Manhattan Breast Lift Procedure
Commonly asked questions about Mastopexy in Manhattan & NYC
Is Mastopexy right for you?
If you have one or more of the following conditions:
- Breasts lack firmness
- Satisfactory size but with pendulous-like breasts
- Nipples and areolas point downward or positioned below the breast crease
A breast lift is usually recommended after breast development has stopped although can be performed at any age, especially in some congenital conditions that result in significant breast asymmetry. Most women elect to undergo this procedure following pregnancy since this can cause loss of breast volume as well as increased skin laxity. Those women who elect to undergo breast lift before pregnancy will likely still be able to breastfeed.
During consultation, desired breast size, shape, and how your nipples and areolas will be repositioned will be discussed with Dr. Singer. This way he will be guided according to your expectations and achieve your desired result.
Evaluating your breast
Dr. Singer will examine your breasts by taking measurements and may also take photographs. The breast size and shape, skin quality and pigmentation, and location of the nipples and areolas will be evaluated.
You must know your medical history as this will be discussed during your consultation. Completeness of information is necessary. This will include information about past and present medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments and hospitalizations including medications, previous surgeries and biopsies, and family history (such as cancer, hypertension, diabetes, etc).
Planning to lose weight? You should discuss this with Dr. Singer. He may recommend you achieve your ideal weight prior to the surgery.
Covered or not?
Breast lift surgery generally is not covered by insurance since it is a cosmetic procedure.
Under certain circumstances, however, insurance coverage may be available such as in breast reconstruction after mastectomy since the opposite breast may need to be modified for asymmetry. Eligibility for coverage is determined based on the specific terms of your insurance policy. A medical authorization may be required by your insurance company prior to surgery. Dr. Singer and his staff will discuss these matters with you.
How is breast lift performed?
Personal preferences and your individual anatomy will determine the specific technique selected to lift your breasts to achieve the desired outcome.
Minding the incisions?
Personal preferences as well as the extent of the lift will determine the specific technique selected. Breast lift surgery involves two and sometimes three incisions as discussed below:
- An incision is made around the areola.
- Another incision runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast.
- And the third incision is made horizontally beneath the breast and follows the natural curve of the breast crease. This incision may or may not be required depending on your individual anatomy.
The nipple and areola are placed at a higher position after excess skin has been removed. They remain attached to underlying tissues, however, to allow for preservation of sensation and the ability to breast feed. The areola can also be reduced in size for aesthetic reasons. To improve the contour under the arm, liposuction can be utilized to decrease any fullness that may be present. In addition to removing the excess skin, the breast tissue is reshaped and moved to a higher position on the chest.