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Breast Lift and Breast Reduction

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Breast Lift and Breast Reduction services offered in Upper East Side, Upper East Side, New York, NY


Heavy, sagging, or excessively voluminous breasts can be disproportionate at best and can cause long-term back or neck pain at worst. At Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, board-certified plastic surgeon Eric Cha, MD, FACS, performs breast lifts and reductions alongside his experienced team. To schedule a consultation for either or both surgeries, call the office on Park Avenue in New York City or book online today.

Breast Lift and Breast Reduction Q&A

What is a breast lift and reduction?

A breast lift and reduction involves two plastic surgery techniques to reshape and resize your breasts. Extra-large breasts often sag, and sagging can also result from normal aging or bodily changes after pregnancy. In any case, a breast lift and reduction removes fat while tightening the skin to elevate your breasts to a higher point on your chest. 

During a consultation for a breast lift and reduction at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery, the team reviews your medical history and ensures your goals align with the procedure’s capabilities. They decide if you should get a breast lift, a breast reduction, or both procedures together according to your personal preferences. 

Who can benefit from a breast lift and reduction?

There are many reasons why you may consider getting a breast lift, reduction, or both. As long as you’re generally healthy and a nonsmoker, you can benefit from a breast lift or reduction if you experience:

  • Back, neck, or shoulder pain from the weight of larger breasts
  • Discomfort with the size of your breasts
  • Pain during exercise due to the size or positions of your breasts
  • Skin issues from bra friction
  • Sagging from dense breast tissue
  • Down-turned nipples
  • Asymmetrical breasts

The team examines your breasts and makes recommendations for specific surgical techniques to use, including the type and location of the incision. 

What are the incision options for a breast lift and reduction?

The plastic surgery team at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery routinely uses several types of incisions to perform breast lifts and reductions. Potential locations for your incisions are:

Periareolar incisions

Periareolar incisions follow the outline of your areola to form a circular shape. Their scars are easy to conceal because they blend in with your nipple. 

Inframammary incisions

Inframammary incisions are located along the lower portion of your breasts to follow their creases. 

Anchor-shaped incisions

Anchor-shaped incisions go down the breast toward the areola, around the nipple, and across the breast crease below. 

After any incision type, the team at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery removes excess fat, skin, and breast tissue to make your desired alterations, occasionally using liposuction to do so. 

What is recovery like after a breast lift and reduction?

Recovering after a breast lift and reduction involves supportive bandages and garments you must wear for several weeks after surgery. The team at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery places drains in the breasts to let out any fluid that has built up within them. They also give you medications to manage any pain or discomfort after the operation. 

You can expect to return to work and normal activities after about a week, but the full recovery takes up to a month. The outcome is long-lasting as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and a stable weight. 

Schedule your consultation for a breast lift and reduction over the phone or online at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery today.