About Breast Lift Surgery
Mastopexy (known as a breast lift) is a cosmetic treatment that recontours the breasts by trimming away excess skin and surgically tightening the remaining tissue to result in a firmer, younger appearance. This life-changing surgery is performed for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape and who have breast drooping due to aging, significant weight loss, or nursing. Outstanding advancements in breast lift surgery have made this procedure so effective and successful that new stats by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show nearly a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Michael Koch, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York, offers this procedure at each of our three locations. By utilizing the latest methods, Dr. Koch can decide on the appropriate technique based upon the level of sag present, keeping in mind the desired result.
You may visit our practice wanting breast implants; however, after a physical exam, you may realize that a breast lift is a better option. The reason is due to the amount of sagging that is present. Breasts that have lost elasticity usually need a skin removal and tightening surgery to correct skin irregularities and bring the breasts to a perkier position. If your nipples point downward and your breasts sag significantly below the creaseline, a breast lift can improve their appearance. If you are considering a breast lift, you should be physically healthy and at a good weight.
Breast Lift Reviews
"WOW - I met with several plastic surgeons for consults before I made the decision to use Dr. Koch . I know personally I was a little freaked out with trusting a doctor to do a great job. Dr. Koch was the only Dr. I met with that I really felt at ease with. I had a million questions and he never made me feel like they were not important. Dr. Koch is an incredible doctor and person. He makes his patients feel very comfortable and at ease. Even during the awkward consultation which is when you are at your most exposed (before pictures..UGH!) and vulnerable I had a breast lift, tummy tuck and thigh lift after losing over 100 pounds. He is very knowledgable and spends as much time as needed with you before and after surgery. You feel like you are his only patient and that he has all the time in the world for you. I never felt rushed or like I was one of many in an endless assembly line of patients. He offers reasonable expectations also. His officer staff are awesome as well. The staff were helpful over the phone as well accommodating many schedule changes. His staff is great too!It has been 3 months since my surgery and all I can say is WOW!"- Anonymous / Vitals / May 31, 2011
Breast lift surgery takes usually 2 – 4 hours and is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. The timeframe of this treatment depends on the nature of breast size and sagging. The method used for a breast lift generally falls into two categories — these are based on the location and type of the incision. The anchor technique (inverted-T) and the vertical incisions are the most used types. The incision is first completed, and any loose skin is excised along with breast tissue and fat that is not wanted. The skin is then pulled tight and the breasts are positioned higher and lifted so they look healthy and younger. In many cases, the size and shape of the areola is reconstructed and reduced to match the new placement and shape of the breast. At this point, an implant can be inserted in the breast if this was agreed upon with Dr. Koch ahead of surgery. If a breast lift is the only procedure being performed and if size and shape are a concern, augmentation surgery with implants can be done at a later date.
What To Expect
Recovery for any type of breast lift is more lengthy than a surgery with implants only. After surgery, you will be fitted with a support bra to assist with swelling. A thin tube will also be placed near the location of the incision to assist with excess fluid leakage that can sometimes occur after surgery. The post-surgical swelling usually goes away within several days. Dr. Koch or a member of his team will provide in-depth, at-home incision care instructions to help with your healing process. Results following a breast lift surgery begin to take shape after several months as your newly shaped breasts take their new position on your bustline. The breasts will feel and appear natural, and you will feel healthy and beautiful.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast lift cost?
In your initial consultation, Dr. Koch 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 physical appearance, so it's important to focus on having an experienced surgeon with extensive training, like Dr. Koch, over costs. To help make surgery easier to afford, we 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 specific goals. In many patients, a breast lift can improve the shape and fullness of the breasts without implants. Dr. Koch 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?
Generally, the nipple-areola complex will be shifted up during the breast lift. If your areolas are overly large or stretched, Dr. Koch 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 could 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. Koch 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. Koch will assess the physical condition and appearance of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a breast lift can help you. During your surgery, he will shape the tissue so your breasts are equal in size and position for symmetry.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,000 - $5,000
- Recovery Time
- 4 – 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Surgical breast lifting has transformed the lives of many New York individuals. If you have hanging, sagging breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or stop you from sporting the clothing styles you desire, a breast lift at one of our New York facilities may be the right surgery for you. During your initial consultation, a thorough breast assessment will be given by Dr. Koch and your desired outcome will be discussed. We will establish a tailored plan for treatment to help transform your breasts. We encourage you to contact us today and learn more about how to schedule a consultation.