Breast Lift

Over time, your breasts may start showing the effects of aging and gravity. This may be evident in breasts that sag or nipples that turn downward. Both of these conditions can diminish your confidence, but thankfully, they can be treated with a procedure known as a breast lift. Dr. Naveen Ahuja, a double board-certified plastic surgeon in NYC, specializes in lifting the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. A breast lift or mastopexy can give you a more youthful and symmetrical appearance that boosts confidence.

The Benefits Of Getting A Breast Lift

A breast lift is a cosmetic procedure. The most common issues addressed during a lift include:

Am I A Good Candidate To Receive A Breast Augmentation?

The best way to determine your candidacy for a safe and successful breast lift is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Naveen Ahuja. By reviewing your medical history, examining your breasts, and asking some questions about your aesthetic goals, Dr. Naveen Ahuja can confirm that a breast lift is right for you. The best candidates for breast lift surgery are women who wish to change the shape of their breasts. (If you are more concerned with volume, breast augmentation makes more sense.) Specifically, the best candidates have breasts that have started sagging or nipples that droop. Additionally, the best candidates for a breast lift do not smoke or are willing to give up smoking for six weeks or more. All candidates for breast surgery must be up to date with all cancer screening measures (mammogram, etc.).

Breast Lift Procedure Process Explained

Before your breast lift, it is only natural to have some questions about what the process entails. While the breast lift experience can look a little different from patient to patient, it generally follows these basic steps:

The Consultation

Your journey will begin with a phone call with a member of our team to discuss your medical history and aesthetic goals, and schedule your consultation. During this appointment, Dr. Naveen Ahuja will perform a physical evaluation, review images, and talk with you about your aesthetic goals. You will also have a chance to ask your questions, and learn more about the anesthesia options provided. Usually, the consultation lasts around half an hour.

What Should I Do In Preparation?

Dr. Naveen Ahuja and his team will furnish you with guidelines for preparing for your breast lift. This will mean abstaining from smoking, ceasing certain medications, and fasting for a few hours before the procedure.

How Long Does The Procedure Take?

The timeline for your breast lift can vary but anticipate somewhere between two and four hours. If you are combining your breast lift with breast augmentation, the procedure will usually take longer.

What Is Surgery Like? Is It Painful?

Surgery will begin with your arrival at our surgery center and a warm welcome from our surgical team. They will guide you to your operating suite and administer anesthesia to keep you comfortable.

Once you are fully asleep, Dr. Naveen Ahuja will make incisions along the areola or the crease of the breast. Through these incisions, Dr. Naveen Ahuja will be able to remove any excess breast tissue or skin, also repositioning the nipple for an improved breast aesthetic.

Breast lift surgery is not extremely painful. When the skin is lifted, it often goes numb, which limits discomfort. Drains are rarely used. Most people use a small amount of prescription pain medication but transition quickly to over-the-counter pain medications for pain control.

What Kind Of Recovery Process Can I Expect?

Following your breast lift, it will be crucial to take some time to rest and recover. Depending on the job, expect to take 1-4 weeks off. For jobs that involve heavy physical activity, more time may be necessary.

Before you are discharged, you will receive all the guidelines you need concerning diet, bathing, and caring for your incisions. By adhering to these guidelines, you can minimize the visibility of your scarring and promote optimal results.

The First Month

While most breast lift patients do not need to have drains, you will need to wear a sports bra or surgical bra for four to six weeks. This garment helps reduce swelling, and also promotes better aesthetic results. Note that it will take about three months for your breasts to take their final shape and get a clearer sense of your end results.

The scars will fade over time. For the first 3 months, the areas will appear gently raised and slightly red/pink. This is a normal part of healing and a result of new skin (and blood flow) in the area. Scar color is the last thing to improve after surgery. This generally takes a year (or more) to fully mature.

The Second Month

During the second month of recovery, you will be able to remove the compression bra and resume exercising like normal. You should also get a good sense of what your final surgical outcome looks like.

Months 3-6

Within months three through six, you will likely feel totally normal again, and the recovery process will be virtually complete.

Months 6-12

Within a year of the breast lift, scars should have faded considerably, to the point of being just minimally visible.

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