The Effects of Aging on Breast Tissue

As women age, breast tissue develops until their early 20s, often resulting in a fuller appearance. However, by their mid-30s, breasts may begin to atrophy and sag, particularly after childbirth, breastfeeding, or weight loss. Despite efforts through exercise and diet, lost firmness cannot be fully restored.

The most effective solution for regaining a youthful breast contour is a breast lift, with or without augmentation. Board-certified plastic surgeons often recommend combining a lift with implants to prevent further sagging and deformities, such as the double bubble effect. For women content with breast size but seeking firmer, uplifted breasts, a breast lift alone offers an ideal solution.

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure aimed at restoring youthful contours to breasts that have sagged or lost firmness due to factors like aging, pregnancy, or weight loss. Through precise techniques, excess skin is removed, and breast tissue is reshaped to create a more lifted and rejuvenated appearance.

    When Should I Consider A Breast Lift?

    The first indication that a breast lift is in order is the “happiness factor.” Look in the mirror and decide if the shape or position of your breasts is bothering you. Other indications that a breast lift might be needed include:

    • Nipples are pointing down towards the ground, or nipple position is below the breast fold
    • Breasts sag and are missing volume or appear scooped out on the top
    • The areolas have become enlarged
    • Volume has been lost or is mostly located at the inferior pole or bottom of the breast

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    Dr. Lampert’s Approach

    Patient safety and satisfaction are Dr. Lampert’s chief objectives. He places client care above all other priorities, taking an uncommon amount of time during the consultation process to understand the patient’s desires, concerns, and expectations and treating each patient with the same delicacy and precision as he would provide to his loved ones and family members.

    Through education and information, Dr. Lampert empowers his patients to make the best choices for their health and happiness.

    To ensure patients encounter excellence from start to finish, Dr. Lampert created his state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery Center: Miami Surgery, LLC. This world-class facility is Federally Certified by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the same agency that licenses all of the best hospitals in Florida. Miami Surgery, LLC is one of only three other AHCA-certified ASCs in Miami-Dade County dedicated to plastic surgery and operated by only Board Certified Plastic Surgeons (American Board of Plastic Surgery) and Board Certified Anesthesiologists. 

    Under Dr. Lampert’s experienced and skilled watch, patients and their families can remain confident that their procedure is being performed at a facility exceeding the same operating standards as the Ambulatory Surgery Centers found in elite, top-tier hospitals.

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    Breast Lift Techniques

    Breast lift, or mastopexy, involves making an incision to lift, shape, and tighten the breast tissue. For very small lifts, an incision around the areola can be used. For more significant breast lifts, an incision around the areola and below the areola down to the breast fold may be used to more significantly lift and contour the breasts. Some patients have a breast implant placed at the same time if desired.

    A breast lift and breast augmentation performed simultaneously are referred to as a Breast Augmentation Mastopexy, or “Aug Pexy” for short. The advantage of an implant is that it can provide even more upper pole fullness to the breast once lifted. For any breast lift, or mastopexy, the nipple is repositioned, and any excess skin is removed.

    The incisions are then closed. The result is a reshaped breast positioned higher on the chest with renewed internal breast tissue structure to hold the breast in place. If volume has been lost, an implant can be used to fill out the breast and further enhance the overall appearance of the breasts.

    Incision Choices for a Breast Lift

    In performing a breast lift, there are several incision options. Dr. Lampert will choose the incision technique that creates the smallest scar while lifting the breast to the desired position. The type of incision depends on the degree of sagging, the size of the breast, and whether or not an implant will be inserted.

    Donut Scar Lift or Circumareolar Scar Lift

    This incision goes around the areola and is used for breasts with mild sagging or droop.

    This technique also works well to reduce areola size or make the areola more round in shape. Frequently, a permanent suture is used to prevent areolar widening.

    Lollipop Lift

    The lollipop lift can be used for breasts with a moderate to significant amount of sagging or droop. This incision is also called the ‘keyhole’ incision. The scar goes around the areola and then travels down. The scar continues from the bottom of the areola across the bottom pole of the breast down to the breast crease. It does not go horizontally along the crease.

    Lollipop Lift with a Small “T” or Side Extension

    This technique can be used for breasts with a more significant amount of sagging or droop as well as most breast reductions. This incision is the same as the Lollipop Lift described above but has a small extension well hidden in the breast crease. Typically, the incisions are much smaller and better hidden than the classic Anchor Scar described below. Dr. Lampert feels that both the Lollipop and the Lollipop with small extension seem to provide the breast with a better and longer-lasting shape with less “bottoming out” over time when compared to the classic Anchor Scar Technique.

    Crescent Lift

    The indications for this lift are far less common than the above-mentioned procedures. Some breasts with very minimal sagging can benefit from this technique, which removes a crescent-shaped section of tissue just above the areola. When the section is closed with sutures, a slight lift is created. The crescent lift leaves a scar on the upper half of the areolar margin. This lift is typically good for breast asymmetry cases or patients with flat, oval-shaped areola, or very asymmetric appearing areola. The problem with this lifting technique, in general, is the minimal lift that is created and the potential for the areola to be pulled into an oblong shape.

    Anchor Incision

    Dr. Lampert uses this technique much less frequently and reserves it only for the most severe cases of sagging. The incision circles the areola and continues vertically to the crease of the breast, finishing horizontally along the crease. Dr. Lampert prefers to use the Donut Lift or variations of the Lollipop Lift far more frequently and whenever possible.

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    Best Results Come from Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons

    The key to a successful breast lift is twofold:

    • Choosing the right technique to provide the reshaping and lift required while minimizing scarring.
    • And more importantly, choosing the right surgeon to perform the procedure.

    Dr. Lampert spends a large amount of time with each patient, answering questions, finding out their goals, presenting solutions and alternatives—all with the intention that their surgery meets or exceeds their expectations. Dr. Lampert stays current on the latest developments in all aspects of plastic surgery. He attends conferences throughout the year and presents his own findings in peer-reviewed publications. Contact his office for an initial examination and consultation. Find out how you can have the youthful look that only a skilled surgeon can restore.

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    What Will My Consultation With Dr. Lampert Entail?

    Dr. Lampert understands that it’s important you choose a surgeon who you can trust for your Miami breast lift procedure. This is why he has created an in-depth consultation process that allows you to gain the knowledge and information you need to move forward without being pressured or rushed. He listens carefully to patients and engineers a surgical plan that is tailored to their goals, unique anatomical variables, and their busy lifestyles.

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