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Breast Lift

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Your breasts are one of the defining physical qualities of your femininity, but genetics, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging and gravity can change them. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao understands how the appearance of your breasts can influence your self-perception and confidence. A breast lift in Tucson, AZ can serve as a perfect solution to revitalize your breasts and restore your confidence.

Request your consultation online or call (520) 209-2500 to learn how Dr. Rao can enhance your physique and confidence with a breast lift.

A Word from Your Breast Lift Specialist

There is a lot more to a breast lift than physically lifting breasts. In addition to raising elongated breasts, I can reshape flattened, stretched breasts to look rounder and suppler and reorient the nipples so they no longer face downward but forward. I can decrease the size of large areolas during a breast lift. Through a personal consultation, I can help each woman achieve her aesthetic goals.

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A Word from Your Breast Lift Specialist

Arun Jay Rao, M.D.

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Why a breast lift may be right for me

Surgical breast lift, technically called mastopexy, is a good option for women whose breasts sag as the result of heredity, aging, weight loss, or pregnancy. Mild to severe sagginess, or ptosis, can typically be remedied by breast lift surgery. Generally, women who pursue this procedure have breasts that feature at least 1 of the following characteristics:

  • Nipples that naturally rest below the breast crease
  • Nipples that point downward
  • One breast that sits lower than the other
  • Areolas that appear stretched or oversized

During your consultation with Dr. Rao, he performs a physical exam to ensure you're a good candidate for a breast lift. Depending on his findings during this appointment, he may recommend a breast augmentation or another type of procedure to give you the results you want. While these 2 procedures are frequently combined, breast lift regularly creates beautiful, perky results on its own.

My procedure

Prior to your surgery, Dr. Rao works with you to determine a treatment plan based on the position of your areolas, the size and weight of your breasts, the amount of breast stretching or drooping, and the results you desire.

At our Tucson surgical facility, Dr. Rao begins your breast lift surgery by making incisions on your breasts. He makes every effort to use the smallest incisions possible, but keep in mind that more significant lifts typically require more significant incisions. Regardless, Dr. Rao discusses your incision options with you well before your surgery date.


Once he's made the incision, Dr. Rao tightens the underlying structures of your breast, manipulating and reshaping tissue as needed. He also moves your nipple and areola to sit higher on the breast and face forward after surgery. Once he has operated on both breasts, he evaluates them for symmetry and closes the incisions.

Breast lift surgery typically takes between 1 and 3 hours to complete. Following your procedure, you will be transferred to a recovery room, where you can be monitored before returning home with a friend or family member.

My recovery process

Immediately following your surgery, you will be fitted with bandages or dressings to protect your incisions and stitches. You'll also need to wear a soft elastic support bra for several days to support healing. At a follow-up appointment, Dr. Rao will remove your dressings and advise you on when you may transition to regular bras.

For the first few days after surgery, you'll likely feel a bit tired and sore. It's important to give your body the rest it needs during this time, so don't be afraid to ask for help around the house and avoid activities that require you to reach or lift anything more than a couple of pounds.

Most patients feel well enough to return to work after about 1 week, although you'll need to refrain more strenuous activities for up to 6 weeks. Dr. Rao gives you a more accurate timeline prior to your surgery.

My results

As swelling and bruising diminish after your surgery, you'll begin to get a better sense of your ultimate results. Your scars will fade significantly over time, and they shouldn't detract from your improved appearance. For many years, you'll likely enjoy breasts that are more youthful-looking in their shape, position, and profile. Although a breast lift will not stop your breasts from aging and changing further over time, the surgery does vastly improve their shape and position to help them look far younger than their years for as long as possible.

Related enhancements

Breast lift is often combined with breast augmentation to improve both the size and the position of the breasts. Other women add breast lift to a mommy makeover to improve the areas of their bodies most impacted by pregnancy.

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