The size, shape and position of a woman’s breasts can affect her self-perception, her femininity, and even her sense of physical balance. In particular, having breasts that are deflated, stretched and saggy can make a woman feel older and less confident. Performing a breast lift with augmentation is a creative, delicate endeavor that improves a woman’s physical beauty and enhances her self-confidence.
Dr. Nina S. Naidu is a leading female plastic surgeon in New York City (NYC). She and her staff are dedicated to providing women in NYC with the highest quality of care possible.
As a woman in NYC, you want to look and feel your very best. Unfortunately, discontent with your breasts can have a negative impact on your confidence and self-esteem. A breast augmentation and lift is a way to restore your pre-pregnancy body and regain your femininity. Most of Dr. Naidu’s patients are professional, independent women whose breasts have changed due to aging, pregnancy and weight fluctuation. Their goal is to have natural-looking, feminine breasts that make them feel more attractive.
A breast lift is a surgical procedure that creates a more youthful aesthetic by removing stretched skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and moving the areola into a more elevated position. Because a breast lift does not address deflated breasts, many of Dr. Naidu’s patients also elect to have augmentation to increase the fullness of their breasts. These procedures are performed at the same time and using the same incisions. A breast lift with augmentation can create a beautiful, feminine silhouette.
For many of Dr. Naidu’s patients, the decision to have a breast lift with augmentation is about more than their breasts. They have finished having children and are ready to focus on themselves. They are making a decision to feel more feminine and confident. Dr. Naidu’s goal is to help every patient feel her very best.
The first part of the process is a comprehensive consultation in our NYC office. Dr. Naidu will get to know you and how you want your breasts to look. For many women, Breast Augmentation is a way to feel more feminine by getting back to their pre-pregnancy body.
During your consultation, you will need to tell Dr. Naidu about your medical history and your use of medications, nicotine, alcohol or supplements. She will want to know about any previous surgeries, including surgeries on your breasts. If you plan to become pregnant or breastfeed in the future, Dr. Naidu will explain the impact that motherhood will have on your breasts, so that you can decide if this is the best time for cosmetic breast surgery.
Dr. Naidu will conduct a physical examination of your skin and the soft tissue of your breasts. Dr. Naidu will also measure the base width of your breasts, the amount of existing breast tissue, and the degree of sagging. These measurements will be used to plan your surgery.
At the end of the consultation, Dr. Naidu will let you know if you are a good candidate for a breast lift with augmentation. She will educate you about how your breast lift with augmentation will be performed so that you can make an informed decision. She will never pressure you to schedule the procedure.
If you decide to proceed with breast augmentation and a breast lift, you will have a second consultation with Dr. Naidu in our NYC office. At this appointment, Dr. Naidu will help you choose the best size, shape, volume and type of implant. This decision is based on the measurements of your breasts, the amount of existing breast tissue, your aesthetic goals, and your body frame. Dr. Naidu has a large variety of sizers available so that you can see how you will look following the augmentation.
Implants can be made of saline or silicone gel. Dr. Naidu is proud to be one of tenNYC plastic surgeons who offers the Ideal® implant, which combines the safety of saline implants with the natural-looking properties of silicone.
At this appointment, we will take pre-operative photographs. These photographs are an important part of your surgical planning and are considered part of your medical record. They will never be shown to other patients without your written permission.
Depending on your medical history, Dr. Naidu may advise you to discontinue certain medications prior to surgery. If you are a smoker, you may not smoke for six weeks before or after surgery. For your safety, Dr. Naidu may also order additional screening tests (such as a mammogram) or request preoperative clearance from your primary care physician.
Your breast lift with augmentation will take approximately 3 hours and is performed in a NYC ambulatory surgery center. Dr. Naidu prefers using general anesthesia so that you will be completely safe and comfortable during the surgery.
The evening prior to surgery, you should not eat or drink anything after midnight. This ensures that you have an empty stomach prior to surgery, which is very important for your safety.
You will meet with Dr. Naidu immediately before your breast lift and augmentation. She will make several marks on your breasts for use during surgery, as well as answer any additional questions that you may have.
Once you are under anesthesia, Dr. Naidu begins the surgery by making careful incisions. As much as possible, incisions are hidden in the natural folds of the breast or around the areola. With proper care, scars will heal well over time.
Dr. Naidu commonly uses the vertical, or “lollipop”, incision for breast lift surgery with augmentation. Depending on the amount of excess breast tissue that must be removed, an additional incision may be needed at the base of the breast. This incision provides a very natural and lifted shape to the breast which endures with time.
Once the incision is made, excess skin and tissue are removed in order to raise, lift and firm the breasts. Implants are gently inserted into a pocket created behind the pectoralis muscle. Incisions are brought together using layers of fine sutures to support your newly lifted breasts.
As much as possible, incisions are hidden in the natural folds of the breast or around the areola. Dr. Naidu provides patients with silicone gel strips to be worn over the incisions for four to six weeks following surgery. In addition, using vitamin E oil can help scars to remain soft and flat. Incisions will fade over time.
You will wake up following surgery with small dressings on your incisions and a light support bra around your breasts. Your chest may feel tight. You will be excited to notice that your breasts are immediately fuller and perkier!
After being carefully monitored, you will be allowed to go home the same day. You must have someone to accompany you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours. Many of our patients report very little pain, although the experience of pain varies widely. You may also experience bruising, swelling, and tenderness in your breasts which should resolve in several days. Many patients are able to return to work 3-5 days after their surgery.
Dr. Naidu will also give you a prescription for pain management, as well instructions about how to take care of your incisions. Dr. Naidu believes in allowing patients to return to light activity the evening after surgery, although strenuous activity must be limited for two weeks following surgery. You will be provided with a written and very detailed protocol which Dr. Naidu has developed in conjunction with a leading restorative yoga teacher. Early, gentle activity allows a more rapid return to feeling your best.
Many of Dr. Naidu’s patients are strong, independent women who are reluctant to ask for help. Nonetheless, a breast lift is real surgery and some level of post-surgical assistance will be required. We strongly recommend that you create a plan to take care of yourself and your family, so that you can focus on your recovery.
During your consultation, Dr. Naidu will explain the risks of your surgery so that you can make an informed decision. As with other surgeries, the risks of breast augmentation and lift include bleeding, infection, and scarring. Specific risks of breast augmentation include capsular contracture (scar tissue around the implant), rippling of the implants, implant rupture, and persistent numbness or pain.
Complications from breast surgery can be reduced by choosing a skilled surgeon, providing a thorough medical history, selecting the correct implant, placing the implant behind the chest muscle, and carefully following your pre-operative and post-operative instructions.
We understand that cost is very important to our patients. Please call our NYC office at 212-452-1230 and we will be happy to provide information about the cost of a breast lift and augmentation, as well as information on financing. You will be provided with the exact cost of your procedure following your consultation with Dr. Naidu. Unfortunately, insurance does not cover the cost of a cosmetic breast lift or augmentation.
Aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast comprise a large part of Dr. Naidu’s NYC surgical practice. She has a special interest in breast surgery and in reconstruction of the breast.
Dr. Naidu is excited to be one of only ten plastic surgeons in NYC to offer the Ideal Implant®, which combines a natural feel of silicone with the safety of saline. Since 2006, Dr. Naidu has served as a clinical investigator in the Breast Implant Follow-Up Studies (BIFS) trials.
Dr. Naidu completed her undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University and obtained her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. After completing her general surgery and plastic surgery training at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center, she performed an additional year of fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Naidu is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Our office is conveniently located at 1021 Park Avenue in NYC. If you’d like to learn more about a breast lift with augmentation – and whether the procedure is right for you – please call our office at 212-452-1230 and schedule an appointment.