What is a breast lift ?

Whether from childbirth and breastfeeding, changes in weight, gravity, or the natural aging process, a woman’s breasts will change over time. These factors can result in sagging breasts losing their elasticity and firmness, a condition also known as ptosis. A breast lift also known as mastopexy is a surgical procedure performed by Dr. Rodolfo Castillo board-certified plastic surgeon in Tijuana, Mexico to recreate the appearance of firm and more youthful breasts. 

You might consider a breast lift if:

  • Your breasts they’ve lost shape and volume, or they’ve gotten flatter and longer
  • Your nipples when your breasts are unsupported fall below your breast creases
  • Your nipples and areolae point downward
  • Your areolae have stretched out of proportion to your breasts
  • One of your breasts falls lower than the other

During breast lift, excess skin is removed and the breast tissue is adjusted, moves and moves the nipple and areola to a more appropriate position to obtain a more aesthetic shape. Dr. Rodolfo Castillo performs the breast lift using one of three types of incisions, depending on the individual characteristics of each patient and in each case he will take measures to obtain minimal healing.

Breast lift is not designed to change breast size, but breast augmentation or breast reduction can be combined for more specific results.

Which incisions are made for breast lift surgery?

Dr. Rodolfo Castillo have developed techniques to remove breast skin and reshape breast tissue. He might make incisions around the areolae, extending downward from the areolae to the breast creases, or horizontally along the breast creases. This depends on your physical characteristics.

When fuller, rounder breasts are the goal, a combination breast lift and breast augmentation surgery may be necessary. There are several methods available for breast augmentation, including saline and silicone implants, as well as autologous fat transfer. When smaller breasts are the goal, a combination breast lift and breast reduction may be recommended. 

During the breast lift procedure, extra breast tissue will be removed. The remaining tissue and skin will then be lifted and firmed. You and Dr. Rodolfo Castillo will discuss which method is best for your desired outcome and individual circumstance.

Before and During the Procedure

Before undergoing a breast lift, Dr. Rodolfo Castillo board-certified plastic surgeon makes a detailed consultation and assessment. During this appointment, determine if you are a candidate, explain the procedure, discuss your expectations and take action. As well, he will discuss with you how your nipples and areolas will be repositioned. You should mention anything else about your breasts that you would like to see improved. The doctor may require some preoperative studies and ask that you stop certain medications before treatment.

Dr. Rodolfo Castillo will place stitches deep within your breasts to reshape your breast tissue and, if necessary, reduce the size of your areolae. He will remove excess breast skin and shift the nipples to higher positions. Then he will bring together the breast skin and close the incisions with stitches, surgical tape, or skin adhesives.

Although a breast lift does not require a one-night stay in Tijuana, Mexico, however those who wish may stay. The procedure itself takes two to three hours and you can go home on the same day.

After the Procedure and Recovering

After surgery, your breasts will be swollen and bruised for about two weeks. You will likely feel pain and soreness around the incisions, which will be red or pink for a few months. Also, you will feel some numbness in your nipples, areolae and breast skin  for about six weeks.

Drainage tubes may be placed  near your incisions and are typically removed within a few days. When Dr. Rodolfo Castillo removes the tubes, he will also probably change or remove your bandages. In case you are in the United States, you can gently remove it or assist to a hospital.


Following your breast lift surgery, Dr. Rodolfo Castillo will recommend you to:

  • Sleep on your back or your side to keep pressure off your breasts
  • Avoid straining, bending and lifting
  • Must wear a sports bra or support bra after the surgery
  • Wound should not be in contact with water for 8 days
  • Avoid sexual activity for at least one to two weeks
  • Keep your breasts out of the sun. Afterward, protect your incisions during sun exposure.
  • In case of any infection, wash the wound with soap and water. If discomfort persists, contact your Patient Care Coordinator