Breast Lift
in Boca Raton

Restore your breasts to a more youthful position

Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. A breast lift procedure can help to restore a more youthful breast position for a perkier breast silhouette.

What is a Breast Lift?

Breast Lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts, at least, for a time. (No surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity.) Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If your breasts are small or have lost volume – for example, after pregnancy–breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size. If you’re considering a breast lift, this brochure will give you a basic understanding of the procedure, when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please be sure to ask your doctor if there is anything about the procedure you don’t understand.

Who is a Candidate for Breast Lift?

A breast lift can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.

The best candidates for mastopexy are healthy, emotionally-stable women who are realistic about what the surgery can accomplish. The best results are usually achieved in women with small, sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long in heavy breasts.

Many women seek mastopexy because pregnancy and nursing have left them with stretched skin and less volume in their breasts. However, if you’re planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift. While there are no special risks that affect future pregnancies (for example, mastopexy usually doesn’t interfere with breastfeeding), pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and offset the results of the procedure.  If you are considering breast lift surgery, you should schedule a one on one personalized consultation with Boca Raton Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jonathan Berman today.

How is the Breast Lift Performed?

A breast lift is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. There are multiple techniques for removing breast skin and reshaping the breasts, which will determine the location of incisions. Dr. Berman will choose the best technique for you based on your breast size and shape, degrees of breast sagging, and skin quality.

There are three main incisions used during the breast lift procedure, which include the “donut” incision, which is created around the areola and nipple, the “keyhole” incision, which is created around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease, and the “anchor” incision, which is created around the areola, down to the breast crease, and horizontally across the crease.

Recovery and Results

After your breast lift procedure, you can expect to be bandaged and will need to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling. It is important to wear your compression garment at all times unless instructed by Dr. Berman. Redness and swelling are to be expected, and any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication.  Patients should avoid straining, bending, and lifting since these actions may increase swelling or cause bleeding. Downtime will depend on the extent of your procedure, but in most cases, patients can resume most of their everyday activities after several weeks. If you have any questions during recovery, do not hesitate to contact our office.

If you are tired of living with sagging breasts, contact our Boca Raton office today to learn more about the breast lift procedure and how it can benefit you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a breast lift covered by insurance?

Most breast lifts are considered cosmetic surgeries. Health insurance companies usually don't cover them unless they are done as part of a mastectomy reconstruction.

Do I need a breast lift or just implants?

Implants will increase your chest size, but won't eliminate sagginess in most cases. If your breasts are sagging now, large implants likely won't fix the problem. You'll just end up with large, sagging breasts. A breast lift, either before or with your implant surgery, may lead to better results.

Do you lose sensation with breast lift?

It is possible for a breast lift, or mastopexy, to result in loss of nipple sensation. Often sensation will return over the course of weeks or months, but occasionally it may be permanent.

How do you shower after a breast lift?

Take a shower no bath to get the incisions wet and soap on them. It helps to have a plastic chair or stool in the shower to sit when you shower. Also, it is advisable to have someone else there with you to help.

How long do breast lift results last?

It really all depends on the person.

How long does a breast lift take?

It takes about three to five hours and is usually done under general anesthesia.

How painful is a breast lift?

You'll likely feel pain and soreness around the incisions, which will be red or pink for a few months.

How soon after breast lift can I exercise?

At six weeks, patients are generally completely healed and can resume all exercises.

Is getting a breast lift safe?

Surgery comes with a risk of complications, even though breast lift surgery itself is typically very safe.

What types of breast lifts are there?

Peri-Areolar Breast lift , Vertical Breast Lift, Anchor Breast Lift.

Will a breast lift reduce cup size?

Some women reported an average decrease of approximately one cup size.

Will a breast lift remove stretch marks?

Breast lift surgery cannot remove stretch marks or lessen their appearance.

Will breast lift affect breastfeeding?

Breast lift surgery does not usually prevent or limit breast feeding ability.

Does a breast lift cost more than implants?

Breast lift may be a slightly more lengthy and complex surgery as compared to breast implant surgery.

Does a breast lift leave scars?

The breast lift procedure does in fact leave scars but heal in time.

How long does it take for breast lift scars to heal?

The scar tissue needed time to soften, flatten, and fade. It takes 12 to 18 months for a scar to begin to fade.

Do you still have feeling in your nipples after breast lift?

Yes, it's not uncommon to lose sensation but rarely if it does happen.

Does insurance pay for breast lift?

Depending on what insurance company and if you meet the strict guidelines your insurance requires but most likely no.

How much does breast lift cost?

Every plastic surgeon's office varies.

What is a crescent breast lift?

It involves the removal of a crescent-shaped piece of skin from above the areola.

How long does a breast lift last?

It depends on the person everyone is different.

Does a breast lift make your nipples less sensitive?

Everyone's healing is different.

How long does vampire breast lift last?

Good question. That’s why we do consultations to examine you and discuss your best options.

How much is a mini breast lift?

There are minimally invasive procedures that can be done. That’s why we do consultations to examine you and discuss your best options.

What is a non surgical breast lift?

Good question. That’s why we do consultations to examine you and discuss your best options.

What is a partial breast lift?

Good question. That’s why we do consultations to examine you and discuss your best options.

What is a wrap around breast lift?

Good question. That’s why we do consultations to examine you and discuss your best options.

What is the vampire breast lift?

Good question. That’s why we do consultations to examine you and discuss your best options.

How long do breast implants last?

The longevity of breast implants differs for everyone. On average, most implants last between 10-15 years, at which point patients can have them removed or replaced.

Do breast stay after breast lift?

The breast lift procedure helps to correct sagging breasts to help make them look more youthful and perky. Some patients may experience sagging again at some point in their lives due to many factors such as age, genetics, health, and dietary habits. There are ways to make your breast lift longer lasting. Avoiding weight fluctuation is a major part of keeping your breast lift results.

Can a breast lift be covered by insurance?

Breast lift procedures are seen as being cosmetic which means that most insurance companies do not cover them. If you have any questions regarding payment or financing, you can speak to Dr. Berman directly or our patient care coordinator.

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Dr. Jonathan Ross Berman is a Boca Raton plastic surgeon who has been certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery with over 25 years of practice experience specializing in Breast Augmentation, Rhinoplasty, Face Lift, Liposuction, and many other types of plastic surgery in Boca Raton, FL.

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