Breast Lift New Jersey – Mastopexy
Gravity: it’s the law. Newton was right, of course, and it doesn’t take apples falling on our heads to make us realize it. For many of us, as we get older, we only have to look in the mirror to see gravity’s full effect. Breasts sag and lose firmness and shape, especially if you have had a baby, nursed a baby or lost a great amount of weight. Sometimes it doesn’t even require that: just the passage of time and the weight of gravity will do it all on their own.
So while people can say that nobody is above the law, Breast Lift procedures can give you a real way to sidestep that and undo what gravity worked so hard to pull down.
Are You a Candidate for a Breast Lift?
Breast Lifts can be performed on their own (for women who are happy with their breast size) or with other procedures such as Breast Augmentation (for a larger or firmer breast) or Breast Reduction (for smaller breasts). This page focuses on the Breast Lift procedure only.
One way to tell if you are a good candidate for a Breast Lift is by placing a ruler horizontally in the breast crease. If the nipple falls below the breast crease you could benefit from a Breast Lift. Other characteristics include loss of firmness and fullness. But the best way to determine if you could benefit from a Breast Lift is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Volshteyn.
About Breast Lifts
In fact, all Breast Lift procedures begin with a consultation that precedes the actual surgery. At the consultation your physician will ask you about your medical history, any medications you are currently on, as well as your goals and expectation for the procedure. This is also the perfect time to ask any questions you may have. You may be required to have a complete physical and/or a mammogram before the surgery as well. It is important to be in good physical health before electing to get a Breast Lift.
The surgery itself is normally performed on an outpatient basis, under general or twilight anesthesia. Traditional Breast Lifts use the “Anchor” method where an incision is made around the areola, then vertically down from the areola to the breast crease, and then horizontally along the breast crease. Excess skin is removed along the vertical incision and the nipple is repositioned, higher up on the breast. The procedure takes about 2 to 3 hours to perform.
Some patients may have breasts that are small enough that they have fewer incisions. The incision may be only around the areola, or have a small extension to the crease under the breast (AKA lollipop). Your physician will discuss all of your options with your during your consultation.
Risks and Complications
All surgeries have the possibility of risks and complications. With Breast Lifts some of these include the possibility of bleeding, bruising, swelling, and scarring as well as asymmetry, numbness, loss of nipple sensation and the inability to breastfeed. Dr. Volshteyn will discuss all of this with you in detail during your consultation. You can also help to minimize any complications by following all pre- and post-operative instructions you are given.
A Time to Heal
After a Breast Lift you should expect to take about one week off before returning to work. You should be able to return to more strenuous activities about a month afterwards. While most Breast Lifts are performed on an outpatient basis you should have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours. You’ll be given a surgical bra to wear around the clock for the first few weeks after surgery. This will help minimize swelling as well as promote healing.
Finally, while Breasts Lifts can undo what gravity worked so hard to pull down, as time goes by gravity will again be going to work. So while Breast Lifts won’t keep your breasts in the same position for the rest of your life, they can help to prevent gravity’s full effect.