Droopy breasts can interfere with your self-esteem and your willingness to be intimate. Do you avoid looking in the mirror when you’re naked? It may be a sign that you think your breasts are unattractive. A breast lift by a top cosmetic breast surgeon at Rowe Plastic Surgery in New York City or New Jersey fixes your droopy breasts. Your doctor surgically lifts your breasts through several different procedures to create a more flattering profile. Relying on skill and the latest medical technology, your top breast surgeon performs life-changing breast lifts in facilities in Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey, and the Hamptons. Calling for a consultation is the first step toward more attractive breasts.
Page Updated on Aug 3, 2022 by Dr. Norman Rowe (Plastic Surgeon) of Rowe Plastic Surgery
What Is a Breast Lift?
Breasts are a prominent part of your body’s contours, but with age, pregnancy, or weight loss, your once-firm breasts can droop. With breast lift surgery in New Jersey, you can regain the firmness of your breasts and recapture a shapelier appearance. A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure to restore sagging breasts to look more youthful. The procedure works through a series of adjustments that may include:
Repositioning your nipples higher up on your chest
Breast lift surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in and around New York City. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the procedure is done 70 percent more often today than in 2000. The procedure’s incredible impact on your appearance and self-esteem lasts for years after the procedure. Talk to a plastic surgeon at Rowe Plastic Surgery in New York and New Jersey to restore your breasts to their pre-pregnancy youthfulness. It’s a top breast surgery practice with the latest technology for successful breast lift outcomes.
What’s the Difference Between a Lift and an Augmentation?
While a breast lift surgery involves lifting your breast tissue, a breast augmentation adds implants or fat to alter the size and shape of your breasts. In general, the differences between a breast lift and breast augmentation involve:
A breast lift corrects sagging breasts to make them firmer and sit higher on your chest.
Breast augmentation increases the size and fullness of your breasts.
Breast lift surgery doesn’t normally involve the use of implants.
Breast augmentation relies on implants or transplanted fat to increase your bust size.
A top cosmetic surgeon in New York City or New Jersey helps you determine the right breast surgery procedure after listening to your concerns and examining your breasts. At Rowe Plastic Surgery, you’re under the care of the best breast surgeon in the city. At the modern facility, you get individualized treatment, which increases the success of your breast procedure.
Who Are Good Candidates for a Breast Lift?
If you want firmer, more youthful breasts, you’re an ideal candidate for an NJ breast lift procedure. Different situations can lead to the loss of breast volume, which causes breast drooping. The clinical name for this condition is ptosis. Age and the effects of childbearing are the main causes of breast sagging. Signs that you’re a good candidate for breast lift surgery include:
Your sagging breasts were caused by pregnancy, age, or hereditary factors.
Your nipples fall below the breast fold on your chest.
You’re between 40 to 70 years old.
Your drooping breasts affect your self-esteem or interfere with intimacy.
You want firmer, perkier breasts.
You have uneven breasts.
You have flat or elongated breasts.
You feel your breasts have lost their shape.
You’re in good physical and psychological health.
You’re not a smoker.
You appreciate the potential risk of breast lift surgery.
You don’t have unrealistic expectations of the breast lift procedure.
You have no other medical concerns with your breasts.
During your initial consultation, your breast surgeon discusses every aspect of the breast lift procedure with you, including how the procedure’s done, how to prepare for it, what to expect during and after the procedure, and how long the recovery process may take, and what the risks are. By putting your breasts in the care of an expert surgeon, you minimize the risks of side effects and maximize the chance of optimum results.
Your surgeon tailors the surgical procedure to best achieve your expectations. To accomplish this, a top NJ and NYC breast surgeon opts for the most appropriate type of breast lift procedure, such as:
Crescent breast lift. This minimally invasive breast lift focused on the top area of the areola. Your surgeon makes a semi-circular incision along the top of your areola to correct mild breast drooping. Your surgeon can recommend a breast augmentation procedure to accompany a crescent lift. The procedure is ideal to correct nipple and areola issues, such as a nipple reduction or areola reduction.
Lollipop lift. The surgeon makes a circular incision around your entire areola and a straight line down to the crease line. The lollipop shape of the incision gives it its name. A lollipop lift helps correct moderately sagging breasts, and the slender scar fades in time.
Anchor lift. For severely sagging breasts, an anchor lift is often the best option. In addition to incisions done in a lollipop lift, the surgeon makes another horizon incision along the crease of your breast. The procedure works best in combination with breast reduction surgery.
Circumareola/donut/Benelli lift. A breast lift for mild-to-moderate ptosis or breast drooping this procedure involves a circular incision around the areola. This lift surgery repositions the areola and nipple higher on your breast while tightening your breast skin. This breast lift minimizes the amount of skin and tissue removed to the area around your nipple and areola.
No scar breast lift. A scarless breast lift entails using advanced technology to avoid scarring your breast. While most breast lift techniques require surgery, your doctor may be able to use ultrasound or radiofrequency energy to tighten and lift your breasts. Ask your surgeon if it’s right for you.
A top cosmetic surgeon in New Jersey and New York City determines the procedure that best helps you reach your desired outcome after a consultation. Your doctor listens to your concerns about your breasts before making a recommendation.
Which Breast Lift Technique Is Right for Me?
Your surgeon considers your breast size, the degree of sagging, expectations, and the amount of excess skin before deciding how best to approach a breast lift for you. The best surgeon presents the different techniques to you and includes you in the decision-making. Some ways to help you choose the right breast lift procedure include:
To avoid a scar after the breast lift procedure, choose a scarless breast lift. While leveraging radiofrequency technology to shrink breast tissue and fat is appealing, this technique only works on breasts with minimal sagging.
For mild-to-moderate breast ptosis, a circumareolar breast lift or lollipop lift may be the perfect solution. The incisions follow natural lines along the edges of your areolas.
For significantly droopy breasts, an anchor lift, the traditional breast lift, works best. It also involves removing excess skin and tissue left over when the procedure is complete.
For nipple and areola issues, a crescent breast lift corrects mild sagging while adjusting your nipples and areolas.
The experts at Rowe Plastic Surgery improve breast lift results through custom treatment that suits your situation. These board-certified plastic surgeons recommend the most effective procedure after examining your breasts and understanding your expectations.
What’s Involved in a Breast Lift Procedure?
Breast lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes about an hour to complete. The best breast surgery practice in New York City and New Jersey offers the expertise and technology to perform various breast procedures under one roof, with plenty of experience with the procedure you want. While different breast lift techniques have unique steps, the surgical procedure, in general, has uniform steps that include:
An initial consultation. The first step in breast lift surgery is a consultation with your surgeon, who explains the benefits of each procedure and what you can expect. The doctor examines you to determine whether you’re a good candidate for a breast lift.
Breast lift preparation. Before the surgery, you may be asked to stop some medications, including blood thinners. Smokers must stop for about four weeks before the procedure to promote faster healing. A baseline mammogram is necessary before surgery to check the condition of your breast tissue.
Marking the incision points. Your surgeon marks the incisions and position of your lifted breasts as you stand. The strategic positioning of the incisions helps reduce the visibility of any scarring.
Anesthesia administration. A certified anesthesiologist administers general anesthesia to put you to sleep during the procedure. The anesthetist monitors your condition throughout the surgery.
Making the incisions. Depending on your breast lift procedure, your surgeon makes the incisions necessary to perform the chosen procedure. The surgeon lifts your breasts through the incisions, repositions the areolas, and reduces breast tissue as appropriate.
Complementary procedures. Your procedure can vary if your doctor has recommended a breast lift with implants or alongside a breast reduction.
Areola reduction. Your breast surgeon can reduce the size of your areola around the nipple to make it better fit your newly lifted or reduced breasts.
Closing and dressing. The doctor closes the incisions with surgical tape, sutures, or adhesive and dresses the area.
Recovery. Your recovery starts as you wake up from the anesthesia after the procedure. The staff at Rowe Plastic Surgery monitors your condition for a short time before you’re released. Someone else has to drive you home, as you still may not be 100 percent alert. The rest of your recovery happens at home.
Your surgeon uses cutting-edge medical equipment to help ensure the best results. Before and after the procedure, you have friendly staff helping you relax and answering all your questions. When you leave the facility with the aid of a friend or family member, you take post-procedure instructions to help with your recovery.
How Long Does Breast Lift Recovery Take?
Breast lift recovery takes about two to three weeks. Your surgeon advises you on post-surgery care while moderating your short-term expectations. Important points to consider about your breast lift recovery include:
Immediately after the procedure. You likely experience some grogginess because the anesthesia wears off during the first day. You feel some discomfort and tenderness in your breasts that prescription medications help you manage. Expect swelling and discoloration in your breasts. As you heal, your breasts take shape they’re meant to have.
Post-surgery care. Avoid showering for the first few days after surgery. For the first few weeks, you need to wear a special surgical bra all the time to aid in healing. Once you get the OK from your doctor, you can switch to a normal sports bra. Avoid direct sun exposure.
Your breast lift incisions. The incisions heal within a week or two. Before then, you must be careful to keep them clean and dry.
Scarring. Depending on the chosen breast lift procedure, you can expect some scars to be highly visible in the first few weeks and months. The scars fade within the first six months, although some remain slightly visible. Keep your scars out of the sun, covered with sunscreen even under your bathing suit.
Your total recovery time depends on which breast lift procedure you choose and your overall health. While most women resume their daily life in a week, some breast surgeons advise against high-impact exercises and strenuous activity for a little longer. Following your surgeon’s advice to the letter gives you a firmer breast appearance once your recovery is complete.
How Long Does a Breast Lift Last?
Your breast lift can last 10 to 15 years or longer. You may be able to arrest the aging process, but you can’t stop it completely. Some factors that influence the effectiveness of breast lift surgery include:
Your skin health. Your skin health is not just a factor of your age. Some women have naturally pliant skin, and others take special care to keep their skin moisturized. Better, more youthful skin can increase the longevity of your breast lift results. Maintaining healthy skin by not smoking, eating a proper diet, and avoiding exposure to sunlight can also increase the lifespan of this cosmetic procedure.
Weight fluctuations. Drastic variations in your weight can adversely affect the shape and size of your breasts. Maintaining an ideal or consistent weight protects your breast lift surgery results.
The type of breast lift technique. Some breast surgeries work on the shape and tissues for longer-lasting effects. The procedures that merely tighten your breast skin normally don’t last as long.
Effective breast support. By supporting your breasts properly, especially for the first six months after your procedure, you promote the effects of your breast lift surgery. Using the right bra or recommended breast support increases the life of your lift.
Pregnancies. During pregnancy, you experience hormonal changes that affect your breasts’ growth. Such changes can undermine your breast lift. Your doctor may recommend that you have the procedure only after childbirth, but the decision is up to you.
Taking care of your breasts after any cosmetic procedure promotes longer-lasting results. Excessive direct sunlight causes your scar tissue to darken noticeably. Once you have the surgery, protect your breasts, and they’ll continue to look as attractive as ever.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost in New Jersey?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of a breast lift in NJ is between $4,500 to $5,000. Your surgeon can give you an estimate after a complete examination of your breasts and discuss your wishes and concerns. The cost for you can differ based on:
Your geographical area
The surgeon’s level of experience
The length of your procedure
The anesthesiologist’s fees
The amount of tissue and skin that has to be removed
Any medical lab tests
The surgical facility costs
Medication for post-operative pain
New clothing to show off your shapelier breasts
Many women benefit from breast lift surgery but avoid it because of the cost. At Rowe Plastic Surgery, you get a frank assessment of the cost since everything happens in-house at the practice. Because a breast lift is often performed strictly as a cosmetic procedure, insurance usually doesn’t cover it.
What Other Types of Breast Lifts Are There?
A vampire breast lift (VBL) improves the appearance of your bust through platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. If your surgeon decides that you’re not a candidate for surgery or that surgery isn’t necessary, PRP injections can create fuller, firmer breasts. PRP injections can even add a cup size to your bust. Platelet-rich plasma stimulates cell growth, increases the elasticity of tissues, and promotes collagen production. The vampire breast lift helps:
Improve your breasts’ skin texture and tone
Lift your breasts and make them fuller
Eliminate stretch marks, wrinkles, scarring, and other blemishes on your breasts
Another alternative to a surgical breast lift is to find some options to accomplish it naturally. While most effective for women with mild ptosis, natural solutions include:
Exercises to tone the pectoral muscles and give your breasts a natural lift, such as swimming, push-ups, and bench presses
A healthy diet specifically to lift your breasts
Lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking
Collagen stimulation through laser treatments or Thermage
Injections, such as dermal fillers
A new bra
Most of these natural breast lift procedures take time for any results to show. The breast lift effect may be minimal, so your cosmetic breast surgeon may not recommend them often.
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FAQs on Breast Lift Surgery
Does insurance cover a breast lift? Most breast lift surgeries fall under cosmetic surgery, so your insurance won’t cover the costs. The only situation when your insurance covers a breast lift is when the procedure is part of mastectomy breast reconstruction.
Can I breastfeed after a breast lift? An experienced surgeon preserves glandular tissue in the breasts, which means milk glands continue to work. Your surgeon may advise you to wait until you’re done with breastfeeding before you get the procedure for other reasons. As long as your breast lift procedure doesn’t affect the nipple and areola, you can breastfeed comfortably once fully healed.
Are breast lifts reversible? The main reason for a breast lift is to stop your breasts from sagging and drooping. A positive outcome not only boosts your appearance but also improves your self-esteem. Removing breast tissues and skin creates a long-term effect that only the natural effects of aging and gravity can reverse.
Will I have to buy all new bras? After the surgery, wear a supportive medical-grade bra for the first few weeks to support your newly lifted breasts. After recovery, your doctor recommends that you wear a bra to support your breasts and to increase the life of the lift. The reduction in the size of your breasts may require all newly fitted bras for proper support.
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