Breast Lift Miami (Mastopexy):
A Comprehensive Guide
With all the procedures designed to enhance the appearance of the breasts, things can get confusing really fast. How does a breast lift Miami differ from a breast augmentation? Is getting a breast lift equivalent to getting a breast reduction as well? Will this surgery procedure solve all my boob problems?
If you find yourself asking the questions above, then continue reading this article to learn more about the Mastopexy and the wonders it can do for you.
About the Breast Lift Miami
Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift is a surgical procedure designed to raise your breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support your new breast contour. It addresses a variety of issues, such as sagging and uneven breasts, decreased breast volume, drooping nipples, and stretched areolae, which is the darker area surrounding your nipples. Needless to say, a Mastopexy results in perkier and more youthful-looking breasts.
Many people often confuse a breast lift with either a breast augmentation or breast reduction. Actually, both of these procedures can be combined with a breast lift, depending on the goals that you want to achieve.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of people who got a breast lift in 2015 increased by seven percent from 2014. Though not a part of the top five procedures in 2015, it continues to rise in popularity, with an 89 percent increase in the number of these procedures done since the year 2000.
A Miami breast lift can improve the appearance of drooping breasts by removing excess skin and lifting the inner breast tissue even without the help of a full support bra. A lot of women who have undergone this surgery reported looking and feeling years younger because of their improved figure, giving them a much-needed confidence boost. You can change up your wardrobe to include new styles and cuts that you could not have otherwise worn before. Even your bra will fit better and no longer cause straps to cut painfully through your shoulders.
Even your areola – the small circular pigmented ring surrounding the nipple – will benefit from this surgery. With a breast lift, your cosmetic surgeon can remove excess tissue from the areolas, resulting in an even shape. He will also reposition the nipples and areola to a higher location, making your breasts perkier and a lot more youthful.
Getting a Mastopexy can also lessen skin irritation, as drooping breasts can rub up against the skin of your torso and underarms, causing painful chafing. It can also allow you to move more freely and participate in activities that you have not been able to enjoy for years. There are even cases when a breast lift can help relieve back and neck tension caused by sagging of large breasts.
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You may be a good candidate for a breast lift if you have adequately-sized but drooping or pendulous breasts due to excess stretched skin. Your nipples and areolae are pointing downward, and at times, already positioned below the breast crease when unsupported. You might also want to get a Mastopexy if your breasts are not equal in size, with one breast appearing lower than the other.
In general, you should at least be 18 years old before you contemplate on getting this procedure. You also need to be physically healthy and emotionally stable in order to manage your expectations. At the time of your surgery, you should already be at a stable weight with no plans of undergoing any major weight loss program or diet. You should neither be pregnant nor breastfeeding, plus you are not planning to become pregnant in the future, as this could interfere with the results of your surgery.
Your breast lift surgery starts with the administration of anesthesia. General anesthesia is usually required for this surgery, but you can discuss your preferences with your doctor beforehand. No matter which method you select, you will be asleep during the whole procedure.
Your cosmetic surgeon will then create the incisions according to your surgical plan. Although these incisions will eventually leave some breast lift scars, your doctor will work to minimize scarring by placing the incisions in the natural folds of your breasts.
Through the incisions, your doctor will remove excess tissue and reshape the underlying tissue to create a natural and proportionate breast shape. Your surgeon will also reshape your stretched areola by removing tissues from the perimeter. He will also reposition your nipples and areolae higher up on your breasts. Your doctor will finally re-drape your skin, bringing some tissue above the areolae down to the lower portion of your breasts to stretch the skin taut.
Those who chose to undergo a laser bra lift would have a preserved flap of excess tissue that can be used by their surgeon to create an internal bra that would be placed inside the breasts to achieve greater lift and projection.
To maintain the new contours of your breasts, your doctor will place several dissolvable sutures in the deep breast layers before finally sewing the incisions in the outer layer of your skin.
You have several options with regard to the technique to be used by your plastic surgeon for your Miami breast lift. These are the following:
Also known as a standard lift, the anchor lift involves three incisions: one around the border of the areola, a vertical one down to the base of the breast, and a horizontal one along the breast crease. Though the extent of the incisions will definitely leave some permanent scarring, the anchor lift has already been proven to reduce sagging and droopiness on the lower half of the breast. This technique is best used for women with a severe degree of sagging.
Also known as the periareolar incision, the donut lift involves a circumferential incision around the nipple and areola. It involves less skin removal than an anchor lift, resulting in significantly faster recovery time and less scarring. This is suitable for women with mild to moderate sagging, but may not be ideal for those with larger breasts.
Also known as a keyhole incision or vertical mastopexy, the lollipop lift involves making an incision around the perimeter of the areola and another one from the areola to the breast crease. This is great for women with a moderate amount of breast sagging. It results in less scarring than an anchor lift, but it gives your surgeon greater flexibility than a donut lift.
This breast lift technique makes use of an incision that lies just along the upper half of the areola. A crescent-shaped piece of skin is removed above that line, hence the name. The surrounding skin is then reattached to the areola. The crescent lift is usually done when a Mastopexy is combined with a breast augmentation.
Laser Bra Lift
This alternative to a traditional breast lift provides a long-lasting solution to patients with sagging breasts. It makes use of the same laser technology that doctors have been using for facial plastic surgery. In the laser bra lift, your doctor uses your excess skin to add support to the underside of your breasts, hence creating an internal bra that lifts the breasts.
Breast Lift with Implants
If you feel that your breasts need more volume, an augmentation mastopexy or breast lift with implants might be a good idea. It gives you the combined benefits of enlarging and enhancing your breast shape and volume with implants, at the same time tightening the skin and lifting your nipples. This results in a more youthful appearance for your breasts, together with improved shape and volume.
In a breast lift with implants, your surgeon uses a short-scar technique to minimize the amount of length of scars. Crescent and lollipop lifts are commonly used in this procedure. Through these incisions, the implants are inserted and placed behind the chest muscles. Once the implants are in place, your cosmetic surgeon will eliminate the extra tissues from your lower breasts that cause them to sag. The nipple is then lifted to a higher position, tightening the breast tissue inside. Internal stitches are used to reshape the lower breast.
Learn more about combining breast lift with breast implants.
After getting a Mastopexy, your final results will not be immediately apparent until after several months. As the swelling subsides and your breasts adjust to their new shape, you will start to notice that your breasts have become firmer and perkier.
However, the breast lift scars from your incision lines are permanent. They initially appear red and lumpy, but they will eventually soften and become thin and white within two years. They can also be hidden by bras and bathing suits.
It is also normal to notice that your bra size is a bit smaller after this procedure, even though you did not undergo a breast reduction. This is simply a result of your breasts becoming firmer and rounder.
Before you undergo a breast lift, you first need to consult with your chosen cosmetic surgeon and discuss with him the ins and out of the surgery and what your goals are. He will also review your medical history, so be prepared to answer any questions about family history, past and current medical conditions, and medications being taken.
Your doctor will also do a physical exam, with special emphasis on your breasts. He will examine, measure, and photograph your breasts to document its current shape and size, the quality and quantity of your breast tissue, the quality of your skin, and the placement of your nipples and areolae. A mammogram might also be done to help your surgeon see changes in your breast tissue before and after the procedure.
After your initial consultation and once you are sure that you are going to go through with the procedure, your breast lift specialist will instruct you to stop smoking and drinking alcohol at least six weeks before the scheduled surgery to promote better healing. Aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications may also need to be halted to prevent the risk of bleeding.
It will also help to arrange everything that you will need during recovery beforehand. That includes having someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first few days during your recovery.
Following your breast lift surgery, you can expect your breasts to be bandaged. You might also need to wear a compression garment or bra to reduce the movement of your breasts and help them keep their new shape. It will also minimize your discomfort and prevent your incisions from opening up. Your doctor might also place some drains under your skin to eliminate excess fluid and reduce swelling and bruising.
You should take at least a week off of work to recover. Avoid bending or lifting heavy objects, but make it a point to get up and move around the room for short periods of time. You can return to your normal activity level within three to four weeks, but you can only resume doing exercises at four to six weeks post-surgery.
While it may take a few months before swelling completely disappears, any discomfort or irritation will subside after a few weeks.
Risks and Side Effects
You will experience temporary side effects like swelling, bruising, altered skin sensation, and itching. All these typically subside within a few weeks.
Though a breast lift is considered to be a very safe procedure with a low complication rate, there are still some risks involved including infection, bleeding, hematoma, poor healing, adverse anesthesia reactions, loss of sensation, and unsatisfactory aesthetic results. Consult your doctor right away if you experience any of these problems. Your breast lift specialist might also be able to offer revisional surgery if you are unhappy with the results of your surgery.
Keep in mind that though the results of your Miami breast lift are permanent, your breasts are still bound to undergo natural changes due to the aging process. However, you will not experience your previous level of sagging if you learn to maintain the results of your Mastopexy.
One of the things that you can do to ensure that the results of your breast lift last for a long time is to maintain a stable and healthy weight throughout your life. It is also important to maintain open communication with your surgeon and contact him whenever you have any questions or concerns.
A breast lift in Miami typically costs between $4,000 to $5,000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It still does not include other related expenses like anesthesia and operating room facilities.
Most health insurance plans do not cover a mastopexy. However, many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask about those.
Breast Lift Alternatives
There are many non-surgical breast lift alternatives that will not yield the same dramatic results as a mastopexy, but just might be enough for your body goals.
One of the more popular procedures these days is the vampire breast lift, which uses your body’s own blood cells to enhance your breasts and make them appear firmer and more youthful-looking. Your doctor takes a blood sample from you and isolates the platelet-rich plasma or PRP. The PRP is then combined with a dermal filler like Restylane or Juvederm, and then the solution is injected into your breasts at varying depths to achieve a fuller and rounder look.
Another recommended alternative is the laser treatment, which makes use of high-power energy to stimulate the production of collagen in your breasts, hence rejuvenating the skin and making it appear more youthful. However, it will only target the outer layers of your skin, meaning it cannot address the deeper tissue layers that affect the overall shape and firmness of your bust.
There is also the Caci bust treatment that lifts, tones, and strengthens the muscles around the bust area. It also hydrates the skin in the said area, making it less wrinkly and a lot perkier.
Aside from these procedures, you can also opt to use shaping systems, topical creams, chest exercises, and a full-support bra to firm up your breasts.
If you still have questions regarding a breast lift, do not hesitate to send Face + Body Cosmetic Surgery a message and we will Schedule you a Free Consultation with one of our Miami cosmetic surgeons.
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