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Breast Lift Procedure

When it comes to breast enhancement options, breast augmentation and breast reduction often come to mind first. However, one less-noted option is breast lift procedures.

A breast lift can be the perfect choice for elevating sagging or drooping breasts and can even lessen the appearance of breast asymmetry. Many of our patients report that a breast lift helped them feel better about their bodies and gain confidence.

At Jim Brantner M.D., you can trust that you will be getting your breast lift performed by an expert. Dr. Brantner and his team have years of experience and the friendly demeanors needed to make your experience comfortable.


What Is a Breast Lift Procedure?

Over time, many people’s breasts become more saggy and less elastic. This is, of course, a natural effect of gravity. For those who have been pregnant, breastfed, or experienced variations in body size, the change over time can be even more significant. Breast lifts are designed to alter the position of the breasts. Many women choose to get breast lifts to give their breasts a perkier and tighter appearance.

A breast lift procedure can be performed in different ways based on your breasts’ size and shape, as well as your aesthetic goals. This can include raising the breasts, reducing the size of the areolae, and changing the location of the areolae and nipples.

In patients whose breast lift will only require a smaller amount of tightening, the doctor will make an incision around the areola. For patients that require more tightening and reshaping, the surgeon will make an incision around the areola and a vertical cut from the center of the areola down to the crease of the breast. Another option is horizontal cuts across the breast creases.

Please contact us today at (423) 328-9000 to set up an appointment for a consultation with a cosmetic​ surgeon from our team.

How Are Breast Lifts Different from Breast Implants or Breast Augmentation?

Breast lifts are a different procedure from breast implants or breast augmentation, although in some circumstances, individuals choose to combine the procedures.

The breast augmentation process focuses on making changes to the size and shape of the breast—especially the size. In many cases, breast implants are used to make the breasts bigger. Breast implants are small prostheses that are most often made of saline or silicone. In comparison, breast lift procedures focus on the breast’s position and can sometimes include more minor changes to shape.

What Are the Steps of the Breast Lift Procedure Process?


At Jim Brantner M.D. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we always start with a detailed consultation appointment. We use this appointment to go over your health history, find out your aesthetic goals, and set reasonable expectations. The doctor will do a physical exam of your breasts to see the location of your nipples and areolae and to assess your skin tone to inform this process.


We typically recommend making a few small lifestyle changes in the period immediately before the surgery. It is important to stop taking certain medications, such as aspirin and anti-inflammatories, and to stop smoking cigarettes. These things make the surgery and the subsequent recovery period easier on your body.


The procedure typically takes two to three hours. Breast lifts are an outpatient procedure and can be done under local anesthesia or general anesthesia, depending on the situation.


After the procedure, most people experience bruising and swelling in their breasts for about two weeks. There can also be pain around the incisions and sensations of numbness by the nipples or areolae.

Many of the details of post-operative care vary based on the specifics of a patient’s surgery. For example, some people have drainage tubes inserted near their breasts to drain extra fluid, which are then removed after a few days. If a patient requires stitches, some surgeons will use self-dissolving stitches, while others may schedule removal of the stitches at a doctor’s appointment 7 to 14 days after the surgery.

To minimize pain in the few days after the surgery, we recommend that you do not engage in daily activities or exercises that require heavy lifting or significant bending.



We have several cosmetic surgery financing options. We accept many insurance plans, although not all procedures can be covered by insurance. For payment, we can take cash, checks, or some credit cards.


Reach Out to Us Today

Contact Jim Brantner M.D. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery today by visiting our website or calling us at 423-328-9000. We are proud to help our patients in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee area meet their aesthetic goals and improve their confidence.


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