A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening tissues for a more youthful breast contour. A woman’s breasts can change over time due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, gravity, aging, and heredity. This procedure can rejuvenate the figure by creating a breast profile that is more youthful. Dr. Kayastha offers safe and high-quality breast lift procedures for patients in Albany, New York.
Normal aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations can result in breasts that droop. This can be due to loss of volume and stretching of the skin envelope of the breast. Tightening the breast skin and repositioning the glandular tissues will give the breast a more youthful, pleasing shape.
A mastopexy or breast lift is a surgical procedure done to lift and reshape the breasts. It involves tightening the breast skin and reshaping the breast tissue. The result is a lifted, more youthful appearing breast. The breast lift will not change the size of the breasts but will enhance their position, shifting volume upwards to create a fuller appearance.
The ideal candidates for a breast lift are those who are near their ideal body weight and have finished having kids and breastfeeding. It is still possible to have a breast lift if you are not done having children, however, it must be understood that the breasts will go through additional cycles of changes with pregnancy. You may require a second operation when you’re done having kids to regain their ideal appearance. The best candidates for breast lifts are happy with the size of their breasts when they’re lifted in a brassiere. If you feel like your breasts are too large a breast reduction is needed. If you feel like your breasts are too small when they are lifted in a brassiere, then an implant is needed in addition to a lift.
What to Expect
Before your procedure, you will have a detailed consultation with Dr. Kayastha to discuss your aesthetic goals. A personalized plan will be made for your surgery to help ensure the best outcomes.
What to Expect
Breast lift surgery is performed at the hospital under general anesthesia. During the surgery process, we make your health and safety our top priorities. Some patients may need to stay in the hospital overnight after their surgery, but most breast lists are done on an outpatient basis.
What to Expect
After breast lift surgery you can expect to experience tenderness, swelling, and bruising. You will be required to wear a supportive surgical bra to support your new breast contours and reduce swelling. Drains may also be placed in some cases. Dr. Kayastha will prescribe pain medications to help with initial discomfort in the weeks after surgery. Patients can resume light activities such as gently walking right after the procedure.
The incisions and resultant scars for mastopexy vary depending on the amount of lifting required. These incisions always involve an incision around the areola. This is sufficient for those with mild sagging and those who want to combine a breast augmentation with their procedure. Sometimes, a vertical incision on the front of the breast and a horizontal incision underneath the breast are added to gain the correct amount of skin tightening and to improve more severe sagging.
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Preparing for breast lift surgery is important for achieving your best possible results. During your consultation, Dr. Kayastha will give you specific and detailed instructions for your preparation. Some general considerations include:
- Stopping or adjusting medications, such as blood thinners, as needed
- Coordinating with a close friend, family member, or other caregivers who can assist you with transportation and care for at least 24 hours after surgery
- Purchasing and/or packing essentials like comfortable clothing, medications, books, magazines, and other types of entertainment for your recovery period
- Refraining from eating or drinking beginning at midnight before your procedure
After the breast lift procedure, patients can expect one to two weeks of downtime where they must rest and recover at home. This involves taking time off from work and following exercise restrictions. Most patients have some soreness for the first 2-10 days, but this can be well managed with prescription pain medication. Non-strenuous activities of daily living can be resumed in 24-48 hours, however more strenuous exercise should not be undertaken for 5-6 weeks. Patients will also be asked to wear a surgical bra to minimize swelling and assist the healing process.
Breast lift results will be noticeable right away, though swelling will be present for several weeks. Due to residual swelling, final results will not be seen until about six months after breast lift surgery. However, most people are happy with their natural feeling and looking results just six weeks after surgery.
Dr. Kayastha is a board certified plastic surgeon who serves Albany, NY and the entire Capital Region. Dr. Kayastha completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and graduated with distinction in all subjects. He then attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. During his time in Buffalo he also completed a fellowship in surgical pathology at Roswell Park. Following medical school Dr. Kayastha gained a much sought after position in the Michigan State-Grand Rapids integrated plastic surgery residency. After finishing residency training Dr. Kayastha completed a one year fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco. To round out his training before starting private practice Dr. Kayastha spent an additional 6 months learning from some of the best cosmetic surgeons in San Francisco. Dr. Kayastha is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.