Breast lift restores feminine contours in Miami, FL
Whether you are single and looking, or in a comfortable, long-term relationship; a high-powered business professional or a busy full-time mom; small framed or buxom; in your 30s, 40s, or beyond; you no doubt care about your appearance. With a breast lift procedure at The Nathan Clinic in Miami, FL, clothing fits better and you feel confident in your self-image.
Perky breasts – a naturally appealing characteristic
Beginning at a tender age, a female’s breasts begin to develop. A small bump, referred to as a breast bud, starts to form beneath the nipple. As the child approaches puberty, breasts continue to enlarge as milk-production glands and fatty tissues grow. Areolas reach their natural size, and nipples become more prominent and darker. The process is usually complete by about age 18.
Our society finds firm, well-positioned breasts attractive for several very logical reasons.
Skin and breast tissue are at their peak in the early 20s: thick, firm and elastic. Muscle mass is dense and strong. Cooper’s ligaments, connective tissues that lend structural integrity to breasts, are tight and resilient. Posture is usually at its best. At this stage of life, most women have not yet had a pregnancy.
These combined factors support round breast shape, placement high on the chest, and outward (or slightly upward) facing nipple position. Thus, the human eye immediately acknowledges these characteristics as a sign of youthfulness, no matter how old a woman might be. The appeal of this body shape is in our DNA, as it indicates a healthy potential mate.
Why breasts sag
Unfortunately, the converse is also true. Sagging breasts – a condition called ptosis – with distorted shape and downward facing nipples make even a young woman look and feel older.
Beginning in late 20s, the female body passes the point of full maturation, and transitions from growth to the process of aging. Existing stores of collagen and elastin in skin are gradually depleted. The body produces less of these fibrous proteins, so is not able to keep up with demand. Skin gets thinner and dryer, and is prone to laxity. Connective tissues such as Cooper’s ligaments gradually break down, stretching and losing strength. With each passing year, it also gets more difficult to maintain muscle tone and mass.
Heredity is a big factor in determining the pace at which body changes happen. Plus, these traits of physical aging are accelerated by exposure to ultraviolet light, smoking, unhealthy BMI (body mass index), and weight fluctuations.
Pregnancy also has a great deal of impact on ptosis, and it increases with each pregnancy. During gestation, breasts enlarge as milk glands become productive, then become engorged during lactation. The skin jacket encasing breasts stretches to accommodate increased size. Post-partum hormonal changes eventually stop milk production and glands atrophy. Interior breast tissues shrink, but skin does not contract.
As a result, breasts flatten above the nipple. As fatty tissues droops, breasts develop a tubular shape and nipples point toward the floor. Tissues are slack. Cleavage disappears. While a well-fitting, supportive bra can disguise some of these changes, they remain evident in swimwear, nightwear, and without clothing. Breast lift plastic surgery helps to restore youthful-looking breasts . . . and self-confidence.
In Miami, FL, breast lift is customized to your needs
- Are you physically healthy?
- Is your weight stable?
- Are you a non-smoker?
- Are you concerned that breasts have lost shape or volume?
- Are your breasts elongated, pendulous, or flattened?
- When standing upright, without a bra, are nipples below the crease of the breast?
- Do nipples aim downward?
- Are areolas larger than you’d like?
- Does skin look stretched?
- Is there asymmetry, with one breast lower than the other?
The first step to restore breast shape is to call (305) 680-5121 for a consultation with Dr. Nirmal Nathan. During this unhurried conversation, Dr. Nathan asks questions to understand your breast enhancement goals. You discuss health status, medications, allergies, previous surgeries, and any recent mammogram/biopsy results. The procedure is explained in detail, including potential risks, and your questions are answered. Options to finance breast lift cost are also discussed.
If you decide to proceed, detailed measurements are taken, and breasts are photographed. Dr. Nathan evaluates skin quality, areola size, and nipple placement. He uses this information to recommend the most appropriate surgical technique and type of anesthesia.
- The crescent technique is an inverted C-shaped incision above the areola. This is the least invasive method, but only a small amount of lift can be achieved, and only for small breasts.
- With the donut technique, dual circular incisions are made around the areola. Again, this is a less invasive method for a small amount of lift and smaller breasts.
- The lollipop technique, with an incision around the areola extending vertically from nipple to breast crease, is a bit more invasive, but achieve a higher degree of lift.
- The anchor technique is most common. Skin is incised in an anchor pattern below the areola and extending to the sides and above the nipple. Underlying tissues are reshaped to improve contours, and lifted for firmness. Nipples and areolas are moved to the upper portion of the incision. The diameter of areolas can be reduced, as well. Excess skin is excised, and incisions are closed.
- Size can be augmented with breast implants, as part of a personalized breast lift procedure.
- Likewise, breast reduction can be combined with a breast lift.
The type of closure depends on which technique is used. In some cases, there are internal dissolving sutures, as well as external sutures. In either situation, incisions are protected with surgical dressing.
The big reveal
Breast lift is performed on an outpatient basis at The Nathan Clinic, so you return home in a few hours to begin recovery. You may be instructed to wear a surgical bra to support tissues while they heal. You receive full aftercare instructions, as well as prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics.
You will return to The Nathan Clinic in about a week to have drains (if any) and sutures removed.
Noticeable improvement is immediate with breast lift surgery. Swelling resolves within a few weeks, and breast shape and position settle over course of several months. While some scarring may be inevitable, Dr. Nathan uses a refined technique that typically fades to thin white lines over time. Though breast lift surgery cannot halt the aging process, with a healthy lifestyle, your beautiful new contours will last many years. You can become pregnant after a breast lift, but be aware that pregnancy may cause breast sagging to recur, requiring a follow-up procedure to maintain attractive positioning.
Discriminating women in Miami, FL trust their figures to the Board-certified plastic surgery skills of Dr. Nirmal Nathan. Call (305) 680-5121 to book a breast lift consult.