New Jersey Breast Lift Surgery
Is a Breast Lift Right for You?
A breast lift will help you breasts sit higher on your chest and look perkier in and out of clothing. A breast lift, or mastopexy, alone does not substantially change the size of your breasts but will tighten the skin, lift them and make them appear more youthful.
Personalize your breast lift for the look you want
If you wish to restore lost volume to the upper portion of your breast or increase the size of your breasts in addition to lifting them, you can have the breast implants of your choice added at the same time as your breast lift. This procedure is called an augmentation mastopexy, or breast lift with implants.
If you would like smaller, lighter and perkier breasts, a breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty can achieve all three. Dr. Parker includes a breast lift as part of all breast reduction procedures he performs.
Breasts are composed of glandular tissue and fat (together these are called parenchyma) connected to the skin by suspensory ligaments. Hormonal changes, pregnancy, and weight gain all cause the parenchyma to increase in size stretching the surrounding skin and suspensory ligaments. Breasts sag (medically, we call this “ptosis”) due to a combination of two issues:
- When the amount of parenchyma decreases, causing a loss of breast volume
- When the skin and ligaments, due to a loss of elasticity, do not contract proportionally causing a downward descent of the nipple and areola
The degree of ptosis, or sagging, will vary from patient to patient based on their individual genetics and the amount of weight gained and lost over time. Plastic surgeons use a classification system to categorize the degree of breast ptosis, which helps determine which breast lift technique will achieve the most aesthetically pleasing result.
Surgery & Recovery
Breast lift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, administered by one of our board certified anesthesiologists, in our fully certified onsite ambulatory surgical center, Surgiplex. Typically, surgery takes 2 to 4 hours to perform depending on the extent and complexity of the procedure.
Choosing Your Incison Options
Dr. Parker makes every effort to use limited incisions and minimize scarring while achieving an aesthetically pleasing breast shape. The extent of incisions necessary is determined by the amount of skin to be removed and how much the nipple must be raised.
We will show you before and after pictures of patients like you who have undergone breast lift surgery to help educate you about the possibilities. We are committed to patient education at the Parker Center, having found it to be a major factor in giving our patients the best surgical experience possible.
You will be able to go home about 1 hour after surgery, wearing a soft, supportive bra. Showering and light activities are permitted the day after surgery, and pain is usually minimal. All sutures dissolve and do not have to be removed. Sedentary work can be resumed in several days and most normal activities in ten days. Upper body exercises can be started within 3 to 4 weeks and fully resumed by 4 to 6 weeks.
Our Signature Rapid Recovery Program
Most of our breast lift patients lead active lives and are anxious to return to their usual routine as soon as possible after surgery. With that in mind, we have developed our unique Rapid Recovery program. This involves specially tailored surgical techniques, anesthesia, and medications as well as post-operative massages and skincare that optimize a speedy recovery. During both your consultation with Dr. Parker and in your pre-op education visit with our Nurse Educator, your anticipated recovery will be discussed in detail.
Your Results Will Last for Years
After breast lift surgery, you can expect your results to last as the years pass. Remember, that excess, sagging skin is gone, and Dr. Parker’s surgical techniques, which involve layers of internal sutures for support, help to ensure your new breast shape continues to look beautiful and natural. Scars should also fade significantly during the first year with proper care.
Breast Lift Surgery Creates Lasting Results
This patient had breast lift and reduction with Dr. Parker. She is shown here before, 6 months, and 5 years after her procedure. As you can see, her results look nearly the same in both after pictures, and that her scars have faded significantly in the most recent photos.
Keep in mind, however, that significant fluctuations in weight, as well as pregnancy, can affect breast shape & size. To keep your results looking their best, it’s important to maintain a stable weight, and we typically recommend that a patient wait until she is finished having children before breast lift surgery.
Your Breast Lift Consultation
Our plastic surgery consultations at the Parker Center are comprehensive and last approximately one hour. During this time, you will:
- Discuss with Dr. Parker your desires and expectations for breast lift surgery
- Learn about the various options for breast implants, if appropriate
- Review the options for incisions used in breast lift surgery
- Undergo a Sizing and Shaping Session to determine optimal implant size and shape, if appropriate
- Hear the details about breast lift surgery & recovery
- Receive a complimentary Vectra 3D imaging session to see how your breasts should look after surgery
- Review testimonials of Dr. Parker’s breast lift patients
- Be given the opportunity to speak with Dr. Parker’s breast lift patients
- Receive a specific written quote detailing all costs for breast lift surgery
We believe your plastic surgery experience should involve a two way conversation. You, as the patient, share with us exactly what you hope to achieve, and we describe our approach to help you get there. We want you to feel comfortable with Dr. Parker and his staff, so we allow plenty of time for you to get to know us and ask questions. This combination of effective conversation and trust between patient and surgeon is key to a successful outcome.