How Many Cup Sizes Will I Lose With Breast Lift Surgery?

By: Dr. Angelo Cuzalina


Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to lift and reshape sagging breasts. This procedure is helpful for women who have lost breast volume and firmness, typically due to aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss.

At Tulsa Surgical Arts in Tulsa, OK, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Angelo Cuzalina is skilled at performing breast lift surgery to help meet patients' needs. Sometimes, this includes breast implants or a fat transfer in the same surgery if a patient wants to maintain their cup size.

Keep reading to discover how breast lift surgery can reshape your breasts and how it may reduce cup size.

How does breast lift surgery work?

Breast lift surgery generally takes about 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the severity of the sagging. The surgery is performed using general anesthesia.

During a breast lift surgery, Dr. Cuzalina will make the appropriate type of incision on the breast and carefully remove excess skin and tissue. The remaining tissue will be reshaped and lifted to a higher position on the chest to give you a younger-looking appearance. The nipple and areola will also be repositioned to a more youthful height.

Will a breast lift reduce my cup size?

In almost all cases, breast lift surgery alone results in a slight reduction in cup size since excess skin is removed which decreases total breast volume some even though upper breast fullness is improved, Depending on the degree of sagging and the amount of excess skin a patient needs removed plays a role in how much smaller total volume will remain. Many times, due to breast shape, tissue density or asymmetries, addition breast tissue and fat much also be removed to create a better shape and nipple position. So a patient seeking an isolated breast lift alone should understand that even when only excess skin is removed, the resulting total breast volume is reduced even when the upper portion of the breast appears larger due to the internal lifting.

Drooping breasts are often due to the loss of skin elasticity. As the skin loses its elasticity, it stretches. This causes the breasts to appear larger than they actually are.

In some cases, as women age, their breast tissue can also become less dense. This means there is less glandular tissue and more fatty tissue in the breasts. As a result, sagging breasts can appear larger and fuller over time. In general, droopy breast often appear larger than a perky breast of the same total volume

The amount of tissue that is removed during a breast lift is usually minimal, and it is not the primary goal of the surgery unless excess tissue or asymmetries exist. Nevertheless, repositioning the breasts and tightening the skin could potentially result in less volume and smaller cup size. For this reason, your surgeon should discuss your breast size goals and whether it may be worth adding and implant or do fat grafting.

How can I ensure I don't experience a size decrease in my breasts after a breast lift?

Before your breast lift, you will have a personalized consultation with Dr. Cuzalina to discuss your aesthetic goals and the intended surgical outcomes. To help minimize the chances of experiencing an unwanted size decrease after a breast lift, clearly communicating your goals and concerns is crucial. Additional volume is typically performed using an implant but fat grafting is another alternative.

Dr. Cuzalina will help ensure that you have a realistic understanding of what to expect from the procedure and try to gain a clear understanding of your desired outcome.

At this point, you should mention if you would like to see any change in breast size (either a decrease or an increase). In many cases, a second procedure can be done at the same time, including the insertion of breast implants or a fat transfer from another area of the body to increase your cup size.

Get breast lift surgery in Tulsa, OK

A personalized consultation is the first step toward getting the results you desire in a breast lift. This will help us create a custom plan that suits your needs.

To get started, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Angelo Cuzalina at Tulsa Surgical Arts in Tulsa, OK.

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Before and after breast lift surgery photos

before and after breast lift

Before and after breast lift surgery photos

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Before and after breast lift plus implants photos

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.