Lifting and reshaping breasts that sag is one of the most rewarding procedures in plastic surgery. Dr. Shuster specializes in short-scar, minimally invasive breast lift techniques to give the breasts a naturally firmer and more youthful look, leaving only the faintest hint of surgery.
The Dr. Shuster Approach
Serving Fort Lauderdale, Miami and South Florida
Dr. Shuster places an emphasis on achieving natural, youthful results in the most minimally invasive manner. His goal for breast lift patients is to create perkier, beautiful breasts that sit higher on the chest with the least intrusion. He is able to accomplish this by incorporating techniques that originated in Brazil and Europe into his unique approach.
For most women, Dr. Shuster can achieve their desired result with minimal scarring by using his version of the vertical mastopexy. This method limits the incisions to just around the areola and vertically below it, leaving the crease of the breast untouched and the areola attached to the breast.
However, some women have a larger degree of sagging and may benefit from a more traditional type of breast lift. Dr. Shuster will determine the appropriate approach after a detailed evaluation during your personal consultation.
In every breast lift surgery, Dr. Shuster is able to minimize scarring with his triple-layer technique that produces the finest results possible.
Breast Lift with Augmentation
In addition to sagging, some women have little breast volume. In these cases, a breast lift along with placement of breast implants may be the best option to provide full and balanced breasts.
A breast lift helps to lift sagging, pendulous breasts. Sagging breasts can cause irritation and discomfort in addition to adding years to your age, and our patients love how light and youthful they feel after having a lift performed.
Breast lifts can also be performed together with breast augmentation if you’re looking to add volume as well as lift. The addition of breast implants to a breast lift procedure can create an overall more harmonious silhouette, and can restore volume that may be lost with a breast lift alone.
If you’re interested in having a breast lift done, we welcome you to have a complimentary consultation with Dr. Shuster. We serve patients in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and throughout South Florida.
“Dr. Shuster was wonderful. Great bedside manner, very caring. And I have beautiful results! I really could not have asked for a better experience.”
A Few Facts About Breast Lifts
The Dr. Shuster Difference
Dr. Shuster is a third-generation, board-certified plastic surgeon. His expertise, attention to detail, and patient-centered approach provide a highly personalized experience and unsurpassed results.
Twenty years of experience is evident in every breast lift Dr. Shuster performs. His degree of detail, subtlety, and naturalness makes the breast lift noticeable, but never obvious.
Like all the surgical procedures Dr. Shuster performs, it is beautiful results that have gained him a reputation for excellence throughout Florida. To see his results for yourself, please visit our breast lift before and after gallery.
A Personalized Approach
During the consultation, Dr. Shuster takes into consideration the current position of the breasts and how they relate to your entire figure. He will then determine the best approach to lift your breast to meet your unique goals.
Dr. Shuster performs his surgeries at Memorial Regional Hospital South. His team has been with him for over 14 years, and he has chosen them based on their excellence and expertise.
What You Need to Know
- What Is a Breast Lift?
- Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift Candidates
- Your Breast Lift Procedure
- Recovery After a Breast Lift
- How Long Do Breast Lift Results Last?
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, also called mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to rejuvenate the breasts by elevating and reshaping them. Out of all the procedures we perform, this is one of the most rewarding. It’s not unusual to hear our patients say that they wish they had done it much sooner.
A breast lift is a more involved procedure than breast augmentation, and requires more complexity. However, Dr. Shuster uses an advanced technique that allows him to utilize the least amount of incisions possible, and results in a very inconspicuous scar.
Most women find that the scars are well worth it, as they feel much more youthful and comfortable after the procedure.
Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation
A breast lift does not enlarge the breasts on its own. If you are interested in increasing the size of your breasts but do not need to lift them, you will be better off with a breast augmentation. If your breasts are sagging and have deflated, and you want to restore both the size and shape, we can perform a combination breast lift and breast augmentation.
You may need a breast lift alone if:
- You are concerned about sagging, but not size
- You don’t mind if your breasts end up a tiny bit smaller due to tissue removal
You may need a breast lift with breast augmentation if:
- You are concerned about both sagging and size
- You don’t want to lose any of your natural volume
- You want to achieve a fuller shape in addition to a lift
Dr Shuster may recommend conservative implants with your breast lift if your breasts have lost much of their natural volume and you would like a natural result. You don’t have to use large implants; conservative implants can provide a very natural shape and size that fits your anatomy and desired profile.
Breast Lift Candidates
If you have breasts that are sagging significantly, you may be a good candidate for a breast lift. Significant sagging occurs when the nipples start to point downward, and may descend past the inframammary fold.
If you only have very slight sagging, you may be able to achieve your goals by undergoing breast augmentation using conservative implants. In some women, this treatment plan will be able to effectively deliver the perky breast appearance you desire.
In addition to sagging breasts, good candidates for a breast lift:
- Do not smoke
- Are in good overall health
- Understand the risks and have realistic expectations
Your Breast Lift Procedure
Dr. Shuster performs breast lifts in a hospital setting while the patient is under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes two and a half hours to complete, although this can vary depending on the extent and complexity of your case.
During your surgery, Dr. Shuster will use one of two techniques:
- Concentric, also known as periareolar or Benelli mastopexy: This technique utilizes an incision that goes around the areola. It improves the nipple position and breast shape, and is commonly performed together with breast augmentation.
- Vertical, also known as lollipop mastopexy: This technique involves an incision around the areola and down towards the crease of the breast. Vertical incision breast lifts allow for more extensive reshaping.
Dr. Shuster will discuss breast lift techniques and which is more appropriate for you during your consultation. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks to be considered.
Breast lifts do result in a scar which can be visible. However, Dr. Shuster takes utmost care to ensure that your scar is minimal. Over time, most breast lift scars fade to become nothing more than faint lines.
Recovery After a Breast Lift
We will give you prescription medications to help with any pain or discomfort following your breast lift. Most women are back to work after one week, and back to all normal activities after just one month.
After your breast lift, you should go home to rest and relax. Don not exert yourself too much, although you should try to walk around in order to improve blood circulation and energy levels. We recommend the following tips for a smooth recovery:
- Follow all of Dr. Shuster’s post-operative instructions, and make sure to come to all of your follow-up appointments
- Eat a healthy, nutritious diet and drink lots of water (not sugary drinks like soda or juice)
- Enlist the help of friends, family, or a professional to deal with household chores and childcare for at least the first week
- Avoid any exercises that may strain the chest for at least six to eight weeks
If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Shuster. We want to make sure you have an easy recovery with beautiful results, and will we help you as best we can to achieve that goal.
How Long Do Breast Lift Results Last?
Breast lift results can last for a very long time. Most women who undergo the procedure do not need to ever have a second lift. That being said, there are some situations where you may need to undergo revision surgery. These can include:
- Breasts sagging and deflating due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or breastfeeding
- Breast implant rupture or other complications, if you had a combination lift and augmentation
Weight fluctuations and unexpected pregnancy are the main reasons why your breasts would sag again significantly enough to warrant a revision breast lift. Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding all cause hormonal changes that can result in sagging.
Significant weight gain will add volume to your breasts, while losing weight will result in decreased volume.
In addition, gravity is constant, so it’s possible that the simple process of aging will result in your breasts sagging again. However, most women don’t experience enough sagging after their breast lift to require a second lift. Typically, the sort of significant sagging that would require a revision will be due to external factors such as weight fluctuations or childbirth.
Learn More About Breast Lifts
If you are interested in lifting your breasts to a more youthful and comfortable position, we welcome you to schedule your complimentary breast lift consultation with Dr. Shuster. We serve patients in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and other nearby areas of South Florida. We also offer online video consultations for our patients outside of Florida or the US.