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Q: What’s a Mastopexy/Breast Lift?

Mastopexy, otherwise known as breast lift, is a procedure specifically designed to elevate and reshape saggy breasts. Natural process of aging, significant weight loss, prolonged breast feeding and gravity cause breasts to descent and change their shape. As skin elasticity changes the breasts lose their natural shape and firmness. Mastopexy/breast lift is performed to remove the excess skin and elevate and secure the breasts in a higher position on the chest and to give your breasts a firmer and more youthful appearance. If you have small droopy breasts, mastopexy/breast lift can be combined with breast implant placement for an enhanced result.

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Q: Why Should I Consider a Mastopexy/Breast Lift?

  • To lift sagging breasts.
  • To firm and reshape excessively soft breast.
  • To reposition your nipples/areolas if they point downwards or sideways.
  • To reduce the size of enlarged or misshapen breast areolas.

Q: How is a Mastopexy/Breast Lift Performed?

Dr. Rayham performs Mastopexy/Breast Lift procedures in the hospital or ambulatory surgery settings in Manhattan/NYC, Brooklyn or Staten Island, New York. This procedure generally lasts from one and a half to three hours with the patient under a general anesthesia and asleep. You will go home the day of the operation.

There are several mastopexy techniques. Technique often utilized by Dr. Rayham is a “vertical scar” or “lollipop” incision mastopexy. This approach allows a significant elevation of the breast with a relatively short scar and without traditional incision under the breast. Majority of patients are candidates for this approach. Traditional incision mastopexy utilizes an anchor-shaped scar. It works well for very large breasts and is only rarely used for routine mastopexy patients. The third approach is called a “doughnut” mastopexy or a “modified Benelli” approach mastopexy. Patients undergoing “doughnut” mastopexy have an incision placed around the areola and no visible scars anywhere on the lighter skin of the breast.

Q: What Should I Anticipate After the Procedure?

Your procedure will usually last for about one and a half to three hours. Upon completion of your operation bandages or a bra will be placed to support your breasts in a desired position and minimize the movement of the breasts and resultant discomfort. You may experience some pain associated with the surgery which is usually controlled well with pain medications. Upon discharge you will have prescriptions for pain medication that you will take as needed, and antibiotics that you will need to take for several days to decrease chances of infection. You should avoid wearing a bra with an underwire for about six weeks, or until the healing has occurred, to prevent undue pressure onto the incisions or healing tissues. There are usually no sutures that need to be removed. Dr. Rayham encourages his patients to refrain from smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery. While complications are rare, Dr. Rayham will discuss the risks of your procedure with you prior to proceeding with surgery. If is important to be well-informed ahead of time. You can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given to you after surgery.

If you live in New York or nearby, you can go home the day of your mastopexy procedure. Our out of town patients normally stay overnight in one of our recommended hotels and can be driven home or fly home the next day following their postoperative check-up with Dr. Rayham.

Q: Am I a Candidate for a Mastopexy/Breast Lift?

You may be a candidate for mastopexy if you have any of the above concerns and if you are in overall good health to undergo an operation. Click here if you’d like to email Dr. Rayham with a question or a concern. We also encourage you to call us toll free 1 866 435 5357 (1 866 435 5357) , or 1 877 Dr.Rayham (1 877 377 2492) to speak with Dr. Rayham or RR Plastix New York Plastic Surgery Center experienced office staff.

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