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Breast Lift (Mastopexy) New York City

The breast mastopexy or breast lift plastic surgery is an operation that is very similar to the breast reduction surgery. There is a repositioning of the nipple and the areolar above the inframammary fold, and reshaping of the breast without removal of breast tissue. It is often referred to as the changing of the skin envelope without significant change in the contents of the envelope. The result is a nicer aesthetic result, and a firmer, younger-looking breast.

Breast reduction and breast uplift surgery overview by John E. Sherman, MD, FACS New York Plastic Surgeon.

Best Candidates for Breast Lift Procedure

The typical breast lift patient has sagging breasts, with the nipple and areola below the breast crease. The operation repositions the nipple in its proper anatomical position above the breast fold. Most patients seeking mastopexy are in their thirties and forties. This operation is one way of reversing the breast changes that have occurred as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.

Simultaneous Mastopexy and Breast Augmentation

For patients who have smaller sized breasts, and where the breast is ptotic (or droopy), a simultaneous breast augmentation may be combined with the breast mastopexy operation. There are many ways to perform this procedure, all of which vary with the type of mastopexy that needs to be performed: either a full mastopexy or a periareolar mastopexy. The best results are achieved for this operation when small implants are used in combination with the mastopexy.

About The Operation

Mastopexy (breast lift) plastic surgery may be performed as an outpatient in our fully accredited operating suite, or as an outpatient in the hospital. If you prefer the hospital, Dr. Sherman operates in New York at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, or at Lenox Hill Hospital. In Greenwich, Dr. Sherman operates at The Greenwich Hospital.

The procedure usually takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. The patient returns home after convalescence in the recovery area. Patients who live outside of New York are encouraged to stay in Manhattan overnight. Sutures are removed up to seven days after surgery.


Breast lift plastic surgery may be performed either under intravenous anesthesia or general anesthesia. All of our anesthesiologists are board certified and highly experienced physicians.


After breast lift surgery, it takes approximately one week to ten days to feel comfortable. You should refrain from athletics for three weeks after surgery.

Cigarette Smoking

Dr. Sherman does not perform this operation on cigarette smokers, because of the high rate of complications associated with it. If you are a current smoker, you must stop for at least one month prior to surgery. Nicotine patches and gum are not acceptable, and do not significantly diminish the risk of complication.


Complications are rare following breast mastopexy. However, scars may be minimal or noticeable, but certainly are present. Nipple sensation may also be diminished, and there is potential for healing problems as well as scarring. Though these are very rare in experienced hands like Dr. Sherman, he will discuss all potential complications with you concerning this operation beforehand.

Benefits of Breast Lift Surgery

There are numerous benefits of breast lift surgery. For example, you will notice that your breasts are firmer and higher, which will certainly help to improve both your confidence and self-esteem. The vast majority of our patients are happy with the results and often indicate they feel younger looking and more feminine.

Though a breast lift does not technically increase the size of your breasts, they usually appear larger due to being higher and more firm in appearance. You can of course combine this procedure with our breast augmentation surgery to increase its size.

The advances in cosmetic surgery allow our center to produce results that are much more natural looking with an increased success rate for most patients.

That being said, patients still need to have realistic goals about this surgery. We will go over everything with you during your first breast lift appointment in our Manhattan office.

Procedural Tools Invented by Dr. Sherman

Dr. Sherman invented the fiber-optic retractor with suction that is the most commonly used retractor in breast surgery throughout the world. Originally, this retractor was made by the Luxtec Corp. Since that time, it has been duplicated and copied by multiple manufacturers throughout the world.

Dr. Sherman invented the fiber-optic retractor with suction that is the most commonly used retractor in breast surgery throughout the world

Breast Lifts with a Top New York Plastic Surgeon

Dr. John Sherman utilizes his extensive surgical expertise and years of experience to produce optimal results for each patient and every procedure. If you’d like more information about breast lifts, have any questions about the procedure, or would like to schedule a consultation,please feel free to contact our office today.

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New York plastic surgeon John E. Sherman, MD, FACS offers breast augmentation, breast reduction, facelift, nose surgery (rhinoplasty), ear surgery (otoplasty), tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and a wide range of other plastic surgery procedures and cosmetic treatments. Dr. Sherman treats patients in the New York area. Patients from other areas of the U.S. and throughout the world travel to New York for plastic surgery with Dr. Sherman. Photos of actual plastic surgery patients are available in the plastic surgery before and after photo gallery. Dr. Sherman is a top NY Breast Augmentation doctor on RealSelf.