Orlando based board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Armando Soto performs breast lift surgery (also known as a mastopexy) to reposition or correct deflated and sagging breasts. The procedure utilizes a tightening technique that removes excess skin from around the breasts to create a perky appearance. Breast lift surgery does not increase the size of breasts, but improves the position, shape, firmness, and appearance of low hanging or droopy breasts. Patients who undergo this procedure and wish to enhance their cup size, often receive a breast augmentation as well. At Aesthetic Enhancements Plastic Surgery in Orlando, Dr. Soto’s goal during a mastopexy is to contour the breasts to a more youthful, attractive position on the chest wall to produce a natural and flattering appearance.
During a breast lift procedure, incisions will be made around the skin-color line of the areola. It may extend vertically, down to the crease of the breast in the shape of a lollipop, or extend further to a horizontal incision following the breast crease. How extensive the incision will be depends on the beginning shape of the breasts, your goals, and the quantity and qualities of your skin and tissues. The excess skin will be trimmed away and the underlying tissues tightened. The remaining tissues and skin are then re-shaped and closed using sutures. An implant placed underneath the chest muscle may also supplement the lift as it can provide additional support and provide the patient's desired firmness.
Women who contemplate undergoing breast lift surgery often wonder what the incisions will look like and how bad the scarring will be after the procedure. The incisions vary depending on how severe the breast sagging is and how much tissue volume is present. The most common incisions are noted below.
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola;
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast;
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast, and another horizontal line following the direction of the breast fold.
Breast Lift Reviews
"A Special Doctor - Orlando, FL - I came to Dr. Armando Soto a year ago for my first consultation for breast lift and augmentation. I finally had my procedure done and I could not be happier with the outcome. Dr.Soto is truly a professional in his area. He explained with detail what I needed to have done to provide me with the best outcome for my body. I am so happy that I let him do what was best for me because it truly looks amazing. He is the best at what he does. His staff is also out of this world. The make you feel relaxed, comfortable, and are all very knowledgeable. I could not have picked a better place to have my procedure done. This office is excellent. "- F. / RealSelf / Nov 17, 2014
"32 Years Old, breast lift with implants and tummy tuck - Orlando, FL - Born into a family of large breasted women, I was the flat chested one lol! I've wanted breast implants ever since I was a teenager, and wanted a tummy tuck after having my first child and seeing what pregnancy did to my once flat tight tummy. Once I got enough money, I knew I'd never get the opportunity again and decided to be selfish and do something for myself for once! I am so glad I did it and cannot wait to be fully healed and the once again hottie feeling comfortable in a 2 piece bathing suit again! I know I stayed glued to this site for months leading up to my surgery and hope my story and pics can help someone, just like everyone else's helped me!!Also I think my pics may be out of order, but I have dated them, sorry!!! "- L. / RealSelf / Jan 01, 2015
"Better Than I Anticipated. Orlando, FL - It's been 3 years since my mommy makeover, which consisted of a tummy tuck and breast lift. I could not be happier with my results immediately after surgery and now, 3 years later. I feel confident in a bikini, jeans look much better and overall the surgery improved my confidence. I have gained and lost a few pounds over the 3 years and at one point I had abs! Thank you Dr. Soto!"- D. / RealSelf / Nov 08, 2014
"Tummy Tuck Got Rid of my Post Pregnancy Belly - I know any mom can relate to this one...Post pregnancy, you leave the hospital with a bundled basket of joy, husband is smiling, baby is drooling, and life resumes to a happy normal status. One week, three weeks, six months, four years......baby gets big, and your belly gets even bigger! Life resumes where it stopped during the nine months of your pregnancy, yet your body does not begin to take shape of the prior you. I experienced this saga, and woke up one day and I was over it! I stopped eating away my disappointment in my mommy body. I dropped a few pounds, and I decided to get healthy and happy! I was missing a great life with a growing child. Getting healthy involves feeling well and looking well. After losing 40 lbs I was left with the stomach of an 80 year old. I made the amazing decision to visit Dr. Armando Soto in Bayhill. The procedure wasn't exactly painless, but neither was giving birth, and the staff certainly treats you 100 times better than the nurses in the delivery room! I had a complete tummy tuck, a breast lift, and augmentation. In a matter of 6 hours I became a whole new me! To any mom who has been left with the "mommy belly" in the Orlando area visits Dr. Soto. If you will spend the pain on birth, spend it on yourself too. If you will spend the money on a car, spend it on yourself too. If you will spend the time on vacation, spend it on yourself too. I think I covered all excuses.... time, money, and pain. They will seem nominal after you realize that being well is the best gift to yourself of all! JUST DO IT! "- N. / RealSelf / Jul 06, 2009
"Extraordinary - Lake Butler, FL - I have had two children and have lost a lot of weight. I was not happy with the way my breasts looked and wanted an enhancement. I am a medical professional and am very particular with every aspect of my healthcare. Dr. Soto came highly recommended and I had done thorough research prior to making an appointment. I made an appointment with Dr. Soto, and when I walked out...I had made my decision. The staff was friendly and attentive. Dr. Soto was thorough and caring, and spent as much time as I needed to discuss what I wanted. I had a breast lift with implants a year ago and could not be happier. I cannot wait to plan my next procedure. Thank you Dr. Soto for making me feel comfortable and for giving me my confidence back. "- T. / RealSelf / May 21, 2015
Breast lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia at our accredited surgery facility. On average, the procedure will take between 2 and 3 hours. The recovery will vary as some patients will have had a breast lift in combination with a reduction surgery, or with augmentation using implants. Regardless, patients will be encouraged to move around within the first 48 hours. Activities such as carrying heavy objects or any activity that puts pressure on the chest must be avoided. Most patients can resume daily activities within a day or two, but exercise and other activities requiring exertion or upper body work should not be attempted until you are cleared by Dr. Soto. There will be some scarring associated with this procedure, but with attention to the care prescribed by Dr. Soto, they will heal and fade to a surprisingly inconspicuous and faint appearance.
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Breast Lift FAQs
Lift or Augmentation?
The option recommended for you will depend on your aesthetic goals, the qualities of your tissues and skin, and the current breast form. A breast lift will help correct a sagging, drooping, or deflated breast. Many times after this surgery, patients are happy with their breast size because the lift alone creates a fuller looking breast. If the patient wishes to have more volume and increase the breast size, implants or fat transfer may be recommended. Before surgery, a thorough consultation and assessment will be provided, and Dr. Soto will advise you if a lift alone is all that is needed, or if an augmentation and a lift may be done as a combination surgery, or in stages.
It is common in a breast lift procedure that the nipple is repositioned and resized so that it looks proportional to the newly shaped breast. When excess skin is trimmed away, a portion of an overly stretched areola (the colored skin around the nipple) is simultaneously trimmed away. The goal is for the nipple and areola to be within a normal size and position.
How Bad Is Scarring?
When incisions are made to trim away the skin, scars are an inevitable part of the process. Plastic surgeons are experts when it comes to minimizing scarring with precise techniques when it comes to incisions and suturing. A post-surgery scar care program will be recommended, and patients are strongly encouraged to follow the plan so that healing is healthy and quick.