a patient after a breast lift

A breast lift can improve the appearance and self-confidence of women who are unhappy with their breast shape or size.

So how long does a breast lift last and what factors influence its longevity?

In this article, we will explore these questions and provide some tips on how to maintain your results after a breast lift.

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that I perform to raise and reshape the breasts that have lost their shape and firmness due to aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss. A breast lift can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin around the nipple if it is enlarged or stretched.

A breast lift does not change the size of the breasts significantly, but it can create a more youthful and uplifted appearance. A breast lift can be done with other procedures such as breast augmentation or breast reduction for optimal results.

a patient that's about to have a breast lift

Breast Lift vs Augmentation

A breast lift and a breast augmentation are two different procedures that can enhance the appearance of the breasts.

A breast lift is a surgery that raises and tightens the existing breast tissue, improving the shape and position of sagging or drooping breasts. However, it does not directly change the size of the breasts.

On the other hand, breast augmentation is a procedure that inserts silicone or saline implants into the breasts, increasing their size, shape and volume. The purpose of breast augmentation is not to correct sagging or drooping breasts but to create a more appealing and symmetrical bust.

How long does a breast lift last?

Many factors can affect the longevity of your breast lift results, such as your age, genes, health, weight changes, pregnancy and sun exposure. Generally speaking, you can expect your breast lift to last for about 10 to 15 years on average.

Let’s take a closer look at the factors that affect the longevity of your breast lift.

What factors can affect a Breast Lift’s longevity?

a patient before a breast lift surgery

Many factors can affect how long your breast lift results will last, and some of them are within your control. Here are some of the most common ones:

1. Age

Age is one of the most inevitable factors that can affect your breast lift results. As you get older, your skin loses elasticity and collagen, which are essential for keeping your breasts firm and supple. Your breast tissue also becomes thinner and less dense, making your breasts more prone to sagging and drooping.

While you cannot stop aging, you can slow down its effects by taking good care of your skin, avoiding sun damage, eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated and exercising regularly.

2. Genetics

Genetics play a role in determining the size, shape and density of your breasts, as well as how they respond to gravity and aging. Some women have naturally firmer and perkier breasts than others, while some have more sagging or asymmetry.

Genetics also affect how your body heals after surgery and how well you retain your breast lift results. While you cannot change your genes, you can choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who can customize your breast lift procedure according to your unique anatomy and goals.

3. Weight Fluctuations

Weight fluctuations can have a significant impact on your breast lift results. Gaining or losing weight can change the size and shape of your breasts, as well as stretch or shrink your skin. This can affect the position and appearance of your breasts and nipples, as well as cause rippling or sagging.

To maintain your breast lift results, you should avoid drastic weight changes and keep a stable weight that is healthy for you. If you plan to lose weight, do it before your surgery rather than after. If you plan to gain weight, do it gradually and moderately.

4. Health

Your overall health can also affect your breast lift results. Certain medical conditions or medications can interfere with your healing process or cause complications after surgery. Smoking, drinking alcohol, using drugs or having poor nutrition can also impair your recovery and damage your skin and breast tissue.

To ensure optimal healing and lasting results, you should follow your surgeon’s pre and post-operative instructions carefully, avoid smoking and drinking, take your prescribed medications and supplements, eat a balanced diet and get enough rest.

5. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can also affect your breast lift results. During pregnancy, your breasts grow larger due to hormonal changes and milk production. This can stretch your skin and cause sagging or drooping post-pregnancy as your breasts shrink back to their original size, or even become smaller than before.

Breastfeeding can also change the shape and volume of your breasts, as well as cause nipple changes or asymmetry. To preserve your breast lift results, you should wait until you are done having children and breastfeeding before undergoing the surgery. If you do get pregnant or breastfeed after a breast lift, you may need revision surgery to restore your results.


A breast lift can enhance the appearance of your breasts by lifting and reshaping them. A breast lift is not a permanent solution and the effects of gravity, aging and other factors can still affect your breasts over time. However, if you take good care of your health, you can expect 10-15 years with the results.