Breast Lift (Mastopexy) in New York City
with Dr. Shridharani

What is a breast lift (mastopexy)?

Breast lift surgery, also known as a mastopexy, is for women seeking an improvement in their overall contour and desire to raise the nipple to a more aesthetically pleasing location. The breast is lifted by removing excess skin, and the surrounding tissue is tightened to reshape the breast.

Why should I consider a breast lift?

Over the years, breasts tend to sag and deflate, areolas (skin around the nipple) may stretch or enlarge, and the breast tissue and skin may thin. The breasts may become droopy, sit lower than they once did, and may not be the ideal shape. Some patients may find they have always been unhappy with their breast shape and others may desire to have the breast contour they once had. Many factors including pregnancy and weight fluctuations can cause the breasts to become deflated. Dr. Shridharani can surgically lift your breast to a more ideal position making them more attractive and balanced.

How commonly performed is a breast lift in the United States?

New statistics show breast lift surgery has increased 70% since 2000, outpacing breast implants 2-to-1. Furthermore, nearly 100,000 breast lift procedures were performed in the United States per year within the past few years.

What happens as I age that causes my breast to droop?

  • Aging
  • Breastfeeding
  • Gravity
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Weight fluctuation

What are the different types of breast lifts?

  • Circumareolar Mastopexy – “Doughnut” breast lift with an incision around areola only.
  • Circumvertical Mastopexy -“Lollipop” breast lift, or short scar breast lift, with an incision around areola and a vertical line.
  • Wise-Pattern Mastopexy – “Inverted-T” breast lift, with an incision around the areola, a vertical line to the inframammary crease, and a horizontal line.
  • Augmentation Mastopexy – any breast lift performed in conjunction with breast implants.

Can my stretched out areola be fixed during the breast lift procedure?

YES! A very important goal of breast lift surgery is to place the nipple-areola complex in the appropriate position. It is common for areolas (colored skin around the nipple) to be stretched out from weight fluctuations or pregnancy. If you are unhappy with the size of your areolas, they can be reduced to a more appropriate size during your breast lift surgery.

Will my breast size change during a breast lift (mastopexy)?

There will not be a major change in your breasts, however, there may be a small decrease in size as the breasts are lifted. This can sometimes be up to a single cup size change. This is why many women opt to have breast implants placed during their breast lift… to help restore the volume they have lost.

Can Dr. Shridharani give me breast implants and a breast lift at the same time?

Yes, a breast augmentation and lift can be performed at the same time. This procedure requires a deep understanding of the overall anatomy and skin quality. Restoration of the upper pole of the breast (area above the nipple) may be achieved by placement of a breast implant. It is very common for women to desire their breasts to be lifted and the volume of their breasts to be restored. This is best achieved by placement of a breast implant. If the breasts have any asymmetry, breast implants may be the best option to improve the overall evenness of the contour. since multiple procedures have to be performed in a single setting From time to time, this procedure may require a minor “touch-up” (revision) in the future.

Is breast lift surgery safe?

YES! When a procedure is performed with appropriate precautions taken, you can have a streamlined overall experience. Even in the best circumstances, some complications can occur. Working with a surgeon you trust and feel comfortable with is paramount.

How long does a breast lift procedure generally take?

Generally, the surgery takes around 2-3 hours to perform.

Do I have to have my “pec” muscle cut or changed during a breast lift?

NO. Incising the muscle is generally only needed when performing a breast augmentation. During your breast lift, Dr. S is careful to NOT cut the “pec” muscle since many sensory nerves lie on top of the muscle. This helps decrease your pain after the surgery.

Would I have to spend the night after my breast lift?

Dr. Shridharani’s breast lift patients are not required to stay overnight and generally go home the same day. Some of our patients choose to stay in a nearby luxury hotel with a private nurse overnight while they rest and recover.

Ready to get started?

Ready to learn more about breast lifts and find out if you are a good candidate? Call (212) 508-0000 to schedule a consultation with board certified NYC Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Shridharani.

Breast Lift FAQ’s

Q: When I have a breast lift, will I have a scar?

Anytime an incision is placed on the breast, a scar will result. The goal of an excellent plastic surgeon is to place as few incisions as possible in areas that are well concealed. Dr. Shridharani uniquely tailors each breast lift depending on the patient’s anatomy and expectations. During your consultation, Dr. Shridharani will thoroughly review with you the location of your anticipated incisions.

Q: Will I have drains after my breast lift surgery?

Dr. Shridharani rarely uses drains during breast surgery. It is a rare occasion to have to use drains during a breast lift surgery; drains are usually only needed when a large volume of tissue is removed from the breast or the breast lift is considered a complex mastopexy. Dr. Shridharani will be sure to review this with you during your breast lift consultation at LUXURGERY.

Q: How droopy are my breasts?

In plastic surgery we use a classification system to grade the level of breast ptosis or droopiness. Grade I is when the areola is at the level of in the infra-mammary crease and above the contour of the gland. Grade II is when the areola is below the infra-mammary crease and above the contour of the gland. Grade III is when areola below the infra-mammary crease and below the contour of the gland. Pseudoptosis is when the areola is above the infra-mammary crease but there is loose skin due to hypoplasia.

Q: Where will I have my breast lift surgery?

Patients have the ability to have their breast lift at LUXURGERY. Our operating room has certification and accreditation by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). If you prefer to have your surgery at a hospital, we can make further arrangements for your surgery. Our team provides patients with the option of having their procedure performed in the safety, convenience, and comfort of our office/facility.