Over the course of their lives, most women develop some sagging, or ptosis, of their breasts as they age. This natural process is unwelcome for many, leading to breasts that are low on their chests, with nipples pointing downward and loss of fullness in the superior, or upper, part of the breasts. Fortunately, there is a solution in breast lift surgery. In Albany, NY, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Rockmore can bring a youthful perkiness back to a woman's silhouette by reshaping and repositioning the breasts.
Dr. Rockmore approaches each procedure with precision and artistic vision to reveal each patient's unique beauty. To get started, request a free consultation using his online form or call his office at (518) 438-0505.
Breast Lift Before & After Photos
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Although this 38-year-old female was not happy with the asymmetry and shape of her breasts, she did not want a breast augmentation. Procedure: A straight-forward breast lift and breast matching was performed, to her great satisfaction.
This 48 year old woman lost breast volume following weight loss and child birth This deflated her breasts and left them small and saggy. A breast lift was done and implants placed to fix this. Now her clothes fit better and she feels better. A tummy-tuck was done at the same time.
Dr. Rockmore has treated many hundreds of women at his practice in Albany, and he knows each breast lift patient is unique. Behind each woman is a different lifestyle, a different medical and genetic history, and a different motivation for seeking surgery. Nonetheless there are some common causes behind the sagging that these patients aim to correct. The most common causes of breast sagging include:
Gravity: Gravity affects our breasts much like it affects the rest of our bodies. As we age, the suspensory tissues that hold up our breasts loosen and no longer hold the breasts in their youthful position. The skin becomes stretched, and the breasts sag.
Loss of breast volume: As women age, they can lose breast volume. This has the result of deflating the breasts. The skin typically does not have enough elasticity to contract to the new breast volume, and the breasts sag.
Pregnancy: The breasts become engorged during pregnancy then shrink down afterward. In many women, the breasts are smaller after, leading to some deflation and sagging.
Weight loss: Breast size can vary with weight fluctuations. With significant weight loss, the breasts can lose volume and become deflated, leading to sagging.
One or more of these components can lead to sagging breasts. In some women, sag can develop at a young age without any of these causes being present.
Types of Breast Lifts
At your consultation, Dr. Rockmore will ask you questions and perform an examination to evaluate your level of sagging. The amount of sag is measured in degrees, from first to third degree. There are a variety of breast lifting procedures (also called mastopexy), and he chooses the type of breast lift based on the amount of sag, the size of your breasts, the elasticity of your skin, and the shape you desire. The options include:
Breast augmentation: When there is mild or first-degree ptosis, placement of breast implants alone can sometimes restore the upper, or superior, volume of the breast and provide sufficient lift.
Crescent lift: This method can be used to slightly elevate the nipple position. It leaves a scar on the edge of the areola on its top portion.
Periareolar lift: This technique can be used to treat mild degrees of ptosis or laxity, and it is also referred to as a Benelli mastopexy. A doughnut-shaped portion of skin is removed from around the areola, creating some tightening of the skin of the breast. The amount of lifting effect is limited, so this option can be used for only mild degrees of ptosis.
Vertical mastopexy: This is a more powerful lifting technique used when there is more significant sagging. It results in a scar around the areola and straight down like a lollipop, and it can be used to treat mild to moderate degrees of sag.
Full mastopexy: This method is used for more significant types of sag and allows for maximum lifting and reshaping of the breast. The resultant scar is around the areola, straight down, and then along the crease of the breast in an anchor configuration.
During the consultation, Dr. Rockmore will assess your breasts and discuss the options that will work best for your unique needs.
Combining Breast Lift & Augmentation
In many women, Dr. Rockmore places breast implants at the same time as the lift. The advantages of combining breast augmentation with a breast lift are:
An improved breast shape
Longer-lasting superior fullness, or fullness above the bra line
Replacement of the volume lost from pregnancy, weight changes, or maturation of the breasts
The implants can be either saline or silicone, and they do not have to be overly large. If a lift is performed without implants, the breasts can often seem smaller than they did when sagging. The implants can correct this. If you have sufficient breast tissue of your own, it may be possible or preferable to do a breast lift without implants.
Why Choose Dr. Rockmore for Breast Lift Surgery
Vast experience with thousands of breast procedures
Ability to use a variety of lifting procedures to meet your individual needs, developed in his more than 15 years of experience with an array of different breast sizes and shapes
The artistic vision and surgical skill to make your breasts youthful and natural
The Breast Lift Procedure
A breast lift is performed as an outpatient procedure at the surgery center near our office. On the day of surgery, you will meet with Dr. Rockmore, and he will mark your chest with you standing. You will then be brought to the operating room, and a board-certified anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia for your procedure. You will then have your breast lift using one of the techniques described above.
When you wake up, you will have a bra in place that you will wear for the first week. There are no heavy wraps or compression devices, and you can shower the next day. You will recover in the surgery center for 2 hours before your friend or family member drives you home.
Although you will have pain medications prescribed, most women need them for only a couple of days at most. You should be able to drive after 2 to 3 days and slowly get back to your daily routine. Dr. Rockmore asks that you avoid strenuous activities for 2 weeks after your breast lift and avoid heavy lifting for 3 weeks.
I am very happy with the results of my breast lift surgery with Dr Rockmore. He is very pleasant, and whenever I had a question, or wanted to come in to the office, he was very accommodating.
Your breasts will have some swelling and bruising after your breast lift, which can take 1 to 2 weeks to completely resolve. Over the next couple of months, your scars will fade, and your breasts will soften. This settling process will lead to a more natural and final result — and lifted, beautiful breast contours.