The mastopexy, more commonly called a breast lift, is a surgical procedure created to raise sagging breasts to a natural, proportionate position on the chest. The procedure will eliminate lax, stretched tissue to restore firmer, shapely breasts. During a mastopexy, elongated nipples can also be reshaped and repositioned to restore attractive, younger looking breasts.
Why Consider a Breast Lift?
As with most areas of the body, over time, the breasts may slowly begin to sag. Combined with the normal aging process, heavy breast tissue often endures a variety of physical changes such as pregnancy, breast feeding, and weight fluctuations, as well as the effects of gravity and genetics. Slowly the breasts can sink lower on the chest and lose volume, looking less attractive. No matter how subtle these changes, breasts that sag or lose their youthful shape can be a harsh blow to a woman’s confidence and self-esteem. Luckily, ladies in New York have the option to regain a perky, lifted chest with Dr. Donald Ronald’s mastopexy.
The mastopexy will be custom-tailored to fit the unique needs of each individual patient. Although the mastopexy does not address diminishing chest volume, Dr. Roland can combine the breast lift technique with a breast augmentation (breast implants) for optimal results.
How is the Breast Lift Performed?
Dr. Roland’s breast lift procedure will be performed at an accredited New York City surgical facility under general anesthesia. The procedure will take from two to three hours to perform, depending on the extent of correction and the specific technique used.
Dr. Roland did my breast augmentation 3 years ago. I feel so incredibly lucky to have chosen Dr. Roland as my surgeon. I was connected to Dr. Roland through a friend, and I am so grateful for the referral as we have so many options in NYC for cosmetic surgery. I had been uncomfortable with my chest ever since I was in middle school, and after having my surgery with Dr. Roland my only regret is that I did not do it ten years earlier!
I work in the plastic surgery industry myself, and have worked for one of the top plastic surgeons for breast augmentation / reconstruction in the city. I have seen many breast surgery results and complications, so I know an amazing result when I see one. I think that my case was a bit complicated – I had always been very small and asymmetrical. None of the other doctors that I saw in consultation really seemed to see the aesthetic problems as I was seeing them, and I liked that he understood my concerns for having extremely-natural looking results. He recommended doing a partial lift on one side to correct the asymmetry, but also he wanted to adjust the incisions on the other side so that the scarring (which has been minimal) would match the lifted side to create a more natural look. I saw 4 other surgeons in consultation and none of them suggested a lift or addressed how my scars would look after they faded with time. He was also very thorough in assisting me in choosing the right size implants, and was extremely concerned about ensuring that the final size would work well with my lifestyle and personality. His bedside manner is truly impressive – I felt completely taken care of during the entire process and felt like the office staff was family. Again, because I work in the cosmetic surgery industry (both on the administrative side and clinical side), I know what good service and surgical talent is, and I give Dr. Roland and his practice an A++!
To start, Dr. Roland will make a thin incision, around the nipple/areola complex, down the center of the breast, and horizontal across the breast crease. From here, he will remove excess skin and unwanted tissue. Dr. Roland will use internal sutures to create lift and support for the remaining breast tissue. Once the desired correction has been made, the incisions will be sutured closed and a compression garment put in place for proper healing.
Where Are Mastopexy Incisions Placed and Will They Scar?
Dr. Roland will use an inverted T-shaped incision for his breast lift procedure. The incisions will go around the nipple/areola, down the center of the breast, and across the breast crease. This allows the surgeon to address the lax, stretched tissue and skin, and to reposition or proportionately resize the nipple. Dr. Roland meticulously places his incisions for the best possible results. The breast lift will result in scarring along the incision lines, and although these fade over time, will remain visible. Even so, the mastopexy has one of the highest satisfaction ratings of all plastic surgery procedures. Most women are so pleased with the improved shape and look of their chest that the scars, which are well concealed under clothing and swimwear, are rarely problematic.
What Can I Expect from My Breast Lift Recovery?
Recovery after a mastopexy will take from one to two weeks. Bruising and mild to moderate discomfort can be expected. Dr. Roland will prescribe the necessary medications for a comfortable recovery. Initially, swelling and shape distortion are common, but normally fade over the first few weeks. Some residual swelling, however, can take up to six months to fully resolve.
Exercise and heavy lifting should be postponed from four to six weeks after a breast surgery. Initially, women may be encouraged to wear a surgical compression garment or sports bra for support and to reduce swelling. Most women are feeling well enough to return to work in seven days or less.
What are the Risks and Complications Associated with Mastopexy?
The breast lift procedure has provided satisfying results for thousands of women. The technique is considered safe and effective. As with any other surgical technique, however, a mastopexy does have side-effects. Swelling, tenderness, and bruising are most common. Temporary numbness is also normal. More serious complications are rare, but can include unexpected bleeding, infection, loss of nipple sensation, and asymmetry. Prior to scheduling a breast lift, Dr. Roland will discuss the chance for potential complications of your upcoming procedure.
Are There Other Procedures Associated with the Breast Lift?
The breast lift can provide excellent results for women frustrated with a sinking, sagging chest. The technique will lift the breasts and in doing so, improve the shape and firmness of the chest. However, a mastopexy does not add breast volume. For optimal results, Dr. Roland can combine a breast augmentation, with saline or silicone breast implants, with a breast lift. A mastopexy can also be included with other techniques for a more complete physical rejuvenation. The Mommy Makeover, for example, consists of a breast augmentation or lift, a tummy tuck, and liposuction.
Your Mastopexy Consultation
Prior to scheduling a breast lift, a consultation appointment will be scheduled with Dr. Roland. During the first meeting, or initial consultation, Dr. Roland will perform a physical examination and review your medical history. At this time, he will carefully listen to your short-term and long-term aesthetic goals. Dr. Roland will then explain the mastopexy procedure in detail, using before/after pictures of his recent breast lift patients to assist in visualization of the potential results. He will answer any remaining breast lift questions. If breast augmentation is to be included in your procedure, a second appointment will be scheduled to try on implant sizers and make a final decision on implant type and volume.
Getting Started with a Breast Lift in NYC
To get more information on the breast lift procedure, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Roland, contact his New York City office at (212) 744-9400. Dr. Roland is centrally located, at 58 East 79th Street, one block off Madison Avenue, easily accessed by car or subway. For patients coming from outside of the NYC area, travel assistance is available. Speak with a patient coordinator for help with directions or transportation, as well as area lodging or dining suggestions.