Pregnancy, weight fluctuations, heredity, and Father Time can all wreak havoc on a woman's silhouette. Like other parts of the body, a loss of volume and firmness can occur in the breasts, leaving small and large breasts alike with a sagging, "deflated" appearance. For women on Long Island, a breast lift from Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Pincus can help restore a youthful appearance with or without implants.
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At your initial consultation with Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Pincus, you'll discuss your desired outcome and whether or not you can benefit from a breast lift. New York City, Long Island, and out-of-town patients will receive a thorough one-on-one session, wherein a surgeon will review your medical records, assess your goals, and address your questions.
Your consultation is a great time to familiarize yourself with your surgeon's approach and technique. They recommend bringing a photo of your desired results to ensure you both have the same goal in mind.
Breast lift surgery, also called a mastopexy, is performed under general anesthesia, administered by our board-certified MD anesthesiologist. The procedure takes between 1 and 2 hours and is performed on an outpatient basis.
Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Pincus take a tailored approach to breast lift surgery, recognizing that all patients are unique. During the procedure, a customized incision is made. Its location depends on the patient's own preference and the amount of lift desired, and the incision pattern will be discussed during the consultation. The nipple and areola are repositioned to sit higher on the breast. The breast tissue is then lifted and reshaped, and excess skin may be trimmed for a smoother appearance.
For patients undergoing a breast augmentation in conjunction with their lift, the surgeon will place the implant under the chest muscle before reshaping the skin.
Recovery & Results
Though breast lift surgery is an outpatient procedure, it's important to give yourself plenty of time to rest and heal at home. Your breasts will be bandaged, and you'll be instructed to wear a surgical bra to keep them supported as they heal. Bruising and swelling are normal, and pain is manageable with prescribed medication. You will be instructed to avoid any activity which causes you to bend down or lift your arms over your head for at least a couple of days.
Stitches and bandages will be removed at your follow-up appointment 1 week post-procedure. Some numbness in your breasts is expected and may last for a few months. You will also need to continue wearing a surgical bra for up to 1 month.
Give your body plenty of time to heal, and don't rush into activities if you don't feel ready. After your breast lift, patience is the key to achieving the result you want.
Who is a good candidate for breast lift surgery?
Breast lift surgery is best for women who are happy with their breast volume, but unhappy with the shape and position. It does not increase breast size, and may actually result in breasts that appear slightly smaller. It's important that surgical candidates understand the limitations of the surgery and have realistic expectations for their outcomes. Good candidates are nonsmokers, generally healthy, and are bothered by sagging, pendulous, or misshapen breasts.
Can I combine other procedures with my breast lift?
Yes. Many patients opt to combine procedures to save time and maximize their results. Your surgeon will help you determine if you can benefit from a second procedure based on your goals and overall health. Remember that combining procedures will change the expected recovery time.
How long will my breast lift results last?
Although aging and gravity will eventually change your breasts, the results of your surgery can last for years if you maintain your weight and live a healthy lifestyle. Be sure to alert Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Pincus before surgery if you plan to become pregnant or lose a significant amount of weight after your breast lift.
For more answers to other common questions about breast lift surgery, visit our Breast Lift FAQ page.