Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Over time, a woman’s breasts change in terms of size, directionality, skin elasticity and shape. These changes may result from pregnancy, nursing, age and heredity. Improvement in breast shape, volume and appearance can often be improved with a breast lift, also known as a mastopexy. This procedure is used to lift and reshape sagging breasts. Breast implants can be added during a second procedure at a later date to increase breast volume, firmness, size and shape.

Educate Yourself on Your Procedure

If you are considering a breast lift, please explore the links provided for further information on this procedure and what you can expect. If you have any questions about breast surgery, or any of our other procedures, please contact us.

Reasons to Pursue Breast Lift Surgery

  • Increased sagging in breasts due to increase in breast size
  • Heaviness of full breasts has caused the tissue to thin and stretch
  • Improper breast support has caused a decrease in breast tissue elasticity
  • Gravity naturally causing breasts to sag

Preparing for Your Breast Lift Procedure

What is the first step in pursuing the breast lift procedure?

The first step when considering Breast Lift ( Mastopexy) surgery is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Barr. The consultation process provides an opportunity for you to obtain important information about the procedure and to have all of your questions answered prior to proceeding with surgery.   It also enables Dr. Barr to properly assess you and determine whether you are a suitable candidate. You should be prepared to discuss your medical history, including any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries including breast biopsies, and all current medications. During your consultation Dr. Barr will carefully assess your breast size and shape, tissue characteristics and placement of nipples and areolas. Measurements and pre-operative photographs will also be taken. He will evaluate your general health and explain which surgical approaches are best suited for you based on your breast size, body type and aesthetic goals.  He will also discuss the repositioning of your nipples and areolas, taking into account any other aspects of your breasts that you would like to see improved. The benefits, risks and potential complications associated with breast lift surgery will be thoroughly explained during this consultation. The information provided at your initial consultation will be thorough, and should enable you to make an informed decision as to whether or not a breast lift is the right choice for you. A comprehensive instruction package, which includes instructions for before and after surgery, will be provided to you at the time of consultation.

Am I a candidate for a breast lift procedure?

The ideal candidate for a breast lift procedure is a healthy woman who has realistic expectations of surgical outcomes. Breasts of all sizes can be lifted with significant improvement; however, women with small sagging breasts can expect the best results. Women with heavier breasts will experience marked improvement; however women with heavier breasts will continue to experience the effects of gravity pulling on their breasts. There are very few risks associated with having breast lift surgery and future pregnancies or breastfeeding, however, weight gain and increase in breast volume during pregnancy is likely to stretch the breasts, which may diminish results of your breast lift.

Where will my breast lift surgery be performed?

Your breast lift procedure will be performed on site in the state-of-the-art facilities of Barr Plastic Surgery, located within the Northern Ontario Surgical Centre.

Can I combine another surgery with my breast lift?

It is possible to schedule another surgery at the same time as your breast lift. Other common procedures requested along with a breast lift include a tummy tuck and liposuction. You should be prepared to discuss all possibilities during your consultation with Dr. Barr.

The Procedure

What will I need to do prior to my breast lift surgery?

Prior to surgery you will be scheduled for a pre-op session with a Registered Nurse to review your medical history and your post-op instructions. She will review all of the information you will need to know in order to prepare yourself for surgery.

Where will my breast lift procedure be performed?

Your procedure will be performed within the state-of-the-art facilities of Barr Plastic Surgery, located within the Northern Ontario Surgical Centre. The Northern Ontario Surgical Centre has been awarded accreditation by the CAAASF (Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) for meeting the standards of a hospital in regards to monitoring, emergency and resuscitation equipment. With two levels and entrances that conceal the actual size of the facility, the centre itself spans 8000 square feet and incorporates fully equipped major and minor operating rooms, a monitored multi-bed recovery area, 10 laser and treatment rooms, spacious consultation areas, private offices to discuss financing options, elegant waiting areas and a private waiting and secure rear entrance/exit for additional privacy when desired.

How is a breast lift performed?

Dr. Barr uses 3 different surgical techniques in performing the Mastopexy procedure. The optimal technique will be chosen based on your individual expectations and will be discussed in detail during the consultation. During the procedure the breast will be reshaped, excess skin removed and, if necessary, the size of the areola will be reduced. The breast tissue is then remolded so that the breast will maintain its new shape and appearance. The incision may be hidden around the areola and have a short vertical incision down to the breast fold (a lollipop incision) or could also include an incision along the breast crease (which has the appearance similar to an anchor). The Breast Lift procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, or with local anaesthetic and intravenous sedation. The procedure itself usually takes approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the technique used.

Who will administer the anaesthetic?

A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer your anaesthetic, stay with you during the entire operation, and will be there as you wake up.

Who can I contact if I have any questions or concerns?

During office hours our Patient Coordinators and nursing staff are available to answer any questions or concerns following your surgery. After hours, Dr. Barr is available by pager.


How much does a Breast Lift Cost?

Pricing for your procedure will depend on whether you have concurrent procedures along with your breast lift, such as augmentation or liposuction, and will be provided to you during your consultation. Patients choosing to invest in their self-confidence and happiness through cosmetic surgery have many options available to make this investment more manageable. Our Patient Coordinators are familiar with various payment options and can facilitate the process for you.

Is full payment required or do you offer a financing plan?

Affording your procedure can be made simpler by using Medicard which enables you to pay for your surgery with monthly payments. Please note that this company is not affiliated in any way with Barr Plastic Surgery. For more information on how financing can help you afford your procedure, visit:
MEDICARD 1-888-689-9876
  •  Fax, online, phone application
  • Approval within 1 business day
  • Payment terms: 6 months to 5 years
  • No down payment
  • Rates based on overall credit history (11.9% – 25%)
  • No penalties for early payments

Is my procedure covered by insurance?

Breast lifts are considered cosmetic surgery and are therefore not usually covered by private or provincial insurance such as OHIP. However, some surgical procedures may qualify. More information about the coverage eligibility of your surgery can be obtained during the consultation process.

What is included in the surgical fee?

The facility fee, surgeon, nurses, anaesthesia and anaesthetist, surgical supplies, and equipment used are all covered in the fees. You will also be provided with prescriptions for medications to be taken after surgery. These prescriptions are subject to the same coverage you would receive from your medical insurance. If you do not have personal insurance, these medications will be at an additional cost to you.

Is a deposit required? When is it due?

There is a $500 deposit for any surgery under $5,000, a $1000 deposit for any surgery over $5000, and a $2500 deposit for any surgery over $10,000. This deposit is payable upon scheduling a surgery date.  This fee is non-refundable should you change, reschedule or cancel your surgery within 4 weeks of the surgery date.

When is payment for the surgery due?

Payment for your surgery is due 14 days prior to your surgery date. Payment can be made by:
  • Cash
  • Certified Cheques
  • Mastercard or VISA
  • E-transfers
  • Financing plan


Will I need to stay overnight following my surgery?

Breast lift surgery is an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay at Barr Plastic Surgery. Following your surgery you will need a friend or family member to pick you up and care for you for 24-48 hours. This person should be familiar with your prescriptions and post-surgery instructions.

What will I need to do following my surgery?

Following your surgery a light dressing will be applied to your breasts, and you will need to wear a surgical bra over these dressings. This post-operative dressing must remain in place for a period of 24 hours. You are able to shower 48 hours after your surgery.

When do I need to get my stitches out?

The sutures used by Dr. Barr in breast lift surgery are dissolving but a follow up appointment is scheduled at 14 days post postop to ensure healing and to trim the suture knots.

How much downtime will I have?

Your breasts will be swollen, bruised and generally uncomfortable for the first few days after surgery. Most post-operative swelling usually settles within a week. Any discomfort you feel can be controlled with medication prescribed by Dr. Barr. Patients are generally able to be up and about within 2 days of surgery; however patients are encouraged to rest for at least 3-5 days. During this time you are advised to rest, avoid driving and any strenuous activity. You will be asked to return to our office 14-16 days following your surgery for a follow up. At this time, depending on how you are healing, you will be able to begin light activity such as daily walking. You should avoid strength training, high impact activities, and upper body workouts. Depending on your recovery, 2-3 weeks after your procedure you may begin to participate fully in regular activities. Dr. Barr and his highly trained medical staff are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have throughout the healing process.

Will there be any loss of sensation in my breasts?

Due to the swelling after surgery there will be some loss of feeling in your nipples and breasts. This altered sensation subsides as swelling decreases over the next few weeks. However, in some patients, this numbness may last upwards of a year, and in some cases may be permanent.

Will I have scarring?

Dr. Barr takes every precaution to ensure your scarring is as minimal as possible. Once your incisions have healed there are products that can be used to minimize the redness in scars as well as improve the texture. Reusable silicone strips as well as medical grade topical scar creams are available for purchase that will help to reduce the discolouration found in new scars.