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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and loss of skin elasticity can cause breasts to lose their shape and firmness, resulting in a sagging appearance. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to tighten, raise, and reshape sagging breasts. A mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, which often stretches as the breasts begin to sag. When performed by Dr. Darrick Antell, an NYC breast lift can rejuvenate your figure by restoring your breasts to a youthful, rounded look.

Dr. Darrick E. Antell: The Premier Breast Surgeon in NYC

Dr. Darrick Antell is among the most respected breast surgeons practicing in New York. Trained at Stanford and Cornell, Dr. Antell is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a reputation for excellence in aesthetic surgery. In addition to being named a “Top Plastic Surgeon” by Town and Country, Vogue, and New York Magazine, Dr. Antell has also been recognized by Harper Bazaar’s as one of the best breast plastic surgeons in the country. He is among the most accomplished breast surgeons practicing in New York and widely regarded as a leader in the field of custom breast surgery.

Dr. Antell’s extraordinary accomplishments include being honored for his groundbreaking research on identical twins and the aging process, and he is the only plastic surgeon who has his work displayed in the Smithsonian Museum. He achieves exceptional surgical outcomes in the reshaping and lifting of the breasts, with the results appearing firm, youthful, and natural. Known for his natural talent, advanced techniques, and ability to achieve superb outcomes, by choosing Dr. Antell, you can feel confident that you’re in the best hands for your Manhattan breast lift surgery.

Am I a candidate for a breast lift NYC?

Anyone in good health seeking to rejuvenate the appearance of sagging breasts is likely a candidate for a breast lift. As with all cosmetic surgery, it is important to come to the decision to have this surgery for your own, personal reasons, rather than because you are urged to do so by another person. It is important to be realistic about what the surgery can accomplish- a mastopexy does not add volume, it simply lifts and tightens. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long for women with heavy breasts, as gravity and aging will continue to affect the skin tissue.

Breast lift surgery is ideal for a woman who: 

  • Wants to restore low, sagging breasts to a more youthful, uplifted appearance
  • Is bothered by an elongated or pendulous breast shape
  • Is experiencing stretched skin and enlarged areolas

While there are no special risks that affect future pregnancies (for example, mastopexy usually doesn't interfere with breastfeeding), pregnancy may slightly stretch your breasts again and affect the results of the procedure.

How should I prepare for my breast lift surgery? 

You will be provided with instructions to thoroughly prepare you for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets, and specific medications. You may be given prescriptions that should be filled prior to your day of surgery. Depending on your medical history, you may be asked to provide pre-operative clearance from another doctor. Dr. Antell may also send you for additional imaging prior to the procedure, such as a mammogram, MRI, or ultrasound. As the procedure is performed under “twilight” sedation, you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and ensure you have someone to assist you for the first few days. 

Close up on woman's aesthetic breasts.

What can I expect during my consultation? 

In your initial consultation, Dr. Antell will evaluate your general health and medical history, as well as examine and measure your breasts in their current state. It's important to have an honest discussion of your desired results with Dr. Antell so that he can create a customized surgical plan to create the breast position and size that you envision. Depending on your expectations, it may be recommended to pair the breast lift with another procedure, such as a breast augmentation for a fuller appearance or a breast reduction for reduced volume. 

In your discussion, Dr. Antell will go through the procedure, risks, and recovery in detail. Additionally, he will discuss variables that may affect the procedure, such as your age, the size and shape of your breasts, and the condition of your skin.  The position of your nipple and areola will be planned based on your specific anatomy, as the nipple structure will be moved to be placed properly on your reshaped breast mound.  Please be sure to tell Dr. Antell if you smoke or if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or drugs. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions about the surgery, recovery, and expected outcome.

Where will my breast lift surgery be performed?

Dr. Antell has privileges in numerous hospitals throughout New York City, but most patients prefer for the procedure to take place in his discreet, private operating room located just across the street from world-renowned Lenox Hill Hospital. His facility has a private back entrance to ensure total discretion and all members of his staff have been thoroughly trained to offer personalized care. The state-of-the-art outpatient surgery facility is fully accredited, designed for your comfort, and equipped with the latest technology.

What are the risks? 

Although all surgery involves some level of risk and the potential for complications, a mastopexy is typically a safe procedure when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who employs the latest surgical techniques and the most stringent patient health and safety protocols. The most common complications include bleeding, infection, loss of the nipple, changes in sensation, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Dr. Antell will provide a thorough discussion of all risks during your initial consultation. You can reduce your risks by closely following Dr. Antell’s advice both before and after surgery.

How is a breast lift performed?

Breast lift surgery is a customized procedure, meaning different techniques will be used based on the existing state of your breasts and your desired outcome. There are typically three incisions: around the areola, down from the areola to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease. After Dr. Antell reshapes the underlying breast tissue and removes excess skin, the nipple and areola are then moved to the higher position. The incisions, as well as the areola and nipple, are strategically placed based on your individual anatomy to be as inconspicuous as possible when wearing a bra, swimsuit, or other revealing clothing. Meticulous layers of internal, dissolving sutures and external sutures are used to close the incision. The surgery will likely take around two to three hours to complete.

Stunning woman in black with beautiful breasts.

What can I expect after a breast lift?

A breast lift is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the same day after the procedure. When performed under IV sedation, you should be prepared to have an escort to bring you home, as you will not be able to drive for 24 hours after the administration of anesthesia. After undergoing the surgery, you will recover in Dr. Antell’s state-of-the-art recovery suite while being monitored by one of his nurses until you feel well enough to be discharged. Upon leaving the facility, you will be provided thorough discharge instructions that will guide you through the initial post-operative period. Throughout the entire recovery process, Dr. Antell and his staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.

After surgery, Dr. Antell may place gauze dressings and a bandage over your new breasts to support the shape and reduce swelling. You may feel tired or sore following surgery, as your body is using its energy to heal, but many patients are able to return to most daily activities within days of the procedure. It is best to refrain from vigorous exercise for around two weeks, but Dr. Antell will provide an individualized recovery plan based on the intricacies of your customized procedure and your rate of healing. It is important to follow all post-operative instructions carefully and refrain from activities that could put stress on your incisions. 

It is normal to experience some loss of feeling in the breast area and around the incisions. This numbness typically fades over time. You will likely also have some fluid drainage from the incision sites. Your first follow-up appointment is usually scheduled for the day after your procedure so that Dr. Antell can monitor your healing. External sutures are typically removed one to two weeks following your surgery. Although much of the swelling and bruising will fade in the first few weeks, it may take several months before the final results are visible. Your scars will be firm and pink for at least six weeks before beginning to fade, however, they will never completely disappear. 

What will my expected result be?

The final results of your NYC breast lift will appear after several months, as swelling dissipates and your new breasts settle. Patients are typically extremely satisfied with the youthful, perky appearance that a breast lift provides. Although the results of a breast lift are long-lasting, you should keep in mind that your breasts can change due to various factors such as age and gravity. By practicing a healthy lifestyle and maintaining your weight, you can help to preserve your new look.

What anesthesia is used in a breast lift?

Breast lift surgery is typically performed with “twilight” sedation. You’ll be asleep and comfortable throughout the entire operation and a board-certified anesthesiologist will be monitoring you throughout the procedure to ensure your safety.

How do I get started? 

Dr. Darrick E. Antell and his staff would be happy to provide a discreet and private consultation to evaluate your needs and discuss breast lift surgery. Please call the office at (212)-988-4040 to schedule your consultation. 

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