A Rewarding and Rejuvenating Procedure

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 Dr. Shuster performs, this is one of the most rewarding, and it’s not unusual to hear our patients say they wish they had done it sooner. 

About the Breast Lift

A breast lift is a more complex and involved procedure than breast augmentation. However, Dr. Shuster uses less invasive techniques that allow him to utilize shorter incisions. In addition, he performs a triple-layer closure resulting in a very fine scar. We invite you to view the results below and in our gallery to see how inconspicuous our scars can be.

Breast Lift at a Glance

  • A breast lift can be performed alone or with a breast augmentation to provide the fullest results
  • Patients can usually return to work after one week
  • Breast lifts are also frequently combined with a tummy tuck for a mommy makeover

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Dr. Shuster’s Approach

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 perky, beautiful breasts that sit higher on the chest with the least intrusion. He is able to accomplish this by incorporating innovative techniques that originated in Brazil and Europe.

For most women, Dr. Shuster can achieve this 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 an evaluation during your consultation.

In every breast lift surgery, Dr. Shuster is able to minimize scarring with his triple-layer suture technique that produces the finest results possible. All of these layered sutures are under the skin and dissolve without the need to be removed.

From the moment I met Dr. Shuster, I knew that he was the right fit. I did not feel like just another patient or rushed the way I did in prior consultations. Dr. Shuster took his time to get to know me and understand my goals. I felt extremely comfortable and safe, which I had not experienced with other surgeons. I scheduled my surgery the same day. His team in the office and at the hospital were exceptional. My results have surpassed my expectations. Everything turned out to be so natural, and I’ve never felt more confident. I am currently three months post-op, and my scars are nearly non-existent. I highly recommend Dr. Shuster to anyone.

Michelle D.

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Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation

It’s important for prospective patients to understand that a breast lift does not enlarge the breasts on its own. If you’re 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 appear deflated, and you want to restore both the size and shape, we can perform a combination breast lift and breast augmentation. But not all breast lift patients need a breast implant.

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.

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

Breast Lift Surgery Details

Dr. Shuster performs the breast lift procedure in a hospital setting using 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:

  • The Concentric (Periareolar/Benelli) Mastopexy:

    This technique utilizes an incision that encircles the areola. It improves the nipple position and breast shape and is commonly performed together with breast augmentation. It is only appropriate for the most minimal change in nipple position.

  • The Vertical (Lollipop) Mastopexy:

    This technique involves an incision around the areola that extends down towards the crease under the breast. Vertical incision breast lifts allow for more extensive reshaping. It typically produces a better shape and projection than the concentric method.

  • The Anchor Pattern Mastopexy:

    This method provides the most effective, long-lasting lift for patients who have more sagging of their breast tissue. The scar from this procedure is around the areola, vertically towards the crease under the breast, and along the crease.

Dr. Shuster will discuss these breast lift techniques with you and determine which is more appropriate during your consultation. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks to be considered./p>

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Recovery After a Breast Lift

Recovery from a breast lift is a gradual process. We will provide you with prescription medications to help with discomfort following your surgery. 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. Do not exert yourself too much, but try to walk around your house in order to improve blood flow.

If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We want to make sure you have an easy recovery with beautiful results, and we will help you as best as we can to achieve this.

Recovery Tips

  • Follow all of Dr. Shuster’s pre– and post-operative instructions, and make sure to come to all your follow-up appointments
  • Absolutely no smoking around the time of surgery
  • 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

How Long do Results Last from a Breast Lift?

Breast lift results last for a very long time. Most women never have a second lift. While the results are long-lasting, they do not stop the aging process. 

There are some situations where a woman may want to undergo another surgery. Weight fluctuations and unexpected pregnancy are the reasons a woman’s breasts may sag again significantly enough for her to want another breast lift. Some women have tissue that is more lax than others, and these women sag earlier than others. Sun damage, for example, can contribute to this.

Why Choose Dr. Shuster?

Thanks to his results and warm bedside manner Dr. Bernard A. Shuster, MD, PA, has created a highly respected reputation in South Florida. He is an award-winning, board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon of the face, breast, and body who has been named among America’s Best Plastic Surgeons 2021 by Newsweek and Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors. With a practice in a fantastic location between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Dr. Shuster and his staff offer exceptional quality and an incredible patient experience. If you’re interested in a breast lift, we encourage you to research more about Dr. Shuster and his methods. If you feel he is the right surgeon for you, we would welcome you for a consultation.

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