I.D.E.A.L.® Breast Lift Philadelphia

Looking to perk up sagging breasts? Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Ted Eisenberg created the I.D.E.A.L. Breast Lift. This groundbreaking technique, which Dr. Eisenberg has taught to doctors from around the country and around the world, raises and reshapes the breasts, giving them a more youthful look.

When Casey, a popular Philadelphia DJ, wanted a breast lift, she chose Dr. Eisenberg to perform her surgery. She documented her experience before, during and after surgery in an intimate and entertaining 8-part video blog. Watch her candid video series below.

Are You a Candidate?

Breasts can start drooping at any age depending on your genes and the elasticity of your skin. Pregnancy, significant weight changes and the natural process of aging can also take a toll.

pencilTo see if you are a candidate for a breast lift, take the “pencil test.” Place a pencil horizontally along the crease under your breast where your bra rests. Look in the mirror. Is the position of the nipple itself (not the areola) above, at, or below the crease? If it were below, you would need a lift to restore the breast to a more youthful shape.

To determine if you want a breast lift and breast implants, put on your bra and look in the mirror. If you are satisfied with the size of your breasts, then a breast lift alone might be the right procedure for you. If you wish that your breasts were bigger, you are probably a candidate for a breast lift with implants (an augmentation mastopexy). Dr. Eisenberg is able to do both procedures at the same time.

Breast Lift Breast Augmentation Dr. Ted Eisenberg

At your free consultation, you’ll see pictures of the breast lift incision, which is anchor-like in shape; it goes around the nipple, extends from the nipple down to the breast fold and then in the breast fold itself. Healing is usually very good and is helped by Dr. Eisenberg’s use of dissolvable stitches, which do not have to be removed.

“I feel sexy, vibrant and ready to take on the world.” – Olivia P.

Breast Lift Surgery

During surgery, Dr. Eisenberg repositions the nipples at a higher position and removes the excess skin. When the remaining skin is tightened, it creates a natural sling – like a new bra – to support and lift the breasts.

Dr. Eisenberg performs his I.D.E.A.L. Breast Lift surgery in the safety of the operating room at Nazareth Hospital. On the day of surgery, your support person can stay with you until you are transferred to the operating room. That means he or she can be by your side when you meet the anesthesiologist and when Dr. Eisenberg marks the incision site, takes pictures for you and your records, and reviews your postoperative medications and diet.

The procedure takes about two hours. After surgery, you will be cared for in the recovery room by skilled and compassionate nurses until you are ready to go home later the same day. You must arrange for someone to drive you home.

“From the moment I walked into your office, I knew I was making the right decision.” – Alicia W.

After your lift, your breasts will be the same size as they were before surgery because only excess, stretched skin is removed; no breast tissue is taken away. You’ll look exactly how you looked before surgery when you are wearing a good bra. After surgery, your bare breasts might appear to be smaller than they used to because the surgery shortened and tightened them. The change in size is just an illusion.


Patients report to us that they have minimal discomfort after breast lift surgery. That’s because a breast lift involves removing only loose, stretched skin. If breast implants are added at the same time, the skin and muscle will be stretched, which may cause a little more discomfort. Dr. Eisenberg will prescribe medications to make you more comfortable during this period. More than 90 percent of patients say they are back to work in an office setting on the fifth day.

You can shower the day after surgery. By the third day, many women are able to comfortably lift their children; they can also drive if they are not taking narcotics. Your first postoperative visit is usually within a week. Your stitches are dissolvable, so there are no stitches to remove at this visit — or ever. There are no drains to be removed either; they are never used.

Dr. Eisenberg’s I.D.E.A.L. Breast lift technique has been published in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the journal of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; in the atlas Cosmetic Surgery: Art and Techniques; and featured in Cosmetic Surgery Times. For details, click here.


“I left your office after a 14-year checkup feeling overwhelmed by your caring and genuine nature. It was nice to be treated with the same respect 14 years later as when I first walked into your office. This meant so much to me. You are so appreciated. The world needs more doctors like you.” – Frankie