I.D.E.A.L.® Breast Lift

Looking to perk up sagging breasts? Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Ted Eisenberg created the I.D.E.A.L. Breast Lift, a mastopexy without breast implants.

This groundbreaking technique, which Dr. Eisenberg has been teaching to doctors from around the country and around the world, raises and reshapes breasts and maximizes your breast lift results.

The 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.

Breast Lift Breast Augmentation Dr. Ted Eisenberg

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.

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that raises and firms the breasts, giving them a more youthful look. Dr. Eisenberg does this by removing excess skin and positioning the nipple higher without removing it. When the remaining skin is tightened, it creates a natural sling – like a new bra – to support the breast.

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 read about the “10 Things to Consider Before You Have Breast Lift Surgery” on Dr. Eisenberg’s Breast Blog, click here.

To determine if you want a lift and 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 Video Blog

From her breast lift surgery consultation with Dr. Ted Eisenberg to the operating room to her 3-month post-op visit, Philadelphia DJ Casey shared her experience with her fans. Watch her candid video series below.


The Consultation

We allow about an hour for your free breast lift consultation so you have plenty of time to get answers to all of your questions.

Dr. Eisenberg will examine you in the presence of one of his office staff, and if you desire, your significant other. He’ll take your medical history, discuss your specific health considerations, measure your breasts, and talk to you about the surgical approach that’s best for you. You’ll have a chance to discuss your expectations and find out what the surgery can accomplish.

Next, you’ll look at our before & after photo albums. You’ll see at least a dozen women similar to you in height, weight, and starting breast size, as if you were looking at yourself in a mirror; we also have post-op pictures showing how women look in their bras, shirts and tank tops. Your pre-op pictures are taken the morning of surgery. All pictures are from neck to waist; no faces are shown. You do not have to be in a before & after photo album or on the website photo gallery.

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.

If you are interested in proceeding with surgery, you can select a date. Depending on your age and family history, you may be asked to get a mammogram (breast x-ray) before breast surgery.

Whether or not you choose to have surgery, we guarantee that you’ll leave our office with accurate and honest information.

When you are ready for your free consultation, call us at 1-888-SHAPE-12 or complete our initial virtual consultation form. Dr. Eisenberg will review your form and photos and call you promptly to answer your preliminary questions.

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


Breast Lift Surgery

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.



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 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why do I have saggy breasts? I’m only 19.
It’s not uncommon for teens to have droopy breasts. Some girls say that they were “born with saggy breasts” or that they “just developed this way.” Breasts can start drooping at any age depending on your genes, the elasticity of your skin, and if you’ve lost a significant amount of weight. If the skin doesn’t retract when some of the fat disappears from your breasts, you could be left with saggy or empty-looking breasts.

Q: What will a breast lift do for me?
If your breasts are moderately to severely droopy, a breast lift (mastopexy), with or without implants, would be a good choice. It would restore the breasts to a more youthful look by repositioning the nipples at a higher position and removing excess skin. Dr. Eisenberg uses the I.D.E.A.L. Breast Lift technique, which he created and has been teaching to doctors from around the world.

Q: After a breast lift, will my breasts be bigger or smaller?
After a 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 look 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.

Q: How long does a breast lift last?
A: A breast lift has long-lasting results. As you age, the newly positioned nipple and areola will generally stay above the inframammary fold. However, future pregnancies or significant weight changes can undo some of the improvement and cause your breasts to sag again.

“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