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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

One of the most common effects of recent pregnancy, weight loss, gravity, and the natural aging process is the accumulation of loose excess skin in your breasts, causing them to take on a sagging or drooping appearance. Here at Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Yarinsky, can perform breast lift surgery to tighten the skin and rejuvenate your breasts with beautiful, natural-looking results. Please contact Dr. Yarinsky to schedule a consultation for breast lift surgery.

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What Is Mastopexy?

A breast lift is a commonly performed surgical breast enhancement procedure designed to reduce excess skin and reshape your breasts for a more vibrant and youthful appearance. Medically known as a mastopexy, a breast lift can effectively tighten and smooth the skin and reshape your breasts, resize and reposition the areolas, and lift your breasts to a firmer, “perkier” position. Mastopexy is not designed to increase the size of your breasts. If you wish to enhance your breast volume while simultaneously addressing sagging or drooping you may choose to combine a breast lift with a breast augmentation.

What Are the Benefits of Breast Lift Surgery?

Women choose breast lift surgery for a wide variety of reasons. The cosmetic goals of the average breast lift patient typically include:

During the consultation, Dr. Yarinsky will perform a physical examination, review your medical history, and discuss your unique cosmetic concerns before determining your candidacy for a breast lift.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?

Most candidates for breast lift surgery have sagging or drooping breasts due to past pregnancies, genetics, significant weight fluctuations, or the natural aging process. Candidates also often have areolae (the pigmented area around the nipples) that are enlarged and positioned toward the lower poles of the breasts. Good candidates for breast lift surgery are in good overall health and able to avoid smoking tobacco products for at least 4-6 weeks before and after the procedure. The best way to determine your candidacy for breast lift surgery is to schedule a consultation with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Yarinsky.

How Is the Breast Lift Procedure Performed?

The breast lift procedure is typically performed as an outpatient procedure in Dr. Yarinsky’s Joint Commission-accredited office facility using sedation or general anesthesia. Each breast lift is customized to meet the individual needs of the patient. The design of the incisions can vary but usually includes incisions around the areolae and may include an incision located in the crease under the breast. Common breast lift techniques include Crescent Mastopexy (Half-Moon Incision), Peri-Areolar Mastopexy (Doughnut Mastopexy), “Lollipop” Mastopexy, or Wise Pattern Mastopexy (Anchor or “inverted-T” Mastopexy). In addition to removing excess skin, the areolae are reduced in diameter if needed, and are placed higher. Then the breasts are reshaped in a more youthful, pleasing contour. The procedure can usually be completed within three to four hours.

What Is Breast Lift Recovery Like?

Any initial discomfort from breast lift surgery can be easily controlled with oral medication. After surgery, you will wear a supportive bra with only light dressings over the incision lines. The bra is worn to hold dressings and maintain breast shape for 2-3 weeks. Sutures are usually removed by two weeks. Light activities may be started in 7-10 days, and at this time most patients return to work or their normal daily routines. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for about 4-6 weeks. Avoid submerging your breasts in water with tub-bathing, swimming or hot tub use for two months.

My experience with Dr. Yarinsky and the entire staff at Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery was amazing. Dr. Yarinsky goes above and beyond to explain procedures every step of the way. I didn’t need to ask questions because he and his staff are so informative. The office has such a calm and inspiring atmosphere, it really make you feel instantly welcome and at ease. I have been more than happy with my results and it just keeps getting better with each day that passes. I would totally recommend Dr. Yarinsky to others in need of a breastlift or any other procedure. I look forward to a continued relationship with everyone at Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery.

Jennifer Clark

June 30, 2016


How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?

Dr. Yarinsky customizes each breast lift surgery, and as a result, there is no fixed price for the procedure. The cost can range from $3,900 to over $10,000 depending upon which procedure would be most effective for your individual needs. The total cost takes into account variables such as which incision technique is used, the overall complexity of the procedure, and fees associated with the anesthesia type, our surgical facility, and the surgeon’s fee. When comparing the cost of breast lift surgery among various plastic surgeons, keep in mind that the experience of the plastic surgeon as well as the geographic location of the practice are typically factored into the price. Patients who might benefit from a low monthly payment plan can take advantage of our plastic surgery financing options.

Breast Lift and Augmentation

If you have also lost breast volume over time or simply wish to enlarge your breasts, a combination breast lift and augmentation may better satisfy your needs. The breast lift with implants procedure can restore lost volume from breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, or the natural aging process while simultaneously lifting your breasts to a more youthful position on your chest wall. A breast implant can increase upper breast fullness for enhanced cleavage. Oftentimes, no additional incision is needed for this procedure when combined with a breast lift.

Complementary Procedures

In addition to breast augmentation or implant placement, common procedures that may enhance the result of a breast lift are breast reduction and tummy tuck surgery. Some patients choose to incorporate a breast lift with or without implants into a mommy makeover for a comprehensive rejuvenation. During the consultation process, Dr. Yarinsky can recommend which procedure or combination of procedures will best achieve your goals.

The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for you can be determined only at the time of your consultation with Dr. Yarinsky. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual. Most people are very happy with the results but no specific result can be guaranteed.

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