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Adam G. Tattlebaum M.D.

Breast Lift Maryland

Dr. Tattelbaum is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon offering breast lifts in Maryland and nearby areas.

Office Address:
3203 Tower Oaks Blvd, Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 804-6832

Breast Lift Surgery

A word from the Doctor

“Breast lifts are one of the most popular surgeries I perform. I am not alone. In the USA, breast lifts have become one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries as women seek more natural-looking results.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I spend a great deal of time ensuring my patients have realistic expectations. For example, breast lifts and breast implants give completely different results. An implanted breast will have a dramatic fullness in the upper portion. A lifted breast will take on a teardrop shape. The teardrop is actually more natural.

Yet, in this country, perhaps partly because of people like me, we think the implanted breast is more natural, but it is not. With the proper patient teaching and education, restoring the natural breast to its new location can be equally gratifying. 

On this page, I’ll explain everything you need to know about breast lifts, so you feel informed, safe and comfortable with the procedure.

– Dr Adam Tattelbaum M.D.

Dr. Adam Tattelbaum M.D. in scrubs

Why choose Dr Tattelbaum?

  • Double board-certified plastic surgeon
  • Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Listed in “America’s Top Surgeons” by the Consumer Research Council of America

Frequently asked questions

What is a breast lift?

A breast lift (also referred to as a mastopexy) is a popular cosmetic procedure to lift the position of female breasts. The lift helps to tighten and reshape the appearance of the breasts rather than change their size. Typically, the surgery is performed by making an incision around the areola, reshaping the underlying tissue, and removing excess skin.

Usually, patients seeking a breast lift in Maryland are concerned by the significant sagging of one or both breasts. This occurs through pregnancies, weight loss, genetics, and as part of the aging process.

A breast lift procedure can, therefore, deliver multiple benefits:

  • Restore more youthful-looking breasts
  • Reposition the breasts and areola
  • Correct misshapen or asymmetrical breasts
  • Treat tuberous breast deformity

Do I need a breast lift?

If you’re happy with the shape and volume of your breasts, then a breast lift probably isn’t for you. If, on the other hand, you’d like a tighter, more youthful breast, you may want to consider this procedure.

For example, if you like the volume of your breasts when you are wearing a bra but not when the bra comes off, then you may need a breast lift to resolve the issue.

Breast lifts keep the breast almost the same size, but by removing excess skin the breast is tightened. Imagine having a bra with too much fabric. The fabric is removed to tighten the bra, but in this case, the bra is the skin.

Are there different types of breast lifts?

Just like every woman’s breasts are unique, so are the various types of breast lifts.

The four most common types are the anchor lift, the lollipop lift, the donut lift, and the crescent lift. The right type for each patient depends on their current situation and long-term objectives. This will be discussed in more detail during your consultation.
Different types of breast lift incisions

The anchor breast lift

The anchor breast lift is also known as a full breast lift or a keyhole lift. You may also see it referred to as a “Wise Pattern” breast lift after its inventor, Dr. Wise.

An incision is made around the areola, then in a vertical line from the bottom of the areola to the underside of the breast, and then along the crease (creating an anchor or keyhole shape).

Dr Tattelbaum’s perspective:

“I will sometimes refer to the anchor lift as the “big, bad breast lift” to my patients. This is because it can leave the most scars, but, in my opinion, it tightens the skin more than other lifts and often gives the best shape.

For patients with a lot of skin laxity, this is the only option. It tightens the skin vertically and horizontally and provides the greatest ability to reshape the breast. This type of skin tightening is the chosen method for most breast reductions, too.

In the example below, you can see a woman with so much skin laxity that only an anchor lift would do the job.”

The lollipop breast lift

A lollipop breast lift (sometimes called vertical lifts) is named after the types of incisions made. A vertical ellipse of skin is taken from around the areola down to the fold of the breast. It is then closed vertically in a straight line with the nipple and areola at the top.

Dr Tattelbaum’s perspective:

“I don’t care for lollipop lifts as they simply do not do enough. The lift pulls the skin side-to-side, but most droopy breasts are loose from top to bottom. In addition, it leaves the nipples too high and, when a vertical ellipse is closed into a vertical line, the line becomes longer because the nipples need to be placed at the top of the scar. Because of this, I see many of these lifts with the nipples too high.

In many cases, a full lift (above) is a better option.”

The donut breast lift

The donut lift (sometimes called a periareolar lift) is mainly used for women who are experiencing a small to moderate amount of sagging. Donut lifts, in some cases, can also help reduce the size of the areola.

Once again, the name comes from the type of incision used. A full, circular incision is made around the areola. Donut lifts can be used in conjunction with breast implants.

Dr Tattelbaum’s perspective:

“I use the donut lift sparingly in my practice. The donut lift creates a radial tension around the areola that can sometimes lead to stretching of the areola or the scar.

To try and minimize this tension, I use a series of sutures, one of which takes a long time to dissolve. These will often make the areolas a bit smaller with the expectation that there will be some stretching.

In the example below, a periareolar lift was done to provide additional skin tightening that an implant alone could not provide.”

The crescent breast lift

Crescent lifts are designed to help women with minor sagging. The name comes from the type of incision used during surgery, whereby a small crescent-shaped incision is made over the top of the areola. The skin is then pulled up and tightened.

Dr Tattelbaum’s perspective:

“The crescent lift is the most minor type of breast lift that can achieve a younger look.

Beneficially, they can be done with breast augmentations to help correct nipple height asymmetry.

In the example below, my patient had a crescent lift one year after breast augmentation to give a slight elevation to the nipples.”

What if my breasts are droopy or small?

This is one of the most common questions we’re asked during the consultation process. Although breast lifts are designed to make your breasts firmer and younger, many women wish to restore or add volume to the breast, particularly following pregnancy.

For the patient who not only wants a lift and tightening but also an increase in size, lifts can be combined with implants. The type of lift will depend upon the size and type of implant, and the amount of skin laxity that remains when the implant is placed during surgery.

Dr Tattelbaum’s perspective:

“Just placing an implant under the skin gives some lift from the get-go. So, a droopy patient will be less droopy just from the implant. It is not always 100% clear which lift will be best until the implant is in position. Many of my patients allow me to choose the type of lift at surgery once the implant is in position. I appreciate this flexibility and will always do what I feel is best for my patient.

You can see the difference between a breast lift and a breast lift plus implant below. The patient on the left had a breast lift. The patient on the right had a lift and augmentation. The breast on the left has a more natural look. The breast on the right, however, is often more desirable by patients.”

Can I get a breast lift if my breasts are large?

Yes, patients with large breasts can get a breast lift, but there are caveats.

The larger and heavier the breasts, the more likely they are to sag regardless. It’s common for us to speak to women with cup sizes of DD and higher who want to fix a droop. Unfortunately, gravity wins.

So, for excessively large-breasted patients, some degree of breast reduction will give a tighter, firmer, and longer-lasting result.

How is the surgery performed?

A breast lift surgery changes based on the type of breast lift procedure. For example, a full breast lift is performed under general anesthesia. Smaller lifts, crescent lifts, and periareolar lifts, meanwhile, can be done under local anesthesia.

A full breast lift generally takes about two hours in surgery with a short time in our recovery room. The smaller lifts take far less. The first day or two often has some soreness and swelling which subsides as you heal. Most patients take a week or less off work for a full lift and even less for the smaller lifts.

Attending a free consultation will help to identify your goals and determine which lift, if any, makes the most sense. The risks, benefits, and alternatives will be candidly discussed.

Are there potential risks?

The risk of any issues following a breast lift is low. However, potential complications can include:
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Asymmetry
  • Loss of sensation in the nipple
  • Difficulty breastfeeding
  • Tissue loss
It’s important to note that the potential risks are less for smaller lifts. We thoroughly discuss all potential risks, complications, and side effects during your consultation and ensure you’re completely comfortable before scheduling any procedure.

Will it leave scars?

All breast lift procedures leave some level of scarring as they involve the incision, removal, and closing up of the skin.

However, the level of scarring will depend on the type of lift performed. As mentioned above, a full breast lift (using the Wise Pattern) incurs the most scarring. Meanwhile, the scarring on a crescent lift is minimal.

How long do results last?

The results of a breast lift surgery will last for roughly 10–15 years. During this time, women’s bodies will change. As such, towards the end of the period, a revision might be necessary.

Can I breastfeed after a breast lift?

In most cases, a breast lift should not impact a patient’s breastfeeding ability. However, the purpose of a breast lift is to improve the positioning and shape of a breast.

Therefore, it may be worth waiting until you’ve finished having children, given pregnancy is one of the main causes of sagging breasts.

How much does a breast lift cost in Maryland?

Many cosmetic surgery professionals tend to keep their fees hidden. However, we believe in transparency. After all, the cost of a breast lift (or any cosmetic procedure) is one of the most critical considerations for patients.

We try to provide all-inclusive pricing so that patients are not surprised by additional facility or anesthesia fees. The fee you see printed below includes the surgical fee, the anesthesia fee, the facility fee, and all follow-ups.

Our breast lift prices are as follows:

  • Breast lift – $8,900 (standalone)
  • Periareolar breast lift – $2500 (standalone local)
  • Adding a full breast lift onto an augmentation procedure – $4,000
  • Adding a periareolar breast lift onto an augmentation procedure – $2000
  • Adding a crescent breast lift onto an augmentation procedure – $1000

As you can see, discounts may be offered for combining procedures where appropriate. Our fees do not include pre-operative testing, outside clearance, prescriptions, and the unlikely event of hospitalization or additional care.

If needed, our staff can advise you on financing options.

“Dr. Tattelbaum could not have been a better or more attentive surgeon. Every step of the way, he was kind, supportive, practical and completely honest… I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dr. Tattelbaum to anyone, and would absolutely go back to him if I ever desired another procedure.”

Anna K.

Further information


To prepare for a breast lift in Maryland, we recommend that you:
  • Note down your objectives, concerns, and questions for Dr. Tattelbaum ahead of the consultation
  • Stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake, and maintain a healthy diet in the weeks leading up to surgery
  • Exercise regularly and get plenty of rest, this proactive approach will aid recovery afterward (although try to avoid pectoral exercises the week before)
  • Organise for someone to take you home and stay with you for a few days after surgery
  • Prepare several meals in advance, so you don’t have to exert yourself after surgery


The recovery process from breast lift surgery is straightforward.

You’ll be able to go home on the same day your surgery is performed. You will have to wear an elastic bandage and a surgical bra we provide after surgery.

Then, after the first post-operation check-up, most patients will begin wearing a sports bra that gently compresses the breasts. After 3- 6 weeks, patients are allowed to wear the bra of their choice.

To minimize the risk of bleeding or healing issues, we request that patients avoid strenuous activity for 21 days after surgery and then gradually return to their normal exercise routine.

Finally, you’ll want to sleep on your back for the first several weeks after surgery to keep pressure off your breasts. We provide prescriptions for antibiotics and painkillers, although most full breast lift patients are off narcotics after 48 hours.


Patients who want a breast lift in Maryland can attend our practice in Rockville:

3203 Tower Oaks Blvd, Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20852

To reach us by car from the center of Rockville, head southwards on the I-270 S. Take exit 4A and merge eastwards onto Monrose Road. Then, take the first left onto Tower Oaks Boulevard.

Schedule your consultation

To schedule an appointment for a breast lift in Maryland, please get in touch today.

The consultation lasts for roughly one hour. In the consultation, Dr. Tattelbaum will evaluate your health and starting situation, and answer any questions you may have. We’ll also look at implant sizes in a testing bra to help choose the right size and achieve your goals. And finally, we’ll cover the risks, benefits, and alternatives to a breast lift so you can make an informed decision.
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