What is a Breast Lift?
Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy in New York City, is performed on women who have sagging breasts. A breast lift procedure lifts the breasts and tightens the skin envelope. The areola may also be made smaller and some patients may require a breast implant as well to add volume. This is commonly performed after completing childbearing. The breast becomes engorged during pregnancy and then involutes after breast-feeding is completed. Like an overblown balloon that eventually loses air, the breast skin “stretches out” and often loses its elasticity, and the breast volume shrinks. It can also happen with fluctuations in weight as well as with aging that results in weakness in skin elasticity.
Who is a good candidate for breast lift surgery?
A good candidate for breast lift is a woman who is healthy, does not smoke and has sagging breasts that desires for them to be lifted.
How much does a breast lift cost?
The fee for a breast lift will vary from doctor to doctor and it will also depend upon if an implant is needed or not. The average runs between $8k-$15k.
What should I expect during a consultation for breast lift surgery?
During the consultation, you will spend a lot of time with the doctor reviewing your surgical goals. An exam will then be performed and a surgical plan will be discussed with you at length.
What questions should I ask my plastic surgeon about breast lift surgery?
You should ask if they are board certified first, and then discuss options for the lift you desire. You might want to ask whether or not you will need an implant as well and which technique they feel will give you the best result with the least amount of scarring.
What are the risks of breast lift surgery?
The main risks of breast lift surgery are unfavorable scarring, asymmetry, infection, bleeding, nipple loss, fat necrosis, fluid collections, dysesthesias, and need for revisions.
How should I prepare for breast lift surgery?
I tell my patients to eat a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly. I also want them to avoid any medications or supplements that may cause excessive bleeding.
How Long Does a Breast Lift Procedure Take?
The surgical procedure usually takes between two and four hours with a recuperation time of one to two weeks. Patients wear a support bra without an under-wire or a sports type bra for about three to six weeks before they can go back to using an under-wire bra. Dr. Wallach recommends that patients avoid aerobic type exercise for at least three weeks and strenuous exercise for at least six weeks after surgery. Dr. Wallach has presented his findings on limited access surgery combining breast augmentation with minor breast sagging in several peer-reviewed journals. He has also presented talks to other plastic surgeons on his preferred techniques for breast lift surgery. Dr. Wallach has also given an instructional course to fellow plastic surgeons on his preferred techniques at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) national meeting.
What are the steps of a breast lift procedure?
The breast lift procedure usually includes raising the nipple areolas complex, maybe making the areola smaller, molding the breast tissue and sometimes reducing the volume of adding an implant for volume. Various skin patterns may be used based upon the extent of sagging and laxity.
What should I expect during my breast lift recovery?
Most patients can go back to light duty within 3-5 days. I have patients avoid aerobic type of activity for 3-4 weeks and then avoid exertion of heavy lifting for about 6-8 weeks.
What results should I expect after breast lift surgery?
The goal of surgery is to lift and tighten the breasts.
What words should I know about breast lift surgery?
Words include areola, nipple, skin incisions, lollipop or “T” incision, and Pedicle.
What does the process of breast lift look like?
A patient goes through the consultation and then the procedure and has a recovery period that will vary depending upon the extent of the procedure.
Breast Lift Incision Options
There are three general skin design patterns for mastopexy. These are based upon the amount of skin that needs to be removed, the distance the nipple areola complex needs to be lifted to place it in an aesthetically pleasing position, the amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed or repositioned, and finally the volume, if any, that needs to be restored with a breast implant (see the breast augmentation section).
The three more common skin patterns include:
Wise Pattern Breast Lift
Looks like an inverted –”T” or an anchor after final closure. The Wise pattern places incisions along the inframammary border of the breast, a vertical incision from the fold up to the areola, and an incision around the border of the areola. For patients with poor skin quality and with significant breast ptosis, a Wise pattern skin incision would probably be most beneficial to achieve the desired result.
Vertical Breast Lift
Which looks like a “lollipop” incision. The vertical lift eliminates the inframammary incision, and the circumareolar breast lift eliminates both the vertical and inframammary incision. Dr. Wallach, a Manhattan New York Cosmetic Surgeon, will commonly employ a vertical lift technique (a modified LeJour technique) that minimizes the amount of scarring on the breast using a “lollipop-type” pattern that encompasses a circular incision around the areola with a lower breast vertical incision. This eliminates the use of a transverse incision along the lower breast fold that is placed as part of a more traditional “anchor type” procedure.
Circumareolar breast lift (Benelli breast lift)
which ends up with an incision along the border of the areola. The circumareolar breast lift only employs an incision around the areola. This procedure is for a very limited patient population that does not require the nipple areola complex to move too much. The tissue that supports the blood supply to the nipple areola complex can usually be brought on a leash of tissue commonly referred to as a pedicle from superiorly, inferiorly, medially, or laterally. This technique is usually reserved for patients with moderate breast ptosis (droop) and reasonably good skin elasticity. For this reason, most massive weight loss patients would not be good candidates for this technique because of the poor skin quality. But, for the majority of breast lift patients in New York, this technique is an excellent choice.
Dr. Wallach will combine breast augmentation with a breast lift for those patients that desire an increase in volume as well as a lift. In many cases, Dr. Wallach will limit the incision from this procedure by using either a “lollipop-type” pattern or a pattern designed only around the areola (circumareolar), further limiting the incisions. For massive weight loss patients in Manhattan NYC, Dr. Wallach has used all three types of skin incision designs to achieve nice results for his patients. Sometimes a breast augmentation alone can be performed to lift the breast for minor sagging.
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Breast Lift Frequently Asked Questions
Is a breast lift covered by insurance?
Does a breast lift cost more than implants?
Do I need a breast lift or just implants?
Does a breast lift leave scars?
Do you lose sensation with breast lift?
Does a breast lift make your nipples less sensitive?
Do you still have feeling in your nipples after breast lift?
Does insurance pay for breast lift?
How do you shower after a breast lift?
How long does it take for breast lift scars to heal?
How long do breast lift results last?
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How much is a mini breast lift?
How painful is a breast lift?
What is a non surgical breast lift?
How soon after breast lift can I exercise?
What is a partial breast lift?
Is getting a breast lift safe?
What is a wrap around breast lift?
What is the vampire breast lift?
What is a crescent breast lift?
What types of breast lifts are there?
Will a breast lift reduce cup size?
Will a breast lift remove stretch marks?
Will breast lift affect breastfeeding?
Why do my breasts sag?
If I have a breast lift operation will I have a lot of scars?
What if I decide to have more children? Can I still have this surgery?
What kind of incision will I need for a breast lift?
Can I just have a lift around the border of my areola?
What is a vertical breast lift?
Who requires a u201cTu201d incision breast lift?
Will I need an implant with my breast lift?
If my breasts are slightly saggy can I just get breast implants?
Is a breast lift procedure the same as a breast reduction procedure?
Will I need drains after a breast lift procedure?
What is the recovery like after a breast lift procedure?