Breast Lift in Sarasota & Tampa, FL

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Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy) in Sarasota by Dr. Jiles

For most women, the appearance of their breasts is likely to change over time as major life changes affect their bodies. Breast tissue can become thinned, and thinning skin will stretch over time, causing the breasts to appear sagging or “drooping.” Changes like this can occur with weight gain and subsequent weight loss, after pregnancy and breast feeding, and also as a result of the the natural aging process of the breasts. The medical term to address this is breast ptosis, pronounced “toh-sis.” There are varying degrees of breast ptosis classified based on the level of the nipple in relation to the surrounding breast tissue. Regardless of the grade of ptosis, Dr. Jiles will be able to evaluate your breasts and discuss with you options for a breast lift ( also known as mastopexy) surgery.

Dr. Jiles of Sarasota Surgical Arts is a cosmetic surgeon with extensive fellowship training in mastopexy and a certified member of six different medical boards. Dr. Jiles offers mastopexy surgery in Sarasota, Fl.

What is Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Surgery?

A breast lift (or mastopexy) is a surgery removes mostly excess skin, and also some breast tissue to effectively lift the entire breast to a more appealing shape on the breast wall. The procedure can easily be combined with a breast augmentation, if desired, to add increased upper breast fullness, projection, and cleavage. The end result is the breasts are reshaped and lifted to their proper position on the chest wall. The procedure may be customized within reason according to the desired resultant breast size.

Motivations for a Breast Lift

Most women seeking to lift their breasts are experiencing one or more of the following :

  • “drooping”appearance of the breast with the nipples lower than they used to be, or pointing toward the floor
  • excess sagging skin of the breast
  • asymmetry, either naturally or as result of breast feeding, one breast may be lower than the other- a breast lift will be customized to match the size and shape of the breasts
  • when not wearing a bra, the breasts seem to fall flat against with the chest without shape or volume

Advantages of Breast Lift:

  • lifts the nipples and breasts, to form a more perky, ideal shape
  • can be done using only the patients’ natural tissues
  • OR, it may be done with an addition of an implant (mastopexy augmentation) to give more volume, cleavage, and projection as well
  • the areola (pigmented skin around the nipple) is reduced to proportional, smaller shape
  • may help with intertrigo ( itchy rash that develops in the skin fold under a drooping breast )
  • improve confidence
  • during the procedure, excess skin lateral to the breasts may easily be removed in an axilloplasty if needed
  • liposuction in the preaxilla (the front of the armpit) may also be done to further contour the shape of the new breast

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?

Ideal candidates are not smokers, or are able to stop all nicotine products and vaping for 1 month prior and 1 month after the surgery. This is important for blood supply to the nipples and the skin of the breasts. In general, good candidates for elective surgery do not have uncontrolled medical conditions, and their BMI is ideally under 39. These things do not necessarily exclude you from having a breast lift with Dr. Jiles. If these areas are a concern, be sure to ask Dr. Jiles and she will make arrangements to best have your needs met to make the surgery as safe as possible.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Before and After: What to Expect

Your Consult With Dr. Jiles:

You will have your consultation with Dr. Jiles at Sarasota Surgical Arts, where she will get your detailed medical history and do a breast exam. At that time, it is particularly important to discuss your exact goals for the breast lift (or lift with augmentation), and bring up any history relevant to your breast health such as family history of cancer or recent mammograms. If implants are desired, Dr. Jiles will help you choose the material ( silicone vs saline) and the size right for you.

Breast Lift with Augmentation Surgery:

Your surgery will be performed at the accredited outpatient surgery center at Sarasota Surgical Arts. On the day of your breast lift and augmentation surgery a licensed anesthesia provider will place you under general anesthesia. During that time you will be closely monitored by them for your safety and comfort.

During the surgery, local anesthetic will be injected into the breasts to assist with postoperative comfort and to control bleeding during the procedure. The majority of the excess breast skin from the bottom of the breast is removed, and nipples are resized to an appropriate, proportional size and rotated upward into place. Implants are placed under the muscle at that time as well. The whole procedure takes approximately 3 to 3.5 hours depending on the breast size and contouring necessary.

As you recover, you will be assisted by one of our excellent nursing staff and find that you have a soft, compressive surgical bra in place. You will have post operative medications prescribed such as pain medication to keep you comfortable, as well as antibiotics.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Recovery Timeline:​

Anticipate approximately 1 to 2 weeks off from work following the procedure to optimize the comfort of your recovery. The worst phase of your post operative pain will subside after the first few days. If implants were placed, it is typical to feel heaviness in your chest. You will need to avoid driving for about 2 weeks until it is comfortable for you to wear your seat belt. You will be instructed to refrain from heavy exercise for 4 to 6 weeks, and avoid lifting over 5 pounds for the same amount of time. Typically, a soft non restrictive bra ( sports bra) is encouraged until 3 months after the surgery to allow the tissues to “settle.”

Breast Lift (Mastopexy) Results: What To Expect

You will immediately notice the difference in the appearance of your breasts after surgery. The breasts may feel firm and tender for the first month after surgery, and will continue to soften and “settle” as they heal. If implants were placed, they initially appear high on the chest wall, and will “settle” into place slowly over the first three months after surgery. The incisions are surrounding the areolas, straight down the middle of the breast, and underneath the breast (anchor configuration). They will appear as red lines on fair skin and darker lines on dark skin as they heal, and will slowly lighten over the course of a year.

Premier Breast Lift by Dr. Emily Jiles

Dr. Jiles has extensive fellowship training in breast lift surgery. With skill, and a perfectionist eye she will help you achieve the desired look for your breasts.

Sarasota Surgical Arts is a safe, state -of -the- art surgical facility that provides the highest standards in cosmetic surgery. All surgeries that Dr. Jiles provides are performed at this facility in Sarasota, Florida.

Breast Lift Pricing with Dr. Jiles

To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Emily Jiles, call us at (941) 867-7682.