Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery

Breast Lift

Our plastic surgeons perform breast lift surgery in Calgary to reshape the breasts and reposition the areolas for a more youthful breast appearance. This procedure, technically called mastopexy, is often performed on women who have breastfed their babies, had larger natural breasts that have drooped over time, or who have experienced significant weight changes. In these cases, the deflated look or excess skin in the breast area can be disconcerting to the individual, who may desire aesthetic improvement.

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About the Procedure

The breast lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia. It can be performed as an individual procedure or in conjunction with breast augmentation if breast volume is also a concern. During the breast lift procedure, the skin below the breast is generally removed to excise excess skin from the area. The nipple is then moved higher up on the breast to better situate it in relation to the new breast positioning. The skin above the breast is pulled around to create a swell and to tighten the remaining area of skin around the glands and fatty tissue of the breast for a more youthful appearance. The areolas can also be resized if necessary. Some doctors may also place small drains to help reduce swelling for the first day or so following surgery; these drains will be removed soon after in a follow-up visit less than three days after surgery.


The full recovery time after a breast lift is usually around a month, but patients can generally return to normal activity after 10 to 14 days. A supportive bra must be worn everyday for the full recovery period to ensure proper healing. Pain medication is prescribed for the week following surgery, as well as antibiotics to reduce the likelihood of infection. Although scarring is likely, most of the scars associated with breast lift surgery are readily hidden by a normal bra. These scars will fade over time to become almost invisible to the naked eye.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will a breast lift change the size of my breasts?

A breast lift on its own makes no change to the volume of your breast tissue; you will come out of it with the same amount as you had going in. It does remove skin and reshape and reposition the breasts, and this can change your bra cup size. It's difficult to predict exactly how much your bra size may change after the procedure, because it depends on certain factors such as the amount of skin removed during surgery.

Can I combine a breast lift with other procedures?

Yes, and this is a common choice among our patients. Many women will choose to add implants through breast augmentation during the same surgery. Breast lift is also a common component of a mommy makeover, which usually includes either a mini- or full tummy tuck, too.

During your consultation, please feel free to discuss combining procedures, because it may be the best way to achieve your aesthetic goals.

Can I have more children after a breast lift?

A breast lift will not affect your ability to have children, but you may not necessarily maintain your results if you become pregnant after surgery. Pregnancy can change the shape of the breasts.

Breastfeeding is also an important consideration. If you foresee breastfeeding in the future, be sure to bring this up with your surgeon, because it may affect the technique used during your procedure.

How soon can I resume my fitness routine?

When planning to exercise after any breast enhancement surgery, it's always best to ease back into it and progress slowly. In the first week, this means your activity will be limited to walking. By week 2, you may feel up to returning to the gym, but listen to your body and avoid any heavy lifting or activity that puts strain on your chest.

If you are an athletic person, you will need to modify your routine for at least a month. In general, you may gradually return to sports and high-impact activities after 6 weeks.

Can a breast lift correct for asymmetry?

During a breast lift procedure, it is common for surgeons to make small adjustments in volume to give the patient better symmetry. When the procedure is a breast lift with no augmentation, the surgeon does this by performing a reduction on the larger breast. When the procedure also involves adding breast implants, the surgeon can use implants of 2 different sizes to achieve the same effect and get a symmetrical result.

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Meet Our Surgeons

With extensive training and years of specialized experience, our Royal College-certified plastic surgeons are known in Calgary and throughout Canada for exceptional surgical outcomes and compassionate care. Their goal is simple: to give you the best version of yourself, whether you choose a procedure for your face, breasts, or body, or a personalized combination of procedures.

Dr. Whidden Dr. Humphreys Dr. Byers

Dr. Humphreys(403) 242-5080

Dr. Whidden(403) 228-2684

Dr. Byers(403) 229-2906

Fax(403) 242-5090

Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery
7425 Macleod Trail Southwest
Calgary, AB T2H 0L8
Main Phone: (403) 452-7953
Fax: (403) 242-5090
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

At Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery in Calgary, Canada, Dr. Douglas Humphreys, Dr. Brett Byers, and Dr. Paul Whidden offer plastic surgery for the breasts, body, and face in their capacity as Royal College-certified plastic surgeons. Procedures are performed in the safety and privacy of the Macleod Trail Surgical Centre, a private, onsite surgical facility that is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

*Dr. Paul Whidden and Dr. Douglas Humphreys are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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