Over time, factors such as gravity, pregnancy, genetics, significant weight loss, and simply the natural process of aging can lead to the development of loose, excess skin in the breasts. For many women, these effects may cause undesirable breast drooping/sagging, as well as a loss of self confidence. Also known as Mastopexy, a breast lift is an excellent option for individuals who are experiencing these concerns and seeking to rejuvenate the look and feel of their breasts. Using advanced surgical techniques, our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stafford Broumand performs breast lift surgery to remove excess skin, reshape, and elevate the breasts for a more youthful contour and projection.
Frequently Asked Questions
In addition to lifting the breasts to restore a more youthful, “perkier” aesthetic, Mastopexy can be customized to address a number of other concerns to further enhance the appearance of the breasts. Depending on your unique needs and goals, breast lift surgery can generally help:
-Elevate the breasts to correct drooping/sagging.
-Tighten/eliminate excess breast skin.
-Reshape breast tissue for an improved contour.
-Raise the nipple-areolar complex to a more natural position.
-Reduce the size of the areola.
If you are interested in increasing the size of your breasts in addition to having them lifted, our doctors in NYC can often perform augmentation in conjunction with Mastopexy. By combining these two procedures, patients may be able to achieve a fuller shape, improved cleavage, and a more rejuvenated appearance.
The initial consultation for Mastopexy is roughly 60 minutes to an hour in length. Our surgeons’ goal during this time is to listen attentively to your concerns so they can fully understand your motivation and goals for treatment. If having someone else present will help you better retain the information, ask the pertinent questions, and provide overall moral support, we encourage inviting a close friend or family member to attend the consultation with you.
During this in-depth appointment, Dr. Broumand will conduct a physical exam and discuss medical history to better determine if Mastopexy is the right procedure for you. Following the examination, we will discuss the expected surgical outcome with the help of VECTRA® XT technology—an advanced imaging system that allows a 3D image of your body to be taken and modified based on the proposed procedural strategy. This innovative tool can help you establish realistic expectations for surgery, potentially leading to higher postoperative satisfaction.
Once a treatment plan has been decided and agreed upon by both you and your surgeon, our friendly staff will assist you schedule your Mastopexy procedure at your convenience.
Prior to your Mastopexy procedure, our team will provide a comprehensive pre-operative list to ensure you have the best experience possible. Some of the things you can do leading up to treatment procedure is refrain from aspirin products, stop certain medications, avoid particular vitamins, and add Arnica herbal supplements to your regimen.
In order to achieve an ideal result, there are numerous factors that should be taken into consideration prior to breast lift surgery in NYC. The information provided below can prepare you for some of the matters that will be discussed in full detail at the time of your consultation.
Different Degrees of Breast Drooping:
When evaluating breast drooping (ptosis), there are four different classifications. These include:
Glandular Ptosis or Pseudoptosis – Breast tissue droops lower than the inframammary crease, but the position of the nipple-areolar complex remains above the crease.
Grade I Ptosis – Both breast tissue and the nipple-areolar complex sag slightly lower than the inframammary fold.
Grade II Ptosis – Both breast tissue and the nipple-areolar complex droop considerably lower than the inframammary crease.
Grade III Ptosis – Considered the most significant form of breast drooping, the nipple-areolar complex is at the lowest point of the sagging breast, often facing completely downward.
The specific grade of breast drooping that our plastic surgeons in NYC determine a patient has will play a key role in identifying the most appropriate Mastopexy technique to employ—a Benelli Mastopexy, a vertical Mastopexy, or an anchor Mastopexy. To learn about each of these breast lift methods, please refer to the section below.
Breast Lift Techniques:
There are three techniques traditionally used to perform breast lift surgery. These include:
Benelli Mastopexy – The incision is made in a circle around the perimeter of the areola.
Vertical or Lollipop Mastopexy – The incision is made around the outer edge of the areola and continues vertically down the underside of the breast (forming the shape of a lollipop).
Anchor or Inverted “T” Mastopexy – The incision encircles the areola, continues down the breasts, and continues along the inframammary fold (resembling the shape of an anchor).
While each approach can yield excellent results for the right patients, our doctors generally prefer the vertical (or lollipop) Mastopexy, depending on the individual’s anatomy. They feel this technique allows for optimal lifting and reshaping of the breast tissues, ultimately leading to an exceptional outcome that far outweighs any hesitations patients have in regard to scarring.
At the time of the consultation, each Mastopexy technique will be discussed in full detail, and a specific approach can be selected based on your particular issues and concerns, breast measurements, and desired outcome. In the end, our plastic surgeons’ goal is to give you the best lift with the least amount of scarring possible.
When the day of surgery has arrived, you will come to the same office you visited for your consultation(s). After greeting you warmly, our staff will get you settled and introduce you to our operating room team, some of whom have worked alongside our plastic surgeons for more than 20 years. Next, your doctor and our staff will run through the preoperative process and lead you to the operating room to change into your surgery attire, take care of pre-op signatures, and confirm everything is ready to move forward. Throughout this entire process, every bit of focus is centered on ensuring you feel completely safe and as comfortable as possible.
To begin the Mastopexy procedure, your doctor will employ the incision pattern that was predetermined during the consultation. Once this incision has been made, excess skin is removed, and breast tissues are internally shaped and elevated to a higher position on the chest wall. When the desired contour and position is achieved, residual skin is pulled taut and carefully reattached beneath the curve of the breasts. Performed under general anesthesia, the Mastopexy procedure takes about two hours to complete, but this timeframe may be extended for individuals who are receiving a breast lift with implants.
Once Breast Lift surgery is complete, you will wake up feeling extremely well, similar to waking from a restful nap. Our operating room team and board-certified anesthesiologist will be there to greet you, and they will aid you in walking to a recovery room under your own power while helping to make sure you are free of any pain. You will remain in this recovery room for approximately one hour, and once our staff ensures you are comfortable enough to return home, they will get in touch with a friend or family member to pick you up and take you back home the same day.
Following Mastopexy surgery, your surgeon will call in the evening to ensure you feel well and answer any questions you may have. Moving forward, follow-up visits are typically scheduled for one week, two weeks, three weeks, four weeks, six weeks, three months, six months, and one year after the procedure.
Some degree of swelling, bruising, and/or numbness in the nipples and breasts may be experienced – though these symptoms should subside over the first few post-operative weeks. Any potential discomfort can generally be managed with medication, and the majority of patients are able to resume normal, non-strenuous routines after approximately one week. That said, Dr. Broumand typically advises that you refrain from any rigorous exercise or strenuous physical activities for several weeks to help ensure proper healing and ideal, long-term outcomes. Due to our doctor’s meticulous surgical technique, any residual scarring from surgery should become relatively inconspicuous over time.