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Breast Lift


A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure used to lift and reshape breasts that may sag or become droopy. These common issues that the surgery looks to improve are often referred to as breast ptosis. Lifting the breasts can be extremely complicated and should only be performed by a true breast lift expert like Dr. Kenneth Hughes. Dr. Hughes has been performing the breast lift in Los Angeles for years and fine-tuning his craft.

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Dr. Hughes performs several breast procedures. Among these are inverted nipple correction, breast augmentation with implants, fat grafting breast augmentation, and breast reconstruction.




Crescent Lift

There are many variations in the types of breast lift procedures performed and offered among plastic surgeons, and Dr. Hughes is not only familiar with, but has performed them all frequently.

The simplest type of lift is the crescent lift. The crescent lift involves removal of a crescent of skin above the areola. It is seldom indicated as it can elongate the areolae and make them appear very ovoid. Thus, very few of these are performed, and patients should be careful if that type of breast lift is offered as a treatment.

Periareolar Lift

The periareolar lift involves making an incision around the areola and lifting the nipple areola complex (NAC). This is also referred to as a circumareolar, concentric, donut, or Benelli lift. This lift is only useful for a small amount of breast droop (breast ptosis). It can also be used to improve symmetry of the areolae or to reduce the size of the areolae.

This lift tends to flatten the breast to some degree. It should not be used in cases with more breast or areolar droop. Thus, it applies to few patients who are in need of a significant improvement in the skin envelope.

The problem with taking too much skin from around the areola is that this can cause the areola to widen over time, sometimes monstrously so. A permanent purse-string suture is frequently placed to help with this issue, but this maneuver is only useful for a smaller percentage of cases.

The concentric lift around the areola is very much like pulling on the strings of a drawstring trash bag. Everyone knows that as the strings are pulled, the wrinkling increases. This same type of wrinkling occurs with this lift as well.

Vertical Lift 

The next type of lift can be used for a wide variety of areolar and breast ptosis or droop.  The vertical lift can be used for more severe droopiness. This lift involves a vertical and a periareolar incision and is referred to as circumvertical or lollipop lift. Dr. Hughes always tries to minimize the scars and will only use the full breast lift pattern if it is absolutely mandatory for the best shape and lift.

*Dr. Hughes does not use the cookbook type of pattern and uniquely tailors the pattern for each breast lift to produce tight and round breasts for each unique type of anatomy.

Full Lift 

The last breast lift pattern is the Wise pattern mastopexy also referred to as the inverted T lift, the anchor lift, or the full breast lift.

The full breast takes the vertical lift pattern and adds a horizontal incision under the breast and in the inframammary fold. This type of lift is used to remove the most amount of skin and to tighten the skin and tissue envelope maximally. It is frequently necessary in vertically long breasts to remove enough skin to create the appearance of round and tight breasts that do not appear to be hanging.

How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?

Breast lifts typically cost anywhere from $7,500 to $9,500 (depending upon the type of lift required).

To help patients worrying about breast lift cost, we offer financing through the following companies: United Medical Credit, CareCredit, Prosper Healthcare Lending, Alphaeon Credit, and

Please note that the price of a breast list varies based on the individual needs of the patient.

Your Breast Lift Surgery with Dr. Kenneth Hughes

Breast lifts and breast lift scar patterns are complicated. Do not worry about this. Dr. Hughes will help select the breast lift pattern that is right for you and will make this process easy. You as the patient will have the ability to decide what you want based upon the recommendations of Dr. Hughes.

Dr. Hughes performs hundreds of breast lifts each year. Patient anatomy varies greatly from perfectly round breasts that are close together to constricted breasts that are far apart. Some breasts have a little droop or ptosis, and some breasts have a lot of droop. Dr. Hughes knows how to accomplish results that look natural yet enhanced.

In some cases, a breast lift with implants may be the best enhancement option. Also called a breast augmentation with lift or an augmentation mastopexy, this innovative combination procedure addresses breast sag while increasing volume and projection. If you are trying to decide between a breast lift without implants and an augmentation mastopexy, Dr. Hughes will be happy to help you choose the right option for you.

Viewing our breast lift before and after photoswill give you an idea of what type of transformation you can expect at Hughes Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles.

Breast Lift Revision Surgery with Dr. Kenneth Hughes in Los Angeles

In addition, Dr. Kenneth Hughes is frequently tasked with performing breast lift revisions in cases where the shape of the breasts is sub optimal, the level of lift was inadequate, the scars are poor or widened, or the symmetry needs to be improved.

Sometimes the blood supply is compromised from previous surgeries, and these surgeries are complicated by breast implant issues including capsular contracture.  Dr. Kenneth B. Hughes is a well-recognized author on the subject and has published articles on breast augmentation revision in the Annals of Plastic Surgery.

Breast Lift Recovery

Dr. Hughes typically performs a full breast lift surgery in less than 2 hours, and the patient leaves the surgery center in another 1 to 2 hours following recovery. The breast lift surgery in most cases is not particularly painful, but the patient must follow Dr. Hughes’s postoperative instructions to experience optimal healing and the best breast lift results possible.

Incision separation and scar widening are two complications that can occur if patients are too active, place tension on the incisions, or do not follow the instructions of Dr. Hughes during breast lift recovery. Please do not shower or get any of the incisions wet until Dr. Hughes tells you to so, and do not clean the incisions or place any ointment on them. Leave the incisions alone and keep the incisions dry.

It will take at least 6 weeks before a patient may resume exercise, as the incisions can open if this is started too early, and this incision opening can ruin a result (which may require a breast lift revision).



Breast Lift Before & After

Breast Lift


There are many variations in types of mastopexy procedures performed, and Dr. Hughes has performed them all.

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Commonly Asked Questions about Breast Lift Surgery

1) Should I get an implant or augmentation with the breast lift?

If you like the size of your breasts, then a breast lift can be performed by itself. If you would like the breasts larger, you can have breast augmentation at the same time. Another reason to add an implant would be to improve the fullness of the breasts, particularly at the top of the breasts.

2) Will I be smaller in size after mastopexy surgery?

Although only skin is typically removed in a breast lift procedure that is a few grams, the breasts will appear smaller. This is due to the fact that the same mass is wrapped in a smaller soft tissue envelope and increases the density. The less dense the breast and the more the surface area of skin that is removed, the larger the apparent reduction in size.

3) What is the difference between a breast lift and a breast reduction?

Both procedures will lift your breasts with similar scar patterns. The breast lift will not remove any breast tissue in general and is purely cosmetic. The breast reduction will remove breast tissue and may be necessary in women with larger breasts (macromastia) to improve back, neck, and shoulder girdle pain.

4) I do not like the size or shape of my areolae. What can be done?

Mastopexy incisions can be used to alter the size or shape of the areolae at the same time a lift is performed.


Dr. Kenneth Hughes’s Breast Lift Videos


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Dr. Kenneth Hughes offers Brazilian Buttlift Post-Op Instructions in Los Angeles


Contact Us for a Consultation

Patients who are interested in a breast lift in Los Angeles should contact the office of Dr. Kenneth Hughes for a consultation. Dr. Hughes will be available to answer any questions you may have.

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After searching for months for the perfect Dr, I came across Dr Hughes. He's so kind and honest! He responds to all my emails within a short period of time. (I send him a lot of questions, trust me) I'm 5'3 about 115. Pretty petite frame but he was able to put 960 cc into each cheek and also added some fat into my hips. Which I think is ammmmazing. I didn't think I had that much fat for him to transfer. With the aggressive lipo he is known for I had very little bruising and I felt fine 3 days post op! I'm so in love with my new butt and tiny waist, it's perfect!