Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy) – New York, NY

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About Breast Lift Surgery

A surgical breast lift is a cosmetic treatment that reshapes the breasts by reducing excess skin and pulling tight the leftover tissue to produce a firmer, younger appearance. This body contouring surgery is offered for women who have lost breast fullness and shape and who have breast sagging due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Medical breakthroughs in breast lift surgery have made this treatment so effective that new stats released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show around a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio, a plastic surgeon in New York, NY, offers this cosmetic breast surgery at Uptown Body Contouring. By implementing the most advanced methods, Dr. Del Vecchio can decide on the proper technique, depending on the level of sag present in addition to the desired aesthetic goal.

Ideal Candidates

You may visit Uptown Body Contouring hoping to get breast augmentation using implants; however, after a physical exam, you may realize that a breast lift is what you need. This is because of the severity of breast sagging that is present. Breasts and nipples that point downward most often need a breast lift to correct skin irregularities and raise the breasts higher up on the chest wall. If your nipples point downward and your breasts look elongated, a lift surgery can improve their appearance. If you are considering a breast lift, you should be physically healthy and at a stable weight.

Surgical Technique

Breast lift surgery takes about 2 – 4 hours and is performed using general anesthesia. The timeframe of this surgery depends on the severity of breast sag. The method used for mastopexy surgery generally falls within two categories — these are based on the nature of the incision. The anchor technique (inverted-T) and the vertical incisions are the preferred types. Once the incision is made, any loose and excess skin is carefully trimmed away along with breast tissue and fat that is not desired. The skin left behind is then pulled tight and the breasts are brought up and lifted so they look younger and healthy. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola are reduced to match the new shape of the breast. It is during this time an implant can be inserted inside the breast if this was agreed upon with Dr. Del Vecchio before surgery. If a breast lift is the only technique being performed and if breast fullness and shape are a concern, breast implants can be done at a later date.

What To Expect

The overall recovery period for a mastopexy is more lengthy than breast augmentation surgery. After your procedure, you will be fitted with a support bra to reduce swelling. A tiny tube will also be placed near the surgical area to assist with excess drainage that can sometimes occur after surgery. The post-surgical swelling will often decrease within the first week. Dr. Del Vecchio or a member of his team will provide specific, at-home incision care instructions to assist in your healing process. Results following a breast lift treatment become evident after several months as your newly shaped breasts take their new position on your chest. The breasts will appear natural, and you will feel younger and more healthy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a breast lift cost?
In your initial consultation, Dr. Del Vecchio will listen to your needs and goals before developing your unique treatment plan. After that, he can estimate your costs. When done well, a breast lift can significantly improve your body so it's important to focus on having an experienced surgeon with extensive training, like Dr. Del Vecchio, over costs. To help make surgery easier to afford, Uptown Body Contouring can help you find low-interest financing.

Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should get a breast lift, implants, or both will depend on your special concerns. In many patients, a breast lift can improve the shape and fullness of the breasts without implants. Dr. Del Vecchio will assess your physical condition and listen to your goals in your consultation, then decide whether you should get a lift, implants, or a breast augmentation with a lift.

Will my nipples be moved?
Typically, the nipple-areola complex will be shifted up during the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large or stretched, Dr. Del Vecchio can include an areola reduction during your surgery. This can be discussed during your consultation so he can decide on the best incision pattern and technique to use during your breast lift.

How long will my results last?
With proper care after surgery, your results should last for many years. Your breasts will continue to age normally so you might begin to see sagging and loose skin over time. Factors, like significant weight gain or loss, can alter your results so it's best to maintain a stable weight after your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding after a breast lift can also affect your results, which is why Dr. Del Vecchio recommends patients wait until they are done having children to get a breast lift.

Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift can improve asymmetry in your breasts if they are different in size, firmness, or degree of sagging. Dr. Del Vecchio will assess the appearance and physical condition of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a lift can help you. During your lift, he will shape the tissue so your breasts are equal in size and position for symmetry.

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Breast lift surgery has altered the lives of thousands of New York, NY women. If you experience drooping breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or prevent you from wearing the clothes you want, a breast lift at Uptown Body Contouring may be the right surgery for you. During your first consult, a thorough physical exam will be given by plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio and your goals for surgery will be discussed. We will customize a tailored surgical plan to help transform your breasts. We invite you to contact Uptown Body Contouring and learn more about how to schedule your first visit.

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