Breast Lift (Mastopexy) After Weight Loss Manhattan & NYC (2023)

Breast Lift (Mastopexy) After Weight Loss Manhattan & NYC (1)After major weight loss, many men and women are drawn to plastic surgery to improve the appearance of their breasts. Similar to other parts of the body, the changes seen in the breasts are often noticeable in clothing, and preclude you from looking as good as you feel. In the normal aging process, the glandular (firm) portions of the breast are replaced with looser fatty tissues and change shape. With significant weight loss, similar changes occur, and are a common cause for concern for both men and women.

Since the changes that occur in every patient’s breasts/chest are individual with respect to skin quality (sagging), and volume (size), there are several techniques used to improve their appearance after weight loss. A personal consultation with Dr. Schwartz at his surgical center in New York City is the best way to determine which procedure will help you achieve your goals.

Women

Breast Lift (Mastopexy) After Weight Loss in NYC

Rapid weight loss is one of the common causes of decreased skin elasticity, and the breast is especially prone to these changes. Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a procedure that removes the excess, sagging breast skin. This procedure has the goal of raising the breast tissue and nipple to a more attractive, youthful, and “uplifted” state. It also helps the breasts to feel more supple, similar to the pre-weight loss state.

The operation is individualized to each patient’s needs. The amount of skin that needs to be removed, coupled with the patient’s desires and goals, determines the type of incision that is necessary. Most weight loss patient’s need to have skin removed around the areola (brown skin surrounding the nipples) and the breast itself. The scars can range from an inverted “T” shaped scar (vertical component from the bottom of the areola to the breast fold, and horizontal component along the breast fold), to a vertical scar from the bottom of the areola to the breast fold. Occasionally, a minimally invasive procedure can be done with only a scar around the areola, but this is uncommon with most weight loss patients due to the amount of skin laxity present.

The breast lift is done with either “twilight” or a general anesthetic and takes two to three hours. It is most frequently an outpatient procedure. Most patients report less than average pain with this procedure, are able to return to work in seven to ten days, and can resume their regular activities three weeks later.

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AdvantagesDisadvantages
  • Removes excess breast skin
  • Restores nipple/areola to its ideal position
  • Rapid recovery
  • Visible scars
  • Does not fully restore upper breast fullness seen in youthful breasts

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark H. Schwartz or to find out more about breast lift after weight loss for women.

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Breast Augmentation After Weight Loss in NYC

With significant weight loss, the skin is not the only part of the breast that is affected. In fact, the breast tissue itself, which is normally full and supple, becomes loose and “deflated”. Breast augmentation enlarges the breasts, and restores this lost volume by the placement of a breast implant.

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There are many choices and considerations for breast augmentation and Dr. Schwartz will help you decide which type of implant and approach best meets your desires and expectations at his New York City practice. Dr. Schwartz uses both silicone and saline breast implants, depending on patient preference. The surgery is performed through one of several small incisions located along the breast fold, around the areola, or occasionally in the underarm. The implants may either be placed underneath the breast/chest (pectoralis) muscle or under the breast tissue. Most weight loss patients choose to have the breast implants placed under the breast muscle since this provides a more natural appearance under their loose skin.

A breast augmentation is done with either “twilight” or a general anesthetic, and is an outpatient procedure. It generally takes one to two hours to perform this operation. Postoperative pain is managed with oral medication and most patients return to work in seven to ten days. Routine physical activities are ordinarily resumed one to two weeks postoperatively.

AdvantagesDisadvantages
  • Restores breast volume after weight loss
  • Minimal scarring
  • May not provide enough “fill” to tighten loose, excess skin in weight loss patients

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark H. Schwartz or to find out more about breast augmentation after weight loss for women.

Breast Augmentation and Lift After Weight Loss in NYC

The combination of rapid, dramatic weight loss combined with gravity, pregnancy, breast-feeding, and normal aging, can cause breast deformities that are inadequately addressed with a breast lift or a breast augmentation alone. If there is a significant degree of skin sagging and volume loss, you may wish to consider a combined breast augmentation and breast lift.

During this combined procedure, a breast implant is placed through the proposed breast lift incision, and the excess skin is then removed and tightened. This procedure is usually performed with a general anesthetic, on an outpatient basis, and takes two to four hours to complete. Pain is controlled with oral pain relief and long-acting local anesthetics given at the time of the procedure. Most patients can return to work approximately seven to ten days after surgery, and to their usual activities two to three weeks postoperatively.

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AdvantagesDisadvantages
  • Addresses volume loss and skin excess
  • Longer lasting results
  • More extensive procedure
  • Potential for visible scars

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark H. Schwartz or to find out more about breast augmentation and lift after weight loss for women.

Breast Reduction After Weight Loss in Manhattan, NYC

Breast Lift (Mastopexy) After Weight Loss Manhattan & NYC (3)Even after weight loss, many patients that started out with relatively large breasts are still dissatisfied with the large size of their breasts. Large breasts may also cause physical pain and discomfort. This surgery helps to achieve a more comfortable, proportionate breast size where weight loss cannot. It can alleviate back, neck and shoulder pain, bra straps marks, skin crease rashes, and restricted physical activity caused by the weight of large, heavy breasts.

Breast reduction is performed with an individualized approach and the scars are similar to a breast lift. The nipple, which often descends with the breast tissue, is placed in its proper position, and if necessary, the areola size is made smaller, to match the size of the reduced breast.

This surgery is performed with a general anesthetic, mostly on an outpatient basis, and takes approximately three to four hours to perform. Most patients return to work approximately ten days after their surgery, and resume normal activities two to three weeks later.

Breast reduction may be considered a reconstructive procedure and may be covered by health insurance when it is performed to relieve medical symptoms that are not responsive to non-surgical treatments. Dr. Schwartz will help guide you through this process and will answer any questions at the time of your consultation at his practice in New York City.

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AdvantagesDisadvantages
  • Smaller, proportionate breasts
  • Relieves back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Relieves painful bra strap marks and rashes
  • Potential for scars

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark H. Schwartz or to find out more about breast reduction after weight loss for women.

Men

Gynecomastia/Breast Reduction for Men After Weight Loss in Manhattan, NYC

The medical term for abnormal enlargement of the male breast is gynecomastia and is a common concern for men after weight loss. Many men are left with excess skin, fat, and dense breast tissue in the region of the chest. The excess tissue may extend to the side of the chest and even the back. The redundant tissue may be visible both in and out of clothing, and can understandably affect one’s body image.

Unfortunately, the excess skin and breast tissue is usually not responsive to additional dieting or exercise. For patients with excess fat, glandular tissue, and minimal excess skin, liposuction alone, or with direct tissue removal is quite effective. This procedure is done with a small incision around the areola (pigmented skin around the nipple) and a small incision in the underarm, both of which are likely to become barely visible with time. In patients with larger amounts of excess skin who wish to have correction of their gynecomastia, additional incisions are often necessary to remove the skin, and achieve a desirable result. The type of procedure best suited to treat your gynecomastia after weight loss can be discussed at a consultation with Dr. Schwartz at his practice in New York City.

This surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure with either a general anesthetic or a “twilight” anesthetic, depending on the amount of skin that it is necessary to remove. Pain is controlled with oral pain relief and long-acting local anesthetics given at the time of the procedure. Most patients return to work in a week, though strenuous activities must be avoided for two to three weeks. Patients typically wear a pressure vest for two weeks, which helps to decrease postoperative swelling and bruising.

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FAQs

How many cup sizes do you lose with a lift? ›

Typically, a breast lift (medically referred to as mastopexy) reduces bra size by one cup. However, this is usually not the result of volume loss. When excess skin and sagging breast tissue are removed or repositioned, cup sizes are naturally reduced.

How much does a boob lift cost NYC? ›

Prices range from $10,000 on the very low end, to above $30,000 for very experienced high-quality surgeons on Park Avenue.

Who is the best surgeon in New York for breast lifts? ›

Dr. Olivia Hutchinson is recognized as one of the best breast lift surgeons in the NYC area. She is a board certified aesthetic and reconstructive surgeon of the face, breast, and body.

What happens if you lose weight after a breast lift? ›

Losing Weight Can Change Your Contours

Breast lift surgery is designed to enhance your silhouette by lifting up the breast tissue. If you lose weight after this procedure, you may experience some sagging of the skin and minor changes in the overall contour and shape of your body.

How long after breast lift will I know my bra size? ›

One should really wait at least 6 months prior to assess the final size and shape of the breasts after undergoing your procedure.

What is the healing time for a breast lift? ›

How long is the recovery after a breast lift? As with any procedure, the details of a breast lift recovery can vary from patient to patient. In general, most women can expect to feel well enough to return to work after 1 – 2 weeks, with the majority of their swelling resolving in about 3 – 6 weeks.

Do they remove tissue during a breast lift? ›

Overview. In a breast lift, excess skin and breast tissue are removed. Several different incision patterns can be used to reposition the areola and nipple, and to remove excess tissue.

Is breast lift surgery painful? ›

Whenever you have surgery, you will likely experience some discomfort associated with the procedure, and patients typically describe the discomfort associated with a breast lift as "moderate." But you should know that you don't have to go through the procedure alone, and with our experience and professional training, ...

Do you get scars from a breast lift? ›

Like most surgeries, the breast lift procedure does in fact leave scars; however, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck makes the incisions as inconspicuous as possible while still being able to achieve adequate lift and re-shaping of drooping breasts.

Who is a good candidate for mastopexy? ›

You may potentially be a candidate for a breast lift if you experience significant sagging of the breasts, which is often associated with large natural breast size, pregnancy and breastfeeding, the aging process, or changes in weight.

What is the least invasive breast lift? ›

BodyTite is a non-surgical contouring solution that can achieve results that are similar to a breast lift – but without the need for surgery. It is a safe, highly-effective treatment that produces visible, dramatic aesthetic changes.

Who has the biggest breast with surgery? ›

Sheyla Hershey, a 28-year-old Houston, Texas resident, now has the largest breast implants in the world, according to Fox News. And they're big - really, really big: size 38KKK. It took an entire gallon of silicon. "To me, big is beautiful.

What happens if I lift my arms after breast lift? ›

Lifting Your Arms vs.

Lifting heavy weight after the surgery will mainly place unnecessary tension on the chest, which can be painful and cause further swelling and bruising.

Do you have to wear a bra after a breast lift? ›

After any type of breast surgery, whether it is a breast lift with augmentation or a breast reduction, the patient must wear a supportive bra and follow specific post-operative guidelines. Is it mandatory to wear this supportive bra? The answer is yes.

Should I lose weight before mastopexy? ›

Before undergoing breast surgery, you should be at your ideal weight. This will help make sure that your new breasts proportionately fit your body. For example, if you undergo breast augmentation and later decide you want to lose weight, your breasts may not be the right size for your body frame.

What does a healed breast lift look like? ›

The Appearance of Breast Lift Scars

While the incision(s) is thin, the breast lift scars will be very noticeable, with a red, raised appearance. As the wound heals, the scar will fade to pink and eventually turn white, as well as flatten out so it is no longer raised.

How do I know if my breast lift is healing properly? ›

What Are the Signs That Your Wound Is Healing Properly?
  1. Fluid. As your wound heals, you will notice some watery discharge coming out of the incision area. ...
  2. Redness. Some degree of redness and pain is typical following your surgical procedure. ...
  3. Raised Skin. Ideally, healing wounds should remain relatively flat.
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How long are breast swollen after breast lift? ›

After about a week, the majority of your swelling will start to decrease. The remaining bulk of your swelling will continue to wane over the following six weeks. Any lingering swelling should be gone in two to four months after your initial breast surgery date.

How long are you in pain after a breast lift? ›

2-3 days following their breast lift surgery, most patients report mild to moderate pain. The pain should ease off after that and your plastic surgeon can prescribe pain medication to relieve your discomfort.

What is the fastest way to recover from a breast lift? ›

Scott Farber offers ten tips for optimal recovery from a breast lift.
  1. PREPARE YOUR HOME AND SCHEDULE. ...
  2. GET PROPER R&R. ...
  3. BE GENTLE WITH YOUR INCISIONS. ...
  4. USE COMPRESSION GARMENTS. ...
  5. WATCH FOR COMPLICATIONS. ...
  6. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SURGEON. ...
  7. EAT HEALTHY FOODS AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. ...
  8. AVOID ALCOHOL AND CIGARETTES.

How can I speed up my recovery after breast lift? ›

10 Tips To Speed Up Your Breast Lift Recovery
  1. Care for your incisions. ...
  2. Be alert for complications. ...
  3. Take only the proper medication. ...
  4. Ask about herbal remedies. ...
  5. Relax — don't let stress interfere with healing. ...
  6. Eat healthy and stay hydrated. ...
  7. Walk for circulation but avoid upper body movement. ...
  8. Communicate with your surgeon.
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Why do you need drains after a breast lift? ›

Surgical drains are tubes inserted into the soft tissue of your breast after surgery to help drain excess fluids that build up inside your body. This fluid is normal and fills the space where breast tissue was removed during surgery.

How do breasts feel after a lift? ›

For the two weeks of recovery, you'll likely feel some discomfort and tenderness in your breast area. There will be swelling and bruising too, which will start to reduce after two to three weeks.

What are the complications of a breast lift? ›

Risks specific to breast lift surgery include:
  • Temporary numbness.
  • Bruising.
  • Swelling.
  • Discomfort.
  • Scarring.

When can I walk after breast lift? ›

How soon can I work out after a breast lift surgery? You can return to your exercise routine six to eight weeks after the surgery. You can begin light walking a few days after the surgery.

How do you shower after a breast lift? ›

Instructions for showering:
  1. Remove the bra.
  2. Remove all the GAUZE (these are the white squares that are being help on by tape on breasts)
  3. DO NOT remove the STERISTRIPS (the white tape on the incision)
  4. TAKE SHOWER (no tub bath) with soap and water. ...
  5. When you are done with shower, gently pat yourself dry in all areas.

What should I wear after mastopexy? ›

We recommend our patients wear loose clothing that is easy to take off or put on. A simple zip-up hoodie or a flowing button-up blouse works perfectly for the first week. Zippers and buttons are key to easy on and easy off tops after breast surgery. For the majority of patients, you will receive a compression bra.

What do mastopexy scars look like? ›

What will my breast lift scars look like? As your incisions heal after surgery, your scars will initially appear as raised, red lines. They will eventually fade, flatten, and lighten to become even less visible.

Can I wear sports bra after breast lift? ›

Typically, most patients will be required to wear a compression bra during their initial part of recovery (two weeks after surgery). At that point, you can switch to a compression sports bra but make sure to avoid anything with an underwire. This can be worn for another two weeks, day and night.

How do I prepare for a breast lift? ›

How should I prepare for breast lift surgery?
  1. Get lab testing or a medical evaluation.
  2. Take certain medications or adjust your current medications.
  3. Get a baseline mammogram before surgery and another one after surgery to help detect any future changes in your breast tissue.
  4. Stop smoking.

What is a standard mastopexy? ›

Mastopexy, also called a breast lift, is an operation where a surgeon repositions your nipple higher on your chest wall. They also remove any excess skin and tighten the surrounding tissue.

What weight should I be for a breast lift? ›

First, you need to be at or below a BMI of 35 in order to safely undergo anesthesia at the time of your procedure. Second, your weight needs to be relatively stable so that your results will be, too.

Is mastopexy a breast lift? ›

A breast lift (or mastoplexy), is a surgical procedure performed on women who have sagging breasts due to pregnancy, significant weight loss, or genetics. The procedure involves: Elevating the breast tissue to a higher position on the chest wall. Repositioning the nipple-areolar area.

Is there a way to get a breast lift without scarring? ›

Immediately after the breast lift procedure, incisions may appear red or raised. However, over time they should gradually fade into a thin white line. Topical creams that are available over-the-counter as well as laser skin treatments may further reduce the appearance of breast lift scarring.

Do you have to be a certain BMI for a breast lift? ›

Your weight should be stable. If you plan on losing weight it is better to do so before surgery. Your BMI is 35 (based on your height and weight) it is considered best practice to operate on a patient that has a BMI of less than 30.

How long do breast lift scars take to fade? ›

The whole point of a breast lift procedure is to make the breast more attractive, and conspicuous or heavy scarring defeats that point. Most scars will typically heal and fade within two years, but will always be present.

What is a very large breast size? ›

On the basis of published data and results from this study, it is recommended that patients with a cup size>or=D or a bra size>or=18 could be categorized as having large breasts, with all other patients considered average in size.

What is the biggest cup for breasts? ›

Annie Hawkins-Turner has the largest natural breasts in the world. Her bra size is 102 ZZZ.

What is the biggest common breast size? ›

For instance, one U.S. study reported that the most common size was 34B, followed by 34C, that 63% were size 34 and 39% cup size B.

How long do you have to sleep sitting up after breast lift? ›

Typically, patients can safely resume their preferred sleeping style four to six weeks after surgery.

When can I lift my arms after mastopexy? ›

Don't apply lotions, oils, or creams to the incisions until after they are fully healed. Don't raise your arms above breast level for 10 days. And don't lift, push, or pull anything heavier than 10 pounds for at least 7 days.

What can you not do after a breast lift? ›

Don't lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk (including your children), as you could strain your healing breasts and cause swelling. Along the same lines, don't push anything heavy, like a stroller or a large grocery cart. Don't smoke after surgery, as it can interfere with your body's ability to heal.

How will my nipples look after breast lift? ›

During this procedure, I will also cut into the areola (pigmented skin around the nipple) to make it smaller, if it has become stretched. Immediately after surgery, the areola will appear to be a little too small but, don't worry, it will stretch out over time like it did the first time.

Do you go down a cup size with a breast lift? ›

Typically, a breast lift (medically referred to as mastopexy) reduces bra size by one cup. However, this is usually not the result of volume loss. When excess skin and sagging breast tissue are removed or repositioned, cup sizes are naturally reduced.

What happens if you get a breast lift and lose weight? ›

Losing Weight Can Change Your Contours

Breast lift surgery is designed to enhance your silhouette by lifting up the breast tissue. If you lose weight after this procedure, you may experience some sagging of the skin and minor changes in the overall contour and shape of your body.

How much weight loss will affect breast lift? ›

Typically, a change in 10 or 15 pounds isn't going to affect the way your implants look or feel, whereas massive weight loss could create a sagging appearance.

What happens to a breast lift after weight loss? ›

A mastopexy, also called a breast lift, is a surgery that enhances the breast by lifting it and redefines its contours. It will NOT increase the bust size, so if you have lost weight and would like to restore your bust to its previous size, you may be better off asking your plastic surgeon about a breast augmentation.

Does lifting reduce cup size? ›

Breasts do not contain any skeletal muscle fibers, which means that weight training is unable to have a direct impact on your breasts. Proper weight training can, however, increase the size of your muscles as well as keep your physique lean, mean and toned.

How much breast tissue is removed with lift? ›

If less than 200-350 grams of breast tissue is removed, the procedure may be considered a breast lift.

How much breast tissue do you lose with a breast lift? ›

Importantly, they did not change their weights, take hormones, or change bra manufacturers after surgery. The average amount of skin and breast tissue removed was about 60 grams, not even 1/3 of a cup!

Do you lose breast tissue with a lift? ›

It also helps restore the shape and volume that may have been lost due to age, weight loss or breastfeeding. Because a breast lift repositions the location of the breasts, they can appear smaller. However, only excess skin is removed, not the actual breast tissue.

How do you tell if you've gone up a cup size? ›

If there are gaps between the cup and your breast, you're wearing a cup size too big. If you find your breast spilling over the top, side, or bottom of the cup, you most likely need to go up in size. You also need to consider a larger cup size if the underwire or bottom of the bra is resting on your breasts.

What affects cup size? ›

Your breasts are partly composed of fatty tissue, so any increase or decrease in body weight could also affect breast size. Having more fat in your body could make for larger breasts, while less fat can mean smaller breasts.

What causes increase in cup size? ›

Breasts grow in response to the hormones estrogen and progesterone. As you enter puberty, levels of these hormones increase. Your breasts begin to grow under the stimulation of these hormones. Hormone levels also change during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause.

Do they cut your nipples after breast lift? ›

The truth is that the nipples are kept on what we call a pedicle – a blood supply with an artery and a vein to allow the nipple and areola to get blood and oxygen. So, the nipple and areola are moved upward with breast tissue and soft tissue surrounding it. The entire mound gets elevated. There is no “cutting off”!

Can a breast lift be done twice? ›

What is Revision Breast Lift Surgery? Breast lift surgery is a procedure performed to elevate and tighten the breasts to eliminate a sagging or drooping appearance. After this procedure is performed the first time, changes can continue to affect the breasts over time, requiring a second – or revision – surgery.

What skin is removed during a breast lift? ›

In a breast lift, excess skin and breast tissue are removed. Several different incision patterns can be used to reposition the areola and nipple, and to remove excess tissue.

How long are breasts swollen after lift? ›

Most swelling will accumulate over the first three days. As time goes on, you'll notice a steady decline in the amount of swelling you have. By weeks two and three, you'll notice a marked difference. By week six, the majority of your swelling should be gone.

How painful is a breast lift? ›

After a breast lift, you'll have some discomfort, swelling and bruising. Your skin may feel tight. These effects get better over time and last about two weeks. If you had drains near the incisions, your healthcare team will remove them a few days after the procedure.

Why are my breasts hard after breast lift? ›

It is very normal for your breasts to feel "hard and high" the first couple of weeks after surgery. As the swelling subsides they will soften and drop. Your surgeon will most likely give you a massage regimen to begin in order to coax the healing along in the right direction.

Should I massage my breasts after a lift? ›

Once you have clearance from your surgeon, we recommend massaging your breasts two to three times a day for the first couple of months. Complete this practice for about five minutes each time. After the first two months, massage your breasts five minutes once a day, or as often as recommended by Dr.

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