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Breast Lift in New York

Written by Dr. Jacobs

Although it may not capture the same attention breast augmentation does, breast lift surgery, also called breast uplift or mastopexy, is a popular procedure. In fact, it became the 5th most popular cosmetic surgical procedure for women last year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Since 1997, the number of women seeking mastopexy has risen more than 500%.

To get an idea why, take a look at some of our breast lift before and after pictures. You’ll see that for many women in New York, breast lift surgery is a good choice. After all, it’s natural for breasts to sag with the passing years. Gravity and the gradual loss of skin and ligament elasticity make it impossible for breasts to stay put on your frame. If you have gone braless for periods of time or performed vigorous exercise without proper support, and/or if your breasts are heavy, the drooping may be severe.

Just as a facelift rejuvenates the face, a breast lift in New York with Dr. Elliot Jacobs can restore a more youthful appearance for the body. No longer will you avoid catching a glimpse of your profile in a Fifth Avenue shop window, and you won’t need to keep buying baggy, shapeless tops. If you’re ready to learn more, arrange a consultation with Dr. Jacobs today.

Our Breast Lift Philosophy

We will cover many topics during your breast lift consultation. We’ll find out about your lifestyle and goals and answer all your questions, in addition to examining your breasts carefully. We will address the look of your entire chest, making note of any nearby areas that might benefit from light liposuction. We’ll also consider whether to recommend a small breast implant to help replace lost volume in the upper part of the breasts, and whether you may have asymmetry that can be corrected during surgery.

Getting all these details just right requires a skilled hand and years of experience. Dr. Jacobs is one of the most seasoned plastic surgeons in New York, having worked with thousands of women. His goal is to help you feel pleased with your results and proud of your breasts.

Breast Lift Overview

As you and Dr. Jacobs plan your procedure, you will decide on the surgical technique that makes sense for you. The choices are:

  • Classic breast lift: For some women, the classic approach to mastopexy is best. Incisions are made around the areola, downward to the breast fold and under the fold in both directions. The resulting scars are referred to as an “inverted T.”
  • Vertical breast lift: For women with slightly smaller breasts, incisions can be made around the areola and downward, stopping at the fold. This type of incision is referred to as a “lollipop” incision.
  • Peri-areolar breast lift: This technique limits incisions to around the areola. Dr. Jacobs uses this approach whenever possible to preserve most of the glands, nerves and other tissues of the breast.

Depending on the surgical technique chosen, your preferences and several other factors, your breast uplift will be performed either in our accredited surgical suite under twilight anesthesia or in a local hospital under general anesthesia. Either way the procedure takes three or four hours.

Your incisions will be closed with dissolving stitches and covered with surgical tape. You may or may not need drains for a day or two to remove excess fluid. You will wear a soft bra after surgery and sent home with a friend or loved one to rest.

Plan on an initial recovery period of about a week, during which time you will experience some bruising, swelling and soreness. We will provide pain medication for you to take during the first few days. You can return to work in about a week but you’ll need to limit general activities to some extent for about two weeks. Strenuous exercise should be put on hold for about a month.

Your breasts will take some time to settle into their final position and shape. If you’re like most of our patients, you will be pleased with your results soon after surgery and even happier as the next several weeks pass. Your scars will fade to pink and then white over a period of six months to two years.

To find out what you can expect from breast lift surgery, contact us online or call at 212-570-6080.

Breast Lift FAQ

  • Can I have breast lift surgery a second time?

It’s not unusual for a woman to have a second mastopexy, particularly if several years have passed and/or the patient has had one or more pregnancies. Repeat procedures are somewhat trickier due to scar tissue; so make sure to work with a plastic surgeon who’s experienced in second breast lifts.

  • Can I breastfeed after mastopexy?

The peri-areolar technique gives women the best chance to breastfeed after mastopexy, as it leaves most of the milk ducts undisturbed. Be sure to discuss your plans to breastfeed with us during your consultation.

  • What can I do about unsightly scars?

Scars are an unfortunate and unavoidable byproduct of cosmetic surgery. Sometimes they can be improved with scar revision procedures.

  • Will I have sensation in my nipples after surgery?

You may very well experience diminished sensation after surgery, but for most people at least the majority of normal sensation returns.

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