If you’re experiencing sagging and drooping breasts and a loss of breast volume, you might want to consider a breast lift that combines augmentation surgery using implants. When performed alone, the breast lift and breast augmentation will enhance your breast shape, but it may fall short of your desired look if you have both sagging and loss of volume. In this case, the breast lift with implants combined is a popular option to get both a perky and full look.
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How does it work?
Known as augmentation mastopexy, a breast lift with augmentation combines two popular forms of breast surgery. A breast lift helps to raise your breasts and reduce sagginess. It also helps to reduce overly large areolas. A breast lift is performed by removing excess tissue is and crafting the breast into a tighter, firmer shape and tightening the areolas to garner a perkier, more youthful appearance. Breast augmentation surgery, on the other hand, helps reshape and add volume to your breasts. By combining both surgery techniques, you get the added bonus of a lift with the volume building look of implants. Having both of these surgeries also help prevent your nipples from pointing downward.
WHAT DOES A BREAST LIFT DO:
What does a Breast Augmentation Do:
What are the benefits of a Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation:
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Do I have choices for the look I want?
Yes. You will have the opportunity to talk with your surgeon about the best options available to you. By combining both surgeries into one, you’ll consider the right implant for your shape and size and learn about the differences between different incisions and different types and kinds of implants.
What are my options?
For your breast lift, you’ll first need to talk with your surgeon about how much excess skin will need to be removed and how much of your breast tissue can be relocated. This will depend on your specific breast shape. Once you’ve been considered a candidate for the surgery, you’ll learn about which lift will be right for you and your implants. Then, your implant will be inserted through your lift incision. There are four types of lift incisions available but usually your breast lift with augmentation using implants will be given a lollipop incision that cuts at the crease of the breast vertically up to and surrounding the nipple. The implant will then be inserted.
Am I a candidate?
There are several things to consider if you want to have a breast lift with augmentation using implants. If you want perkier, firmer breasts but also want a larger cup size or more volume in your breasts, then a breast lift with augmentation using implants is the right choice for you. Your breasts will continue to grow for many years so you must be over 18 years old to have saline implants and over 22 to have silicone implants.
What should I expect at my consultation?
Make sure you look for a fully-trained and experienced surgeon for your breast lift with augmentation using implants. Your plastic surgeon will meet with you in person before doing your surgery. Your surgeon will take breast measurements that include your height and the distance between your nipples and your breast crease. Then, your surgeon will listen to your hoped outcomes and explain to you what is possible. If you are a good candidate for surgery, your doctor will walk you through the expected results you will achieve from surgery.
You’ll also walk through the procedure, learn what to expect from surgery, choose the right lift for your breasts and the right implants, and be given the chance to ask any necessary questions that you may have. (Make sure to bring a list of questions so you don’t forget the important things you want to ask while you’re in the appointment!)
What will happen before, during and after my surgery?
Prior to surgery, you’ll be given instructions to follow which may mean avoiding eating after midnight and special bathing instruction. Your surgery will most likely take place in an outpatient surgery center or a hospital and you’ll likely be able to go home the very same day. Depending on your exact needs, your surgery should last about three hours.
You will be given a general anesthesia which will knock you out for the procedure. You won’t feel any pain at all during your procedure. For the breast lift portion of your surgery, extra skin will be removed from the breasts. Then, lifting and reshaping of the breasts will take place and your areolae will be moved to a higher position if necessary. Your breast augmentation will take place during this time and your implant will be inserted through your breast lift incision.
After surgery, you’ll wake up in the recovery room and you’ll be monitored until you wake up from anesthesia and are able to go home. Whoever is driving you home from surgery will be updated on your progress during your surgery. You’ll want someone available to stay with you at your home at least through the first 24 to 48 hours after your surgery.
After your procedure, you’ll be given instructions for your recovery which might include pain management, healing and looking for the following side effects:
The side effects that you’ll be looking for are the same that you would have after a separate breast lift or a separate breast augmentation. Look for signs of excessive bleeding and bruising, you’ll have some, of course, but make sure it isn’t anything out of the ordinary. Keep an eye out for redness, pus at the incision site or the leakage fluid. All of these could mean an infection and will warrant a trip to the ER immediately. You’ll have some puffiness or swelling but look for this on other areas of your body. Keep an eye on your pain level and see if you have nausea or vomiting in excess. As you heal, look out for scar tissue and make sure to attend all follow-up appointments.
You’re recovery time will take about six weeks on average. Make sure to take at least a week off of work as you won’t be able to resume any normal activities until the second week after your surgery. During your recovery, your breasts will be wrapped by a special bra that will allow everything to heal properly. No underwire should be worn for at least eight weeks! You’ll usually wear this special bra for the first two months to allow for proper healing. If you have stitches or sutures, you’ll see your doctor to remove them and check on your healing at a follow-up appointment. Your doctor will give you more exact recovery instructions depending on your specific case. You’ll most likely avoid sexual activity, lifting or straining for a at least a few weeks after surgery.
Results, Maintenance & Follow up
You’ll love the results from a breast lift that’s combined with augmentation. If your breasts appear higher than you previously discussed, remember that it will take six to eight weeks for your breasts to settle down into their final place. Continue to go to follow-up appointments to make sure your implants are staying in the right place. If healing goes as planned, you’ll notice the results of your breast surgery immediately though it will take about six to eight weeks to see final results. You’ll want to make sure to follow-up with your doctor to make sure your healing is on track and that everything looks great with your final results. If you have any scarring, it will fade about one to two years after the surgery.
Who should I consult for breast lift/augmentation surgery?
The surgeons at Pure Plastic Surgery are the best of the best when it comes to handling issues of the breast. Always seek out a fully-trained plastic surgeon and someone you can feel comfortable asking questions of. Together, you’ll get an end product everyone can be proud of.