If you struggle with breasts that sag or have lost their firmness, our Westchester area plastic surgeon, Dr. Neal Goldberg, is proud to offer breast lift procedures to patients in his Dobbs Ferry and Scarsdale offices. This breast surgery can help to:
- Reshape and reposition sagging breasts
- Change nipple size and/or position
- Restore firmness to breasts
Is a breast lift right for me?
As women age, their breasts may sag and often, a breast lift, or mastopexy, is one of the only ways to reshape the breasts. Aside from sagging breasts, women may also choose a breast lift to correct a downward-facing nipple, breasts that are relatively small, to add volume following pregnancy and childbirth or after weight loss.
3693 View Gallery Ideal candidates for this procedure should be non-smokers who are not planning a future pregnancy.
Breast droop is typically categorized in three ways:
- A mild droop means the nipple is level with the breast.
- A moderate droop is when the nipple is below the breast crease.
- A severe droop means the nipple is at the lowest point on the breast, pointing down.
These assessments are used to determine the surgical technique for lifting of the breast.
I am profoundly grateful for your marvelous skill. You did a beautiful job, my breasts look wonderful.
Do I need an implant in addition to a breast lift?
Dr. Goldberg is able to use some of the descended breast tissue to augment the volume of the breast and transfer it to the upper half. This will help increase the volume of the upper breast, however, certain patients who are looking for more volume may consider a breast augmentation with lift.
What can I expect from the procedure?
The breast lift procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis and can take between 1-3 hours to complete. The procedure can be performed with sedation or under general anesthesia, though for small incisions, based on the patient, a local anesthetic may be all that is necessary.
The incisions themselves can vary and may be made in a full or half circle around the areola, vertically from the areola to the breast crease or horizontally in the breast crease. Any combination of these incisions may be used. Once Dr. Goldberg has made the desired incision, excess skin is removed and the breast is reshaped. The surgeon will then reposition the nipple and areola and close the incisions with sutures.
In a procedure called a vertical incision breast lift, our plastic surgeon may choose to only make an incision around the areola extending down the front of the breast, which somewhat resembles a “lollipop” shape. If you undergo this procedure, scarring may be dramatically reduced.
What will my life be like after a breast lift?
You should expect up to two weeks for recovery and will wear a special bra for a time. During this time, the incisions and dissolvable sutures will be covered with gauze or tape that is removed after one week. You should expect some swelling, bruising and discomfort for which Dr. Goldberg may prescribe medication. Noticeable scars will fade and flatten over the following year and changes in nipple sensation are common.
As with other surgeries, some side effects are possible and may include infection, poor healing, uneven positioning of nipples and a possible permanent loss of feeling in the nipples or breast.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
CAN I BREASTFEED AFTER A BREAST LIFT?
Dr. Goldberg typically recommends that his patients have their breast lift procedure after they have finished having children and no longer plan to breastfeed. During pregnancy and while nursing, the breasts may expand or droop as the body changes, which can have a pronounced effect on the results of a previous breast lift. With that in mind, it’s important to note that many women who had the ability to breastfeed before surgery should still retain that ability after the procedure, depending on the surgical approach utilized. There are certain techniques Dr. Goldberg can use during surgery that can reduce the chance of affecting one’s ability to breastfeed at a later date. Dr. Goldberg will be happy to talk with you about your concerns during the initial consultation.
CAN CERTAIN EXERCISES LIFT MY BREASTS IN A WAY THAT IS SIMILAR TO BREAST LIFT SURGERY?
You may have heard that exercise can tighten your breasts for a more “natural” look. Throughout his years as a professional in this field, Dr. Goldberg has never seen exercises achieve the same outcome as a breast lift procedure. Even targeted exercises cannot change the position or shape of the breasts. Push-up bras, good posture, and working out may help the breasts look somewhat more perky; however, a breast lift is often the most ideal way to address excess skin, while also creating a more lifted appearance. The results from surgery are incomparable to any exercise results and can create a much smoother and firmer appearance to the breasts.
WHAT BREAST LIFT TERMS SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE MY CONSULTATION?
Before a consultation with Dr. Goldberg, it is best to have clear understanding of some of the important terminology listed below. This can serve as an aid to generating any questions you may want to ask about the procedure itself and what you may expect on the day of surgery.
- Areola: the colored ring around the nipple
- Breast augmentation: a surgery to increase breast size
- Breast lift: to elevate, firm, or reshape sagging breasts through surgery
- Excision: to surgically remove or cut
- General anesthesia: anesthesia of the whole body, typically results in loss of consciousness
- Intravenous sedation: injecting a fluid sedative into the blood through a vein
- Local anesthesia: drugs that will take feeling away in a specific area that a doctor is working on
- Mastopexy: another word for breast lift
- Sutures: a strand or fiber used to sew parts of the body
HOW LONG SHOULD MY RECOVERY TAKE?
Taking time off from work after your breast lift will be essential in your recovery process. Allowing the body adequate time to rest can offer lasting benefits. It can also help reduce soreness as your breasts heal. When patients follow Dr. Goldberg’s recommended treatment plan, they can typically resume daily activities about one week after their breast lift. If discomfort arises, a prescribed medication from Dr. Goldberg can be taken to help manage any pain.
WILL MY SCARS BE NOTICEABLE AFTER MY BREAST LIFT?
As with any surgery, there will be some residual scarring after a breast lift procedure. Dr. Goldberg has trained at esteemed medical institutions and has performed numerous breast lift procedures, so you can rest assured knowing you are in capable hands. While there will be residual scarring, it should fade to some degree over time. Dr. Goldberg aims to place incisions in areas that can be easily concealed under clothing and swimwear.
Dr.Goldberg treats patients from many communities in Westchester, Bergen, and lower Fairfield County. For more information about breast lift surgery, call our office for a complimentary consultation at 914-840-5999.
*Individual Results May Vary