Dr. Michael Byun

Innovator - Vertical Breast Lift


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A variety of factors such as weight loss, pregnancy, and breast feeding can result in ptotic or droopy breasts. There is no one size fits all solution to this real issue that many women experience. Only an experienced and knowledgeable board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Michael Byun has the ability to give such dramatic, natural, and beautiful results.

For example, the patient above was a size D cup but after losing weight went down to a C cup. She did not like the look of her breasts after the weight loss. Not only did she want her breasts lifted but she also wanted a more fuller look.

The last set of pictures illustrate the old and new position of the patient's nipples. The position of the nipples in relation to the inframammary fold is a critical factor in determining whether a breast lift (i.e., Mastopexy) is required. As you can see, the patient's nipple position is 2 inches below the inframammary fold and the nipples are pointing at a 45 degree angle towards the ground. In this case, the nipples must be correctly repositioned above the level of the inframammary fold and the breasts need to be lifted.

Unlike other plastic surgeons, Dr. Byun does not employ the anchor technique where a cut is made from the areola and below the areola with a wide cut east to west. Dr. Byun feels that this results in unnecessary scarring and can lead to an unnatural pancake-like look. Instead, Dr. Byun, a leading plastic surgeon, developed the Byun Vertical Mastopexy Lifting Technique.

As you can see, Dr. Byun's approach has the benefit of less scarring with beautiful and natural results. His artistic work was complemented with breast implants because the patient desired a fuller look

Even without implants, Dr. Byun's Vertical Mastopexy Lifting Technique has the benefit of projecting the breasts to give a more natural look. Please scroll down to see examples of patients who had a breast lift without an implant. The results speak for themselves.


The patient's goal for the surgery, degree of breast ptosis, amount of existing breast tissue, along with many other factors will determine the type of breast lift/reduction surgery. Only a highly qualified, highly skilled, and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Byun can make this assessment.

In the case of the patient above, she wanted a breast reduction and due to her pendulous breasts, she also needed a breast lift. She did not have breast implants before the surgery and she did not want implants after the surgery. As a result, Dr. Byun was able to safely reduce her breasts along with lifting her breasts while maintaining a natural look.

The post op photo was taken just 1 week after the surgery. The scars will dissolve over time. See the difference between going to a regular plastic surgeon versus a premier plastic surgeon like Dr. Byun.

Dr. Byun's office is located in Northbrook and Chicago, IL but is known world wide for his expertise in plastic and cosmetic surgery.


  • Breast Reduction and Lift
  • This patient is a former Playboy model. A vertical lift was done to augment the breast more centrally without giving the breasts a pancake look.
  • Breast Augmentation and Lift
  • This patient sought out Dr. Byun's work to improve her chest shape with a different, natural look. Through a small, vertical incision, Dr. Byun created a fuller, more-natural, teardrop-shaped breast that is more youthful to the shape of her body. In this unique case, Dr. Byun was able to customize the breast shape based on the patient's anatomy and previous breast shape.