Breast Lift

A woman’s body image and self-confidence are often closely connected to her breasts. Feeling confident about their breasts is one of the main reasons women come to Lone Star Plastic Surgery for breast lift surgery at our Frisco, TX, practice. Dr. Sean Hill is a board-certified plastic surgeon and published author who has presented at national meetings on current trends in cosmetic breast surgery and is known for creating natural-looking results for breast lift patients. Women considering breast lift surgery travel from Plano, Allen, McKinney, and throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to have Dr. Hill perform their surgeries.

Breast Lift
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What is a breast lift?

A breast lift is a cosmetic breast enhancement procedure that improves the shape of the breasts by removing lax skin. It can also reduce the size of enlarged nipples and areolas.

How can a breast lift help?

While a breast lift will not make your breasts larger, it can provide any combination of the following improvements:

  • Restore an uplifted position
  • Re-create a round, perky shape
  • Balance breasts of different sizes
  • Reduce enlarged nipples

Dr. Hill will personalize the procedure to your unique anatomy and cosmetic goals to provide the natural-looking improvements that matter most to you.

How much does a breast lift cost in the Dallas-Forth Worth area?

At our Frisco, Texas, practice the price for a breast lift depends on a variety of individual factors, including the extent of correction needed, whether you’re adding breast implants, and the anesthesia. Once Dr. Hill performs a physical exam, understands your goals, and creates your personalized surgical plan, you will be provided with a written quote to take home and consider without pressure.

Am I a candidate for a breast lift?

You may be a good candidate for a breast lift if you are in good health, at a stable weight, and are not planning future pregnancies. Women choose breast lifts because their breast shape and position have been impacted by one or more of the following factors:

  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Significant weight loss
  • The natural aging process

At your private consultation, Dr. Hill will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and have an in-depth conversation with you about what you hope to change with cosmetic surgery. You will leave the office with your questions answered, concerns addressed, and a recommended treatment plan.

Do I need a breast lift or augmentation?

Breast augmentation can improve breast shape by adding volume. It can fill out slightly stretched skin but is typically performed on non-sagging breasts to increase size.

Can I combine a breast lift with breast augmentation surgery?

If you have lax skin and want larger breasts, Dr. Hill may recommend combining breast implants with your breast lift. This combination allows Dr. Hill to add volume to the breasts while giving them a perkier position.

What about combining breast enhancement surgery with other procedures?

Women with excess breast tissue often experience significant sagging and find they can enhance their breast reduction results with a breast lift. Breast lift surgery also complements body contouring procedures such as liposuction of bra fat on the back and tummy tuck surgery to define the waistline and flatten the tummy. The combination of breast enhancement surgery and body contouring procedures is often called a mommy makeover since it addresses many of the physical changes caused by pregnancy.

Dr. Sean Hill


Dr. Hill is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the face, breasts, and body using proven, modern techniques. His approachable, lighthearted personality fosters positive, open communication with patients.


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What are the different types of breast lifts?

Dr. Hill offers the following 3 types of breast lift, each tailored to the patient’s unique needs and preferences:

  • Periareolar technique (doughnut incision) involves incisions that encircle the areolas. It is a good choice for patients with enlarged areolas and minimal sagging.
  • Short-scar vertical technique (lollipop incision) involves the doughnut incision and another incision that runs from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. Dr. Hill frequently uses this technique because it minimizes scarring and provides beautiful results for most patients.
  • Inverted T (anchor incision) involves the lollipop incision and an additional incision along the breast crease. This option is appropriate for patients with significant sagging.

What happens during breast lift surgery?

Dr. Hill performs breast lift surgery as an outpatient procedure using a general anesthetic for optimal patient comfort. After making the necessary incisions, he elevates and reshapes sagging breast tissue for a rounder, more youthful contour. Dr. Hill incorporates advanced surgical techniques to optimize fullness in the upper portion of the breasts. Dr. Hill repositions the areolas and reshapes them if necessary. He completes the surgery by removing excess breast skin, closing the incisions, and covering them with Steri-Strip™ tape.

Will a breast lift leave a scar?

While all surgeries will leave a scar, Dr. Hill has his patients follow a specific scar care protocol to promote optimal healing. At the first post-op visit, the Steri-Strips are removed and replaced with paper tape to apply constant pressure as the incisions heal. After about 3 weeks, he has patients cover their incisions with silicone scar sheets or gel.

What is breast lift recovery like?

After your surgery, you will return home in the care of an adult family member or friend. You will likely feel disoriented or groggy following your surgery and may experience some post-anesthesia nausea. Pain, soreness, swelling, and unusual sensation in your nipples or areola are common after surgery. While each patient’s recovery experience varies slightly, the following is a general timeline for breast lift recovery.

Recovery Timeline

Week 1: For the first few days, expect to feel some pain and soreness. You can manage this discomfort with pain medication and switch to an over-the-counter pain reliever as pain intensity diminishes. Limit your arm movements for the first 48 hours, but move your body around as often as possible to support blood circulation, prevent blood clots, and encourage healing.

You may wear a sports bra or no bra after surgery and shower after 24 hours if you have Dermabond® covering your incisions (48 hours if you have Steri-Strip tape over your incisions). To protect your breasts, sleep on your back with your head and shoulders elevated to discourage swelling. You will have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Hill about a week after surgery.

Week 2: You should begin to feel more like your usual self, with most pain and soreness resolved. You can resume driving if turning the steering wheel does not cause pain. If you have a sedentary job, you can return to work. You’ll need to wait another week or two before returning to work, if your job involves heavy lifting or strenuous physical activity.

Week 3: Most swelling and bruising will be significantly reduced, although you may continue to experience minor swelling for several more weeks. Applying scar cream to your healed incisions promotes healing and scar repair. You will return to the office for a follow-up visit.

Week 4: You can resume light exercise, but you’ll still need to hold off on any vigorous exercise and heavy lifting. If your breasts have been feeling too high, flat, or imbalanced, those feelings should begin to resolve.

Week 6: You can switch back to your regular bra, but it’s a good idea to schedule a bra fitting at your favorite lingerie shop since your old bras may not suit your new breast shape. Continue to apply scar cream to your incisions. You’ll have another follow-up visit with Dr. Hill so he can check on how well you’re healing. Your breasts will start to reveal their new shape, although it may take up to 12 weeks to see your final results.

To ensure your continued healing, you’ll continue to have follow-up visits with Dr. Hill at 3 and 6 months post-op. He’ll check in with you again 1 year after your surgery.

What should I avoid after breast lift surgery?

You can influence your recovery and results by refraining from the following activities after surgery:

  • Sleeping on your stomach or side
  • Putting weight on your arms or using them to support you for at least the first 48 hours
  • Swimming, bathing, or otherwise immersing your incisions in water
  • Putting pressure on the chest region
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Switching to a nonsurgical bra too soon
  • Smoking or using nicotine
  • Lifting or pushing anything heavy

You can resume most of these activities after about 4 weeks post-op.

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Breast Lift FAQs

Does a breast lift reduce the size of the breasts?

Studies show that, on average, breasts lose about one bra cup size after breast lift surgery. Many women don’t mind losing a little volume in exchange for the improvements in the shape and position of their breasts.

How painful is breast lift surgery?

Most patients report moderate pain for the first few days after surgery, but it is managed with pain medication and, later, with over-the-counter pain relievers.

If I get an augmentation with my breast lift, will I have to replace my implants eventually?

Implants generally last 10 to 20 years, so you can expect to replace them eventually. However, they don’t have a set expiration date, so if you still enjoy how your implants look and aren’t experiencing any issues with them, you can keep your breast implants indefinitely.

How long do breast lifts last?

Although genetics, age, and health affect the longevity of a breast lift, results usually last for 10 to 15 years. Pregnancy and breastfeeding after a breast lift can affect the longevity of your results.

What’s the best age to get breast lift surgery?

The best time to pursue breast lift surgery is when you are unhappy with the shape and position of your breasts. For some people, that may occur when they’re in their 30s, whereas others don’t feel the need for breast lift surgery until they’re in their 50s. About 40% of breast lift surgery patients are between the ages of 40 and 54.

Can I reduce my areola size during breast lift surgery?

Reducing the size of the areola is a common part of breast lift surgery. Areolae that enlarge during pregnancy often don’t shrink after having children, and women can feel self-conscious about their size.

What’s the best way to treat scars after a breast lift?

As mentioned above, following Dr. Hill’s scar care protocol helps minimize the appearance of scars. If you’re still concerned about the appearance of your scar after a year, you might consider laser scar treatments.

Are you ready to rejuvenate your breasts?

To find out how Dr. Hill can help you have the beautiful, natural-looking breasts you want, request a consultation using our online form or call our office at (214) 937-4879 to schedule an appointment.