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What is a breast lift?

Breast lift surgery, also referred to as mastopexy, is designed to treat breast ptosis, or sagging of the breasts. This is a common concern for many women, whether the cause is childbirth, genetics, or simply the natural aging process. 

A breast lift addresses this issue of sagging breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding breast tissue. This restores the firm, perky appearance of youthful breasts and revitalizes their overall aesthetic. The results of this surgery reinvigorate women with improved self-esteem, makes their clothes fit better, and gives a total boost to their figure.

After years of performing traditional breast lift procedures, board-certified Long Island plastic surgeon Dr. Alizadeh came up with a way to improve the traditional method. His upgraded treatment approach reduces scarring and increases the effectiveness and staying power of the results. He calls it the NaturaBra® surgical technique. This procedure works by developing an internal support utilizing the patient's own tissue to create a type of internal bra. This technique gives the breasts a more youthful, elevated look that has proven to last.

Breast Lift Before & Afters by Dr. Alizadeh

Why choose Dr. Alizadeh for my breast lift in Long Island?

Hospital Affiliations

Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh is a board-certified, fellowship-trained, double Ivy-league alumnus with more than 20 years of experience working in the field of cosmetic aesthetics. On top of his work as the Founder and Medical Director of Cosmoplastic Surgery, he is an Associate Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College and the former Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Westchester Medical Center.

Dr. Alizadeh performs surgeries in his private, cutting-edge, AAAASF-certified surgical center (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities). His outstanding surgical team has been working with him exclusively for years. In the highly unlikely event that a patient requires a hospital stay, Dr. Alizadeh’s hospital affiliations guarantee that they are provided the best of care.


Long Island Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Alizadeh, has published extensive research and participated in various clinical trials related to a litany of breast lift methods and technologies. His triumphed NaturaBra® Breast Lift technique has made him a noteworthy name in regards to breast lift procedures. He gives back by teaching this treatment to other surgeons, allowing this long-lasting, incredibly effective solution to be employed to aid women outside the scope of his practice and throughout the world. 

Caring Demeanor

At Cosmoplastic Surgery, our team is committed to building relationships with our patients and caring for them like they were our own extended family. We listen attentively to what our clients have to say. After receiving treatment from us, we stay connected and in touch and sometimes even check in to make sure that the patient’s recovery environment is conducive to a proper healing process.

Dr. Alizadeh, a breast lift surgeon in New York City

The Breakthrough NaturaBra® Breast Lift Technique

Considering a Breast Lift? Naturabra with Dr. Alizadeh

What should I expect during my breast lift consultation with Dr. Alizadeh?

During the consultation for a breast lift in Long Island, Dr. Alizadeh will go over the patient’s concerns and expected outcomes for the surgery. He will thoroughly assess the patient’s medical history and ask them questions regarding their overall health and lifestyle.

After reviewing the information, Dr. Alizadeh will recommend the best approach for the patient’s breast lift procedure, including the possibility of incorporating a breast augmentation, either by an implant or fat grafting, to further enhance the results. 

He guides the patient through every step of the treatment in detail, including all potential risks and complications. 

What are the benefits of a breast lift?

A breast lift has the ability to restore the perky bounce of youthful breasts, making them look younger and more aesthetically appealing. There are also a number of other benefits and desirable results:

  • Removes extra skin and tightens the surrounding tissue, creating a more youthful look
  • Decreases the size of the areolas, if they have become excessively large
  • Results in a more refined look
  • Makes asymmetrical breasts more proportionate 
  • Corrects sagging nipples
  • Results in more cleavage
  • Improves the proportions between the bust and the butt
  • Makes clothes fit more naturally
  • Creates a more pronounced bust
Closeup of an actual patient's midriff.

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Who is a candidate for the NaturaBra® breast lift?

Patients that have noticed their breasts sagging, or that they have lost their youthful shape, may be a good candidate for a NaturaBra® breast lift in Long Island. Other criteria include:

  • Breasts that have a flat or elongated look
  • Downward-facing nipples and areolas
  • Nipples that lie below the breast crease
  • Breasts that look stretched-out
  • Uneven breasts, where one is situated lower than the other

    NaturaBra® Breast Lift Patient Testimonial

    NaturaBra Testimonial

    What will happen during the breast lift procedure?

    Like most cosmetic surgeries, the first step in the breast lift procedure is administering anesthesia. Dr. Alizadeh’s team of experienced cosmetic professionals includes board-certified physician anesthesiologists who will make sure that the procedure is quick and painless. The steps of the procedure from there forward vary depending on the breast lift method that is being performed.

    How is a breast lift performed? Watch the video with Dr. Alizadeh:

    How Is A NaturaBra Breast Lift Done?

    The NaturaBra® breast lift technique

    After spending years in the lab perfecting it, Dr. Alizadeh finally introduced the NaturaBra breast lift procedure in 2004 at the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. He then followed up at the Plastic Surgery Research Council and a 5-year update report at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. 

    The NaturaBra technique consists of making small incisions between the nipples and the breast crease, resulting in a triangle-shaped flap of skin on each breast. This flap, which stays intact, so it continues to receive its vital blood supply, is gently rotated and placed within the breast to form an internal bra that is designed to support the woman's breasts for the remainder of her life.

    The inner bra, which remains attached to the rib cage for stability, works like an internal support hammock for the breast. This NaturaBra® method also eliminates the need for additional incisions on the breast, making it one of the most natural-looking and virtually scarless breast lift techniques available.

    Once the incisions are closed with absorbable sutures, the whole breast is lifted in a safe and secure fashion. The nipple and areola are raised to a more youthful height. At this time, overly large areolas can be reduced by extracting skin from their perimeter. 

    A regular breast lift approach

    With a regular breast lift approach, three possible incisions can be made: 

    • Circumareolar Mastoplexy: incisions that are made exclusively around the areola (also referred to as the “donut” breast lift) 
    • Circumvertical Mastoplexy: vertical incisions around the areola that go down to the breast crease (also referred to as a “lollipop” breast lift) 
    • Wise-Pattern Mastoplexy: incisions made around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally at the breast line (also known as an “inverted-T” breast lift)

    After the incisions are made, the underlying tissue can be lifted and reformed, enhancing the texture and definition of the breasts. Just like with the NaturaBra® breast lift treatment, the nipple and areola are raised, and the areolas can be decreased in size if necessary. 

    In contrast to the NaturaBra breast lift, a Mastoplexy does not achieve long-term results, as the tissue will eventually start to sag again. 

    Scarring and risks

    After the treatment is completed, the treatment areas heal, and visible scars form. The color of these scars fade over a period of several months to a year, starting out as red and fading to pink, then white. 

    Breast lifts come with many of the risks that other surgeries do, like infection, excessive bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, unfavorable scarring, and others. Other risks that are unique to breast lifts include:

    • Loss of feeling in the nipples or breasts. This usually reverts back to normal after a few weeks, but in some cases, it may be permanent.
    • Asymmetry of the breasts or irregularity of size
    • Interruption of blood flow to the treated region during the breast lift, resulting in loss of the areola 
    • A reduction in milk supply for breastfeeding

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    Recovery timeline for the NaturaBra® breast lift

    Immediately following surgery:

    Dr. Alizadeh and his team closely monitor the patient’s recovery process and give them the ability to contact their office directly in case they have any questions or concerns. 

    Within a couple of days after surgery:

    Patients may take a shower the day after surgery. There is usually some noticeable bruising and swelling.

    At this point, surgical dressings are removed, but the patient will continue to wear their surgical bra.

    Within a week of the surgery:

    It is normal for moderate bruising and swelling to continue at this point. Patients can start working again and performing easy daily activities, such as walking. Patients should refrain from bending, lifting heavy objects, and any other type of strenuous physical activity.

    After two weeks:

    Many patients feel that they are back to normal and no longer have any pain. Strenuous activity and exercise should still be avoided at this point. 

    After four weeks:

    At the four-week mark, most patients are able to resume their normal exercise routine.

    After six weeks:

    By the six-week point, patients should be completely healed and can exercise freely, sleep comfortably and wear an underwire bra.

    Combining a breast lift with augmentation

    Fat transfer

    For patients that are dealing with both breast sagging and a loss of breast volume, Dr. Alizadeh often recommends combining a breast lift procedure with fat transfer to enhance the breast shape and increase definition. 

    Using a light liposuction technique,  Dr. Alizadeh gently collects fat cells from donor sites such as the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks—wherever there is a decent surplus. These extraction sites are predetermined during the consultation, and the harvesting process leaves those areas of the body more contoured and sculpted. This is an added bonus of fat transfer. 

    The harvested fat is purified and injected into the breasts, giving the breasts a more rounded, youthful aesthetic with better cleavage.


    Patients who are looking for a breast lift, as well as an increase in cup size, can benefit from combining breast implants with a Long Island breast lift procedure. Dr. Alizadeh considers numerous factors before recommending saline or silicone implants. In either case, the implants help the patient achieve the bust and profile that they desire.

    Breast Lift FAQs

    Does NaturaBra® breast lift require implants to work?

    While implants can be implemented for increased upper fullness and more pronounced cleavage, NaturaBra does not require them to attain great.

    When can I resume my exercise routine after a breast lift?

    Patients can resume light walking within the first week. At the four-week point, most patients have healed enough to resume a normal exercise regimen.

    How much does a breast lift cost in Long Island?

    A breast lift with Dr. Alizadeh starts with a surgeon's fee of $15,000, not including surgery center or anesthesia fees. Each breast lift is priced individually based on the aesthetic goals of the patient and Dr. Alizadeh will design a customized surgical plan to help you reach your goals.

    Will I be able to breastfeed after my breast lift procedure?

    Most patients can breastfeed without any problems. Patients that breastfed before they had a breast lift will most likely be able to resume breastfeeding following the surgery.

    Do health insurance companies cover breast lift surgeries?

    Not all insurance companies cover breast lift surgeries. If the surgery is considered to be medically necessary, however, the company may cover it. This is especially true for patients who require breast lift surgery because of health issues relating to overly large breasts.

    How long do the results last?

    With a traditional breast lift, patients usually enjoy results for a period of about 10-15 years, though it is possible for the results to last much longer. The NaturaBra® breast lift, on the other hand, is designed to continue providing support to the breasts for the woman’s entire life.

    What is the main difference between breast lift & breast augmentation?

    Breast augmentation involves using an implant to increase the size and fullness of the breasts, while breast lift surgery aims to improve the shape and position of the breasts by repositioning excess skin and tissue. The ultimate goal of breast lift is to make the breasts look more youthful and perky in appearance. These procedures can be done separately or together, depending on the patient's desired outcome. Dr. Alizadeh’s NaturaBra takes advantage of his proprietary technique to increase upper pole fullness to mimic an implant using your own natural tissue.

    Is a mastopexy permanent?

    To maintain the long-lasting effects of mastopexy surgery, it is important to follow your surgeon's postoperative instructions and avoid activities that may put pressure on the breasts. Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding significant weight changes can also help to preserve your results. It is essential to speak with Dr. Alizadeh about your specific goals and needs so that they can create a treatment plan that is tailored to you. Keep in mind that while the results of mastopexy may be long-lasting, they are not permanent.

    Is nipple sensitivity reduced by mastopexy?

    During a mastopexy, the position and appearance of the nipples may be altered, but this should not affect sensation. Most women can retain sensation in their nipples after the surgery and can continue to breastfeed or engage in sexual activity as before. However, it is important to speak with your surgeon about any specific concerns or goals you have before undergoing the procedure, as every person is unique and may experience different outcomes.

    Does a mastopexy reduce breast size?

    While a breast lift may lead to a decrease in breast size for some people, it is not the primary goal of the procedure. The main objective of a breast lift is to improve the shape and position of the breasts, not to reduce their overall size. It is essential to keep in mind that every patient is unique, and Dr. Alizadeh will inform you if there is any risk of reduction in your case. Dr. Alizadeh’s patients always comment how they look fuller after his procedure since they are able to gain upper pole fullness and cleavage.

    What is aftercare with Dr. Alizadeh like in Long Island?

    To achieve the best results after a breast lift, it is crucial for patients to follow Dr. Alizadeh's aftercare instructions carefully. These may include wearing a surgical bra or other supportive garments, avoiding strenuous activity or lifting heavy objects, and keeping the incision sites clean and dry. You may also be advised to protect the incisions from direct sunlight and to avoid bathing or swimming for a specific period of time. It is essential to follow the aftercare instructions closely to ensure the best possible outcome and avoid complications.

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