Dr. Zuckerman's Guide to Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

A before and after breast lift outcome by Dr. Zuckerman 1yr post-op. For more of Dr. Zuckerman's mastopexy before & after images, visit the full Before & After Page.

A before and after breast lift outcome by Dr. Zuckerman 1yr post-op. For more of Dr. Zuckerman's mastopexy before & after images, visit the full Before & After Page.

Dr. Zuckerman can help you eliminate sag and droop in your breasts caused by weight loss, pregnancy, aging, and the natural effects of gravity through a breast lift (mastopexy). Your bustline can be restored to a “perky,” beautiful contour. Dr. Zuckerman has specialty training in breast surgery procedures and has attended some of the most respected medical institutions in the world including Brown University and NYU. He seeks to create a natural-looking appearance and to restore your breasts to a more youthful shape.

Click to view each section in the breast lift guide below for more detail about the procedure. Or, if you're ready for a breast lift consultation with Dr. Zuckerman, contact his offices today. 


The Surgery

Dr. Zuckerman's breast lift surgery improves a drooping appearance in the breasts by removing extra skin and tightening the skin of the breast area, thereby “lifting” the breasts to a firmer position. A breast lift can also reposition and improve the appearance of the areola, the dark-pigmented skin surrounding the nipple. By trimming tissue from the areola, Dr. Zuckerman's breast lift can also reduce the size of the nipple. Although a breast lift can provide a more youthful-looking bustline, it does not add volume or fullness to the breasts. However, this can be achieved by a breast lift in combination with breast augmentation.

There are three main techniques, or incision patterns, that Dr. Zuckerman uses in his breast lifts. The decision of which incision to use depends on the amount of excess skin and, if a breast reduction, breast issue, that Dr. Zuckerman needs to remove. He most commonly uses the Circumvertical incision pattern.

Although breast lift surgery can provide a number of aesthetic benefits and address a range of concerns, it may not be the best option for everyone. Since pregnancy and breastfeeding can stretch the skin of the breasts, Dr. Zuckerman can discuss alternatives to breast lift surgery for women who are planning to have children.

Breast Lift Procedure

Dr. Zuckerman custom-tailors breast lift procedures to your own unique needs using the incision pattern you and he have chosen. Excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is tightened. The breasts and nipples are lifted to a higher position, and the incisions closed. Breast lift procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The entire procedure usually takes less than two hours to complete.

Breast lift surgery can be performed at one of Dr. Zuckerman's accredited operating rooms located in midtown Manhattan. These state-of-the-art, fully equipped rooms are certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), indicating the highest standard of care.

Recovery

Some degree of bruising and swelling can be expected after a breast lift procedure. Any residual scarring from the incisions should be very mild and should fade with time. Most patients are able to return to normal daily routines after about a week; however, patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks after surgery.

Risks

Dr. Zuckerman will take every precaution to ensure your safety and the success of your procedure. All risks and benefits will be discussed with you at your initial consultation, and Dr. Zuckerman will be happy to address any and all concerns you may have. Breast lift surgery is a very common procedure and is extraordinarily safe, but all surgery carries some risk, however low, of complication. Below are a few: 

  • Wound breakdown
  • Alterations in nipple or breast sensation
  • Hypertrophic, raised, scarring
  • Bleeding or hematoma formation
  • Infection of the incision sites
  • Remaining breast asymmetry
  • Fat necrosis

Before & After Results

View more Before & After results for breast augmentation in the Before & After section of Dr. Zuckerman's website.

Ready for your consultation?

Are you ready for your consultation with Dr. Zuckerman? During your consultation, Dr. Zuckerman can address any concerns or questions that you may have about the surgery. He will also discuss with you the details of his approach: incision location(s), procedure length and techniques, likely operative outcome, etc. Contact his office via the request form or call any of his four physical office locations. Dr. Zuckerman also offers consultations via Skype and a process for out-of-town patients to visit New York to have surgery.