Breast Lift

You are not happy with the appearance of your breast due to sagging? You are not alone. Worldwide, more than a hundred thousand people have breast lift each year.*1 If you are healthy and have realistic expectations, you can be a candidate for breast lift operation.

What is Breast Lift?

Breast Lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure performed to raise and shape the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the neighboring supportive tissues. The goal is to achieve firmer, youthful and well-shaped breasts. During the operation, the nipples and areolas are relocated to the ideal position.*2 If there is an asymmetry, it is also corrected. In this way, your breasts will be in a better shape and have a more uplifted form.

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Problems & Solutions

Breast lift surgery can address multiple problems related to breasts. Here you can find answers for different complaints.

I want to have a breast lift, but I don’t want smaller breasts.

Breast lift is a procedure performed to lift the breasts to a higher position on the chest wall. It provides a more...

I have small breasts. However, they are distinctly sagging.

If you have small breasts with sagging problem and you want bigger and firmer breasts, you should consider...

I have seriously large breasts that are severely sagging.

If you have large and sagging breasts, you will need two breast enhancement operations: a breast...

I want to have a breast lift surgery, but I am afraid of scars.

Unfortunately, all surgeries leave scars, including breast lift. However, with the help of advanced surgical...

I’m worried about not being able to breastfeed after a breast lift.

Most patients might be able to breastfeed after a breast lift surgery. In rare cases such as breast lift with...

I want to have more lifted and more symmetrical breasts.

A breast lift procedure is designed to create firmer, youthful, symmetrical, and well-shaped breasts. If you...

I don’t want to refrain from my exercise routine for a long period of time.

After a breast lift procedure, you may need to take 2-3 weeks off work, but it can change from patient to...

Testimonials

Experience speaks for itself! Hear out what our patients have said:

“I don’t have children, but genetically I had saggy breasts, and I was very uncomfortable with that saggy appearance. I was always self-conscious, especially at the beach or when I was naked, even if I was alone. I realized I almost started to hate my body. Having a breast lift was the best decision of my life. Now I have perkier and firmer breasts, fitting all desirable sexy bras!”
Jennifer Rizzo Breast Lift
"I always thought cosmetic surgery was a matter of chance. You hope good things will happen, and they do if you’re lucky. That’s why I was surprised during my online consultation with my surgeon. After carefully analyzing my photos and asking me questions about my goals, he showed me before-after photos and said my breasts will look like them after the surgery. He was right!”
Laura Amy Breast Lift

Why Clineca?

At Clineca, we take everything seriously. We understand how important the results are for you. We care about your health and comfort as much as you do. From beginning to end, we inform you, guide you, serve you, and help you.

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Fully Equipped Hospitals

Surgeries are performed in prestigious fully equipped hospitals in which doctors from all specialties are present.

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Free Consultation

We provide free online consultation with highly experienced surgeons through video chat.

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Ensured Performance

We cooperate with the surgeons who perform a limited number of surgeries each week to ensure the best results.

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7/24 Support

You can contact our agents 7 days 24 hours for your questions or support.

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5-Star Hotels

We provide you with special discounts in luxurious hotels in the vicinity of the hospital. Your comfort is very important to us.

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VIP Transportation

We provide, via VIP vehicles, airport transfer and transportation between your hotel and the hospital before and after the surgery.

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Wellbeing Assistance

As Clineca, we will provide you with patient accompaniment, who will visit you every day in your hotel room during resting period to examine you and provide medical assistance if needed.

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No Hidden Costs

The price includes fees of the surgeon and the anesthesiologist, operating room expenses, anesthesia, hospitalization, standard tests, medications and medical visits by a nurse.

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All-Inclusive

The price includes hotel accommodation (including breakfast), airport transfer, transportation between hotel and hospital before and after the surgery.

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Optional Services & Products

Interpreter service, BBL pillow, neck pillow (rhinoplasty), eye mask (rhinoplasty), voltage converter, and others that will enhance your comfort and satisfaction.

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Why Turkey?

Turkey is a leading player in medical tourism, and Istanbul, which is an extremely beautiful touristic city, is the plastic surgery capital of Turkey.

Step by Step Experience for International Patients

Clineca has a holistic approach. We believe that everything should be right for a satisfactory cosmetic surgery experience, including your days in İstanbul. That is why we plan every detail of your journey.

Knowing Each Other

Shortly after you fill the form, one of our agents will contact you. They will listen to you, ask you questions, and answer yours. They will inform you about the whole experience, in detail. If you want to go further, they will arrange an online consultation for you.

Online Consultation

You will have an online consultation with your surgeon through video chat. They will perform an online examination, listen to you about your wishes, and will provide you with in-depth information. They will help you to choose what the best approach to your case is.

Planning

We'll plan your whole journey, including the date of your surgery and where you'll stay at while you’re in Istanbul. We'll inform you about everything you need to know from what to have in your suitcase to what to do before your procedure.

Landing

Our VIP transportation vehicle will be ready at the airport before you land. The driver will be waiting for you. We'll drive you to the hospital. At the hospital, we will perform required blood tests and the COVID test. Then, we will take you to your hotel.

Examination & Surgery

The next morning, we will take you from your hotel to the hospital. Your surgeon will examine and inform you about the procedure. On the same day, you will have the surgery. You will stay at the hospital 1-2 day(s), depending on the procedure.

Resting & Recovering

After your stay at the hospital, we will drive you to your hotel. You will rest and recover at your hotel room during the following week. A wellbeing assistant will visit you every day to inform you, to examine, and to provide medical care.

Entertainment

We will gladly and proudly show you around our beautiful city. We will be more than happy to provide you with professional guidance in historical sightseeing. You can also learn from us where you can find anything from shopping to entertainment.

Follow-Up & Leaving

We will take you for your 1-week follow-up with your surgeon. They will examine you, remove your bandages if required, and inform you about what you should/shouldn’t do during your recovery period, in detail. Afterwards, we will drive you to the airport.

Recovery Period

During your recovery, we will be in touch. We will inform you, check on you, and answer your questions. You can reach us 7 days 24 hours. We will expect you to send photos periodically to follow your recovery period.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Breast Lift?

It is not hard to be eligible for a breast lift procedure. If you are reading this, you are probably a candidate!

You may be a good candidate if:

  • Your breasts are floppy due to reasons such as aging, breast-feeding, pregnancy, gain or loss of weight, loss of elasticity, hormonal factors, or genetics
  • Your nipples are located too low and pointed downwards because of sagging
  • You have asymmetric breasts
  • You struggle with self-image issues and if you feel self-conscious about the shape of your breasts
  • You’re in overall good health
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What are the Expected Outcomes of Breast Lift?

The outcomes of breast lift can be analyzed in two main categories: aesthetical and psychological.

Aesthetical Outcomes

Breast lift can address all kinds of aesthetical concerns about your breasts. Through breast lift, the size, the shape, the asymmetry, and the proportions of your breasts can be changed. You will have perkier, firmer, and uplifted breasts. Your breasts will look better, and you will enjoy fitting into your clothes. It will help your bras and swimsuits to fit more comfortably while looking attractive.

Psychological Outcomes

The psychological outcomes of the procedure are as important as the physical ones. If you are not happy with the appearance of your breasts, you can experience serious psychological distress, which can negatively affect your self-esteem and social life. After having this procedure, you will have a more positive self-image. Your new reshaped, youthful, feminine, and better-proportioned breasts will boost your self-confidence.

How is a Breast Lift Done?

Breast lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to change the appearance of the breasts. It is customized according to needs and wishes of the patient.

Anesthesia

Like every other surgery, breast lift requires anesthesia. Depending on the case and the preference of the surgeon, breast lift is done under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia combined with sedation.

Surgery

The details of the surgery depend on the patient’s needs and the surgeon’s approach. Our contracted surgeons are capable of performing several breast lift techniques. What’s suitable for you depends on your anatomical characteristics and your desired goals, which makes this surgery a customized procedure. After incisions are made, the excess skin and tissue around the problem area will be removed, and then your breasts will be reshaped, lifted and your nipples will be relocated to an ideal position.

Incisions

Incision techniques can vary, and the differences depend on the extent of the incision and the degree of the lift necessary. There are typically three incisions:

  • Donut lift (around the nipple)

    A donut lift technique is used on patients with mild to moderate breast sagging, and a circular incision that looks like a donut is made around the areola.
  • Lollipop (a vertical scar down from the nipple)

    A lollipop lift technique which offers more room for repositioning the tissue is used on patients with moderate breast sagging and one incision is made around the areola while another is made vertically between the areola down to the breast crease, which looks like a lollipop.
  • Anchor (an incision on the breast crease)

    An anchor lift technique is only used on patients who have excessive breast sagging or having a large reduction, and three incisions are made that in the end resemble an anchor.
Risks and Complications*3*4

Complications and their rates vary depending on the method employed. The overall complication rate for breast lift is as low as 1.15%, but not 0. Risks are further increased if combined with other operations.

    The most common complications are:

  • Hematoma
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Areolar herniation
  • Poor cosmetic outcome
  • Changes in sensation
  • Breast pain/tenderness
  • Asymmetry

    Contributor factors to complications:

    Patient related factors:

  • BMI
  • Age
  • Smoking
  • Diabets
  • Medications

    Surgeon Related Factors:

  • Incision
  • Operational procedure
  • Post-operative care

What To Expect During A Breast Lift Recovery?

The First Week

After surgery, your breasts will be covered with bandages or dressings to reduce swelling and to support the new shape of your breasts. Besides that, a small tube can be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid. These will be removed by your surgeon within the next two to three days after surgery. Your surgeon may recommend you to use a surgical bra to protect the incision and minimize swelling. You may experience some loss of sensation around the incisions, which is normal. This feeling should pass with time. You may feel tired and experience moderate pain following the surgery, but it can be managed through painkillers. You will be able to return to your daily activities within a week.

Later

You may need to take 2-3 weeks off work, but it can differ from patient to patient. It is best to avoid tiresome activities for at least two weeks. You should refrain from strenuous exercises and avoid stretching for up to 6 weeks after the surgery. Your surgeon will follow your recovery and will inform you when you are ready. It usually takes around 6-8 weeks. It is very important to follow the post-op instructions given by your surgeon. They will provide a customized recovery plan based on your needs and your level of healing.

Guidance & Support

A wellbeing assistant will visit you in your hotel room every day during the first week after the surgery. We will expect you to be in our clinic for your post-op examination 1 week after the surgery, before you leave Istanbul. We will still follow your recovery process while you are away. Clineca will provide you with complete support and inform you about everything you need to know during your recovery. We will be with you from your consultation to the very end of your recovery.

Quote from the Doctor

“We will develop a customized plan for you by looking at your breast profile. We will grant you your dream breasts!”

What to Do Before Breast Lift?

During your online consultation, your surgeon will ask you questions about your medical history. It is of critical importance that you give your doctor every detail, from the conditions you might have to the operations you had in the past, to the medications and supplements you use, to minimize the risks the surgery could bring. They will also conduct a physical examination. Your surgeon will inform you about everything you need to know before the surgery. Clineca will provide you with complete guidance and support before your surgery. You will have a complete and detailed list of instructions.

Instructions

Most important instructions include,

  • Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before the surgery.
  • Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen and aspirin) for 2 weeks before the procedure.
  • Avoid herbal remedies and supplements
  • Take only the medications approved by your surgeon.

What to Do After Breast Lift?

What you need to do after the surgery will be explained to you in detail by your surgeon, and Clineca will provide you with all the support and guidance you need. Most important instructions include:

  • Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks after the surgery.
  • Do not forget to show up for your bandages and dressings, or drain removal in the next few days.
  • Take the pain medications and antibiotics prescribed to you by your surgeon.
  • Do not take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications after the surgery until your surgeon approves using them.
  • Wear the elastic compression bra if your surgeon decides that is needed.
  • Limit the use of your arms; you should keep your elbows by your sides for at least 2 weeks after the surgery.
  • Refrain from energetic activities for about 2 weeks, but most patients are able to return to their light daily activities within a few days.
  • Follow all the post-operative instructions that are individualized recovery plans by your surgeon based on your breast lift procedure and healing rate, meticulously.
  • If anything unusual happens, please contact us.
  • Love yourself and show the world how beautiful you are!

Quote from the Doctor

“Breast lift is a surgical cosmetic procedure, which has an extremely high success rate. It is among the cosmetic surgeries with the highest satisfactions.”

FAQ

We know you have many questions. Having realistic expectations and deciding to have a cosmetic surgery requires information. Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions about breast lift.

Breast lift is a surgical procedure performed to raise and shape the sagging breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the neighboring supportive tissues.
All surgical procedures come with risks. However, if it is performed by an experienced and talented surgeon, the risk of having a serious problem is very small.
During the surgery, you will not feel any pain because of the anesthetics. Most of the post-op pain will fade in the first week after surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe you pain medications which will keep your pain under control. Generally, after 1 to 2 weeks, you won’t be feeling pain anymore. Although, depending on your rate of healing, this period can vary.
If you have sagging or drooping breasts because of the reasons such as pregnancy, aging or weight loss, and if you are in good health, you are a good candidate for breast lift.
Typically, local anesthesia combined with intravenous sedation or twilight sedation, which is a type of intravenous sedation that makes the patient sleepy and calm but keeping them awake and able to follow instructions if needed, are used in this surgery. Your surgeon will decide what’s the best option for you and in either case, you will not feel any discomfort during the procedure.
Mostly, patients report relief from pain within a few days. You might be able to return to normal level daily activities within a week. You can return to your exercise routine after 6-8 weeks in accordance with the instructions given by your surgeon.
Breast lift surgery can take 2 to 4 hours, on average. Your surgeon will give you an estimate about the duration of your procedure.
You should refrain from strenuous exercises and stretching for up to 6 weeks post operation. Your surgeon will follow your recovery and will inform you when you are ready. Generally, it takes 6-8 weeks.
At a certain degree, all methods used in surgeries require some sort of incision, which equals scarring. However, there are techniques to keep the scarring to a minimum and our partner surgeons can perform them very well.
A donut lift technique leaves minimum scar, but the technique that will be used in your procedure depends on your anatomical limitations and your needs. Your surgeon will listen to your desires, examine your breasts and determine the best option for your case.
The total cost can vary according to the type of surgical technique and procedure. You can contact us for detailed information.
There are several techniques that are suitable for addressing different types of issues. According to your needs and desired outcomes, the best option will be determined for your breast lift procedure, during your consultation.
Your surgeon will inform you about what you should wear after the procedure. According to your needs, they can recommend you to wear a surgical bra for 2 weeks, and they will also let you know when you can go back to wearing traditional bras.
Most of the patients are able to breastfeed after the breast lift surgery. Your surgeon may advise you to wait until you won’t be having any more children, because during pregnancy your hormone levels and consequently your breast size can change.
You should keep your bandages and dressings dry and clean for at least 2 weeks post operation. It is not recommended to take normal showers for the first 2 weeks. Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions about your post-operation process.
You may need to take 2-3 weeks off work, but it can change from patient to patient. If you have light work or if you work from home, you can return to work within days. You should avoid hard work and exercise for up to 4-6 weeks.
Yes, they can be performed together. Our contracted surgeons are highly experienced in combined procedures.
If there is an asymmetry when your breasts are compared to each other, the asymmetry will be corrected during breast lift surgery.
At Clineca, we are using 3D Imaging System. This technology provides a preview of your new, ideally proportioned and lifted breasts before even your breast lift procedure begins.
If you work with highly experienced and understanding doctors such as our clinic’s contracted doctors, you will absolutely be satisfied with your results. They have one of the highest patient satisfaction rates in the country, and they are very experienced in breast surgeries. They and their staff work tenderly to provide high quality care and fascinating results. Moreover, as Clineca we provide support throughout your experience in Istanbul, from medical equipments to 7/24 translators to providing you with wellbeing assistance.

Problems & Solutions

Breast lift surgery can address multiple problems related to breasts. Here you can find solutions to different problems.

Breast lift is a procedure performed to lift the breasts to a higher position on the chest wall. It provides a more youthful appearance. During the surgery, excess skin is removed, breast tissue is tightened, and sagging is eliminated. By doing this, overall, the breast volume decreases but moderately. Your breast volume will somewhat reduce, but not to an extent that is widely assumed. That’s why you should not worry about the breast volume, you will feel more comfortable, and your breasts will look younger. However, if you want bigger breasts, you may also consider breast augmentation. Breast lift and breast augmentation procedures can be easily combined, and frequently performed together.
If you have small breasts with sagging problem, and you want bigger and firmer breasts, you can consider breast lift with implants. This procedure consists of two breast enhancement surgeries, which are called a breast lift and a breast augmentation with implants. With a breast lift, you can have firmer breasts, while breast augmentation makes your breasts bigger. During your consultation, your surgeon will make a medical examination and recommend you the best option for your case.
If you have large and sagging breasts, you will need two breast enhancement operations: a breast reduction and a breast lift. These two procedures can be easily combined, and they are frequently performed together. Through breast reduction, you will have smaller and lighter breasts while breast lift will give your breasts a better shaped and a more uplifted form. Our contracted surgeons are highly experienced in breast surgeries as well as combining these procedures. If you contact us, our consultants will give you more detailed information about this procedure.
Sadly, all surgeries leave scars, breast lift is no exception. However, with the help of advanced surgical techniques, scars can be kept to a minimum. The length of the scar depends on the incision technique used in the surgery and every patient needs a different method. There are 3 types of incision used in this surgery: donut lift, lollipop, and anchor. A donut lift technique is used on patients with mild to moderate breast sagging, and a circular incision like a donut is made around the areola. A lollipop lift technique which offers more room for repositioning the tissue is used on patients with moderate breast sagging and one incision is made around the areola and another is made vertically from the areola down to the crease below the breast, which looks like a lollipop. An anchor lift technique is only used on patients who have excessive breast sagging or getting a large reduction, and three incisions are made that resemble an anchor. According to your anatomical needs and desires, your surgeon will determine the best method for your case. Either way, you can be sure that the scars will be kept to a minimum, and they won’t bother you.
Most of the patients are able to breastfeed after the breast lift surgery. In rare cases such as breast lift for people with tremendous amount of excess skin, it might be necessary to remove the nipple and place it back as a free nipple graft, but these cases are extremely rare. On the other hand, while it is possible to breastfeed after a breast lift surgery, there is no guarantee. There are too many variables. That’s why, you may want to wait until you no longer will have any children because during pregnancy your hormone levels and consequently breasts can change. It is impossible to predict how different the breasts will become.
A breast lift procedure is designed to create firmer, youthful, symmetrical, and well-shaped breasts. If you have sagging and asymmetry problem, with a breast lift surgery, you can have them corrected. During the surgery, your breasts are raised and reshaped by removing the excess skin and if there is any asymmetry, it is also corrected. Through a breast lift, you can achieve firmer, lifted, well-shaped, and symmetrical breasts.
After a breast lift procedure, you may need to take 2-3 weeks off work, but it can change from patient to patient, and you might be able to return to normal level of daily activities within a week. It is best to avoid tiresome activities for at least two weeks. You should refrain from strenuous exercises and stretching for up to 6 weeks post operation. Your surgeon will follow your recovery and will inform you when you are ready. Generally, it takes 6-8 weeks. It is very important to follow the post-op instructions given by your surgeon. They will provide a customized recovery plan based on your needs and your level of healing.
References

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2. Ramanadham, S. R., & Rose Johnson, A. (2020). Breast Lift with and without Implant: A Synopsis and Primer for the Plastic Surgeon. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. Global open, 8(10), e3057. https://doi.org/10.1097/GOX.0000000000003057

3. Gupta, V., Yeslev, M., Winocour, J., Bamba, R., Rodriguez-Feo, C., Grotting, J. C., & Higdon, K. K. (2017). Aesthetic breast surgery and concomitant procedures: Incidence and risk factors for major complications in 73,608 cases. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 37(5), 515–527. https://doi.org/10.1093/asj/sjw238

4. Ramanadham, S. R., & Rose Johnson, A. (2020). Breast Lift with and without Implant: A Synopsis and Primer for the Plastic Surgeon. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. Global open, 8(10), e3057. https://doi.org/10.1097/GOX.0000000000003057