The Benefit of Breast Augmentation + Lift (Mastopexy)

Many patients ask me if their nipple will be raised with a breast augmentation. The answer is a little, but not much. A breast augmentation will increase the volume of your breasts. If you are an A cup you will be increased to a B, C, or DD if you wish. Where your nipple is positioned on your chest will determine if you need a lift. If you have a nipple that is low or drooping we can do a breast lift by removing skin around it to raise it to a higher position.

There are basically 3 kinds of breast lifts: A Benelli or “donut” lift will leave a small incision around the nipple areolar complex. If you need more of a lift, then a small incision will be made either with a lollipop-shaped incision or an inverted T- like incision which is below your breast and along the bottom of your breast fold. If you have lost volume after breast feeding or weight loss then an implant for volume will help and a lift will make the nipple more perky. These two procedures, performed together on an outpatient basis, tackle the loss of breast volume/fullness utilizing saline or gel implants placed under the muscle, followed by a lift to raise and firm the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue.

What makes me unique is I do perform these surgeries in one stage. Some surgeons will do it in two surgeries. It has been shown in many studies and in my own practice that doing these surgeries in one stage is safe and effective and beneficial to our patients. I use all dissolvable sutures, and around the nipple I use a special Gortex suture to leave an inconspicuous incision.

For more information or to schedule a consult, please contact Shelley Hirschman, my Patient Care Coordinator, at (310) 659-8771, or email her at

Andrew Cohen, M.D., FACS