Understanding Breast Lift Surgery

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Manhattan, New York City & Nearby NY

Posted: January 8, 2018

Having excess skin and fat in the breast region can cause them to sag. Not only is sagging uncomfortable, it can also affect a woman’s self-confidence. In order to remedy the situation, women often undergo a surgical procedure known as a breast lift. Also called mastopexy surgery, this treatment has been gaining popularity over the years and may prove to be just the solution you’ve been looking for.

What Is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is a way to raise drooping breasts, making them look perkier and more youthful. Sagging breasts are lifted by removing the excess tissue in the region and tightening the skin, reshaping and contouring the breasts. A breast lift may also involve repositioning and resizing the areolae for a new and improved look that is more aesthetically pleasing.

If your primary objective is to have larger and fuller breasts, it’s important to note that a breast lift isn’t the procedure for you. The main purpose of the treatment is to make the breasts appear more lifted and youthful. Those who want larger breasts will be better served by breast augmentation with implants.

Reasons Why the Breasts Lose Their Shape

Over the course of time, a woman’s breasts can become saggy and lose their lifted appearance. Just like any other part of the body, there are numerous factors that can affect the appearance of the breasts.

The loss of elasticity in the skin of the breasts can be caused by factors such as pregnancy, extreme sudden weight gain or loss, the aging process, breastfeeding, heredity, and the pull of gravity. A breast lift can help fix this problem and allow you to reclaim the firm breasts you desire for a more youthful look.

What to Expect Before and After the Surgery

A breast lift can be performed as an outpatient procedure. Your doctor will discuss this with you during your breast lift consultation. You will be given a set of instructions to help you prepare. These instructions will require you to stop taking certain medications, smoking, and drinking. It is advisable for pregnant women to avoid undergoing this procedure.

Be sure to discuss your desired outcome with your doctor clearly during your consultation so that he can make the necessary arrangements to deliver the results you desire. A breast lift is a very personal experience, so you need to make sure you are conveying your aesthetic goals clearly before going in for one.

The exact details of your breast lift will vary depending on the severity of the sagging and the amount of correction you desire. There are many types of breast lift available, including the donut mastopexy, the lollipop mastopexy, and the anchor lift. These names refer to the type of incision that will be made in order to remove the excess tissue.

After the surgery is completed, you will be able to see the results right away; your breasts will look visibly lifted and perkier. You will need to rest and heal for a time in order for the post-surgical swelling to go down. Vigorous physical activity should be avoided for about three to four weeks after the surgery to let the incisions heal. There may be some discomfort after the surgery, but you can expect it to subside in a week or two.

Contact Our Office

For help eliminating breast sag and improving breast shape, contact our office to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joshua Hyman. Dr. Hyman will be happy to answer any questions you may have.