Breast Lift Surgery in Miami
An internationally renowned surgeon, Dr. Sam Gershenbaum is known throughout Florida for his outstanding ability to create beautiful, shapely breasts. At his practice just north of Miami, he performs breast lift surgery for discriminating patients. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to perform the same role as a properly fitting bra, namely supporting the breast in an uplifted position – revealing more fullness, shape, and cleavage. A breast lift generally removes only excess and loose skin, as compared to breast reduction, which reduces the amount of actual breast tissue besides skin reduction.
Many women from the Miami area have chosen to undergo breast lift surgery, particularly those whose breast shape and contour does not fit their self-image. Body image is an important part of feeling good, desirable, and normal. Most women compare themselves to a cultural idea of beauty. Commonly, women with sagging breasts and breasts with loose, stretched skin are dissatisfied with their physical appearance. These changes can be a result of genetics, pregnancy, weight loss, and aging or any combination thereof.
An ideal candidate for a breast lift procedure, or mastopexy, is someone who is uncomfortable with the amount of loose skin and sagging of her breasts. An ideal breast lift patient is also free of any complicating pre-existing medical conditions including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, skin/connective tissue disorders, etc.
Breast Lift Consultation
The initial consultation is extremely important to review the patient’s medical history, goals, and expectations, as well as build mutual trust and rapport. Numerous breast lift before and after photos are reviewed at our office in Miami, Florida. The breast lift surgical procedure is carefully explained and the alternatives are discussed. Understand that each patient has different breast contours and sizes and different expectations and requests. No one procedure can be expected to fulfill each individual’s needs.
A complete evaluation reviewing expectations and physical examination is needed to determine the best choice of procedure(s) for each individual patient. The breast lift surgical plan, as well as the incision/scar placement, is reviewed.
It is also important to understand that breasts are naturally asymmetrical. Every effort is made to make the breasts symmetrical and as close as possible to the desired size. However, no guarantees as to the exact size, shape, or symmetry can be made by any plastic surgeon.
Prospective patients are encouraged to speak with previous patients about their breast lift surgery and result while Dr. Gershenbaum and his staff are always available for questions. Following the initial consultation and after appropriate time for reflection and decision-making, an appointment is scheduled for routine preparation and informed consent. Additional questions and concerns regarding the breast lift surgery may also be addressed. Routine blood analysis, a mammogram, and medical clearance are required prior to surgery
Standard Breast Lift Surgery Procedure
Miami breast lift surgeon Dr. Sam Gershenbaum uses a “keyhole” pattern or “anchor” shaped incision. The incisions made during breast lift surgery extend in three different directions:
- Entirely around the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple)
- From the areola in a vertical direction down the crease under the breast
- Horizontally along the fold or crease under the breast extending for a variable length
Generally, the greater the amount of lifting, the longer will be the horizontal portion of the scar. Excess skin is removed and sculpted from the inner and outer quadrants of the breast and from the area above the nipple. The remaining breast tissue and nipple are relocated in this keyhole pattern and the incisions closed.
Dr. Sam Gershenbaum does not use clips or staples to close the skin. All incisions are closed with sutures predominantly below the surface of the skin to avoid cross-hatching suture marks and to optimize the chances for the finest scars.
Conservative size breast implants or “auto” augmentation to preserve fullness in the upper portion of the breast may also be performed at our Miami center with the standard breast lift procedure. This additional procedure utilizes a portion of breast tissue left connected to the chest wall and its blood supply. This segment of tissue is then passed up and under a two-inch bridge of pectoralis muscle and secured.
Additional Breast Lift Surgery Techniques
Our Miami breast lift center offers several techniques to lift and reshape the breast and reposition the nipple. The size of the breasts, the amount of loose skin and sagging, along with patient expectations will determine the extent of the mastopexy incisions. The size of the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple) would also be reduced during the procedure if desired. A minimal scar breast lift procedure encompasses several newer techniques aimed at reducing scars:
- With a circumareolar-vertical or “lollipop” incision technique, the skin is elevated and the excess is removed from around and under the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple). The resulting scar extends completely around the areola and vertically down to the crease under the breast. A conservative size breast implant or the “auto” augmentation technique may also be performed with a breast lift to enhance the fullness in the upper portion of the breast.
- With a circumareolar or “Benelli” type breast lift surgery (sometimes referred to as a “donut” mastopexy), the skin is elevated and the excess is removed from around the areola only. The resulting scar extends completely around the areola. Similarly, a small breast implant may be placed to enhance the fullness in the upper portion of the breast.
A standard breast augmentation, with saline or silicone implants may be performed with any of these breast lift procedures to increase the overall cup size of the breasts. Following breast lift surgery, a light dressing, a support bra and/or ace bandage are applied.
Breast Lift Recovery
Following breast lift surgery by Miami surgeon Dr. Sam Gershenbaum, patients generally report mild to moderate discomfort, which is easily controlled with medications. This will vary somewhat depending on the extent of surgery and procedure performed.
When breast implants are used in conjunction with a breast lift procedure, increased swelling and fullness in the upper part of the breast or chest area and in the midline between the breasts may be noted. Varying degrees of swelling, bruising, and firmness subside over several weeks to months.
The circumareolar-vertical and circumareolar breast lift techniques often result in varying degrees of “pleats” or folds around the incision, which will resolve over time. Sutures (stitches) are removed after seven days. Patients can generally return to work after several days to one week. Light exercise may begin after four to six weeks. A support bra is generally worn for two to three months following breast lift surgery and is encouraged as much as possible thereafter to maintain the contour.
Following breast lift surgery, recovery, and healing will vary from patient to patient and depend on the extent of the surgery. It must also be remembered that complete healing takes time and patience, taking up to one year or longer before realizing the final results of the surgery. It can take this amount of time for scars to soften, lighten, and fade as well as for the breast tissue to soften, relax, and remodel itself. If implants were used, they too will settle over many months to come.
The breasts will get slightly smaller and descend to a certain extent as swelling subsides and the effects of gravity and tissue relaxation act on the newly tightened skin envelope. Most patients find this beneficial in that the breasts look more natural over time. The ability to breast-feed after a breast lift (mastopexy) is generally preserved, but cannot be guaranteed.
Complications Associated with a Breast Lift
As with most cosmetic surgical procedures, complications are unlikely when performed by a skilled and competent surgeon. Complications can include, but are not limited to: anesthesia risks, bleeding, infection, tissue loss, delayed wound healing with obvious wide and/or raised scars, numbness, altered nipple sensation, asymmetry in breasts and/or areolas, enlarged areolas, and need for revisional surgery. If breast implants are used, all the potential risks/complications for breast augmentation will also apply.
Also rare, but possible, are blood clots or emboli (blood clots which dislodge and travel in the blood stream to distant sites), which can be fatal.
At the Brickell Riverfront Surgery Center, Venodyne® calf compression devices are used for every breast lift surgery (as well as other surgeries). A Venodyne® is a pressure cuff that fits over each lower leg from the ankle to the knee, circulating every one to two minutes to reduce the pooling of blood in the lower extremities and further reduce the possibility of blood clots or emboli.
Smokers must stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Smoking seriously decreases blood circulation in the skin, which increase the risks of complications and poor healing.