Breast Lift

The appearance of your breasts can change through the course of your lifetime due to weight fluctuation, pregnancy and nursing, as well as the natural aging process. If your breasts are positioned low and look deflated, are elongated and droopy or you simply wish to enjoy a firmer, perkier profile again, a breast lift can help.

Breast Lift

Dr. Michael Halls is well-known throughout the San Diego area as a breast lift specialist and leader in breast surgery. With over 25 years in active practice as a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Halls offers a full range of cosmetic breast enhancement procedures as well as the most innovative techniques in reconstructive breast surgery for beautiful, natural-looking results.

Please contact us online or call La Jolla Breast Institute today at (858) 458-0100 to schedule your breast lift consultation.

Why Choose Dr. Halls

Dr. Halls graduated Cum Laude from University of Western Ontario in Canada as a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, an honor granted to only a small percentage of the most elite students. He went on to complete seven additional years of training in plastic surgery residency and fellowships, including two years at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Board Certified as a plastic surgeon in both the United States and Canada, Dr. Halls is actively involved with a number of breast and plastic surgery societies, and has published multiple papers in respected journals and texts over the past three decades.

Locally, Dr. Halls is the co-founder and chairman of Doctors Offering Charitable Services (DOCS) and served as former Chief of Surgery at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. He opened La Jolla Breast Institute in order to create a relaxed, comfortable environment where women could receive the expert guidance and patient education needed to make informed decisions about their procedures. Dr. Halls’ commitment to a patient-first philosophy in combination with his extensive experience is responsible for elevating him to the top of his profession.

About Breast Lifts

There are a number of different factors that can affect breast size, shape and placement, from exercise habits to hormone levels. Many women notice a dramatic difference in their breasts following weight loss or after pregnancy and nursing, while others see gradual changes appear more slowly in their figure as they grow older.

During breast lift surgery, technically known as mastopexy, Dr. Halls reshapes your natural breast tissue for a younger-looking silhouette and firmer texture, removing excess fatty deposits and glandular tissue as needed. At the same time, he trims away excess skin and tightens the remainder to provide greater support to the recontoured breast. The nipple and areola can also be reduced and repositioned during a breast lift.

A breast lift can be scheduled as a solo surgery in women who want to enhance their breasts without getting breast implants, but can also be performed as a combination breast lift with augmentation. Breast lifts are also typically included as part of breast reduction as well. It’s important to understand the difference in these procedures so you can make the decision about which approach could best meet your needs.

  • Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation: A breast lift is designed to bring out the best in your natural assets, but won’t give you an increase in cup size. Breast implants will boost your breast measurements, but can’t change the shape or placement of your breasts. Either option can deliver excellent results in the right candidate, and it’s very common to combine procedures for a final breast shape that’s larger as well as uplifted.
  • Breast Lift vs. Breast Reduction: When performed on its own, a breast lift won’t significantly reduce breast size unless a breast reduction is included as well. At the same time, a breast reduction is about more than simply removing breast tissue arbitrarily, which would end up creating irregular contours. By reshaping your breast tissue and tightening your skin during a breast reduction, Dr. Halls creates a smaller, firmer breast shape that’s still proportionate to your frame.


Visiting our patient photo gallery to see real women before and after undergoing breast lift surgery can give you a better idea of what kind of results you can expect to see after your own surgery. You can also find answers to commonly asked questions about breast lifts in our Breast Lift FAQs.

Breast Lift Pricing

The cost of a breast lift varies depending on the approach Dr. Halls takes during surgery and whether other procedures, like a breast augmentation are included at the same time. The charges associated with breast lift surgery include Dr. Halls’ surgical fee, the cost for the surgical facility, and anesthesiologist fees. After your consultation Dr. Halls’ staff will discuss surgical costs with you, including information about procedures that may be partially or fully covered by your insurance plan, so you can make an informed decision before moving forward. Typically health insurance coverage for Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation surgery is only allowed if you have a personal history of breast cancer and the lift or augmentation is performed in conjunction with breast reconstruction following a mastectomy or lumpectomy.

Recovery & Results

You should see an immediate change in your breasts after surgery, although your final results will gradually become more apparent as your healing progresses. Initial swelling will dissipate and you can expect the appearance of your scars to fade considerably over the following weeks and months after your surgery. Dr. Halls will ask you to wear an elastic bandage or special bra to support your breasts in their new position and help you feel more comfortable during the early stages of recovery. You will also be provided with detailed post-operative care instructions and given a date for your first follow-up appointment.

Following your breast lift, your breasts should look higher and feel firmer, with nipples and areolas proportionate and centered rather than pointing downward. Although volume is not increased through a breast lift, your natural breasts will look perkier and more youthful, so your figure will look revitalized and refreshed without the need for breast implants.