The natural aging process, fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can cause the breasts to change over time and lose their youthful firmness, shape, and projection. Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., performs breast lift surgery to counteract these changes and restore firmness, height, and youthful contours to the breasts. Under Dr. Eberle’s guidance, the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery has become one of the top plastic surgery facilities among the women in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County who want to address these changes in their breasts with minimal scarring.
WHAT IS A BREAST LIFT?
Breast lift surgery, medically referred to as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that lifts and restores sagging breasts to a more youthful position. This procedure is also effective for reducing oversized areolas. Breast lift surgery is often performed in conjunction with breast augmentation to enhance the size, fullness, and firmness of the new breast shape.
BREAST LIFT SURGERY WITH MINIMAL SCARRING
Traditional mastopexy is performed through vertical, horizontal, and/or circular incisions around the areola and across or underneath the breast mound, and the resultant scars are a major concern for most women. While all of these techniques can produce good results in the right surgeon’s hands, often in the United States Surgeons opt for a combination of a periareolar, vertical and transverse scar resulting in a boat anchor pattern on the breast. While this is effective, the scar burden is not to be taken lightly. Dr. Eberle prefers a vertical or circumvertical breast lift technique, which allows him to lift and firm the breast in the same manner as a traditional breast lift but with less than fifty-percent of the traditional scarring. This technique also produces less tension at the inferior aspect of the breast, an area typically fraught with wound breakdown, further minimizing scarring. Dr. Eberle has recently enhanced this technique with the insertion of an “internal bra”. This surgical mesh, which is frequently used throughout other areas of the body during various surgeries, has been shown to further elevate and support the new breast position without any additional incisions or subsequent scarring.
BENEFITS OF A BREAST LIFT
Breast lift surgery can not only improve one’s physique, but it can also improve one’s self-image and restore self-esteem. Pregnancy and breastfeeding cause the breasts to sag prematurely in many women, and some women just naturally experience sagging due to puberty or the weight of their breasts. Sagging breasts can make women appear older than they actually are, and with society’s modern ideal of a toned and sculpted physique, it’s no wonder that more women are turning to breast lift surgery to improve the appearance of their chest.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY AFTER A MASTOPEXY?
Recovery from a breast lift depends on the overall extensiveness of the procedure. In general, patients need one to two weeks off from their work and social schedules to recover from breast lift surgery. Following the procedure, a surgical bra or compression garment will be placed over the chest and should be worn for the amount of time suggested by Dr. Eberle. Patients may feel a numb or tight sensation around the incision site, and bruising and swelling along with feelings of tenderness and soreness are not uncommon following mastopexy. Patients should avoid strenuous activities for up to one month as their new breast shape continues to settle and heal.
IS BREAST LIFT SURGERY RIGHT FOR ME?
If your goal is to restore height, firmness, or fullness to your breasts, then a breast lift procedure with or without augmentation may be the solution you need. If you desire larger breasts in addition to any of the previous goals, breast implant surgery can also be combined with mastopexy to enlarge the breast size. Many women opt for a breast lift after losing breast volume to pregnancy or weight loss, some women want to remove excess skin and breast tissue from their chest to alleviate sagging, while other women simply feel that their breasts aren’t as firm as they used to be. Breast lift surgery can alleviate all of these concerns for women of all ages who are in relatively good health.
HOW MUCH DOES A BREAST LIFT COST?
The cost of mastopexy depends on the severity of laxity in the breasts and the degree of surgical work Dr. Eberle has to perform to correct it. Financing is available at the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery, and we can combine other breast surgeries, such as breast augmentation, with a breast lift to lower the cost of having both surgeries performed separately.
WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?
If your breasts have begun to sag and you’re considering a breast lift, but you’re deterred by possible scarring, Dr. Eberle’s limited scar breast lift technique may be right for you. We welcome women who live in Fort Lauderdale or Broward County to learn more about this procedure’s ability to defy the effects of gravity and deliver perkier, more youthful breasts without the scars characteristic of traditional breast lift surgery. Contact the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S.