Understanding the breast lift procedure

Breast lift surgery raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Breast lifts do not change the size of the breasts, round out the upper part of the breast, nor create smaller breasts. Medically called mastopexy surgery, a breast lift can:

  • Restore a woman’s breasts to their youthful shape and firmness
  • Reduce the size of enlarged areolas
  • Raise one breast to be in line with the other

A good candidacy for a Saratoga Springs breast lift procedure:

  • Is mentally and physically in good health with no major medical issues
  • Has reasonable expectations for improvement rather than perfection
  • Doesn’t smoke, or is willing to quit prior to surgery
  • Is struggling with nipples that fall below the breast crease
  • Is struggling with shapeless, drooping, or sagging breasts
  • Finds that clothing and swimwear fit poorly

Call and make an appointment

Our dedicated, friendly staff can arrange for a consultation around the busiest schedules. This first visit is very important. You should come to your appointment focused on the matter at hand with a list of your expectations and concerns, as well as unguarded openness and honesty. Being up-front with Dr. Ridha is the key to a successful and safe procedure. With your active involvement, he can help you through every step of the process in confidence. Your first visit to our Saratoga offices may include:

  • A candid talk about why you are considering breast lift surgery and what you hope to achieve
  • An evaluation of your general health and examination of your breasts, which may include photographs and taking measurements
  • Informative discussions about the benefits and risks of the procedure, the surgical facility, how to prepare for surgery, and how to recover
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What can I expect?

You will go into surgery with a detailed plan created by yourself and Dr. Ridha. Surgeries are unique to every patient, but most include the following steps.

Breast lift surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, which means you need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery. Also, someone must be with you for at least the first night following surgery.

The procedure is performed while you are sedated or under general anesthesia. An incision is made in one of three locations: around the areola; around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease; or around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally along the crease.

Depending on your goals, the underlying breast tissue can be lifted and reshaped, the nipple and areola can be repositioned, the skin at the perimeter of the areola can be excised, and excess breast skin can be removed.

Internal incisions are closed with layered sutures, and ones close to the skin are closed with sutures, skin adhesive, or surgical tape.

Dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions, and you may need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support breasts as they heal. Surgical incisions must not be subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during healing. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. Dr. Ridha provides easy-to-follow instructions to care for yourself after surgery, which include a follow-up visit.

The final results of a breast lift will appear within a few months as breasts settle into a permanent shape and position. Incision lines are permanent but will fade over time. Results will be long lasting, although over time, breasts continue to change due to aging and gravity.

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