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All About Breast Lifts

breast lift mastopexyAs women age, they often notice changes to their breasts, especially following childbirth and breastfeeding. While it’s true that changes like sagging or drooping are part of the normal aging process, the good news is that if you are unhappy with the look of your breasts, there is a relatively simple procedure called a breast lift that can help reposition, reshape and rejuvenate your breasts to restore a more youthful appearance.

What is a breast lift?

If you’re happy with the size and volume of your breasts but want a perkier look, then a basic breast lift (mastopexy) — a procedure that reshapes and lifts your breast tissue — may be just right for you.

During this procedure, your surgeon will likely remove a substantial amount of skin to help your breast go back to a more aesthetically pleasing position. If you also want to reduce the size of your nipple and its surrounding area (areola), it can be done at the same time.

If you’d like your breasts to be more lifted and larger, you can get those results with a mastopexy with a breast augmentation procedure. Your surgeon will reposition your breasts, and also use a breast implant to increase their volume.

And finally, if you’d like more lifted and smaller breasts, your best option is a mastopexy with a breast reduction. If you currently have implants you’d like to have replaced with smaller implants, we can offer several options.

Where are the incisions made?

Excess skin is removed from all over the breast. The exact location of the incisions depends on how much skin needs to be removed. However, there is always one incision around the areola and one that goes in a straight line down to the fold of the breast. Sometimes, a small incision is also needed in the fold underneath the breast. Your surgeon will discuss with you your unique needs and will be able to show you where your incisions will likely be prior to your surgery.

How long will it take me to recover?

While it may take several months to see the final results from your breast lift, your actual recovery typically happens within a few weeks. You can expect to have some bruising and swelling during that time. You’ll also have stitches and bandages covering your incisions.

Since the procedure doesn’t affect the muscles of the chest, the pain is usually minimal and easily managed. In fact, many patients are able to go off pain medication within a few days after surgery, and back to work within 10 days.

You should plan to avoid intense activities, such as upper-body workouts, for four to six weeks.

Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?

A breast lift can produce remarkable improvement in the appearance of your breasts, but there are limitations to what the surgery can accomplish. As long as you’re in good health and have realistic expectations, you’re a good candidate. Some lifestyle choices, like smoking, increase your risks and can have a negative impact on healing, so being a non-smoker is ideal.

Your surgeon will talk with you about your medical history, as well as assess your current health, before scheduling any cosmetic procedure.

Emory Aesthetic Center

At Emory Aesthetic Center, we’re committed to making your cosmetic surgery experience a positive one. Our team of highly skilled surgeons are happy to answer questions that you may have, so you fully understand what you can expect during and after your breast lift procedure.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and speak to a cosmetic surgeon about the approach that’s right for you.

About Dr. Miotto

Gabriele C. Miotto, MD, is an assistant professor of surgery in the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, and the associate program director of the Emory Aesthetic Center Fellowship Program. She is fellowship-trained in aesthetic and oculoplastic surgery and certified by the Georgia Composite Medical Board as well as the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Miotto is also certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners.


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Ask the Doctor: Breast Augmentation Surgery & Recovery

Breast AugmentationOK ladies, if you’re reading this blog, most likely, you have been thinking about or at one point have thought about breast surgery. Maybe you’ve even seen a physician for consultation. And maybe the only thing stopping you from having your breast surgery is the concern about your recovery. Let me review what to expect after breast augmentation surgery to help you decide if it is the right time for you.

Breast augmentation surgery is a very popular procedure, and one of the reasons for that is the fast recovery time. The procedure takes about an hour to perform under general anesthesia. It is considered an outpatient procedure because it does not require you to stay overnight in the hospital. Immediately after surgery, you may have some nausea as the anesthesia wears off, but you are treated with medications to prevent this from becoming a major issue. You will not be discharged from the facility until you are feeling well enough to leave and your pain is under control.

These days breast augmentation can be done in a variety of ways, and each of these techniques can affect the necessary recovery. Augmentation can be done with either implants or fat retrieved by liposuction. Implants can be placed above the muscle (sub glandular) or below the muscle (sub pectoral). Having the implants placed below the muscle typically has the longest recovery time, though usually only by a few days. What works well for some of my patients is having surgery on a Thursday or a Friday, and then taking the following week off of work to recover.

As you consider your recovery, it is a good idea to take into account your job requirements or your daily routine. If you have a very physical job, more than a week may be needed for recovery. Similarly, if you are running around after small children, extra hands to help will be appreciated for a longer duration.

As far as returning to exercise, it is reasonable to take walks or ride a bike about a week after surgery. I would wait at least 2 weeks to begin any rigorous exercise routine. You will likely still be sore and won’t want to do it anyhow.

Finally, I caution you not to go out and buy new super pretty bras immediately after surgery. It will be tempting, trust me. After surgery, we provide a supportive bra for comfort. There will be weeks of swelling, and your final breast size will generally result 4-6weeks after surgery. Your physician can guide you during the recovery period as to when it would be a good time to invest in nice ones. What to do with all your gently worn bras that no longer fit? Consider donating them to a worthy cause. Visit for information.

I hope this brief review helps in your decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery. If you have additional questions or would like to be evaluated by one of the board-certified cosmetic surgeons at the Emory Aesthetic Center, call us for a complimentary consultation to determine what would be best for you and your desires.

About Dr. Anderson

Erica Anderson, MDErica Anderson, MD, is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and currently holds an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Emory University. Dr. Anderson completed her general surgery residency and plastic surgery residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and associated hospitals in Denver, CO. She completed a year of advanced training in Aesthetic Surgery at Grotting Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Anderson returns to Emory University after being in private practice in Arlington, Virginia. While there, she maintained a busy aesthetic and reconstructive practice and also served as Medical Director for the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center at Virginia Hospital Center.

Dr. Anderson’s academic and research interests are largely focused on clinical outcomes with regards to cosmetic surgery. Her areas of clinical interest are diverse including cosmetic surgery of the breast and body as well chest wall reconstruction and wound care.

Dr. Anderson is married with 3 children, Trent, Connor and Fiona, and 2 vizslas, Max and Mimi.