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What is a breast lift?

Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy surgery, addresses breast ptosis, or sagging. This common complaint or concern plagues many women, whether they had children, inherited sagging breasts genetically, or are simply getting older. 

A breast lift surgery is designed to directly address this problem by removing unneeded skin and tightening surrounding breast tissue. This restores the firm, perky breasts and aesthetic appearance again. This surgery gives women renewed self-esteem, helps clothes fit better, and gives an overall boost to the silhouette.

After years of experience doing traditional breast lifts, Dr. Alizadeh developed an improvement to the traditional procedure. This upgraded procedure minimizes scarring and maximizes the effect and lasting power of the results. It is called the NaturaBra™surgical technique. The procedure creates an internal support using the patient's own tissue to create an internal bra, giving the breasts a more youthful, lifted appearance that truly lasts.

Why choose Dr. Alizadeh for a breast lift?

Our Founder and Medical Director, Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, is the Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Westchester Medical Center and Associate Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College. A double Ivy-league alumnus with over 20 years of experience and expertise, Dr. Alizadeh will perform your procedure at our boutique, state-of-the-art and fully certified American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).

Dr. Alizadeh has published research and participated in clinical trials pertaining to numerous breast lift techniques and technologies. His breakthrough NaturaBra™ Breast Lift technique puts him on the forefront of breast lift procedures, and he teaches this procedure to other plastic surgeons, allowing this long-term, highly effective solution to be used to help women even beyond his own New York City plastic surgery practice.

At Cosmoplastic Surgery, we are devoted to getting to know our patients and caring for them as part of our extended family. We listen to what you have to say. After your procedures, we stay connected and in touch, and may even make house calls to ensure that your recovery environment optimizes your healing process.

Breast Lift Before & Afters by Dr. Alizadeh

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

During your consultation for a breast lift in New York City, Dr. Alizadeh will discuss your unique concerns and goals for the surgery. He will look at your medical history and ask about your general health and lifestyle.

Dr. Alizadeh will discuss your options and recommend the best approach to your breast lift procedure, including discussion of breast augmentation by fat transfer or implants, if you are looking to enhance your breast volume as well. Dr. Alizadeh will walk you through all the steps of the procedure in detail, including any risks or potential complications. With offices in both Manhattan and Long Island, he is conveniently located for patients in both areas.

What are the benefits of a breast lift?

A breast lift can bring back the perky bounce of your breasts, allowing them to look younger and more attractive. Dr. Alizadeh's breast lift procedure, performed in Long Island and NYC, has a number of benefits and desirable results.

  • Removes excess skin and tightens the surrounding tissue, creating a more youthful look
  • Reduces the size of the areolas if they have become enlarged over time
  • Creates a more shapely look
  • Makes uneven breasts more proportionate
  • Corrects drooping nipples
  • Creates more cleavage
  • Improves body proportions between breast and buttocks
  • Allows clothing to fit better
  • Creates more projected breasts
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Who is a candidate for the NaturaBra™ breast lift?

If you have noticed your breasts sagging, or if they have lost their youthful shape, you may be a candidate for the NaturaBra™ breast lift. 

  • Your breasts may have flattened or look elongated.
  • Your nipples and areolas point downward.
  • Your nipples sit below the crease under your breast.
  • Your breasts are stretched.
  • Your breasts are uneven, with one sitting lower than the other.

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What will happen during the breast lift procedure?

The first step to Dr. Alizadeh's New York City breast lift procedure is anesthesia. Dr. Alizadeh’s team of accomplished healthcare professionals includes board-certified physician anesthesiologists who will ensure a pain-free procedure and a quick, uneventful recovery from anesthesia. From there, the procedure steps vary depending on which breast lift technique is done.

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

How Is A NaturaBra Breast Lift Done?

The NaturaBra™breast lift technique

Dr. Alizadeh spent years in the laboratory perfecting the procedure before introducing it first in 2004 at the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, followed by the Plastic Surgery Research Council, and then a 5 year follow up report at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. 

Dubbed the NaturaBra™, this technique involves making short incisions from each nipple to the breast crease and creating a triangular flap of skin on each breast. This flap, which remains attached to an essential blood supply, is then carefully rotated and placed inside the breast to form a natural, inner bra that will support a woman's breasts for the rest of her life.

This inner bra, which is anchored to the rib cage for stability and longevity, resembles an internal support hammock for the breast and is the primary reason Dr. Alizadeh has achieved such positive, lasting outcomes. Dr. Alizadeh's NaturaBra™ technique also mitigates the need for an extra incision on the breast, which is why many of our satisfied patients call it the most natural and nearly scarless breast lift.

Once he closes the incisions with absorbable sutures, the entire breast is safely and securely lifted. The nipple and areola are repositioned to a natural, more youthful height. If necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced by cutting skin away around their perimeter. 

A regular breast lift approach

There are three possible incisions that can be made during the regular breast lift approach: around the areola, around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease, or around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease

Once the incisions are made, the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped, improving the firmness and contour of the breasts. In the same way as is done in the NaturaBra™ breast lift procedure, the nipple and areola are repositioned, and the areolas may be reduced as well.

Results of a traditional mastopexy, in contrast to the NaturaBra™ breast lift, do not stand the test of time, because the skin and breast tissue, pulled by gravity, eventually sag again.

Scarring and risks

There will be scarring visible where the incisions are made. Over time, the scar color should fade to pink and then to white. This scar lightening will take several months up to a year after surgery. 

Like any surgery, a breast lift comes with the risk of bleeding, infection and reactions to anesthesia. Other risks include:

  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation. While sensation typically returns within several weeks, some loss of feeling might be permanent. Erotic sensation typically isn't affected.
  • Irregularities or asymmetry in the shape and size of the breasts. This could occur as a result of changes during the healing process.
  • Partial or total loss of the nipples or areolae. Rarely, the blood supply to the nipple or areola is interrupted during a breast lift, which can damage the breast tissue in the area and lead to this outcome.
  • Difficulty breast-feeding. While breast-feeding is usually possible after a breast lift, some women might have difficulty producing enough milk.

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Recovery timeline for the NaturaBra™ breast lift

Immediately after surgery:

Dr. Alizadeh and his staff at Cosmoplastic Surgery in Long Island and New York City will closely monitor your recovery progress, and you will have a direct line to contact our office should you have any questions or concerns.

Within a couple of days after surgery:

By the day after surgery, you may shower. There will be some bruising and swelling.

Surgical dressings and any drains that were used are removed. You will continue to wear a surgical bra.

Within a week of the surgery:

Moderate bruising and swelling may continue. You may return to work and perform light daily activities, including walking. Avoid bending, lifting heavy objects, and other forms of vigorous activity.

After two weeks:

You may feel back to normal and free of pain. Vigorous activity or exercise should continue to be avoided. 

After four weeks:

Most patients are healed enough to resume their normal exercise routine.

After six weeks:

By this point, you should be healed and can exercise without restraint, sleep facing down and wear an underwire bra.

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Fat transfer

For patients who are bothered not only by breast sagging but also by poor breast contour or loss of breast volume, Dr. Alizadeh may recommend combining breast lift surgery with NaturaGlow™ Fat Transfer to improve the overall breast shape and contour.

Using gentle liposuction techniques,  Dr. Alizadeh carefully harvests fat cells from the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks—wherever there is a reasonable surplus. This is decided ahead of time during the consultation, and the fat harvesting can be done in such a way so as to contour and sculpt the body further, creating a pleasing slimming effect.

The fat cells are purified, then injected into the breast to create a more rounded, youthful breast aesthetic, fuller at the tops of the breasts and with better cleavage.


For patients who desire both a breast lift and a cup-size increase, Dr. Alizadeh recommends combining breast implants with the breast lift to achieve beautiful, satisfying results.

Based on numerous factors, he will recommend saline or silicone breast implants that will help you achieve the breast fullness and profile you desire.

Breast Lift FAQs

Does NaturaBra™ breast lift only work with implants?

NaturaBra™ works with or without implants. Implants can be used for added upper fullness and more dramatic cleavage, but they are not necessary for great results from the procedure.

When can I exercise after a breast lift?

Within a week you can resume light walking. After four weeks, most patients are healed enough to resume their normal exercise routine.

Can I breastfeed after my breast lift?

Most patients are able to breastfeed without any issues. If you breastfed before you had a breast lift, you will likely be able to breastfeed after surgery.

Can health insurance cover breast lift surgery?

Breast lifts are not covered by all insurance companies. However, if the insurance company deems the procedure is medically necessary, they may cover it. This is especially the case for those who need breast lift surgeries because their breasts are causing other health issues.

How long will my results last?

For a typical breast lift, patients are usually able to enjoy their breast lift results for about 10-15 years, although the results may last much longer. The NaturaBra™ breast lift is designed to support a woman’s breasts naturally for the rest of her life.

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