Breast Lift Boston, MA

Are you considering a breast lift?

Dr Mark Markarian is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He provides breast lifts to patients in Boston and across Massachusetts, with offices in Wellesley, Newburyport, and Woburn.

A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, surgically lifts and reshapes the breasts. This can help the breasts look more youthful, shapely, and firm. A lift is often desired by women with sagging breasts following pregnancy, age, or other factors. It can be combined with other surgeries, such as breast augmentation, breast reduction or a tummy tuck, to achieve the patient’s desired look.

If you’re based in the Greater Boston area, contact Dr Markarian today to organise a free initial consultation.

Why choose Dr Markarian for breast lift Boston?

  • Dr Mark K Markarian, MD, MSPH, FACS, is a Harvard-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon
  • Active contributor to the field of plastic surgery, authoring numerous articles and chapters in many prominent journals
  • Rated as a “top doctor” on RealSelf
  • Over 18 years of experience in successfully delivering thousands of breast lifts

What is a breast lift?

As women age or undergo pregnancy, their breasts can sag and droop. A breast lift is a surgical procedure that improves the breast’s position and gives a rounder and firmer appearance.

Some breast lift patients in Boston also desire alterations to the areola or nipple, such as lifting their position on the breast or reducing their size.

The medical term for a breast lift is mastopexy surgery. The procedure is increasing in popularity as the number of breast lifts performed in America has increased by 65% from 2000 to 2020, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

What are the different types of breast lifts?

When you meet with Dr Markarian, he will assess your breast shape and position to determine the degree of sagging, explain your options, and recommend an approach focused on your aesthetic goals. Surgeons have developed three “basic” surgical techniques for different degrees of breast sagging, which will lead to a “circle”, “lollipop”, or “anchor” incision scar. 

Circle Breast Lift

An incision line is only made in a circle around the areola so the results are less significant than traditional breast lift procedures and so only mild concerns over sagging will be addressed meaning it is not suitable for patients who desire a drastic lift. Furthermore, a circumareolar breast lift is only suitable for patients with small or medium-sized breasts.

Lollipop Breast Lift

This more extensive breast lift procedure aims to address more moderate concerns of sagging. An incision line is made in a circle around the areola, then a further incision line is made that runs directly down the middle to the breast crease. The additional vertical incision allows for more of the tissue and skin to be accessed so a more extensive lift can be performed. 

This is an effective and popular technique, but it does result in a “lollipop scar” on the breast.

Anchor Lift 

In an anchor lift, the lollipop incision lines are made, and an additional incision line is created across the breast crease. This forms an anchor shape. The procedure, therefore, allows for a significant lift and removal of excess breast skin. This makes it suitable for patients with more severe cases of breast ptosis, such as grade three where the breasts have significant sagging and dropping. Due to the fact that the technique is the most extensive, it has the longest recovery time and more significant scarring.

Dr. Markarian has the advanced aesthetic training to combine the techniques that will offer the best results for your body. He can also explain the special measures he takes to minimize scarring and achieve a high aesthetic standard for each patient.

Breast lift without implants

Breast lift procedures are often carried out as a single procedure for patients who are happy with the volume of their breasts and only have concerns regarding sagging. 

The procedure consists of making incision lines around the areola and, sometimes, down across the breast so that the excess skin can be removed and the breasts can be re-positioned and re-shaped. Depending on the type of technique used, the areola may be reduced or repositioned before the incision lines are closed with stitches. 

Breast lift with implants

Many breast lift patients have concerns regarding both the position and the size of their breasts and so choose to undergo a lift with breast implants. Both pregnancy, weight loss, and aging can lead to a decrease in breast volume as well as cause the breasts to sag. These two surgeries are therefore frequently combined so that both these concerns can be addressed in one procedure.  

The surgery is carried out by creating the incision lines made for a typical breast lift procedure, around the areola and then down and under the breast if needed so that the excess skin can be removed and the breasts can be lifted and re-shaped. The breast implants are then inserted into each breast before the incision lines are closed using stitches.

Dr. Markarian will help advise on whether the combination of these two procedures is suitable for your personal goals and recommend the best type of implants for your aims and new shape and breast position. For more information on undergoing breast augmentation, you can visit our breast augmentation page.

Benefits of a breast lift

Women consider breast lift surgery for a variety of reasons and may have many different goals, including:

  • To restore breast shape and position after pregnancy or weight loss
  • To correct downward-pointing or uneven nipples
  • To reduce overly-large areolas
  • To create a more balanced body contour that harmonizes with the rest of the body
  • To complement breast enhancement procedures to give a fuller, lifted, and more youthful breast contour
  • To address breast ptosis

Breast ptosis

It is natural for the breast tissue to lose elasticity and sag over time, but after pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss, the rate of sagging can be accelerated and increased. The medical name for tissue that has sagged or dropped is ptosis. There are three grades of ptosis which refer to the extent of dropping and the position of the areola. 

Breast ptosis grades

Grades describe the extent of dropping, so it is easier to establish which type of breast lift surgery will likely be most suitable. Grade 1 is used to refer to the mildest extent of dropping where the areolas have sagged to a lower position on the chest. Grade 3 refers to a more significant drop where the areola points towards the ground.

How much does a breast lift cost in Boston?

The average cost of a breast lift procedure is $8,025 and ranges up to $14,000. Often this cost will not include all the surgical fees, so the total cost of the procedure can be more. The type of breast lift technique will significantly impact the overall price of your cosmetic surgery. Less extensive breast lift procedures that only achieve a minor lift will cost less than more drastic breast lift procedures where the areolas and nipple are reduced and repositioned. 

Undergoing breast implant surgery alongside a breast lift will increase the cost of the procedure. However, combining the two procedures will be significantly cheaper than undergoing them separately as all surgeon and facilities fees will only need to be paid once. 

You can find out the exact cost of your procedure during your breast lift consultation when the specific technique and alterations have been decided. 

Breast lift recovery

Initially, after the breast surgery, you will likely experience pain and will need an adult to drive you home and stay with you for the first couple of days. Following the procedure, potential side effects such as swelling and some bruising will be most prominent during the first week of the healing process.

Generally, surgeons advise that patients wear a compression garment following a breast lift to help with swelling. 

After two weeks, many Boston breast lift patients can return to work and continue normal activities. Patients should be able to return to normal exercise routines within four to six weeks, with the recovery period complete. However, the breast lift scars will still take time to fade, and the final result of the procedure will take months to be completely visible due to side effects such as swelling continuing for a few months after the procedure.

Contact Us 

If you are considering undergoing a breast lift in Boston, you should schedule a consultation with Dr Markarian, who has extensive experience and expertise.

Consultations can be arranged online or in person with several offices across Massachusetts.

And although it will be thoroughly discussed at your consultation, it is also important to perform your own research into the various breast lift techniques and options so that you are aware of the recovery process and risks of the procedure.

Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr Markarian.


Most patients come from Boston and across Massachusetts. Our main practice is in Wallasey:



MA 0248

Patient Results

Dr Markarian strives to provide exceptional results for his breast lift patients, with an emphasis on skin smoothness and natural appearance. In providing natural-looking results, he gives patients healthy expectations and prepares individualized procedure plans to meet their breast enhancement goals.

A young woman with tuberous breasts is shown 3 months after a breast lift combined with breast augmentation, including 300cc implants. The typical components of tuberous breasts include a widened areola, constricted/shortened lower pole (the area between your nipple and inframammary fold), herniation of breast tissue through the nipple-areola complex, and a narrow breast base.  This young woman added breast implants to fill out and expand her lower pole. Additionally, she underwent a breast lift to improve the nipple positioning and reduce the size of her areola.  Her breast appearance improved significantly.

In this example, a young woman in her 20s is shown seven months after a breast lift with 225cc silicone implants.

Here, a woman in her 20s is shown after a breast lift with implants for tuberous breasts. An anchor breast incision was used with 350cc silicone implants placed under the muscle, utilizing a dual-plane technique. The areola was narrowed, and the lower pole of the breast was expanded with the placement of the implant, combined with radial scoring of the lower pole tissue.