A breast lift or mastopexy is a cosmetic surgical procedure that raises and firms sagging breasts that have drooped due to age, pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight changes and other factors. Miami breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Moises Salama often combines breast lifts with breast augmentation procedures.

Over time, a woman’s breasts can change, and usually not in the way she wants them to. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can both lead to sagging breasts with extra skin, as can the process of aging, gaining or losing weight and the simple fact of genetics. If your breasts are no longer shapely and firm, a breast lift or mastopexy might be worth considering. This cosmetic surgical procedure can be performed along or in combination with a breast augmentation surgery (or any other procedure) depending on your needs and goals.

A breast lift literally raises and firms sagging breasts, and the surgery can also reduce the size of the areola. A breast lift removes excess skin and tightens the surrounding tissue to create a firmer shape and feel for the breasts.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia in either a private surgical center or a hospital setting – it usually takes from one to four hours. During a breast lift, a cosmetic surgeon will usually use one of three types of incisions: a small one around the areola for when only a small amount of skin needs to be removed; incisions around the areola and then down to the base of the breast for more moderate breast lifts; and around the areola to the base of the breast and extending horizontally around the base of the breasts for when more significant amounts of skin need to be removed. You can discuss all of these options as well as any other questions you may have with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon prior to scheduling he procedure. The costs for a breast lift will vary based on the type of surgery performed.

Following the procedure, the breasts will be sore, bruised and swollen for several days. Patients wear a special surgical supportive bra to control swelling and will have a simple dressing applied to the incision sites. The most important thing during recovery is to carefully clean incision sites and give your body time to recover and heal. Usually, sutures are removed 10 days to two weeks after the initial surgery. Most people are comfortable returning to work in about a week, although you will need to avoid heavy lifting and intense physical activity for several weeks.

If you are thinking about having more children or are still breastfeeding, you should wait to have a breast lift until your family is complete. Otherwise, this surgery is especially successful for women who are in overall good health and who have realistic expectations about the procedure.

If you have been considering a breast lift, you should schedule a free consultation with board certified Miami plastic surgeon who has extensive experience performing breast lifts. The surgeon can examine your body and provide more information on the surgery.

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