There are many factors that can cause breasts to lose their youthful shape and position on the chest, including pregnancy, breastfeeding, fluctuations in weight, aging, and hereditary reasons. A breast lift procedure can help to rejuvenate the breasts to a perkier position, while also reshaping and relocating the nipple and areola. Patients in the Miami area choose Dr. Ándres Sárraga for excellent breast lift results at ARTIS Institute for Plastic Surgery in Aventura.
WHAT IS A BREAST LIFT?
Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the skin and breast tissue to reshape and support the new contour. Sometimes, the areola becomes enlarged over time with large or sagging breasts, and a breast lift can reduce this as well. A breast lift surgery can rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is youthful and uplifted.
A breast lift is different from breast augmentation with breast implants, which is a cosmetic surgery procedure that’s performed primarily to enhance the size of symmetry of the breasts, not necessarily the breast shape. A breast lift is meant to change the position of the breasts to a more youthful one. Any size change will be toward having smaller breasts, although it is not as extensive as a breast reduction. Breast lifts also cannot improve upper pole fullness. If you wish to augment the size of your breasts, you may want to look into breast augmentation surgery.
THE BREAST LIFT PROCEDURE
The technique used during your breast lift procedure will be dependent upon the size and shape of your breasts, the size and position of your areolas, the amount of sagging in the breasts, and the skin quality of your breasts. Dr. Sarraga will work with you to determine which technique works best for your individual goals, lifestyle, and budget.
The procedure can be done using a selection of breast lift incision options. These include:
- The peri-areolar incision (sometimes called a “donut lift”), which is made around the areola
- A “lollipop” lift incision, which is made around the areola and down to the breast crease
- The “anchor” lift incision, which is created around the areola, down to the breast crease, and along the breast crease as well.
After the appropriate incisions are made, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andres Sarraga will lift and shape underlying breast tissue. The nipple and areola may also need to be repositioned to a more youthful position so they point forward instead of down. Excess skin will be removed, and any remaining skin will be tightened, and incisions closed meticulously to reduce the likelihood of unfavorable scarring.
ANDRÉS SÁRRAGA MD FACS
DOUBLE BOARD-CERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON
Dr. Sárraga was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where he spent most of his life. He decided at a very early age to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and pursue a career in the art of medicine and surgery. Dr. Sárraga has been featured in several publications including Aventura Magazine™ and Healthy Valley® Magazine where he has discussed procedures including Facial Rejuvenation and Breast Surgery. He has also been featured with his friend and mentor Dr. Storch. Since Dr. Storch’s retirement, Dr. Sárraga now runs ARTIS Institute Plastic Surgery as a single practitioner.
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BREAST LIFT INCISION OPTIONS
Full Lift Mastopexy
In a full lift mastopexy, incisions are made around the areola, vertically between the areola and breast crease, and horizontally across the breast crease. This allows for the most significant changes to be made during the breast lift procedure.
Vertical or Lollipop Mastopexy
In a vertical or lollipop mastopexy, an incision is made around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease.
In a periareolar mastopexy, incisions are made around the areola alone. This allows for the least amount of visible scarring.
BREAST LIFT RECOVERY AND RESULTS
After your breast lift procedure, you may be required to wear a special surgical bra to help assist with healing and control swelling. Some patients may have drains coming out of their breast lift incisions, which Dr. Sarraga will tell them how to monitor and care for.
Swelling and bruising are common side effects, but prescribed and over-the-counter oral pain medication can help to control any discomfort. While recovery time will vary from patient to patient, most individuals can return to a desk job after a week. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least a month, and patients can slowly return to their everyday routines.
Breast lift results can be seen as soon as swelling subsides, which typically occurs within a few weeks of the procedure. Breast lift results are not considered permanent, as the natural aging process or factors such as future pregnancies or breastfeeding may change the appearance of the breasts. To maintain results, it is important to maintain a stable and healthy weight over time.
View patient results for many procedures in our online gallery.
BREAST LIFT CONSULTATION
Plastic surgery always begins with a personal consultation with plastic surgeons, who let breast lift patients know about what they can expect both in terms of final results as well as the experience in general. If you are interested in learning more about what a breast lift can do for you and find out how much a breast lift costs in Miami, feel free to contact our cosmetic surgery office conveniently located in Aventura, North Miami Beach, Florida.
“Dr. Sárraga is the best plastic surgeon that you can find.”
He listens, provides great advice and the end results are impeccable. His nurses and staff are truly helpful and always there for you as well. I highly recommend him to anyone considering surgery. You won’t regret it!