Breast Lift

Mastopexy surgery

Montréal - Laval / Mastopexy surgery


$10,800 – $25,500


2.5 – 3.5 HRS


2 – 6 WEEKS

1. Overview

A breast lift (or “mastopexy”) is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to lift and reshape sagging (ptotic) breasts resulting from pregnancy, breastfeeding, fluctuations in weight, and/or aging. By rearranging the breast tissue and raising the nipple position while removing excess skin to tighten the surrounding skin envelope, a mastopexy can help restore a firm, more youthful breast profile.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Before & After photographs shown on this site are actual patients of Dr. James Lee who have given their permission to have their photos published online. They are for illustrative purposes only; individual results vary. We do not guarantee outcomes and no prediction of outcome is implied. Individual healing characteristics and unexpected complications can affect the outcome of any surgery.

2. Ideal Candidates

The best candidates for a breast lift procedure are healthy women who:

  • Are non-smokers
  • Have a stable and relatively normal body weight
  • Are satisfied with their current breast size
  • Have realistic expectations regarding the results of the procedure
  • Are bothered by one or more of the following breast-related issues:
  • Sagging (ptotic) breasts
  • Breasts that have lost their youthful shape and firmness
  • Breasts that appear flatter (“deflated”), have an elongated shape, or are pendulous
  • Nipples that fall below the breast crease when the breasts are not supported
  • Nipples/areolas point downwards
  • Stretched breast skin and enlarged areolas
  • Breast and/or nipple asymmetry

3. The Procedure

3.1. Anesthesia

A breast lift procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia. Though less common, the procedure can also be performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.

3.2. Techniques

A breast lift can be performed through a variety techniques. Regardless of the breast lift technique used, an incision is required to remove excess skin in order to lift and reshape the breast.

3.2.1. Incisions/scar Pattern And Location
  • Excess skin within the incision pattern is removed and wounds are closed in multiple layers with absorbable sutures.
    This technique is most often used in cases of severe ptosis (sagging), where there is a larger amount of excess skin.
A. Wise Pattern Mastopexy
  • The incisions used to perform a Wise pattern mastopexy will result in an “anchor -shaped” (or “inverted-T”) scar that circles the areola, extends vertically down to and along the breast fold.
  • Excess skin within the incision pattern is removed and wounds are closed in multiple layers with absorbable sutures.
    This technique is most often used in cases of severe ptosis (sagging), where there is a larger amount of excess skin.
B. Vertical Mastopexy
  • The incisions used to perform a vertical mastopexy will result in a “keyhole” (or “racquet-shaped”) scar that circles the areola and extends vertically down to the breast fold.
  • Excess skin within the incision pattern is removed and wounds are closed in multiple layers with absorbable sutures.
  • This technique avoids the horizontal scar component required by the Wise pattern technique.
C. Periareolar Mastopexy (“doughnut Mastopexy”)
  • The incisions used to perform a periareolar mastopexy will result in a scar that circles the areola.
  • The size of the areola is reduced by removing a “doughnut” of areolar and breast skin. The outer margin of the reduced areola is then reattached to the surrounding skin with absorbable sutures to lift the breast.
  • This technique results in the least amount of visible scarring of all the available breast lift techniques.

Although scars are permanent and visible on the breast, they are well concealed when wearing a swimsuit or brassiere.

4. Combined Procedures

4.1. Breast Procedures

A breast lift will not significantly change the volume of your breasts. One of the following combined procedures could be more suitable treatment option for women with ptotic breasts, who are also looking to either increase or decrease the volume of their breasts:

4.1.1. Mastopexy-augmentation (breast Lift With Implants)
  • Women who are suitable candidates for a breast lift procedure, but who are also interested in enhancing volume of their breasts, should consider the option of having combined mastopexy-augmentation procedure.
  • A mastopexy-augmentation offers patients the benefits of both a breast lift and BREAST AUGMENTATION procedure, in a single operative setting.
4.1.2. Breast Reduction (reduction Mammaplasty)
  • Women who are suitable candidates for a breast lift procedure, but who would also like to have smaller breasts, should consider the option of having a breast reduction procedure.
  • A breast reduction procedure uses incision patterns which are very similar to those used to before a breast lift procedure; however, in addition to removing skin, a breast reduction procedure removes excess fat and breast tissue before lifting the breast.
  • Please refer to the section on BREAST REDUCTION (REDUCTION MAMMAPLASTY) for a more detailed description of this procedure.
4.2. Other
4.2.1. Body Contouring Procedures
  • Patients who are also bothered by excess sagging skin in other areas of their body could consider combining their breast lift with another body contouring procedure (i.e. “tummy tuck” and/or liposuction). Combined procedures offer patients the advantage of treating multiple areas of their body in one operative setting with a shorter overall recovery period.
  • A “mommy makeover” is a combination of cosmetic surgical procedures to address changes in a woman’s body following childbirth. The most common procedures that are combined include:
  • Breast lift (mastopexy) or breast lift with implants (mastopexy-augmentation)
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Liposuction (usually of the abdomen and lower body)

5. Preoperative Consultation

Dr. Lee will perform a thorough medical evaluation during your consultation to ensure that you are medically fit for surgery. He will also revise your medication list, as certain medications may need to be temporarily stopped before your surgery.

After carefully evaluating your breast anatomy and assessing your aesthetic goals, Dr. Lee will review your available surgical options and help you choose the breast lift technique that will allow you to achieve your desired results. The following factors will be taken into consideration by Dr. Lee throughout the decision-making process: your body weight and height; your breast size and shape, the size and position of your areolas; the degree of breast sagging (ptosis); as well as the quality, elasticity, and amount of excess breast skin.

Since smoking is known to be associated with poor/delayed wound healing, wound dehiscence, wound infections, and increased scarring postoperatively, smokers will be asked to stop smoking 4 weeks prior to surgery, and for at least 2 weeks postoperatively.

Patients will also be scheduled for routine pre-operative blood testing and an electrocardiogram 1-2 weeks before surgery. Dr. Lee may also recommend that you undergo a pre-operative baseline mammogram, as this helps detect future changes in your breast tissue. If necessary, further recommendations will be made once the results of these tests have been reviewed.

6. Recovery

The operation is performed on an outpatient basis and patients are permitted to go home a few hours after surgery.

There will be dressings over your breasts after surgery. You will also be given a surgical support bra to wear for the first 4 to 6 weeks. Before leaving our facilities, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for your breasts and surgical wounds throughout your recovery. It is imperative that you follow these recommendations in order to minimize the appearance of your scars and to optimize your final results. Dressings should be left in place until your first post-operative visit with Dr. Lee, at which point he will assess your wounds and if necessary, apply new dressings.

You will experience some discomfort; however, this can be controlled with the pain medications which will be prescribed for you. Some swelling and bruising are expected for the first 3-4 weeks after surgery. Although the results of your breast surgery will be immediately apparent, it may take up to 6-12 months for you to completely heal and achieve your final look.

Most patients are able to return to work or school after about a week of convalescence. For the first 4-6 weeks, patients are asked to sleep on their backs, and to avoid bending over, lifting their arms above their shoulders, or lifting anything over 5 pounds. Light exercises are permitted at 2 weeks, while regular exercise and activities can be resumed at 4-6 weeks.

7. Risks And Complications

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with breast lift procedure. Smoking, diabetes, peripheral artery disease (poor circulation), as well as heart, lung, or liver disease may increase your risk of perioperative and/or post-operative complications.

Risks and complications include:

  • Risks associated with anesthesia
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
  • Scarring
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Poor wound healing
  • Persistent postoperative pain
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities
  • Excessive firmness of the breast
  • Potential inability to breastfeed
  • Potential loss of skin/breast tissue where incisions meet each other
  • Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola
  • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
  • Potential of fat tissue deep to the skin dying (fat necrosis)
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Possible need for revision surgery

8. Post-operative Scarring

Scars form as the body’s natural response heal tissues. As with any scar, the extent of post-surgical scarring depends on a number of modifiable factors (i.e. avoidance of UV light exposure, tension-free wound closure, appropriate wound care, etc.) and non-modifiable factors (i.e. patient age, comorbidities, skin type, genetics, etc.). While it is not possible to perform scar-free surgery, Dr. Lee makes every effort to minimize the appearance of your post-surgical scars through careful pre-operative planning, the use of meticulous surgical technique, and by ensuring appropriate wound care and follow-up postoperatively.

It is not unusual for scars to appear red and be slightly raised/firm for the first 4-6 weeks following surgery. Scars will flatten and become paler over time and can take up to 12 months before achieving their final appearance.

Dr. Lee will thoroughly discuss these risks (and possibly others) with you and answer any questions you might have prior to obtaining your consent for surgery.

Our Clinic
2950 Rue Lucien-L'allier
3rd floor, Laval, QC H7P 0H8
Tel: (514) 664-2076
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
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5 Star Rated Plastic Surgeon

21:46 22 Feb 24
Very professional and a very good after-care for surgery. I recommend these services to anyone who is thinking about plastic surgery.
Lili DolyLili Doly
15:33 08 Feb 24
I received a breast augmentation in November 2023 by Dr.Lee and I was extremely pleased with my results and with all of the before and aftercare instructions that were provided to me. I am happy and grateful that I had such a great experience with Dr.Lee and all his adorable and honest stuff. From the first consultation I was struck by the warm and caring atmosphere of the clinic.All the girls in the office are sweet and beautiful inside and out. (Gelsy amazing,smart with sense of humour women. Sandra ❤️it’s a brilliant sunshine of the clinic ❤️she is always smiling and spreading positive energy around clinic❤️ , Suki ❤️👍🏼honest, funny, always can give you best advice with bra😅😉 and nurse Martine ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ so smart and well educated nurse👆🏻)I found Dr Lee calm, comforting and honest. He was always so thorough in answering my many questions. I am very happy from the results too, I think Dr Lee is such an artist. I felt listened to, as well as learning a lot from his infused experience and knowledge. Dr Lee made me so comfortable from the beginning of our time together. He walked me through the process, talked to me about his plan for the surgery and made sure I was comfortable throughout the whole process. Thank you a lot to Dr.Oliver anesthesiologist ❤️ I really had a good time during my operation. I felt very well taken care of there.Dr.Lee always made himself available during my post-operation journey.Everything healed so well and relatively quickly. I have barely noticeable scars.My breast looks so natural and proportionate, as I wanted.My friends were shocked when I told them that I had implants. As it so natural look.Such a great experience!Thank you Dr Lee ❤️
tracy masontracy mason
20:21 01 Feb 24
Dr Lee is simply the best! He is highly skillful, talented and not only is his work top tier, his professionalism and expertise are astounding. From the consultation to all the post op appointments, he made sure to take the time to answer all my questions and that I was comfortable. I saw many surgeons for a consult but my decision to go with Dr. Lee was easy and the best decision I could have made. I like that he is very conservative in his approach, and doesn't try to oversell on anything that is unnecessary. To top it off the experience of his entire team and the nursing staff was top notch! They continue to be the most friendly and welcoming group of people as my appointments go on. They have created an amazing vibe at this clinic, and the atmosphere is so calming, that you will be put at ease from the minute you step off of the elevator. This place is an absolute gem, so glad I found it in our local area! I will 100% recommend Dr Lee to everyone I know who is looking for life changing solutions, and want it done to perfection. Thank you so much for what you have done, I am forever grateful!
Jean-Marc ProulxJean-Marc Proulx
18:41 01 Feb 24
A trusted doctor, incredible follow-up, hi-tech equipment, truly satisfied
Nadia GirouxNadia Giroux
03:14 29 Dec 23
I enjoyed my entire experience with the Innovation clinic, Dr James Lee is an extraordinary surgeon, he takes the time to explain, to know our expectations and gives the truth. I am grateful that it is accepted to replace my breast implants because not everyone does. He even informed me that I could wait two more years but I preferred to do it now. The result is magnificent and natural. The team is attentive, friendly and smiling. My recovery has gone very well, no pain, several post-operative appointments. They are always available to answer questions, I recommend this clinic with my eyes closed! Long live the Innovation clinic ♥️
22:15 11 Feb 23
I had a breast augmentation done with Dr. Lee and I am very happy with the results. I am coming up on 4 weeks post op and I already love them. My sister had her breast done with Dr. Lee a couple years ago and they are amazing! They feel and look very natural. She has no issues with them. The clinic is clean and the staff is super friendly, they remembered my name every time I came in and I felt valued. I felt very comfortable leading up to surgery & on the day of surgery. Dr. Lee is friendly, honnest & receptive. I completely trusted him and his opinion, and I am not disappointed. Thank you Dr. Lee! 🙂
23:25 23 Jul 22
Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming. Treatment was explained very clearly and aftercare was very very good. The upper blepharoplasty surgery was quick and painless. I had a small amount of bruising. The recovery time was around one week. Three weeks later and I feel fantastic with the results. I would highly recommend Dr.James Lee and will definitely come back here in the future.Thank you again Dr.Lee.
Jojo R.Jojo R.
00:23 16 Mar 22
I went to see Dr James Lee for breast augmentation and I must say that I'm very impressed with the results! I love it! There are perfect ,everything I imagined!!! No regrets!!! From the beginning with the consultation to the end with follow ups Dr Lee was professional, knowledgeable, honest and very confident about his work!! The staff was amazing friendly and very professional...I felt very comfortable knowing I was in good hands.The Clinic is beautiful, inviting and has a very nice ambience.. I would definitely recommend this clinic to anyone looking to have plastic surgery.Thank you Dr Lee and staff for making this experience pleasant, easy and for putting a lasting smile on my face!!!