A Breast Lift Can Help You Achieve a More Youthful Bust Line
If you would like to achieve a perkier, more youthful breast contour, a breast lift performed by Dr. Stephen Greenberg at his offices serving Manhattan, Long Island, The Hamptons, and Boca Raton, FL can help you achieve your goals. Breast lifts (mastopexy) are surgical breast procedures to raise and re-shape sagging (ptosis) breasts. Breast lifts are performed by re-sculpting the breasts and removing the excess or stretched out skin, which has allowed the breasts to droop. The size of the breasts do not change after breast lifts, but the surgery will leave the breasts with a lifted and youthful appearance.
Who are the Candidates for a Breast Lift?
Most women find that they look and feel better after breast surgery, both with and without clothes. They find that clothing and bras fit better, and they often can wear clothing that they have not been able to wear in the past. When you look in the mirror, you can determine if you have a droop to your breast. If your nipples have drooped to a level beneath your breasts, then you have a mild droop. If they have drooped below this crease, then you have a moderate droop, and if the nipples are pointing to the ground, then you have an advanced droop. The best candidates for breast lifts are women who have stretched skin and less volume in their breasts due to pregnancy, nursing, or weight loss.
Explaining the Unique Features of a Breast Lift
Why Choose a Breast Lift?
A breast lift can be performed to address various concerns of a patient. Some of them include:
- Lift the sagging or droopy breast
- Restore the contour of the breast after pregnancy or nursing
- Lift the breast after loss of breast volume, or weight changes
- Correct asymmetries in the breast.
Dr. Greenberg performs breast lifts on patients who have lost volume in their breasts because of pregnancy, weight change, age, or loss of firmness. The incisions for breast lifts are dependent on how “droopy” the breasts are. The extent of scars are often related to the droop: the greater the droop, the more extensive the incisions.
Often for small breast lifts, incisions can be made just around the areola with no other visible scars. A modified lift is an option when the breast is fairly small and the sag is minimal. For complete breast lifts in patients who have significant loss of volume and “droopiness”, incisions often have to be made in the standard “anchor” shape. To better understand the results you can achieve, you can view before and after photos of breast lifts performed by Dr. Greenberg.
The breast lift procedure also reduces the size of the areola. Breast implants may also be inserted during breast lifts to help give the breasts a fuller look. Dr. Greenberg can often use minimal incisions to perform breast lifts, which usually fade away! Breast lifts are performed as out-patient procedures in Dr. Greenberg’s accredited New York ambulatory operative facility. Breast lifts will restore a youthful appearance to your breasts.
At our practices we operate with Vectra XT the complete 3D imaging solution for body, breast and face. This visual simulator is used to provide our patients with a visual image of themselves to explore the exciting possibilities of the aesthetic procedure, and help achieve their personal goals.
Breast lift patients can often get back to work in about three to four days after the surgical procedure and can start working out in the gym in about three to four weeks.
What Can I Expect from Surgery and Recovery?
Dr. Greenberg will carefully evaluate your breasts to determine if a breast lift is appropriate or if a simple breast augmentation can be performed. He will discuss the eventual breast shape and size and give you an idea of what you can realistically expect after your breast lift. Although women can still get pregnant and usually can breast-feed after breast lifts, the result may stretch out after subsequent pregnancies.
Breast lifts usually take about one to two hours, with the patient returning home after a short stay in our recovery suite. Dr. Greenberg removes the original surgical dressing on post-operative day one, and the patient is placed into a support bra to aid with recovery. Most of the sutures do not need to be removed, and the patient typically only has mild discomfort.
Patients can often get back to work in about three to four days after the surgical procedure and can start working out in the gym in about three to four weeks. If there is only minimal droop and if you want a slightly larger breast, breast augmentations can be performed without the typical incisions of breast lifts.
Facts About Surgery and Recovery
- Anesthesia: Sedation or general (Board Certified Anesthesiologist)
- Length of Procedure: 1 hour – 2 1/2 hours
- Length of Stay: Outpatient
- Where performed: In Dr. Greenberg’s office ambulatory Surgery Center in Manhattan or on Long Island.
- Discomfort: 1-3 days mild / moderate discomfort
- Return to work: 1 week
- Bandages: 24 hrs later all bandages will be removed . A surgical bra to be worn for 3-4 weeks.
- Bruising: In most cases, there is no bruising
- Stitches: Dr. Greenberg will remove all stitches in 5-7 days
- Exercise: 3-4 weeks before doing upper body exercise
- Results: Dr. Greenberg strives to obtain a natural look. The results will be noticed 3-4 months.
Schedule a Consultation
You can learn more about the costs and benefits of breast lifts during an appointment. To determine whether you are a good candidate for a breast lift, or any of our other breast augmentation procedures, please contact our New York City or Boca Raton offices today for your complimentary breast lift consultation.