Breast Lift - Breast Augmentation Miami - Plastic Surgery FLIn his Miami Beach practice, Dr. Rian Maercks uses traditional and modern techniques to help women correct a droopiness of the breast that has occurred over time or due to other circumstances.
- Correct a droopiness of the breast
- Reposition/resize the nipple
As they age, some women experience an unwanted droopiness of the breasts, which can be brought on by many factors. This change in breast position can often come with age, following major weight loss or sometimes following pregnancy, though other factors may be a cause. When this sagginess occurs, women often turn to a breast lift, or mastopexy, to reshape and reposition their breasts, as surgery is the only way to significantly correct this issue. A breast lift can also correct changes in nipple position and size.
Who Should Consider a Breast Lift?
A breast lift in Miami is ideally performed on women who neither smoke, nor are pregnant, but experience a lack of breast firmness, nipples that point downward and/or breasts that are relatively small or mid-size in proportion to the body.
When examining a breast for a possible breast lift, the plastic surgeon will likely categorize the sagging of the breast. A mild droop means the nipple is level with the crease of the breast; a moderate droop in the breast means the nipple is below the crease in the breast; a severe droop means the nipple is at the lowest point on the breast and pointing downward. A mild droop requires the least amount of surgery and the plastic surgeon may only need to make a single incision to correct the issue, while a severe droop may require as many as three incisions per breast to correct any sag or nipple position issues.
The Surgical Process
Breast lift surgeries are most often performed on an outpatient basis and can take between one and three hours to complete. For patients undergoing a minor breast lift with one or few incisions, a local anesthetic may be applied, but most breast lift patients will be administered a general anesthetic.
As mentioned, the number and placement of incisions will vary based on the patient, but may include incisions around the nipple, vertically beneath the nipple (for elevating purposes) and horizontally in the crease of the breast. These incisions can vary in size and shape depending on the patient and on the plastic surgeon's technique.
Once the incisions have been made, the excess skin is removed and the breast is reshaped. The nipple and areola are repositioned and the incisions are closed with sutures.
Life Post-Breast Lift in Miami
The patient should expect one to two weeks for recovery following a breast lift with up to six weeks of limited activity. A special bra will have to be worn following the surgery as well as gauze or tape to cover the dissolvable sutures. The tape can be removed after one week. The patient should expect some swelling, bruising and pain, but may be prescribed medication to manage discomfort. Scars may also be visible after the surgery, but these should fade over the following year. Some changes in nipple sensation are common and patients should recognize that the results of the surgery are not permanent as aging and gravity continue to play a role.
Aside from the above listed side effects, some complications may arise following a breast lift and may include: bleeding, infection, difficulty breastfeeding, visible scars, skin loss, uneven nipple position and permanent loss of feeling in the nipples or breast.
To learn more about a breast lift in Miami, contact Miami Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Rian Maercks.