.

Schedule your consultation today to find out more about how a breast lift at Chicago’s Iteld Plastic Surgery may be for you, or call 312.757.4505.

*Results will vary from patient to patient. No guarantees about an individual’s result can or should be made based on information provided here.

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