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Introduction to Breast Lift

At William Lao, MD on 5th Avenue in New York City, breast lift surgery is a very popular procedure. Breast lift, also known as mastopexy in plastic surgery, is a procedure to reposition the nipple and elevate the breast tissue. The severity of breast drop is judged by the relative position of the nipple to the inferior breast fold (inframammary fold).

As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Lao is known by his patients to offer the best breast lift New York City has to offer. Below, we’ve included information about the surgery, but if you’d like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!

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What is a Breast Lift?

Breast lift, also known as Mastopexy in plastic surgery, is a procedure to reposition the nipple and elevate the breast tissue. The severity of breast drop is judged by the relative position of the nipple to the inferior breast fold (inframammary fold). A Breast Lift is usually only needed for ladies after their late 30s. However, occasionally, severe breast drop can develop in younger girls.

The most common cause is breastfeeding. During breastfeeding, the engorged milk glands stretch the breast skin; once breastfeeding is done, breast glands return to their original size but the stretched skin already lost its elasticity to spring back to its original form, which results in saggy-looking breasts with nipples that point toward the floor.

It’s a less likely situation in younger girls because their skin quality is better and skin often contracts better when breastfeeding is done. Breast lift procedures use various plastic surgery techniques and rely on the knowledge of blood supply to the nipple to elevate the breast tissue and reposition the nipple by removing excess skin and hiding scars in the least conspicuous places. Ladies often seek a simple Breast Lift when they do not want any implants/foreign body in their breast yet desire a fuller and a younger look themselves.

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Who are the Best Candidates for a Breast Lift?

You may be a good candidate for a breast lift if you:

  • Have saggy breasts that have lost their shape and volume

  • Have areolas and nipples that point downward

  • Do not smoke

  • Are at a stable, healthy weight

  • Have breasts that are tube-like or elongated

  • Have uneven breasts (one breast is larger and/or a different shape than the other)

  • Are done breastfeeding and/or having children

What are the Benefits of a Breast Lift

Many of our patients who elect to receive a Breast Lift have found that their breasts look perkier, more symmetrical, and feel firmer. In addition to the aesthetic benefits, many recipients experience a boost in their confidence following the procedure.

What to Expect on the Day of a Breast Lift

There are many techniques to perform a breast lift. Of course, implants alone can provide some lifting effect but many people who desire breast lift do not want any foreign body inside their body. To accomplish the lifting effect without an implant, excess skin needs to be trimmed in various patterns and breast tissue often needs to be rearranged to provide a long-lasting result. Almost all techniques of breast lift involve a scar around the areola, but this is often very well hidden. The more severe the breast drop is, however, the longer incisions needed to correct the drop. The nipple and the enlarged areola can also be reduced at the same time to the ideal size depending on the individual’s request.

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Time: 2-3 hours

General Anesthesia


Ambulate the night of surgery

Shower 2 days after surgery

3 to 5 days off work


6 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming

Breast Lift Recovery

After your breast lift, bandages will be placed over your breasts and you will likely be given a surgical support bra to wear. You may experience bruising and swelling for one to two weeks and may be given medication to help ease any discomfort or pain after your procedure.

You should not perform any strenuous activities or do any lifting, bending, or straining for at least two weeks after your breast lift. Ask Dr. Lao when it is okay for you to resume your normal daily activities.

Be sure to follow all recovery and aftercare instructions given to you by Dr. Lao and if you have any questions about what to do after your breast lift, ask him during your consultation.

What’s the First Step?

Before this procedure can be performed on you, you will need to have a consultation with Dr. Lao. During your consultation, Dr. Lao will go over your medical history with you and ask you about any previous surgeries or treatments you have had in the past. He will also ask you about the medications you take, including NSAIDs. You should stop taking NSAIDs, like aspirin and ibuprofen, before your breast lift. These medications may increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Lao will examine your breasts and determine the right technique and treatment plan for your specific needs and desired outcome. Before your breast lift, you should make arrangements for someone to transport you home after your procedure, as you will not be able to drive yourself home once you are out of surgery. If you have any questions or concerns about this procedure, be sure to ask Dr. Lao during your consultation and he will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

Dr. William Lao is a double-board plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience helping patients meet their aesthetic needs. Dr. Lao is frequently called upon in aesthetic publications like NewBeuty, where he answers common plastic surgery questions. As one of the most talented breast surgeons in New York, you’ll be in great care with Dr. William Lao.

How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost in New York City?

As an experienced New York City breast lift surgeon, Dr. Lao will meet with you in his Manhattan office to discuss all options and pricing. The cost of a Breast Lift in New York City depends on a few variables, like the amount of time the procedure takes, how much tissue is removed, and other factors. During your consultation with Dr. Lao, be sure to ask him any questions you may have about the cost of this procedure.


Is a Breast Lift painful?

Thanks to the use of anesthesia during your procedure, there should be minimal to zero pain. You may however experience some soreness or mild pain following your procedure, but these can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication or by applying cold compresses.

How long until I see results?

You will likely see results right after your breast lift; however, your breasts will continue to change and settle over the next couple of months.

Can I combine a Breast Lift with other procedures?

Absolutely! Many of our patients will combine their Breast Lift with a Tummy Tuck or a Mommy Makeover to give them the body they desire. If you are interested in combining your Breast Lift with another procedure, please discuss this with Dr. Lao during your consultation.

What are the risks associated with a Breast Lift?

Any surgery does, unfortunately, come with potential risks. Some of the risks associated with Breast Lift Surgery are:

  • Bleeding or Hematoma formation
  • Breast Asymmetry
  • Breast Contour or Irregular Shapes
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (cardiac and pulmonary complications)
  • Fat Necrosis (fatty tissue found deep in the skin that may die)
  • Fluid Accumulation
  • Infection
  • Loss of Nipple and Areola (can be partial or total)
  • Negative reactions to the Anesthesia
  • Nipple or Breast Sensation change (can be temporary or permanent)
  • Poor healing
  • Possible Revisional Surgery

Schedule Your Consultation

Every surgical procedure and aesthetic treatment we offer is specifically tailored to satisfy the unique needs of the individual. Dr. Lao’s expertise is what makes him among the best to perform a breast lift New York City residents can depend on. When you come in for a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Lao, he can find the perfect aesthetic approach that provides you with your ideal results. If you think you are a good candidate for a breast lift and would like to learn more about the procedure, contact our office to schedule a consultation today. Our friendly staff will gladly answer any questions you may have about this procedure and will set you up for a consultation with Dr. Lao.

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