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How Is a Breast Lift Done?

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Updated October 01, 2011

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Excess Breast Skin Is Removed and the Nipple-Areola Complex Is Lifted
How Is a Breast Lift Done?

Breast Lift Before and After Photo

Photo © Millicent Odunze, M.D., M.P.H.
The excess breast skin is excised with a scalpel and/or cautery. The remaining skin and fat are repositioned and held into their new positions with sutures to make a more youthful breast shape. The nipple-areola complex is moved to a higher position.

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