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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 because vigorous exercise may cause pain. Additionally, clothing does not correctly fit women with sizable breasts, leaving them self-conscious and dissatisfied with their fashion options. 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, more youthful placement on the chest. By combining these two procedures, the outcome is perky breasts that don’t weigh down the shoulders or negatively affect posture.

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Candidates for Breast Lift and Reduction

The breast lift and reduction procedure is appropriate for healthy, non-smoking women experiencing any of the following 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 in New York, NY

After taking initial measurements and discussing your procedure goals, Dr. Cha will review your medical history and discuss 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.

Incision options for breast lift and reduction made will be discussed before surgery. Potential incision locations include:

  • Periareolar or Donut Incision: This option involves a circular incision around the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). It is generally used for mild cases requiring minimal lifting and reduction. The resulting scar is limited to the border of the areola.
  • Lollipop or Vertical Incision: This option involves a circular incision around the areola and a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. This incision option is suitable for patients where a moderate amount of lifting and reduction is required.
  • Inframammary Incision: This incision is made horizontally along the breast crease or inframammary fold. This location provides the surgeon direct access to the breast tissue, making removing excess skin and reshaping the breast easier.
  • Anchor or Inverted-T Incision: This incision is the most common pattern for a breast lift with reduction. It involves a circular incision around the areola, a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and a horizontal incision along the breast crease or inframmary fold. This incision pattern allows for significant lifting, reshaping, and reduction of breast tissue.

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 is 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 From Breast Lift and Reduction Surgery

After breast reduction and lift surgery, supportive bandages or gauze are applied to minimize discomfort. Sometimes, 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.

Results Achieved With Breast Lift and Reduction Surgery

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.


Breast Lift and Reduction FAQ

How much does breast lift and reduction cost in New York, NY?

The cost of breast lift with reduction surgery in New York City will depend on several factors, including the extent of necessary revision, other associated fees such as anesthesia and facility, and if you have combined your procedure with any others.

Your breast lift and reduction surgery in NYC will be customized to your specific concerns and goals. Dr. Cha will provide an accurate cost estimate for your breast lift and reduction surgery during your consultation after your surgical plan has been established and agreed upon.

Will a breast lift and reduction leave noticeable scars?

While some scarring is inevitable, Dr. Cha aims to minimize scars and often places incisions in areas easily concealed by bras or swimsuits. The resulting scars from your breast lift and reduction will fade over time with proper care.

Can pregnancy affect my breast lift and reduction results?

After your breast reduction with lift, your breasts will be reduced in size, higher, and perkier on your chest, and in some cases, your nipple-areolar complex may be smaller or more aesthetically pleasing. During pregnancy, the breasts will fluctuate in size due to hormonal changes and in preparation for breastfeeding. This size fluctuation may cause the skin of the breasts to stretch and even deflate following childbirth. Therefore, pregnancy may reverse or negatively affect the results of your breast lift with reduction. If you are planning on having more children, it may be best to wait for your surgery until after, as you may need a secondary procedure to retain your initial results.

Will I be able to breastfeed after my breast lift and reduction?

While rare, there is a chance that your breast reduction with lift will affect your ability to breastfeed. Tissue is removed during the procedure, and the connection between the milk ducts and nipples may be damaged. If you have any concerns regarding your ability to breastfeed after your breast lift and reduction procedure, discuss your options with Dr. Cha during your consultation.

Will insurance cover my breast lift and reduction surgery?

Breast lift surgery is considered an elective cosmetic procedure, so it is generally not covered by insurance. However, breast reduction surgery may be deemed medically necessary in specific cases and covered by insurance. Dr. Cha and the Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery team will happily discuss your financing options during your consultation.

How long does breast lift and reduction surgery take in New York, NY?

The length of your breast lift with reduction surgery in New York City will depend on the extent of revision necessary for your goals, the specific techniques Dr. Cha uses, and whether you combine your surgery with other procedures. Once Dr. Cha has created a customized surgical plan for you, he can provide you with an estimate of the length of your procedure.

Is breast lift surgery with reduction painful?

Breast lift surgery with reduction is performed on an outpatient basis under anesthesia so that you will feel no pain during the procedure. Once the procedure is finished, you will be recovering from anesthesia and must have a responsible adult drive you home. You will feel some discomfort during the first few days, but this can be managed with over-the-counter medications.

How long do the results of a breast lift and reduction last?

Breast lift and reduction surgery is intended to provide long-lasting results, barring any additional changes to the body, such as weight gain, hormonal changes, and pregnancy. Breast lift and reduction surgery removes excess skin and tissue that causes the breasts to be heavy, droop, and sag. Your breast lift and reduction surgery will provide a perkier and more youthful appearance to your breasts. The natural aging process will continue, so you can expect some changes to your breasts as you age, but these will be minimal compared to your previous breast appearance.

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