Breast Lift

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, and the aging process can have a significant impact on the positioning and fullness of your breasts.

A breast lift removes excess skin to restore your breasts' shape and symmetry and your body's proportions.

John F. Zavell, MD, FACS in Toledo, OH, uses preview software so you can see your results before you commit to surgery.

What Can a Breast Lift Achieve?

While breast augmentation adds volume to the breasts and breast reduction removes excess tissue from the breasts, the purpose of a breast lift (or mastopexy) is to eliminate sagging and restore youthful contours and firmness. Breast lift surgery can offer the following:

Restored Shape and Symmetry

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss can make your breasts sag or give them a stretched appearance. You may even have areolas that point downward. If you're concerned about a loss in breast shape following a change in your body, a breast lift can correct your concerns and provide a more flattering appearance.

Improved Proportions

Weight loss can lead to sagging or loose skin of the breasts, while pregnancy can increase breast size drastically and unevenly. A breast lift can remove excess skin and reshape the breasts into a more proportional size that balances your figure.

Reduced Areolas

If your areolas have become enlarged over time, a breast lift can reduce their size. The incision used in a breast lift is placed around the areola, so Dr. John Zavell can easily change the appearance of the areolas, making them smaller and more symmetrical.

Elevated Confidence

When your breasts are in a perkier position and proportional to the rest of your body, you can feel like yourself again. Clothing becomes easier to wear and you may find yourself feeling more at ease in social settings. 

A Real Patient Case From Our Toledo, Ohio, Office

A 40-year-old mother of two came to us to discuss a breast lift or reduction. Dr. Zavell recommended a breast lift to move the breasts into a more feminine and natural position. The patient was thrilled with the results.

Preview Your Results Before You Commit to Surgery

We understand that choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery requires careful consideration. To help make the decision easier, our Toledo plastic surgery office uses digital preview software so you can see the results of a breast lift prior to your treatment. If you are not pleased with the preview, we can make adjustments to your surgical plan until you are.

We want you to make a fully informed decision about your treatment, and preview software is just one way we do this. Our team will also be here to share informative videos, show our real patient cases, and answer any questions you have along the way. We can also provide an external sizing system that fits into your clothes so you can see how you'll look to the outside world after a breast lift procedure.

"Dr. Zavell performed my breast lift with augmentation and I couldn't be happier. He and his staff made the entire experience comfortable and guided me through all the pre-op appointments and recovery. He created exactly what I asked for and the results are amazing! I highly recommend him." - Read Jolyn Ball's Review on Google

Woman before and after breast lift

What to Expect During Your Breast Lift Surgery

Dr. Zavell will first conduct a thorough medical evaluation and discuss whether you are healthy enough to undergo mastopexy. He will discuss your concerns and cosmetic goals to determine whether mastopexy is the most effective way to help you reach your desired outcome. If he determines that this plastic surgery is the best choice for you, you can schedule your appointment. Your breast lift surgery will involve several steps:
Breast lift surgery typically takes two to three hours to complete. You can go home on the same day as your surgery.
Breast lift surgery typically takes two to three hours to complete. You can go home on the same day as your surgery.


Our nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist will administer sedation to help you feel comfortable throughout your mastopexy.


Dr. Zavell will make the incision pattern you both decided on during your consultation. It will be dependent on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed to achieve your cosmetic goals.


Your plastic surgeon will remove the excess sagging tissue in your breasts. He may also reduce the size of the areolas.


Dr. Zavell will tighten and reshape your remaining breast tissue into a more rejuvenated and lifted contour.


Dr. Zavell will place sutures and close your incisions.

Consider a Mommy Makeover for Comprehensive Results

If your breasts aren't your only concern, Dr. Zavell may be able to combine other procedures in a streamlined mommy makeover plan. This plan addresses areas that are typically affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding, like the breasts and abdomen, to completely rejuvenate your appearance. Procedures can include:

If you're ready to restore your pre-pregnancy appearance, we welcome you to reach out to our Toledo office serving patients throughout Sandusky, Findlay, and beyond.

Mom holding baby after mommy makeover procedure
"First I have to say I did alot of research before picking a place to have my breasts done. I am so thankful I chose Dr Zavells office!! Him and his staff are absolutely amazing(especially Sarah)!! They made me feel very comfortable and answered all my questions and concerns. I was very worried about them looking like real breasts and I have to say they look absolutely amazing, couldn't have asked for a better job!!! Thank you so much Dr. Zavell and staff, I will be recommending everyone of my friends to ya'll!" Angela Jockett
Dr. John F. Zavell

John F. Zavell, MD, FACS

Dr. John Zavell is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals since 1993. He is a member of: 

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • The American Society of Aesthetic Surgeons
  • The American College of Surgeons

He has mastered advanced techniques and uses the latest technology to provide patients of all ages with the most natural-looking, life-changing results. To schedule a consultation at Dr. Zavell's plastic surgery practice, request an appointment online or call us at (740) 628-0185

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"The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a very personal one and our mission is to honor that choice by jointly cultivating a treatment plan that will deliver results personally crafted for you." Dr. Zavell

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