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What is it?

Breast Lift, also called Mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to correct breast ptosis; that is, to eliminate excess sagging of the female breast, lift it and improve its aesthetic appearance.

Several causes can cause a woman´s breast to lose its natural shape and begin to fall: pregnancy, breastfeeding, significant changes in body weight, aging, loss of skin elasticity or pectoral muscles weakness. This process of sagging is known as breast ptosis and all women suffer it to a greater or lesser degree.

Breast Lift surgery is the perfect solution for this condition, as it allows to reaffirm breasts tissue, change the position of the areola and the nipple and achieve a rejuvenated look.

Who can have a Breast Lift done?

The Breast Lift procedure is suitable for women who want to improve the appearance of their breasts and find a definitive solution for sagging skin and lack of firmness. This surgery has proven effectiveness in recovering the upright position of women breasts, for both slightly sagging breasts and cases of severe ptosis.

Specialists have established standardized anatomical measures that indicate the need for a surgical Breast Lift. The distance between the sternal notch (prominent bone at the base of the neck, the joint point of the two clavicles with the sternum) and the nipple indicates the height of the breasts in each woman. For most of the women, the ideal distance is 19 to 21 centimeters. In very tall women this distance increases to 21-22 cm and in women of small size, the standard measurement is between 17 and 19 cm.

They also stipulated that the ideal diameter of the areola should be 4 cm, the diameter of the nipple approximately 1 cm, the projection or height of the nipple around 1.2 cm and the distance from the nipple to the inframammary fold about 7 cm. Of course, these values are determined by many factors such as the woman height, the size of her hips and shoulders, and her overall appearance.

As has traditionally been done breast self-examination, this measurement should be performed standing in front of the mirror and using a tape measure.

Patients who want to have this intervention done must be physically and mentally healthy, have a realistic idea of their body and the results that this type of surgery offers. Candidates must also meet the following requirements:

  • Good general health.
  • Healthy weight.
  • Not being pregnant, or planning to be pregnant.
  • No smoking.

What can I expect from a Breast Lift?

After Breast Lift surgery, the patient can immediately see the change in the contour and shape of her breasts: a firmer breast, with greater projection. With the repositioning of the breast, also the areola rise so that the breast is symmetrical and harmonious.

In some cases, Mastopexy can be performed in combination with a Breast Reduction or Breast Augmentation to modify the size of the breasts at the same time as the shape is improved. This combination of treatments offers aesthetically more impactful results.

The benefits of mastopexy are primarily aesthetic and therefore directly related to the patient’s self-esteem. However, there are also certain medical benefits related to this procedure. Sagging breast can cause back and neck pain, due to the weight of the breasts and their relationship to the posture.

Usually, Breast Lift surgery has long lasting effects, but this will depend on the particular case of each patient. New pregnancies, aging, variations in body weight or health status, may affect results. The scars may be visible or not depending on the technique used.

Consultation Process

Before the Breast Lift procedure, our patients have one or more consultations with the surgeon, where will have a routine breast exam done and the doctor may indicate other studies, such as mammography or ultrasound if needed. Preoperative laboratory tests will be required to check the patient’s general health.

In the consultation the patient will be given the instructions to follow in the days prior to surgery, restrictions on diet, beverages, tobacco, medicines, vitamins and postoperative care. Women who want to undergo Breast Lift surgery need to have a healthy lifestyle so that the healing process can be faster.

The consultation is the right moment to discuss expectations about surgery and to determine the steps to follow in the procedure. The doctor will explain how a breast lift surgery is performed and the patient must respond with complete honesty to the questions asked.

Technique and protocol of the Breast Lift

Breast Lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia.

There are a variety of incision techniques for Breast Lift surgery. The exact technique will vary from one patient to another, according to personal characteristics.  Areola and nipple are changed to a higher position to create natural symmetry.

Three techniques to perform this surgical procedure:

  • Peri-Areolar or “Donut” Lift:

Women with small breast who are experiencing mild sagging are good candidates for a peri-areolar breast lift. This involves a single circular incision running around the edge of the areola to eliminate excess skin in this area.

This type of lift can also be effective in helping reduce areola size to give a more youthful look to the breast.

  • Vertical or “Lollipop” Lift:

This type of breast lift is commonly used to correct moderate sagging because it provides more extensive reshaping. This technique allows a cosmetic surgeon to remove excess skin and reshape the entire breast with easily hidden scars.

A vertical lift involves 2 incisions: one around the edge of the areola, and one running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold, creating a “lollipop” shape.

  • Inverted T or “Anchor” Lift:

For women who have considerable sagging and pendulous breasts, an anchor lift will achieve the best results, as it allows to remove significant amount of excess skin and sagging tissues. This technique involves 3 incisions: one around the edge of the areola, one vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and one along the inframammary fold, hidden in the breast crease.

In this surgery, the surgeon also moves the nipple and the areola upwards.

Once the breasts have been lifted, the patient may or may not go for a Breast Reduction or Augmentation with silicone gel or saline implants. Any of these surgeries can be perfectly combined with Mastopexy.

Many patients are concerned about the size and location of the scars of Breast Lift. It is important to understand that if you do not use the proper technique (with the necessary scars), the result of the Breast Lift will not be satisfactory or lasting. In addition, surgical scars typically will fade significantly with proper care, and are easily hidden by a bikini top.

Recovery and Aftercare of a Breast Lift

After a Breast Lift surgery, the recovery period varies according to the surgical technique used. The average recovery time for patients in this surgery ranges from two to four days.

It is always recommended that the patient go to surgery accompanied by someone who can then take her home and help her during the first few hours, or days.

After surgery, the patient must wear a surgical bra with a special bandage. Bands are removed within 24 hours, but the bra should be worn for three months. A sports bra or sport bra can also be worn, but regular bras with metal hoops can not be worn until passed the first three months.

24 hours after surgery begins the process of medical follow-up. In the first appointment, the patient will be instructed to recover quickly and successfully. The follow-up is structured in several appointments every 7 days until the month, when medical discharge is assessed. However, if at any other time the patient has any doubts or concerns, she may call the clinic and communicate with Nursing. It is very important that the patient follow all the instructions given in the clinic.

The patient should not lift objects over her head for the first four weeks and should not lift heavy objects until six weeks after surgery. It is not recommended that the patient perform flexion or strenuous activities during the first week after surgery.

The scars will be strong at first, but will disguise over time. The type of procedure chosen will determine the type of healing.

Generally, after 7 days the patient can return to work, always depending on the type of activity performed. In any case, the clinic will inform you according to your evolution in the postoperative Breast Lift.

Postoperative recommendations:

– Do not raise your arms above your shoulders.

– Do not take anticoagulant medications.

– It is not advisable to drive during the first fifteen days.

– Rest asleep during the first few days and not resume sexual intercourse until the first month.

– Drink a lot of water

– Healthy diet

Is Breast Lift safe?

For us, at My Cosmetic Surgery, the safety of our patients is our priority. We have an impeccable record of over 20 years without any incidents. Our specialists are among the bests in the aesthetic field in the entire State of Florida. Our equipments, techniques and facilities are duly certified.

When having a Breast Lift, as well as in other aesthetic procedures, following doctor’s instructions is the the key to success. For guarantee of our patients, we offer a full and sufficient preoperative evaluation for the patient, the surgeon and the anesthetist,  a complete set of analysis, personalized treatment plan, and postoperative control during the first month after surgery.

  Before and After

The best references about the work of our surgeons that we can offer to those interested in having this procedure done are before and after pictures of every surgery. These pictures show the evolution and change of image of our patients once they have finished the procedures. These images serve as a guide for those who searching for information about Breast Lift and our clinic.

Doctors

Here at My Cosmetic Surgery,  the Breast Lift is performed by Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso M.D., Dr. José Zayas M.D. and Dr. Arístides Martínez A.A.C.S. All of our surgeons are accredited by the Board of Florida and have the much-needed experience to perform this procedure.

Dr. LaGrasso

Dr. Zayas

Dr. Martínez

FAQs about Breast Lift

On what conditions can I get good volume and raised position with Breast Lift surgery?

When there is a big mammary gland. If there is enough volume in the patient breast, it is just a matter of rearranging it to achieve a proper lifting of the breast.

Can Breast Lift surgery corrects breast asymmetry?

Yes, during Breast Lift, breast asymmetries can be corrected, as well as decreasing the diameter of the areoles. However, it is necessary to clarify that a certain degree of asymmetry in the breasts is normal and natural in women.

How long do the effects of a Breast Lift last?

It depends on the characteristics of each patient and their lifestyle, but the effects of a Breast Lift can last from 10 to 15 years. It is recommended to maintain a healthy lifestyle, to do physical exercises and use firming creams to keep the skin elastic and nourished.

When can I go back to exercise after the surgery?

During the first month, it is advisable not to do intense exercise. From then on, if the recovery process goes well, the patient can go back slowly to her routine, always with a good sports bra.

Will my breast be more sensitive after a Breast Lift?

The first days after surgery, the breast or nipple may have some sensitivity. Some patients have increased sensitivity, others may experience a decrease, but they usually return to normal after a few weeks.

Other procedures you may be interested in

Our doctors are specialists in numerous surgical procedures. If you are considering any other cosmetic procedure, ask our doctors.

Breast Augmentation: Breast Augmentation is a breast surgical procedure that enlarges the size of the breasts and improves the appearance of them as well. As the name implies, it is a breast surgery that gives more volume to the breasts and is possibly the most requested cosmetic procedure worldwide. Breast Augmentation is also known as Augmentation mammoplasty or Breast enhancement.

Brazilian Butt Lift: The Brazilian Butt Lift, also known as Liposuction with fat transfer, is a cosmetic procedure that increases the buttocks while remolding the torso. The procedure is divided into two steps. First, the surgeon performs a traditional liposuction to remove fat located in areas such as the abdomen, waist, hips or thighs. The extracted fat is subjected to an optimization process by which the fat is purified. Second, the surgeon redistributes the fat directly to the buttocks by injections.

Liposuction: Liposuction is an aesthetic surgical procedure that eliminates localized fat, shapes specific areas of the body through the elimination of fat deposits and improves the body contour. Lipo, as many patients called it, is one of the most demanded aesthetic surgery in the world and can be combined with other procedures, for example the brazilian butt lift or the neck lift. Liposuction can be performed on areas such as the neck, arms, back, hips, abdomen, thighs and legs.

Vaser High Definition: Vaser High Definition is an advanced body shaping technique that removes fat selectively to sculpt a perfect silhouette. This technique is, arguably, the union between traditional liposuction and body sculpting procedure. Vaser High Definition technology uses ultrasound, like Vaser liposuction to dissolve adiposity from their cells. Once diluted fat, a cannula is inserted to remove localized fat in unwanted areas. The difference between this technique and other fat removal is that Vaser High Definition uses a special cannula for defining the body taking into account the underlying muscles.

Real Patient Stories

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Live Surgery of Angelina Castro in My Cosmetic Surgery, performed by cosmetic surgeon José Zayas MD.

Breast Lift Glossary

Asymmetry: lack of equality or equivalence between parts or aspects of something; lack of symmetry.

Areola: Pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.

Breast augmentation: Also known as augmentation mammaplasty, breast enlargement by surgery.

Breast lift: Also known as mastopexy; surgery to lift the breasts.

Breast reduction: Also known as reduction mammaplasty, reduction of breast size by surgery.

Excision: To remove the skin.

General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.

Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.

Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.

Mammogram: An x-ray image of the breast.

Mastopexy: Surgery to lift the breasts.

Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.