Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Center

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

in Reno, Nevada

What is a Breast Lift/Mastopexy?

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, helps offset the effects of age, nursing, gravity, breast implant removal or significant weight loss. A breast lift from Janiga MDs Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Center involves removing excess skin and reshapes the breast tissue to create a more youthful appearance.

There are three basic types of breast lifts that Dr. Tim Janiga performs: full mastopexy, donut mastopexy, and crescent mastopexy. The most suitable method for you depends on several factors, including your cosmetic goals and unique anatomy. Dr. Janiga will develop a plan for your breast lift during a comprehensive consultation.

The Full Mastopexy Procedure

A full mastopexy breast lift is performed by Dr. Timothy Janiga at a Reno outpatient surgery center using general anesthesia. It involves an incision around the areola and requires an anchor-shaped incision below the areola and horizontally across the underside of each breast. Silicone or saline implants can be included and are often placed either under the muscle or breast gland to improve the overall breast shape, depending on your desired results and personal situation. Including implants results in a combination of a breast lift with breast augmentation, and is a common choice among our patients.

The procedure usually takes one to three hours with another two hours of recovery time before leaving the surgery center.

"Dr. Janiga is an awesome surgeon and his staff is great. Always very happy to be in their office." - LE



A donut mastopexy is performed by Dr. Timothy Janiga in an outpatient surgery center. The surgery involves an incision around the areola only, with the removal of excess skin through this small incision. The areola is then repositioned on the breast and sutured closed.  Breast implants can be placed at the same time with the donut mastopexy also if desired.

This procedure takes one to two hours with another hour for recovery before being allowed to go home.


A crescent pexy is performed in an outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia. It involves a crescent-shaped incision involving about half of the nipple, an island of skin is removed, and the areola is repositioned.

Though this procedure may be performed on its own, it is often combined with breast augmentation surgery for complete results.

This procedure takes one to two hours with another hour for recovery before being allowed to go home.

Recovery & Results

The recovery and final results for all three types of mastopexy are comparable overall. Swelling and minimal bruising may last up to three weeks. Return to work can be expected within five to seven days.

You will notice results right away, with the breasts having been elevated. Signs of improvement will continue to appear as the incisions heal.

Schedule a Consultation

We evaluate patients for all types of mastopexy/breast lift in our Reno office. Dr. Timothy Janiga is a board-certified plastic surgeon who will thoroughly discuss which of the three options is best for you and provide a realistic expectation for your outcome. Schedule a consultation today.


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