Procedures that we offer


Breast Lift

With a breast lift, you can restore your breasts to a more youthful position or provide subtle enhancement. This procedure is for patients who want to improve their breasts without increasing their size. Gaia Plastic Surgery offers this and other breast surgery procedures to the residents in the Miami, FL area.

What is a Breast Lift or Mastopexy Surgery?

A breast lift is a breast surgery technique used to eliminate excess skin from the breasts to help raise them to a higher, more youthful position. If you have experienced changes in the breast caused by pregnancy, weight loss, aging, or other factors, a breast lift is a great solution. With a breast lift, Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez can reshape, reposition, and increase the volume of your breasts at Gaia Plastic Surgery in Miami, FL.


Am I a Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?

Like most body contouring procedures, breast lifts are not the best solution for every patient. To ensure your results are long-lasting, patients must be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a stable, healthy weight.

Medical conditions like diabetes and tobacco products can interfere with the post-surgical healing process and could lead to complications. Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez will ask about your medical history and conduct a comprehensive examination during your initial consultation to determine if a breast lift is right for you. We recommend that patients prolong getting a breast lift until they no longer plan on having children because pregnancy can impact your results.


How Does a Breast Lift Work?

This procedure works by repositioning the tissue up higher to eliminate sagging and removes excess skin for a more youthful silhouette. A breast lift can correct:

  • Sagging or asymmetrical breasts
  • Downward pointing and drooping nipples
  • Stretched or enlarged areolas
  • Decreased breast volume
  • Chest skin folds

What Can I Expect from a Breast Lift Procedure?

A breast lift is performed under general anesthesia at our state-of-the-art facility in Miami, FL. This procedure is typically completed within three and a half hours. Once you are anesthetized, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez will make discreet incisions to minimize scarring underneath the breast or around the areola.

Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez specializes in dermal suspension mastopexy, which utilizes the excess tissue to increase the fullness of your upper breast. Although this is a lengthier procedure, it helps to create a youthful contour and minimizes post-surgical complications. After the breast tissue is repositioned, tightened, and the skin has been removed, the necessary bandages and compression garments are applied to help minimize bruising and swelling.


What Are the Costs for a Breast Lift?

The typical cost for a breast lift near Miami, FL, ranges from $6,000 – $12,000. Variables that determine your cost include:

  • Surgeon
  • Geographic region
  • The complexity of the procedure

What Can I Expect During Recovery from a Breast Lift?

After surgery, most of our patients stay in our surgical facility for a few hours. When you are released, make sure you have a family member or friend available to drive you home and stay with you for the first day during recovery. Immediately after your breast lift procedure, you will need to wear gauze and a surgical bra, and you can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and related symptoms for the first few days. Additional discomfort and numbness in the nipples may persist for a few weeks.

Avoid participating in physical activity or any activities that could place stress on your body or treatment areas. You can return to these activities in about eight weeks after the procedure. You can usually return to your normal routine in about two weeks. You will see your final results as the swelling fades and your incision lines heal over a few months. Patients can typically return to their normal routine within two weeks. Your final results will become evident as swelling fades and incision lines heal over the next few months.


Breast Reduction Surgery

Patients with larger breasts often develop back pain due to the weight of their breasts. Patients undergoing a breast reduction will achieve a more youthful look with smaller, lighter breasts. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and it is usually completed in 2 to 3 hours with a recovery time of one to two weeks.

What is a Breast Reduction?

A breast reduction is the reshaping of the breast. This is done by removing excess breast tissue to enhance them to a size that better fits a patient’s needs and proportions. In many cases, having larger breasts can place unnecessary stress on the shoulders, back, and neck. This can make it difficult to perform certain activities and can also serve as a source of regular discomfort. After a breast reduction, patients can achieve improved comfort, quality of life, and self-esteem.


What is the cost of a Breast Reduction in Miami, FL?

The typical cost for Breast Reduction from $3,500 to $7,000. A few of the variables that determine the costs of a procedure will vary by surgeon, geographic region, and complexity of the procedure.

What Can I Expect When Recovering from a Breast Reduction?

Immediately after your breast reduction procedure, you will need to wear gauze and a surgical bra. Swelling, bruising, and related symptoms will occur over a few days following surgery, with additional discomfort persisting for a few weeks.

You should avoid participating in physical activity or any other activities that can place stress on the body or the surgical area. You can return to your normal activities roughly four to eight weeks after the procedure.


Following your breast reduction, you should plan for the following:

  • 1-2 weeks off from work if non-physical
  • No driving while taking narcotic medication
  • No drains in the majority of cases
  • Swelling for 1-2 weeks
  • Bruising for 1-2 weeks
  • Resume physical activities at 2-3 weeks, and back to normal at six weeks
  • Follow-up appointments after one week, six weeks, six months, and one year

How is the Breast Reduction Completed?

The breast reduction surgery is done in an accredited AAAASF and state-certified facility under general anesthesia. The procedure takes about two and a half to three hours and is done as an outpatient procedure.

What Results Can I Expect After My Breast Reduction?

You can expect an increase in comfort due to the removal of the excess weight on your back, neck, and shoulders. With Dr. Clavijo’s expertise, you can also expect natural-looking, shapely long-lasting results. Results can be impacted by weight gain, so patients are encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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