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What is a Breast Lift?
Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is most commonly performed to correct the appearance of sagging breasts. This procedure lifts the breasts and tightens the skin envelope to give patients a more youthful, perky appearance and reshape or reposition the nipple to face directly forward.
Some patients may also benefit from a breast implant as well as a breast lift to add volume in addition to tightening the breasts. This is commonly performed on people who have finished completed having children and breastfeeding in order to restore a pre-baby appearance. During breastfeeding, the breast skin “stretches out” and often loses its elasticity, and the breast tissue volume shrinks. Breast laxity can also occur with fluctuations in weight as well as with aging.
A mastopexy can improve breast aesthetics by removing excess breast tissue and skin while achieving a natural-looking breast shape.
Mastopexies have grown in popularity in recent years, with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reporting that breast lifts have grown 114% in 2019 as compared to 2000.
Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?
A good candidate for a lift is a woman who is healthy, does not smoke, and has sagging breasts that desires an improvement to the breast shape and positioning. A breast lift is not the same thing as breast augmentation, which can enhance the size and shape of breasts with the help of implants. It is also not the same thing as breast reduction, as a lift does not aim to remove a lot of excess tissue or excess skin. A consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Wallach is the best way to know if a breast lift is right for you.
What Should I Expect During a Consultation for Breast Lift Surgery?
You will spend a lot of time with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Wallach reviewing your surgical goals during an initial consultation. An exam will then be performed and a surgical plan will be discussed with you at length.
During the exam, you are free to ask Dr. Wallach questions about breast lift surgery cost, as well as what to expect both leading up to and recovering from the procedure. You might want to ask whether or not you could benefit from breast implants as well, and which technique Dr. Wwallach feels will give you the best result with the least amount of scarring.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?
The fee for this procedure will vary depending on where the procedure is completed as well as the specific plastic surgeon performing breast lift surgery. The average breast lift surgery cost runs between $8k-$15k in New York City.
What Are the Steps of A Breast Lift Procedure?
The mastopexy procedure usually includes raising the nipple areola complex, maybe making the areola smaller, molding the breast tissue, and sometimes reducing the volume or adding an implant for volume. Various skin patterns may be used based upon the extent of sagging and laxity.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Breast lifts usually take between two and four hours with a recuperation time of one to two weeks. Dr. Wallach recommends that patients avoid aerobic type exercise for at least three weeks and strenuous exercise for at least six weeks after surgery.
There are three general surgical procedures and incision patterns that can be used for this breast surgery. 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. The three more common skin patterns include the Wise pattern, a vertical or “lollipop” incision, or a circumareolar approach.
Wise Pattern Breast Lift
Looks like an inverted “T” or an anchor after final closure. The Wise pattern places incisions along the breast crease, a vertical incision from that incision up to the areola, and an incision around the border of the areola. A Wise pattern incision would probably be most beneficial to achieve the desired result for patients with poor skin quality and with significant breast drooping.
Vertical Breast Lift
Looks like a “lollipop” incision. The vertical lift eliminates the inframammary incision of the Wise pattern but uses the vertical and circumferential incision. Dr. Wallach, a New York City cosmetic surgeon, will commonly use a vertical lift technique to minimize the amount of scarring on the breast. 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)
The circumareolar breast lift only employs an incision around the areola. This procedure is used rarely for patients who do 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 pedicle from various directions.
This technique is usually reserved for patients with only mild to 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 they likely have poor skin quality. But, for many mastopexy patients in New York, this technique is an excellent choice.
Dr. Wallach can combine breast augmentation with a breast lift for those patients that desire an increase in volume as well as a lift and a better breast contour. Dr. Wallach has used all three types of skin incision designs to achieve beautiful results for his patients. Sometimes a breast augmentation alone can be performed to lift the breast for minor sagging.
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. Patients wear a support bra without an underwire or a sports type bra for about three to six weeks before they can go back to using an underwire bra.
“I believe true confidence comes from a feeling of self-assuredness from one’s inner self. However, I also believe that it is heavily impacted by a lack of confidence with one’s outside appearance as well. Plastic surgery can help improve confidence in this way. ”
Schedule a Consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
If you would like more information about New York Surgeon Dr. Wallach and his success with New York City mastopexy procedures, we hope that you will not hesitate to contact our Manhattan office at (212) 257-3263 or by filling out our contact form to request additional details.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Wallach has presented his findings on limited-access surgery combining breast augmentation with minor breast sagging in several peer-reviewed journals. He has 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.
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?
How long does a breast lift last?
How much does breast lift cost?
How long does a breast lift take?
How much is a mini breast lift?
How painful is a breast lift?
How soon after breast lift can I exercise?
Is getting a breast lift safe?
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 “T” 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?