Breast Lift Surgery in Albany
Serving Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, and Troy
Pregnancy, nursing and, over time, the force of gravity can take their toll on a woman’s body. As a result, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Mastopexy, or breast lift, is a surgical procedure used to raise and re-contour loose, sagging breasts. This procedure can be performed alone or in conjunction with breast augmentation to achieve enhanced results.
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Why Women Seek Breast Lift Surgery
As time passes, the body produces less and less collagen and elastin, two proteins that are essential for elastic, healthy skin. Without an ample supply of these proteins, the breast skin loses its elasticity and starts to sag. Damage from sun exposure can further exacerbate this problem.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding compound this aesthetic concern, contributing to drooping and / or deflated-looking breasts, as well as overly enlarged areolas (the darkly pigmented skin surrounding the nipples) and nipples that have migrated down the front of the breast and point toward the floor instead of straight ahead. Some women even remark that their breasts are smaller in size than they were prior to having children. Occasionally, a young woman’s breasts will develop looking like this, even though they have not had children.
Thankfully, undergoing breast lift surgery with Dr. Bruce Barach can improve these aesthetic concerns, lifting the breasts to a higher, younger-looking position on the chest wall. Dr. Barach can also reduce the size of excessively large areolas and reposition downward-pointing nipples.
Appropriate Breast Lift Candidates
The best way to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for breast lift surgery is to visit Dr. Barach for a personal consultation, so he can perform an exam and suggest treatment options that are most appropriate for your unique needs.
However, in general, suitable breast lift candidates include women who:
- Are frustrated with sagging breasts, overly enlarged areolas and / or southward-pointing nipples
- Are in good overall health, both mentally and physically
- Understand both the potential risks and rewards of the procedure and feel the benefits outweigh the possible disadvantages
- Seek aesthetic improvement, not necessarily perfection
- Are not currently pregnant or nursing
- Don’t plan on becoming pregnant in the near future.
What Happens During Your Consultation
During your consultation, Schenectady cosmetic surgeon Dr. Barach determines candidacy, assesses your breast anatomy, including your breast skin health, and listens to your aesthetic concerns. Specifically, Dr. Barach evaluates the:
- Breast size and shape
- Size and position of your nipple-areola complexes
- Degree of breast sagging
- Skin elasticity and the amount of excess skin in your breast region
Taking this information into consideration, he suggests an appropriate treatment plan. (For patients who are concerned with the small size of their breasts in addition to their sagginess, Dr. Barach may suggest including breast augmentation surgery in the breast lift procedure.)
Incision Pattern Options
There are several different incision patterns and techniques that can be used to accomplish your breast lift. Dr. Barach will use one of the following incision patterns, based on your anatomical needs and aesthetic desires:
- “Crescent” incision (along the upper half of the areola)
- Peri-areolar incision (around the areola)
- “Lollipop” incision (around the areola and vertically down from the areola to the breast crease)
- “Anchor” incision (around the areola, vertically down from the areola to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease)
The crescent incision is by far the smallest and provides the least amount of lifting. Each subsequent incision type on the list increases in length and provides you with a greater lift, with the anchor lift being the most extensive.
Your Breast Lift Procedure
Your procedure will be performed under general anesthesia in our surgical suite at Ellis Hospital.
After making the incision, Dr. Barach will elevate your breast tissue, remove excess skin and reshape the remaining breast tissue. Your nipple and areola will be repositioned to achieve a more youthful placement on the breast. Some of the incisions allow you to decrease the size of large areolas.
Recovery and Follow-Up Care
After your procedure has been completed, Dr. Barach will wrap your breasts in a surgical dressing. This dressing will be removed at your follow-up visit, and you will then need to wear a supportive bra for several weeks. Sutures are removed between five and ten days after surgery.
You may experience some mild swelling and discoloration which should gradually subside as you heal. Decreased nipple sensation occurs with some patients; however, this is generally temporary.
You will need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for a few weeks to ensure proper healing. Dr. Barach will provide you detailed instructions regarding the resumption of full activity. In most cases, you should be able to return to work within one week.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can breast lift alone enhance the size of my breasts?
Often, raising the breasts to a higher, younger-looking position on the chest wall provides perkier breasts that appear slightly fuller. Nonetheless, women who desire a substantial degree of breast enhancement in addition to lifted breasts should consider placing breast implants during their breast lift procedure.
2. Does breast lift surgery affect my ability to breastfeed?
Breast lift surgery does not typically affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed. However, in rare cases, permanent changes in nipple sensation and / or the ability to nurse do occur. Furthermore, it is advised that women who would like to undergo breast lift surgery wait until they are finished having children and breastfeeding, because future pregnancies and nursing can counteract the surgical outcome of mastopexy.
3. Are my breast lift results permanent?
Thanks to Dr. Barach’s state-of-the-art surgical techniques, the results of breast lift surgery are very long lasting, especially if the patient does not get pregnant or undergo major weight fluctuations after surgery. Nonetheless, no one can completely stop the natural aging process, and, over time, the effect of gravity will eventually affect the breasts’ appearance to a certain degree.