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Karl William Schwarz, MD

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Lesser-Known Reasons for a Breast Lift

Posted December 30, 2019 in Breast Lift

3 Min Read

Given its name, it seems obvious that a breast lift raises sagging breasts.

While the elevation of the breasts is the number one thing that is altered with a breast lift, it is not the only achievement of this procedure.

What Is a Breast Lift?

Happy women wearing black bra on gray background. Breast surgery concept.

Breast lift surgery restores elevation and shape to the breasts to increase physical happiness.

A breast lift is the surgical process of elevating sagging breasts to restore youthful perkiness.

This process involves making an incision—based on your specific level of breast ptosis—around the areola, down the lower pole of the breast, and along the breast crease to remove loose skin and tighten the underlying tissue.

This process results in more compact breasts that sit higher on the chest.

Areola Reduction

Hormone changes and weight fluctuations—both of which are common after pregnancy—can cause the areolas to stretch to become overly large or oblong. A breast lift not only addresses the shape of the breast as a whole but can also adjust the areola.

Breast lift surgery resizes large, asymmetrical, or oddly shaped areolas.

If resizing is necessary, a small portion of the tissue around the outer edge of the areola is removed. Areola reduction allows Dr. Careaga or Dr. Durand to resize the areola so that it is in better proportion to the rest of the breast. This technique further increases breast aesthetics.

Nipple Repositioning

Just as the areolas can be reduced, the nipples can also be repositioned.

Sagging does not only apply to the breast skin, fat, and glandular tissue. It also applies to the nipples. As the breasts experience ptosis, the nipples start to fall and eventually may point downward instead of projecting outward.

Breast lift surgery repositions downward facing nipples.

Nipples can be repositioned by repositioning the areola while it is still attached to the breast tissue, or by physically removing the areolas from the breast during the lift—a rare recommendation for significantly fallen nipples.

Except for particular circumstances, the areolas will remain attached to the tissues. This technique allows the patient to maintain sensation and increases the chances of being able to breastfeed—should pregnancy occur after the breast lift.

Breast lift before and after showing results achieved by Dr. Careaga in Miami, Florida.

Better Symmetry

Asymmetrical breasts can develop later in life due to the uneven digression of the breast tissue.

These varying degrees of sagging may be influenced by previous breast surgeries like breast augmentation or breast reduction or can occur naturally as the skin weakens.

Breast lift surgery can be performed at different degrees on either breast to match the shape and elevation of the breasts.

Enhanced Comfort

Sagging breasts do not only present an aesthetic concern. When sagging is severe, the skin on the underside of the breasts may rub against the skin on the ribcage.

This rubbing may cause friction and contribute to unnecessary chafing and rashes.

Since breast lift surgery raises the bustline, the skin on the breast will no longer be in contact with the skin beneath the breasts, thus eliminating any possible chance of rubbing together.

Contact Us Today!

If you are looking for breast lift surgery near you, contact Careaga Plastic Surgery by filling out our online contact form or calling us at (305) 960-7511. 

Dr. Careaga and Dr. Durand offer breast lift and other breast procedures for women in Coral Gables, Florida, and the greater Miami area.


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