The appearance of the breasts naturally changes as a woman ages. Breasts lose their youthful shape and firmness over time. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and gravity can also cause the breasts to sag and droop. Breast lift surgery can counteract those effects and let you regain more youthful-looking breasts.
Breast lift, medically known as mastopexy, is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excess breast skin and tightens surrounding tissue to improve breast contour. The procedure does not add volume to the breasts; breast augmentation surgery is needed for that.
You may be a good candidate for a breast lift if you are in good overall health, do not smoke, and have saggy or asymmetrical breasts. You can undergo breast lift surgery anytime after your breasts have fully developed. During your consultation with Dr. Derek Steinbacher, you will be evaluated to decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure or if you need another type of breast surgery.
Dr. Steinbacher will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for your surgery. You may be asked to stop taking medications that may increase your risk of bleeding. It is also important to plan for your recovery as early as possible. If you have kids, be sure to find someone to help while you are recovering.
A Breast Lift procedure usually takes about three hours to complete.
A Mastopexy is done while the patient is under “twilight” anesthesia.
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis. During surgery, extra skin will be removed and the breast tissue lifted to the proper location. If your breast lift is being performed in conjunction with breast augmentation surgery, implants will be inserted prior to closing and bandaging your breasts. Depending on your new breast shape, your nipples may be relocated.
After your surgery, expect to feel uncomfortable for the first few days. Mild pain medication is usually adequate. You may be advised to wear a special bra or special dressing to support your breasts as they recover.
Bandages will be removed during your follow-up visit. The stitches dissolve and do not need to be “pulled” out. Expect the shape and size of your breasts to improve as the days go by.
To learn more about Breast Lift Surgery, or to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure, contact our office and schedule a breast lift consultation with Dr. Derek Steinbacher. Call (203) 453-6635 or fill out the appointment request form on this page.
Dr. Derek Steinbacher has devoted his life to aesthetic and life-changing surgery. He is an artistic and meticulous surgeon who draws patients from around the world due to his perspective, unmatched skill, and exceptional results. He is able to uniquely address the face (facelift + rejuvenation), jawline (orthognathic; chin; contouring; implants), nasal (rhinoplasty), eyelids, profile, neck, breast, and body with one-of-a-kind results.
He is a multiple Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Plastic, Cosmetic, and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is Fellow of the most prestigious surgical organizations, including the Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Societies of Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Aesthetic Society, and the Rhinoplasty Society. He has served as Full-Professor of Plastic Surgery at Yale, including Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program, and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Steinbacher has unparalleled training at premier institutions, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins. His perspective brings together the best aspects of many distinct – but related fields – and it is this intersection of scope and expertise, in addition to an artistic eye, which enables excellent comprehensive results.
Dr. Steinbacher's approach: technical acumen, meticulousness, and penchant for combining art and science, together with his eye for balance, beauty, and harmony, helps achieve outcomes that greatly improve a person's confidence, health, and overall quality of life. Patients can trust that they are always in good hands!