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Though drooping or sagging breasts are an inevitable and natural result of the aging process, there is an alternative. Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure that can elevate sagging breasts to achieve a more youthful appearance.

Here in North Mississippi, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dan Shell performs breast lift surgery for women who may be experiencing low self-confidence or body image issues due to sagging, loose breasts. Dr. Shell routinely performs breast lifts in conjunction with other procedures such as breast reduction or breast augmentation surgery.


The best candidates for a breast lift will be women who are highly motivated to improve their appearance. Breast lifts can correct one or more of the following conditions:

  • Sagging breasts
  • Loose breast skin
  • Overly large areolas
  • Nipples that point downwards

Additionally, it is essential that breast lift candidates possess good overall physical and emotional health, as well as realistic expectations of what a breast lift can accomplish. During your consultation with Dr. Shell, you can determine if breast lift surgery is the best treatment for your cosmetic goals.


There are many factors to consider before committing to breast lift surgery. Below is a list of frequently asked questions about breast lift surgery in Southaven and Oxford, Mississippi.

  • How does breast lift surgery work?

    Prior to surgery, Dr. Shell will work with you to design a surgical plan that best aligns with your cosmetic goals. Periareolar, lollipop or inverted-T incisions may be used, depending on how severe the sagging of the breasts has become. Once Dr. Shell has made the incision, he will lift, reshape, and tighten the underlying breast tissue. The nipple and the areola will also be lifted to a more natural position. Excess breast tissue will be trimmed away to improve the elasticity of your breasts.

  • What happens after breast lift surgery?

    The results of your breast lift will be immediately apparent. You may experience swelling, bruising and discomfort in your chest area for several days. Recovery times vary, but most women are able to resume work and other normal activities within one to two weeks. During surgery, Dr. Shell will conceal the incisions within the natural contours of the breast, but there will be visible scarring on the surface of your breasts. These incision scars will be permanent, but they will fade with time.

  • Will the results be permanent?

    The final results of your breast lift will be long-lasting, but breast lift surgery cannot stop the natural aging process. Over time, your breasts will again begin to change and lose elasticity. Significant changes in your body weight may also affect the final results of your surgery. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise plan will increase the probability of long-lasting results.

  • What won’t breast lift surgery do?

    Breast lift surgery is capable of lifting and firming sagging breasts, but it will not significantly change the size of your breasts, and it will not add volume to the upper portion of your breasts. If you desire fuller or smaller breasts, you may want to consider undergoing breast augmentation or reduction in addition to your breast lift.

  • Why should I choose Dr. Shell for breast lift surgery?

    During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. His practice uses the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is also a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Dr. Dan Shell is a board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing breast lift surgery. If you are considering a breast lift, he will be happy to sit down with you and explain the process in detail. His practice serves Northern Mississippi. Contact our plastic surgery office in Oxford, Mississippi today by calling 662-236-6465 to set up a consultation.

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