Breast Lift and Reduction in New York, NY
Many women experience discomfort due to their large breast size and often feel uncomfortable participating in physical activities as vigorous exercise causes pain. Typically, clothing does not correctly fit women with sizable breasts, leaving them self-conscious and dissatisfied. Relief can be found by undergoing a procedure known as breast reduction, commonly referred to as reduction mammoplasty. A breast reduction procedure removes excess breast tissue and skin to lessen the volume, providing smaller, well-proportioned breasts. In some cases, a lift is combined with a breast reduction to raise the breasts on the body. Breast lift procedures, also known as mastopexy, reshape the remaining breast tissue for higher placement on the chest. By combining these two procedures, the outcome is perky, youthful breasts that don’t weigh down the shoulders or negatively affect posture.
This procedure is appropriate for healthy, non-smoking women experiencing any symptoms, including:
- Back, neck, or shoulder pain caused by the breasts
- Feeling uncomfortable with breast size
- Experiencing pain during exercise or other activities
- Skin issues related to bra or skin friction
- Sagging breasts from dense breast tissue
- Nipples pointing downward
- Asymmetrical breasts
Breast Lift and Reduction Procedure
After taking initial measurements and discussing your procedure goals, Dr. Cha will review your medical history and any concerns regarding your breasts. Then, Dr. Cha recommends which procedure technique will benefit you the most. Patients undergo anesthesia during the procedure to ensure a safe, painless surgery. Options for where the incisions are made will be discussed prior to surgery, and potential incision locations include:
- Periareolar: Follows the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple) outline
- Inframammary: Extends toward the breast crease
- Anchor-shaped: Down the breast and across the breast crease under the breast
After the incision has been made, Dr. Cha gently removes excess skin and tissue from the breasts. Liposuction, which utilizes a small suction device, is sometimes necessary to remove excess fat. In some cases, excess skin surrounding the nipple and areola are removed to create a smaller, reshaped areola to fit with the new breast size appropriately. The remaining breast tissue is reshaped and layered to provide support and minimize scarring following the procedure. Dr. Cha is a proficient, experienced surgeon and utilizes his expertise to deliver beautiful results.
Recovery and Results
After breast reduction and lift surgery, supportive bandages or gauze are applied to minimize discomfort. In some cases, a small drain might be used to decrease swelling and drain any excess fluids. Most patients replace bandages with a supportive bra after a few days. It is recommended to continue doing so for several weeks following the surgery. It is best to avoid physical exertion for the first few days after your procedure, and your surgeon may prescribe medications as needed. Most patients return to work after one week once the initial swelling and bruising dissipate. Full recovery can be expected after one month.
Breast reduction and lift procedures are designed to provide a lasting outcome, with tighter, better-proportioned breasts that are repositioned higher on your chest and reshaped for a sexy contour. With transformed breasts, your self-image will increase. Following physician instructions and maintaining a stable, healthy weight will assist in retaining your impressive results.
If you would like to learn more about breast reduction and lift surgery, please schedule your consultation with Dr. Cha today. Contact our office at (212) 717-2222 or fill out our online contact form for additional information.