One of the more unpleasant aspects of aging is what the passage of time does to breast tissue. Skin begins to lose its supple, firm flexibility, the underlying tissue deflates, and the breasts now sag and droop, moving lower on the chest. While wearing a bra to lift the breasts can improve appearance, saggy, ptotic (droopy) breasts can look deflated and flat, particularly after dramatic weight loss, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.
Our breast lift in Long Island surgery, called a “mastopexy,” is a procedure to lift the breasts through the removal of excess stretched skin and reshaping the breast tissue so they are firm, round, and youthful. The procedure works to rejuvenate your look by restoring the breast to a more youthful position on the chest. If you have overlarge nipples or areola, the procedure can correct this aesthetic issue as part of the procedure.
The medical term for saggy breasts is “ptosis.” This condition has four different grades, based upon the degree of sagging. Each level may require a different approach in surgery.
Your breasts are below the breast crease, but maintain a forward projection.
The breasts and nipples are both drooping, and the lower breast is all below the breast crease.
The nipples are starting to point down, and the breast tissue is mostly below the breast crease.
The nipples are pointing completely downwards, with all breast tissue below the breast crease.
Many women with age or those who have had children or lost weight may be left feeling inhibited about the shape and appearance of theirs breasts. Rather than being firm, rounded, and full, the breasts appear flat, deflated, or elongated. A breast lift can help you to restore a more youthful look to your breasts, by repositioning it higher on the chest and tightening the exisiting breast volume.
Depending upon your particular anatomy, Dr. Tanna may utilize one of two incisions, each of which will produce a different scar:
While a breast lift is an appropriate surgery to lift sagging breasts, it cannot increase size or make the upper part of the breasts appear rounder. Many patients choose to undergo a breast lift with augmentation to produce a total rejuvenation. Placing breast implants with a breast lift will provide in an increase in breast volume and enhance the upper pole of the breasts. For women with overlarge breasts who are struggling with back pain, rashes, or other problems, a breast lift in conjunction with breast reduction surgery is often the most effective option.
After surgery, you will need plenty of time to rest and recover. Patients can shower as early as 24 to 48 hours after surgery. While recovery is quick, plan on ten days to two weeks to heal before returning to work. You will be bandaged and wear a supporting surgical bra to help minimize swelling. For the best breast reduction in Long Island, Dr. Tanna and his medical team will guide you through the recovery process, and you will be seeing us for several follow-up appointments. We provide full written aftercare instructions so you know what to expect, and we are always available to answer your questions and concerns.
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