A breast lift can help create youthful-looking breasts by reducing sagging. With age, many women experience breast sagging or drooping. For aging women, the shape of their breasts can drastically change due to factors such as genetics, weight gain, gravity, pregnancy, and nursing. A breast lift can help women achieve youthful-looking, lifted breasts through breast lift surgery.
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a breast enhancement surgery that lifts and shapes breasts that have begun to sag with age. A breast lift surgery can also help reduce the size of the areolas. The nipples and areolas are repositioned during a breast lift to create younger-looking breasts. Mastopexy can be combined with other procedures such as natural breast augmentation or breast enhancement with breast implants for even more pleasing results. A breast lift surgery varies in length depending on technique and individual case, but the majority of breast lifts can be done in 2-3 hours. The 3 main techniques for a breast lift surgery are the anchor breast lift, lollipop breast lift, and doughnut breast lift.
An anchor lift uses an anchor-shaped or inverted t-shaped incision that follows the natural crease of your breast. This incision highlights the areas of the breast where excess skin will be removed. The anchor breast lift technique involves an incision along the border of the areola, a vertical incision to the crease of the breast, and the previously mentioned incision along your natural breast crease. Many plastic surgeons opt for the anchor breast lift because it greatly reduces the sagging of breasts. An anchor breast lift may be better suited for women with smaller breasts.
A lollipop breast lift is commonly referred to as a vertical mastopexy or vertical breast lift. A lollipop breast lift involves an incision around the areola and the nipple itself. An additional incision will be placed vertically down to the base of your breasts. Most patients choose a vertical breast lift if they are looking to treat mild-to-moderate breast sagging.
The doughnut mastopexy is a breast lift technique that removes less excess skin than an anchor breast lift, which results in a much shorter recovery time. Circular or doughnut-shaped incisions will be made around your areola and nipple so that excess tissue from the bottom of the breast may be removed. A doughnut breast lift may not be suited for women with larger breasts.
|Anchor Breast Lift
|Lollipop Breast Lift
|Doughnut Breast Lift
|An anchor-shaped incision will be placed along the base of your breasts, along with an incision on the border of the areolas and a vertical incision to the natural crease of your breast
|Incisions will be placed around the nipples and areolas, as well as vertically down to the base of your breast
|Uses circular or doughnut-shaped incisions around the areolas and nipples
|Reduces moderate-to-severe sagging on the lower half of the breast
|Treats moderate breast sagging with less potential for scarring than anchor breast lift
|Used in cases of mild-to-moderate breast sagging
|Provides an overall youthful appearance to the breasts
|Greater maneuverability than doughnut breast lift
|Excess tissue is removed from the bottom of the breast
|A longer recovery period due to multiple incisions but provides most noticeable results
|A slightly shorter recovery time than anchor breast lift
|A shorter recovery time due to less breast tissue being removed and fewer incisions
Your breast lift consultation will begin with a breast exam to assess the extent of sagging and to choose which breast lift method is best for your particular case. Dr. Asaadi will also evaluate your general medical health to ensure your wellbeing during your breast enhancement surgery. Certain medications may need to be stopped prior to your breast lift surgery. The ideal breast lift candidates are looking to correct breast sagging and achieve more lifted breasts.
Your breast lift procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that you will be able to return home the same day. It is important that you have a family member or close friend accompany you the day of your breast lift surgery, as you will not be able to drive yourself home following your breast lift procedure. It is also recommended that you have a family member or friend with you for the first 1-2 days after your breast lift surgery while you recover.
After your breast lift surgery, your breasts will be gently bandaged to promote proper healing. You may also be outfitted with a compression bra that will support your breasts during your recovery period. These garments will reduce the movement of your breasts, which will result in increased comfort during healing. A drain may be placed to remove any excess fluid in your breasts, reducing the chance of discomfort or swelling.
Common breast lift side effects include swelling, bruising, and discomfort. A few days after your breast lift procedure, your bandages and support garment will be replaced by a comfortable support bra, which will need to be worn for the following 3-4 weeks. Any stitches will be removed 1-2 weeks after your breast lift surgery.
If the skin around your breasts or nipples is dry following breast lift surgery, a non-scented lotion can be applied to soothe the skin. When applying lotion, it is important to be careful not to irritate your breasts by applying lotion too roughly. You must not apply any lotion to your stitches.
Most patients can return to work 1 week following their mastopexy surgery. You will not be able to bend or lift objects for the first few weeks following your breast lift procedure. Strenuous activity must be stopped until your breasts have adequately healed. Physical exercise and sports must also be stopped for the first 3-4 weeks following your mastopexy procedure.
Incisions are placed as discreetly as possible to reduce the potential of any visible scarring. Incisions may appear uneven or inflamed for weeks or months following your breast lift, but these symptoms will continue to fade. As your breasts heal, incisions will become less and less noticeable.
It is important that you choose a skilled breast lift surgeon who understands your individual anatomy. When the right plastic surgeon performs breast lift surgery, there is usually no need for a revision. Dr. Asaadi stresses the importance of choosing a qualified, experienced, and board-certified plastic surgeon when considering a breast lift procedure.
Dr. Mokhtar Asaadi and our staff will be happy to discuss breast lift surgery with you. Please contact our New Jersey office at 973.731.7000 or our New York office at 212.938.0158 to schedule a private consultation. You may also request an appointment online to meet with our breast lift surgeon.
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I have always had bags under my eyes, but as I became older, they seemed to get worse. Every time I looked in the mirror, all I saw were those bags. At least once a day at work, someone would ask me if I was tired. So, when my daughter announced her engagement, I thought it was time to do something. I made an appointment with Dr. Asaadi to see what my options were. My surgery was scheduled for August of 2012.
I was scared and apprehensive, but it was the right decision. I feel like a new person. No one asks me anymore if I am tired and I don’t shy away from having my picture taken. Dr. Asaadi and his staff have been terrific, so caring and professional. I only took one week off from work, and the bruising was minimal.
I probably would still have the bags if my daughter didn’t get married.
But, I am so thankful I had the surgery. And I was the proud mother of the bride. - M.W.
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I have known Dr. Asaadi for fifteen years. I first met him in my fifties. I look tired and worn out and looking for a more youthful appearance. In meeting Dr. Asaadi he presented a picture of a very sincere and up standing person.
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Also his staff is the best - A.E.
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“After 10 years of hearing comments about how tired I appeared, I decided that the time had come for me to take action which required more than just getting extra sleep!!!
I did my research and decided that Dr. Asaadi was the best choice upon seeing the results of past patients and the unique technique that he uses.
Now, close to two years later, I couldn't be happier! Not only do I look 10 years younger, but I now feel refreshed and vibrant. No more comments about how tired I appear.
This surgery not only restored my youth, but it greatly improved my confidence level. As a salesperson and a single girl, this is incredibly Important!!! Whereas prior to the surgery, I couldn't even think about walking out the door without makeup, now I am completely comfortable with it. No more trying to conceal or detract attention from the severe bags under my eyes!!! Friends and relatives, and even sometimes I, cannot believe the difference this surgery has made! One of the best parts is that it looks incredibly natural. No one would ever know I had anything done unless I had told them. A yearlong spa getaway would not have produced such results!"
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“Once I decided to undergo a tummy tuck procedure, I knew my appearance would change for the better. What I did not anticipate is what a profound effect the results would have on my overall way of life. Along with giving me the body I wanted, the transformation gave me a great sense of confidence, reassurance, and security with myself. I now walk upright and confident, as opposed to slouched and submissive. I enjoy shopping for clothes and wearing two piece bathing suits on the beach.
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Thanks to Dr. Asaadi I have the perfect body and a better life. - CT
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Thank you - the phrase is simple and the words are few, but behind them lies a world of appreciation. Special people like you make the world a brighter place.
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In exactly six weeks after the surgery I went with my daughter, son-in-law, and their 13 month old son to a destination wedding feeling great. My daughter was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to take care of the baby like I needed to ( her and her husband were in the wedding), but I had so much more energy and strength than I did in years. I felt so wonderful in my new clothes, and I can’t begin to express how many compliments I received.....especially in my “Tankini”!!!
I now look forward to getting up in the morning and picking out a nice fitting outfit for the day, and not some loose fitting shirt and baggy pants. Thank you, Dr. Asaadi....you gave me my self-confidence back!!!!”
Thank you, Dr. Asaadi....you gave me my self-confidence back!!!!”
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Thank you for all your professionalism and time spent going over the procedure. I am pleased thus far; I can only imagine my gratitude in the months ahead, as I see my nose transforming. I put my face in the hands of a true sculptor and have nothing but praise and recommendation. Your staff are a wonderful representation of your reputation on being a true caring practice. Many Thanks.