Breast Lift

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Breast Lift in Montclair, NJ with Dr. Caroline Szpalski

Breast appearance often plays a significant role in many women’s self-image, femininity, and confidence. Over time, aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, or genetics can affect the position and shape of the breasts, making youthful, perky breasts look saggy or deflated. Breast lift can help restore breast appearance by improving breast firmness and position.

Fellowship-trained female plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Szpalski and her team want to help you feel comfortable in your skin. Together, you will develop a customized procedural plan to help you realize your aesthetic vision, making her your choice as one of the best breast lift surgeons in the tri-state area of NJ.

Contact us today at (646) 777-0170 or complete our online form to schedule your breast lift consultation today!

What Is a New Jersey Breast Lift?

A breast lift, medically known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to address breast ptosis (sagging). The procedure modifies the breast appearance by reshaping breast tissue and restoring breast position on the chest wall. Rather than increasing breast size, breast lifts focus on improving the position of the breasts. 

With breast lift, excess skin and breast tissue are removed, and the remaining breast tissue is recontoured into a more youthful shape. The breast is repositioned on the chest wall, and if necessary, the nipple position and areola size are also addressed.

To restore youthful, natural-looking breasts, a breast lift:

  • Restores breast shape, projection, and position
  • Addresses downward-pointing nipples
  • Reduces the size of large areolae
  • Corrects breast asymmetry
  • Alleviates discomfort associated with breast ptosis
  • Improves overall body proportions
  • Increases confidence and restores self-image

The goal of the procedure is to create a perkier, lifted, more youthful breast shape. Your breast lift result will look natural. A breast lift rejuvenates droopy breasts but does not increase the overall breast volume. Dr. Szpalski uses an “auto-augmentation” technique where the upper pole of the breast is filled with your breast tissue (in the same location where a breast implant is placed to increase upper pole fullness).  

On occasion, a breast implant will also be placed at the same time as mastopexy to achieve a fuller, enhanced breast with more upper pole fullness and projection (as if wearing a push-up bra) and a breast lift. Depending on the result you wish to obtain, Dr. Szpalski will tell you which option would be best for you and your body.

Breast Lift Incision Options in New Jersey

To create optimal, natural-looking results suited to your unique anatomy, Dr. Szpalski utilizes a variety of breast lift techniques. Each breast lift technique creates an incision around the nipple and areola in a circular pattern. This allows the nipple to be repositioned on the breast and the areolar diameter to be reduced as necessary. Structures leading to the nipple, including nerves, blood vessels, and milk ducts, are preserved in a breast lift. The various techniques of mastopexy may include additional incisions based on the shape of the breast, the degree of skin excess, and nipple ptosis. Each breast lift and reduction performed by Dr. Szpalski involves an “auto-augmentation.”  

Periareolar or Donut Lift

Rarely a very subtle lift of the nipple and areola is desirable for one or both breasts. This technique creates an incision in the area around the areola (the pigmented circle that surrounds the nipple) at its junction with the breast skin. This technique is inadequate if there is excess skin and does not allow a major reshaping of the breast. A small periareolar lift can be added to a breast augmentation when the nipple requires minor repositioning, but major reshaping of the rest of the breast is not required. This technique is the most commonly used technique when correcting tubular breasts. (There is minimal droop of the breast, but there is an enlarged areola with a puffy shape to be corrected).

Vertical or Lollipop Lift

This technique uses two incisions in a lollipop shape—a circular incision around the areola and a vertical incision that extends to the breast crease. It is a good option for patients with a minimum of skin excess and only mild nipple droop. This technique is not appropriate for extremely droopy breasts or those with a significant amount of extra skin. Good skin tone is also essential for a successful procedure. This technique was invented by Dr. Madeleine Lejour, the head of Dr. Szpalski’s alma mater and training program.



Inverted T or Anchor Lift

Used for moderate to severe ptosis or pendulous breasts, this technique removes a significant amount of tissue and skin. It involves three incisions: around the perimeter of the areola, a vertical incision to the breast crease, and a horizontal incision on the breast crease. It is the most common procedure for a breast lift. These incisions are shorter than the traditional “anchor scar” that is commonly described for breast reduction procedures, but as a rule of thumb, the wider the breasts are, the longer the horizontal scar will be.

Choosing Dr. Caroline Szpalski as Your NJ Breast Lift Provider

Fellowship trained in microsurgery and the most complex cases in the world at MD Anderson, Dr. Caroline Szpalski is a female plastic surgeon born into a family of medical professionals and caregivers. She knew from an early age she wanted to become a surgeon. Growing up in Africa and Europe, Dr. Szpalski brings an international flair and sophisticated European sense of style to her practice. With this distinct multicultural perspective and a unique Ethnic identity, Dr. Szpalski recognizes that there are many standards of beauty, identity, color, and culture, so she doesn’t offer a single approach for all patients.

As a busy surgeon, wife, mother, and New Yorker, Dr. Szpalski understands many of her patients’ diverse challenges. With a less is more philosophy, Dr. Szpalski tailors her approach to each patient’s needs with meticulous detailing to provide natural-looking, long-lasting results for a sense of timeless elegance.

Your NJ Breast Lift Consultation with Dr. Szpalski

Patient consultations are a critical element of Dr. Szpalski’s practice. During your consultation, Dr. Szpalski will take the time to identify your goals and ensure your realistic expectations to determine that she is the right surgeon for you. With a focus on providing exemplary care for all her patients, Dr. Szpalski has created a warm, welcoming, nonjudgmental environment safe for sharing your concerns.

During your New Jersey breast lift consultation, Dr. Szpalski will conduct a thorough physical assessment, including:

  • Current breast size and shape
  • Desired breast size and shape, including implant size, type, and placement
  • Quality of breast tissue and skin
  • Allergies and medical conditions
  • Previous surgeries and medical treatments
  • Current medications and supplements
  • Current mammogram results
  • Family history of breast cancer

Meet Caroline Szpalski, MD

Female Plastic Surgeon in New Jersey

Rediscover your identity with the help of Dr. Caroline Szpalski, a board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon in New Jersey. With a unique multicultural upbringing and a European flair, Dr. Szpalski crafts elegant sophistication into every natural-looking patient transformation. Dr. Szpalski takes a less-is-more approach to plastic surgery to help patients maintain and appreciate their unique appearance and cultural beauty. No matter your aesthetic goals, start your journey toward a more confident you by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Szpalski and her expert team today!

Am I an Ideal Candidate for Breast Lift in New Jersey?

Good candidates for New Jersey breast lift are looking to improve the appearance of their breasts to reclaim confidence in their own skin, including addressing:

  • Pendulous breasts
  • Nipples that drop below the breast crease
  • Downward-pointing nipples
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Stretched skin

Candidates interested in a Montclair, NJ breast lift should: 

  • Be in good physical and mental health, living a healthy lifestyle
  • Not smoke or be willing to quit at least six weeks before and after surgery
  • Be at a healthy, stable weight for at least six months
  • Have no conditions that impair healing
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Understand the surgical risks and benefits

Preparing for Breast Lift Surgery in New Jersey

It is essential to be in good physical and mental health prior to your breast lift surgery. While every breast rejuvenation procedure will be unique, here is some general information to help you prepare.

  • Before surgery is not a good time to diet. You should be at a stable weight and avoid crash dieting or weight fluctuations. Commit to a consistent exercise regimen.
  • Eat a well-rounded diet of healthy, balanced meals with plenty of proteins to optimize results and recovery.
  • Stay well-hydrated before and after your procedure.
  • You should quit if you currently smoke, vape, or use nicotine products. As smoking is detrimental to your health, especially during recovery from surgery, patients should stop smoking at least six weeks before and after surgery. Dr. Szpalski orders a nicotine test for all patients who smoke to help avoid complications caused by smoking or using nicotine products.
  • For two weeks prior to and after surgery, refrain from medications, vitamins, and supplements that increase bleeding or bruising risks.
  • See your primary physician for a full examination and appropriate testing, such as bloodwork or a mammogram, to ensure you are medically fit for surgery.
  • Prepare your home and schedule for recovery. Take time off work, purchase necessary supplies, fill pain medication prescriptions, freeze meals for easy preparation, and arrange a clean, comfortable place to rest.
  • Arrange for a trusted friend or family member to drive you home from your procedure and assist you with household management or childcare.

New Jersey Breast Lift Procedure Overview

Dr. Szpalski performs all breast lift procedures in fully accredited facilities at Freedom Surgical Center, St. Joseph’s Health University Medical Center, or Hudson Regional Hospital.

On the day of your procedure, you’ll arrive approximately an hour prior to your scheduled surgery to meet with Dr. Szpalski and your anesthesia provider. Dr. Szpalski will review your surgery details and answer any final questions you have.

According to your procedural plan, Dr. Szpalski will begin your breast lift using the appropriate incision determined during your consultation to remove the excess skin and tissue to reshape the breast. Depending on the extent of your procedure, a breast lift may last for one to two hours.

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Breast Lift Recovery in New Jersey

Breast lift surgeries are typically performed as outpatient procedures, so you will need someone to drive you to and from the surgical facility and stay with you for at least 24 hours. Following your breast lift, incision sites will be dressed, and you will be fitted with a surgical bra to minimize swelling and support your new breast contours. You will need to wear a supportive bra without an underwire for at least six weeks.

You should expect swelling, bruising, tenderness, or numbness for several days following your procedure. You may experience discomfort or pressure in the area and find it difficult to lift your arms.

Breast lift recovery depends upon the extent of the procedure. Most patients need one week off work for the initial recovery. You should get plenty of rest for at least four to six weeks and avoid strenuous activities like exercise and heavy lifting. Instead, take short walks to promote circulation and healing. During your follow-up appointments, Dr. Szpalski will guide you as to when you can resume all activities. These risks will be reviewed with Dr. Szpalski during your consultation.

Renew Your Figure with Glen Ridge, NJ Breast Lift!

Restore the appearance of your breasts and renew your confidence when you partner with Dr. Caroline Szpalski, one of the best breast lift surgeons in New Jersey! Learn about breast lift near me options in Glen Ridge, NJ by calling (646) 777-0170 or completing our online form to schedule your consultation today!

Breast Lift in Montclair, NJ FAQs

Typically, following a breast lift, most patients will notice immediate enhancements to their overall figure. However, you should expect swelling and bruising that may temporarily obscure your results. It may take three to six months for residual swelling to subside, revealing your full results. After a mastopexy, sensation should slowly return to the nipple; however this can take from many months up to a year or more to fully recover. It is recommended that you wait at least six months after any breast surgery for your next mammogram, as your breasts may have some residual swelling or tenderness.

You can expect to experience long-lasting results from your Montclair, NJ, breast lift by maintaining your healthy diet and exercise routine and following post-operative instructions.

The results of a breast lift are permanent, and your breasts will remain perky with their new shape and natural-looking for many years. However, your breasts will age with you over time, as appropriate. This is what gravity does to the body as well. Dr. Szpalski will follow up with you and ensure that your breasts still look fabulous for many years after your surgery. There is no reason to undergo additional surgery unless you are experiencing a problem or wish to do so.

Breast lift in Glen Ridge, NJ costs vary by patient, depending on the extent of the procedure, the patients’ anatomical needs, and aesthetic goals. During your consultation, Dr. Szpalski will determine the scope of your procedure and estimate your breast lift in New Jersey cost.

Liposuction can be added to a mastopexy to help shape the outer region of the breast, providing the best contour, and to debulk the “axillary roll” (armpit fat) and back roll regions. Dr. Szpalski will examine these areas to determine whether liposuction is an appropriate addition to your breast lift. Please see our liposuction section for more information.

Breast lift surgery is an excellent way to raise the breasts to create a more youthful silhouette. However, like any other surgery, its results don’t last forever. Skin continues to stretch as we age, and breasts gradually begin to sag. As you age, your skin will naturally become less elastic. Some sagging might occur, especially if you have larger, heavier breasts. Maintaining a healthy weight and wearing a well-fitted bra can help you retain your results. Pregnancy and weight changes will affect the results of mastopexy.

Generally, the incision takes about 2-3 weeks to close and heal. After this time, the scar will continue to fade. Once they have fully closed, the scar should begin to fade. Incisions take several months to heal fully, and we consider that a scar is mature by the one-year mark. Ultimately, how long it takes for breast lift incisions to heal does come to the individual.

Breastfeeding can potentially affect the results of a breast lift procedure. During breastfeeding, the breast tissue changes and expands to accommodate milk production. This can lead to stretching of the skin and loss of elasticity. Undergoing a breast lift procedure before breastfeeding can potentially compromise the results, as the breast tissue may undergo changes and sag once again following the breastfeeding process. It is generally recommended to wait until after completing breastfeeding before considering a breast lift to ensure optimal and longer-lasting results.

Every surgery has risks and complications, and you will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications of breast lift surgery are acceptable.

Breast lift surgery specifically includes the following risks and the usual surgical risks (anesthesia risks, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, etc..)

  • Bleeding or hematoma formation
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Infection
  • Poor healing of incisions with dehiscence (opening of the wound)
  • Poor healing of the incisions resulting in hypertrophic or keloid scarring
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola

All breast procedures should ideally preserve the two major functions of the breast: (1) breastfeeding and (2) erogenous sensation to the nipples. During a mastopexy, only skin (no breast tissue) is typically removed; the breast tissue is then rearranged to reshape the breast while maintaining breast function. Vital anatomic structures of the breast (milk ducts, nerves and blood vessels) are preserved. Unfortunately, some women may be unable to breastfeed even without having breast surgery and do not know it.

To protect your incisions while they are still tender, ideally, you should sleep on your back during the full six weeks of your recovery. After this, you may return to any sleeping position you feel comfortable with. Most women find that sleeping on your back with your head raised is the most comfortable position to get a good night’s sleep after your breast lift. Try propping yourself up with a pillow to achieve the elevation needed to keep your head raised. Protecting your incisions is paramount, particularly in the initial stages of your recovery. To safeguard against rolling onto them during sleep, ensure you are tightly tucked in below your duvet or place pillows on either side of you to reduce movement.

Yes, you can get pregnant after a breast lift, but Dr Szpalski (and no surgeon can) cannot guarantee that a future pregnancy won’t negatively impact the results of your surgery. After a breast lift, you need to understand that a breast lift will not protect against the natural changes that may occur to the breast after pregnancy. Pregnancy can indeed affect the results of a breast lift. During pregnancy, the breasts undergo significant changes due to hormonal fluctuations and increased blood flow.

This can cause the breasts to enlarge and stretch the skin and tissues. If a woman undergoes a breast lift before getting pregnant, the pregnancy can potentially undo some of the improvements made during the lift.

The breasts may sag or lose volume again, requiring additional procedures to restore their appearance. It is recommended to discuss the potential impact of pregnancy on the results of a breast lift with a qualified plastic surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

Breast lifts are a beautiful procedure that moves the nipple and areola, lifts the breast and eliminates excess skin. The end result is a perkier look and is particularly appreciated among those with sagging breasts. Having the breasts lifted often provides an illusion of having larger breasts as well. That being said, combining a breast lift with implants can yield great results. You don’t need to add as much volume to the implant when you also have a breast lift, which will position the breasts correctly and give them shape. When these two procedures are combined, your breasts will increase in cup size but also look better than with just one procedure. The procedure is longer and more complicated but in expert hands yields beautiful results.

After a breast lift procedure, it is possible to breastfeed, but there may be some challenges. Breast lifts typically involve reshaping and repositioning the breasts, which can affect the milk ducts and glands.

This could potentially impact milk production and the ability to breastfeed. It is important to discuss your plans for breastfeeding with your surgeon before undergoing a breast lift to ensure you have a clear understanding of the potential implications. Additionally, consulting with a lactation specialist after the procedure can provide guidance and support to help maximize your chances of successful breastfeeding.

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