Breast lift surgery
in the NYC tri-state area
When most people think of cosmetic breast surgery, breast implants are the first thing that comes to mind. However, breast lift surgery, also called a mastopexy, can have just as dramatic of an effect on your profile and self-confidence as implants, without increasing the size of your breasts. Dr. Edmund Kwan, skilled cosmetic surgeon in the NYC tri-state area, has over 15 years of experience helping women get their figure back so they can feel great about their bodies again.
What is a breast lift?
Even if you are completely happy with the size of your breasts, their shape and appearance may have changed over time. If this describes you, then you may be an ideal candidate for a breast lift.
Many factors can contribute to changes in a woman’s breasts, such as age, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, genetics, and even simple gravity. All these issues can lead to a sagging appearance to the breasts that make you feel less than your best. A breast lift restores:
- Rounder shape to the breasts
- Better positioning of the nipples for an attractive appearance
- Firmer feel to the breasts
- Higher position of the breasts on the chest (“perkiness”)
- A more youthful appearance overall
A breast lift is different from breast augmentation, though some patients choose to combine the two procedures for even more dramatic results.
What is breast lift surgery? Explained by Dr. Edmund Kwan
What is the purpose of breast lift surgery?
Breast lift surgery is done to lift sagging or drooping breasts, which gives an unattractive appearance. Sagging breasts occurs as secondary to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging.
How is breast lift surgery performed?
Breast lift surgery is performed by making incisions around the breast and lifting it. Patients who have extensive sagging will require extensive scars. However, most of the scars are hidden.
Patients that have moderate sagging may benefit from having a breast implant placed. Breast implants, when placed in the right position, will lift the breast with fewer scars, giving a more youthful appearance.
What is the duration and downtime of the breast lift surgery?
Surgery usually takes approximately 3 hours. Following surgery, most patients will not experience much pain. There may be some bruising and swelling. Most patients can get back to normal within 2 weeks following surgery.
Breast lift procedure
The first step in the breast lift process is perhaps the most important—your personalized consultation with Dr. Edmund Kwan. In this consultation, Dr. Kwan will listen to your concerns about your breasts, as well as what you like about them, your desired results, and other important information such as your medical history. He will use this information in combination with a thorough examination to determine whether a breast lift is the right procedure for you, and if so, to create your customized treatment plan. During your consultation, we leave plenty of time for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure so that you feel completely confident that you are making the right choice.
The actual breast lift surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis, which means that you will not spend the night in the hospital. General anesthesia is used so you are completely asleep during the surgery, ensuring you are comfortable and pain-free. There are many different breast lift techniques that can be used depending on your breast shape and size, how much improvement you are seeking, and your body proportions. However, the general process typically includes the following steps:
- First, Dr. Kwan uses the latest surgical techniques to make incisions that will minimize future scarring.
- Extra skin in the breasts will be removed and then they are lifted.
- Dr. Kwan then re-drapes the skin and uses his artistic eye to reposition your nipples in an attractive location on your breasts for the most youthful, perky appearance.
- If you are also undergoing breast augmentation, your implants will be inserted.
Who is a good candidate for a breast lift?
When consulting with you to determine whether a breast lift is right for you, Dr. Kwan will ask about and consider many different factors in an open and honest dialogue. This conversation is very important to ensure that your treatment plan is the best for your individual needs, and will include topics such as:
- Your goals and expectations related to the procedure
- Whether you plan to have children in the future
- Your medical history, including prior surgeries, current medical conditions, and medications you take
- Your family history, particularly related to breast cancer
- Results from prior mammograms or biopsies you have had
- Your lifestyle, such as whether you smoke and your history of weight loss/gain
It is important to understand that a breast lift resets the clock and delays the aging process, but it does not stop it. This means that over time, your breasts will continue to age with the rest of your body, and the effects of gravity and loss of youthful proteins in your skin will eventually contribute to sagging again. In addition, pregnancy and breastfeeding or weight loss or gain after your procedure can minimize, and sometimes even reverse, your terrific breast lift results.
Breast Lift Surgery Before and After Done By Dr. Kwan
Even though a breast lift is a surgical procedure, most patients recover well and easily with minimal pain. The overall recovery period is typically between one and two weeks, and patients can often get back to their normal daily routine within two to three weeks of surgery. After a breast lift, you may experience some discomfort, bruising, and swelling. Dr. Kwan will discuss how to keep yourself comfortable during this time, such as with medications and the use of a special surgical bra. He will also discuss what activities to avoid during your recovery, such as sleeping on your stomach, taking baths, and engaging in certain physical activities such as bending and lifting. Smoking is discouraged for a month after your surgery to promote optimal blood flow and healing. About a week or two after your surgery, the sutures will be removed, and Dr. Kwan will check on how well you are healing.
Customized, beautiful results without a sky-high price tag
At Dr. Kwan’s cosmetic surgery practice, breast lifts are highly customized procedures that are done in full consultation with patients to ensure they achieve optimal results for their unique body. Although Dr. Kwan has three upscale locations in the NYC tri-state area, don’t let that fool you into thinking he charges sky-high prices to match. Dr. Kwan understands the importance of feeling confident in your appearance and how it can positively impact all areas of your life, and as such, offers patients competitive prices that are an incredible value when you consider his years of experience and skill. While breast lifts are typically not covered by insurance because they are considered cosmetic, our team is here to help you understand the payment options for making your aesthetic goals a reality.
Schedule your consultation today!
Many characteristics contribute to the overall appearance of your breasts – not just their cup size. A round shape, perky height, and attractively positioned nipples all add up to a youthful and vibrant look that matches your inner vigor! Dr. Kwan skillfully alters these and other features to restore the look and feel of your breasts, or to get the breasts you’ve always wanted. If you’re satisfied with the size of your breasts but aren’t satisfied with other aspects of their appearance or the toll gravity may have taken on them over time, you may be a great candidate for a lift. Join Dr. Kwan’s diverse patients, who have all benefited from his artistic skill and scar-free techniques. Call (212) 734-4488 to schedule a complimentary consultation at one of Edmund Kwan, MD’s three locations in the NYC tri-state area: downtown Manhattan, Flushing, and Fort Lee.
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