Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
NJ Breast Lift | New Jersey Mastopexy
Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure performed to raise and reshape breasts that have sagged as a result of aging, pregnancy, weight loss, gravity or other factors. By trimming excess skin and tightening supporting tissue, patients can achieve an uplifted, youthful breast contour. After the Bergen County plastic surgery, the breasts are higher on the chest and firmer to the touch. The nipple and areola can also be repositioned or resized during this procedure to further enhance the appearance of the breast.
Since a New Jersey breast lift does not change the shape or fullness of the breasts, many patients choose to combine this procedure with a breast augmentation or reduction in order to achieve their desired results.
Candidates for Breast Lift NJ
A breast lift is a safe and effective procedure for many women seeking to enhance the appearance of their drooping breasts, although there are certain restrictions on eligibility. The ideal candidates for a NJ mastopexy are women with:
- Sagging breasts
- Breasts that have lost shape or volume
- Breasts that are flat or elongated
- Nipples or areolas pointing downward
- One breast lower than the other
In addition to sagging breasts, it is also important for women considering this procedure to be in good overall health, maintain a stable weight and have realistic expectations for their NJ cosmetic surgery. It is recommended that women still planning to have children postpone this procedure, as pregnancy and nursing can counteract the effects of a breast lift.
Breast Lift Procedure
New Jersey breast lift is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and usually takes one to three hours. Depending on the size and shape of the breasts, as well as the degree of sagging and amount of excess skin, Dr. Rosenberg will determine an appropriate incision approach for the procedure, which may include:
- Around the areola and down to the breast crease in a lollipop shape
- A lollipop shape with an additional incision along the breast crease for an anchor shape, ideal for breasts with significant sagging
He will also determine whether or not you have sufficient soft tissue including breast gland and fat to restore the youthful fullness achieved through a breast lift. It is possible that Dr. Rosenberg might recommend placement of a small or moderately sized implant at the time of your NJ mastopexy to restore this fullness at the upper portion of your breast.
The mastopexy procedure itself consists of removal of a portion of the excess skin â€œenvelopeâ€ and tightening of this skin upon a repositioned breast gland and/or implant. The nipple and areola may be moved higher on the breast or resized as well. When the breast lift is complete, the incisions are closed with stitches and tend to heal well.
Nipple and Areolar Re-Positioning
Many plastic surgeons determine the new nipple and areola position by estimating where they think it might look best. When they guess wrong, the patient may be left with nipples that are positioned too far apart, too high or too low on the breast. There is a precise point where the nipples should lie in an â€œaesthetically perfect breastâ€ based on a landmark study done by a French plastic surgeon, Jacques Penn in the 1950's where he measured the nipple position on many models who were considered to have very attractive and youthful appearing breasts. Based on the conclusions of this study, Dr. Rosenberg has developed a measuring device which he uses to determine precisely the degree to which the nipple should be raised as well as how far apart they should rest.
Rosenberg, P, Measuring Device for Precise Location of Nipple Areolar Complex in Patients Undergoing Breast Reduction and Breast Lift Procedures, Patent Pending, USPTO, 2012
Recovery from Breast Lift
After a NJ breast lift, patients will likely experience bruising, soreness and swelling for a few days. The breasts will likely be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a surgical bra for about a week, followed by a support bra worn continuously for a month. Any stitches will be removed after 7-10 days. Most patients will be able to return to work within a week, although exercise and other strenuous activity should be avoided for about a month. During your initial consultation, Dr. Rosenberg will provide you with details of his plan to improve the appearance of your breasts, as well as discuss specific instructions for your individual recovery.
Results of a Breast Lift
The results of a breast lift are visible immediately after surgery and will continue to improve as swelling subsides and scars fade. Most patients who maintain realistic expectations and thoroughly discussed their goals prior to surgery are satisfied with the look of their lifted breasts.
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*Disclaimer: Surgical results are not guaranteed and vary greatly from patient to patient.