Daniel Y. Maman, MD FACS

Breast Lift

A successful breast lift requires more than just surgical skill — it requires a discerning eye. Dr. Daniel Y. Maman provides both.

What is a Breast Lift?

Whether you’re unsatisfied with your breasts because of a significant weight loss, the hormonal effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding, or the natural decrease in skin elasticity and collagen because of aging, a breast lift (mastopexy) can restore your youthful breasts.

Harvard-educated, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Y. Maman offers the latest in breast lift techniques and patient care.

How It Works

A breast lift creates a higher bust line by removing excess skin, tightening breast tissue, and reshaping the breast skin through a series of careful incisions. Your personal goals and anatomy will determine which type of incision is used.

  • Periareolar Incisions, used for patients with mild ptosis (sagging), are made around your areola only and result in minimal scarring. 
  • Lollipop Incisions, used for patients with moderate ptosis, run around your areola and then vertically from your areola to your breast fold, resulting in little scarring. 
  • Anchor Incisions, used to correct significant ptosis, extend a lollipop incision horizontally across your breast crease. Scars can be hidden by natural breast folds.

The Areolar Factor

Enlarged, asymmetrical areolas with downward-pointing nipples are often a concern of patients considering a breast lift. Different incision types are used to correct unique concerns that allow your nipple-areola complex to be resized and repositioned accordingly. 

Breast Lifts, Augmentations, & Reductions

If you like the volume and fullness of your breasts, but not the shape or elevation, breast lift surgery gives your breasts a firmer look. 

But breast lifts alone don’t change the size of your breasts. 

If you have deflated breast tissue and ptosis, consider adding breast implants to your lift to restore or increase your cup size. 

Breast reduction surgeries do not have to be performed with a breast lift, but if you have very large breasts, a breast reduction would likely be added to your lift to avoid leaving you with excessive loose skin and breast tissue.

Learn more about Dr. Maman addresses these concerns when performing breast lift surgery to deliver results that our patients want below.

The Procedure

Having a breast lift surgery can increase your confidence by restoring or improving your youthful silhouette. We are committed to giving you the time and attention you need to feel good about your decision throughout the entire process. 

Before surgery, we provide:

  • 60- to 90-minute in-depth initial consultations with a complete medical history review and physical assessment by Dr. Maman
  • Multiple pre-op visits to answer all your questions and make sure you’re recovery-ready
  • Specialized surgery coordinators to help you navigate scheduling, financial, and insurance processes

Once you’ve moved forward with surgery, we make sure you’re just as cared for. You’ll get:

  • Convenient and safe operating facilities in NYC
  • Luxury recovery rooms at NYC hotels for out-of-town patients or patients uncomfortable recovering at home 
  • Complimentary, custom post-operative support garments and scar treatment regimens 
  • Attentive and routine aftercare visits

Results & Recovery

We take every measure to provide the highest degree of comfort for our patients throughout their breast lift. 

We believe that all patients should be fully informed. That’s why we schedule multiple pre-op appointments, so you know what to expect from your procedure. We stay in close contact during this period and each patient receives prompt and personalized care.

Once the surgery is complete, you have the option to recover at home if you are a local, or one of our luxury recovery rooms at select hotels in New York City. Recovery timelines vary depending on your procedure, but we offer thorough complimentary aftercare to ensure your optimized recovery and results. 

The result? Patients that are confident and comfortable with their surgical plan and results. 

For more information, read our FAQs below. 

See our other patients’ outstanding results. Let’s find the right approach for you and work together to achieve the results you’re looking for.

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“Dr. Maman’s world-class credentials are only exceeded by his world-class treatment. Personable, succinct, knowledgeable, and compassionate, with impeccable bedside manner, he is truly a model doctor and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.”

Meet Dr. Daniel Y. Maman, Board-Certified NYC Plastic Surgeon

A Harvard fellowship-trained plastic surgeon with post-doctoral training at the prestigious Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, Dr. Maman has appeared on the New York Times Top Doctors and Super Doctors in Plastic Surgery lists. 

Dr. Maman is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery-certified. This recognition is granted only after six years of rigorous education training in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He’s also a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  

Whether your reasons for breast augmentation surgery are personal, clinical, or both, you deserve an exceptionally well-trained, professional who is more than just a surgeon, but a partner in your care. 

Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

Basic Breast Lift FAQs

Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?

Patients are good breast lift candidates if they have any of the following issues:

  • Ptosis (sagging breasts) with enlarged areolas
  • A loss of breast volume due to pregnancy/breastfeeding, weight loss, or aging
  • Congenital abnormalities resulting in abnormally shaped breasts
Will a breast lift without implants make my breasts look smaller or larger?
The surgical process for breast lifts won’t change your breast volume. It only affects the shape and position and shape of your breasts. If you want to change the size of your breasts and their shape and position, discuss breast augmentation or breast reduction with Dr. Maman during your consultation.
How long will my breast lift surgery take?

Your time in the operating room will vary based on the complexity of your breast lift plan and whether you are combining your lift with other procedures, but a breast lift generally takes 2.5–3 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. A mastopexy is an outpatient surgery and you will be able to return home with an adult caregiver the same day.

Is an areola reduction/repositioning part of my breast lift procedure?
Because all the incisions used in a breast lift involve the areola, reducing the size of your areola and, if needed, positioning it higher on your breast will be part of your operation.
Will I lose sensation to my breasts if I have a lift?
The risk of losing sensation in your breasts following breast lift surgery is low, though some patients may experience temporary numbness in the nipple and breast following surgery. It’s important to discuss your individual risk with Dr. Maman during your consultation.
How can I minimize scarring after my surgery?
Dr. Maman provides you with detailed scar treatment protocols, medical-grade creams, and tapes that will minimize your scarring. If you need additional scar treatments, we ask that you wait at least six months after surgery and only use modalities approved by Dr. Maman.
How long does recovery take?
We recommend at least two days of rest before returning to work/life. After one to two weeks, your stiffness and soreness will have lessened significantly, but feeling better and being healed aren’t the same thing.

To reduce your bleeding risk and maintain your results, it’s important to avoid strenuous activity for four to six weeks.

How soon after my breast lift can I work out?
You can resume lower body exercising (spinning, walking, etc.) in one or two weeks as long as you are feeling well and are careful. Significant upper body workouts like yoga, weight lifting, and core training should be avoided for four to six weeks after surgery.
Will my nipple sensation change after a breast lift?

Fewer than 10% of breast lift patients experience permanent paresthesia, or a change in nipple sensation. It’s common to temporarily lose sensitivity after your surgery, but most patients regain feeling within three to six months.

I’m not done having children. Will I still be able to breastfeed if I have a breast lift?
There is a very low risk that having a breast lift will impact your ability to breastfeed.

You should communicate your concerns about breastfeeding to Dr. Maman so that your surgery plan allows for maximum preservation of your nipple ducts and central breast mound. It’s also important to realize that breastfeeding after your breast lift may cause your ptosis (sagging breasts) to return.

Once I’ve had breast lift surgery, will my breasts sag again?
Breast lift surgery is an excellent option for restoring youthful breasts, but its effects aren’t permanent. While a mastopexy’s benefits are long-lasting, you may want to consider a revision at a later date if you are concerned about maintaining your bust line.

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