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Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)

Information About Breast Lift Surgery on Long Island, New York

As women age, their skin begins to lose elasticity, and gravity causes their breasts to sag. Other factors, including weight loss, pregnancy, and breastfeeding, can also impact breast size, shape, and firmness.

Breast Changes Can Be a Result Of:

  • Aging
  • Breastfeeding
  • Gravity
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Weight Fluctuations

Fortunately, women who are unhappy with their sagging breasts can undergo a surgical procedure to lift their sagging breasts.

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, improves the shape and profile of patients’ breasts by lifting them back to a more youthful position. The procedure aims to restore the general harmony of the female figure. We achieve this by removing excess skin and raising the nipple and areola to a more desirable forward position.

How is this Procedure Performed?

We can complete the breast lift procedure using several techniques. Depending upon the patient’s body shape, existing breast tissue, and excess skin, our surgeons will decide the best approach.

Types of Breast Lift Surgery

Crescent Breast Lift

The crescent breast lift is a wonderful surgical option for women who experience minimal sagging. Our associates cut a small, crescent-shaped incision around the top half of the areola before manipulating the underlying anatomy. We commonly pair the lift with a breast augmentation.

Peri-Areolar Breast Lift / Donut Lift

The peri-areolar breast lift is for women with some sagging. We place its incision around the outside edge of the areola, like the crescent method. The peri-areolar lift is an exceptional choice for women who want to reduce the size of their areola. The scar is small enough to fade almost completely.

We also typically pair the peri-areolar lift with a breast augmentation.

Vertical Breast Lift / Lollipop Lift

The vertical breast lift is the most common technique. Our board-certified surgeon will place two incisions in the shape of a lollipop. The surgeon places the first around the outer edge of the areola. The second incision goes below the bottom of the areola and extends into the breast crease.

This technique allows for total breast reshaping. The scar is typically temporary, and the patient can easily conceal it in a bra or bikini.

Inverted T Breast Lift / Anchor Breast Lift

The inverted T breast lift is ideal for women whose breasts hang below the chest’s breast crease line and are pendulous. For this procedure, our surgeons use three incisions. The surgeons mirror the first two incisions of the lollipop lift, and they place the third within the breast crease itself.

These incisions form the shape of an anchor. This technique can sometimes pair with a breast reduction, allowing for more extensive breast reshaping.

Breast Lift Techniques

Breast Lift Surgery Techniques Summary:

  • Crescent Lift – corrects minimal sagging.
  • Peri-Areolar Lift / Donut Lift – corrects mild sagging.
  • Vertical Lift / Lollipop Lift – Corrects moderate sagging and reshapes the breasts.
  • Inverted T Lift / Anchor Lift – Correct extensive sagging and allows for more dramatic breast reshaping.

Recovery from Breast Lift Surgery

After surgery, we usually apply surgical dressings and bandages to incision sites. In some cases, we may temporarily place a small drainage tube under the skin to remove excess blood and fluids. In addition, patients must wear a surgical compression bra to minimize swelling.

Patients should expect some bruising and swelling, as well as minor discomfort. We usually prescribe pain medication to keep patients comfortable and recommend that patients sleep on their backs or sides. Sleeping on the stomach will put pressure on the breasts and can negatively affect results.

Mastopexy patients can return to work in a week. However, we recommend avoiding strenuous physical activity for the first 5 weeks of recovery.

Breast Lift Candidates

Women bothered by the size and shape of their breasts are good candidates for a breast lift. Patients should also be in good physical health and have realistic expectations about their surgical goals.

Candidates should also schedule a consultation at our surgical center to see if they are truly a good fit. During the appointment, we are happy to discuss any concerns and determine which technique is best for your needs.

Breast Lift Surgery Consultations

To schedule your consultation today, call our New York City location at 212-570-2500, or our Long Island office at 516-773-4646. You may also schedule an appointment by completing our online contact form.

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