BREAST LIFT  is a cosmetic surgery procedure which can help you to look and feel better about your appearance. Many women, particularly those who have nursed their newborn children or have sustained significant weight gain and subsequent weight loss, develop breast droop. Officially known as “ptosis”, breast droop is due to excessive stretching of the internal suspension connective tissue known as Cooper’s ligaments. Typically the drooping breast will have a deflated appearance, possess excessive skin and insufficient volume to fill the desired bra cup. There may be asymmetry of the two sides as well.


BREAST LIFT requires skin tucking in most instances but for some women, insertion of breast implants will return the droopy breast to a more perky position. If the distance from the base of the neck to the nipples is excessive, then ptosis is present. The actual normal value varies depending on one’s height and torso shape. On average, it measures between 18 and 22 cm. You can do a measurement yourself with a ruler, while standing in front of a mirror. Also, note whether the nipple is at or below the level of the under breast fold. The degree of ptosis determines the optimal technique by which Dr. Grenga of the Chesapeake Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery will recommend. He will also advise whether breast implants are in order to enhance the fullness of your breasts.


BREAST LIFT is often combined with breast augmentation using saline or silicone gel implants in order to enhance the breast volume.  Dr. Grenga often performs tummy tuck, liposuction, arm lift and thigh lift at the time of breast lift. The latter two options are more common when treating women who have sustained a massive weight loss, for example, after a gastric bypass.


WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT after surgery for ptotic breasts? Dr. Grenga performs this operation as an outpatient–this means that you can be discharged on the same day so that you can recover at home. Most women resume driving by 7-10 days after surgery. Most women can resume exertional exercise after about four weeks. As with other cosmetic surgery operations, scars result from breast lift surgery. It is not always easy to predict what degree of visibility your scars will develop. Most breast scars are inconspicuous when they have finally settled. This may take many weeks to months for final settling. Dr. Grenga will advise scar massage techniques when appropriate.

To learn more about breast lift surgery, click here to be directed to the Breast Lift page in the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons’ website.


To schedule your consultation with Dr. Grenga, click here so that you can be directed to our “Contact Us” page. You can request desired dates and times by specifying what works best for you. If you prefer, you may contact our office directly by telephone at 1-757-673-5900 or toll free at 1-877-639-9680 during normal business hours (9 A.M. to 5 P.M. M-F).


Appearance prior to breast lift surgery
Prior to breast lift surgery, excessive length of the breasts is present and there is assymmetry of the sizes.
Result after breast lift surgery
The result of a beast lift operation is shown at about two months after surgery. Scars which remain pink will fade….most become inconspicuous in time.

ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES of breast lift surgery are shown in the following photos.

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  • Dr. Grenga,

    When I first considered breast enlargement, I wasn't sure that it was the thing for me. I just wanted to restore the breasts that I had before bearing my two children.

    After the kids came, I gradually lost about two cup sizes. Thanks to you, I have been pleased to have my figure back. This has made me very glad that I made the decision to go ahead with the operation.

  • Dr. Grenga,

    I cannot say enough good things about my entire experience with Dr. Grenga and his staff. Dr. Grenga has made a difference in my looks ( 10 years+ younger ). His expertise as well as his bedside manner have made a positive difference in my life.


  • Dr. Grenga,

    I know that you get thank you’s everyday but I want to let you know how much I appreciate the extent that you went to yesterday to help me. I will always be thankful for your extreme kindness you are truly the most caring Doctor a girl could ask for.


  • Dr. Grenga,

    Thank you for the wonderful kindness and politeness you all show each and every time I have come to or called the office. You all ROCK !


  • Dr. Grenga,

    Your attention to detail and expertise exceeded all of our expectations. You have a true passion for your work and it shines with your wonderful bedside manner. Words cannot express how truly thankful we are for what you have done for us and our daughter.

    AL and SL

  • Dr. Grenga,

    They say pictures can say a thousand words but the first one that came to mind after looking at these before & after’s is wow. You have made such a difference in how I look and feel about myself. I look forward to a continued relationship with you and your staff at the Chesapeake Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery. Many thanks!


  • Dr. Grenga,

    You performed a tummy tuck on me three months ago and the results are terrific! I personally want to thank him for the job well done. His staff and Dr. Grenga take the time with you and make your whole surgery experience wonderful. If I ever need anything else done to my body, Dr. Grenga will be doing it.


  • Dr. Grenga,

    I feel now that I wished that I had my breast reduction operation a long time ago. I cannot believe that I waited so long for this and suffered for so many years. I feel so much better and have enjoyed exercising again because my back and breasts no longer hurt. My clothes fit so much better as well. You were right-it has made a remarkable difference in my appearance but I want you to know that it has made a difference in my outlook as well. I feel years younger!


dr.Tad Grenga

Dr. Grenga has practiced in Hampton Roads since 1987. He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has dedicated his practice to the specialty of cosmetic and plastic surgery.

As one of the most experienced plastic surgeons in Southeastern, Dr. Grenga offers his patients a
diverse selection of plastic surgery options for enhancing your figure and rejuvenating your appearance.

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