Breast Augmentation with a Lift
On its own, a breast augmentation can add size and fullness to the breasts for a larger, more shapely appearance, but it cannot significantly lift the breasts to a higher position on the chest wall. Likewise, a breast lift (mastopexy) can reshape and elevate the breasts for a more youthful contour and projection, but it cannot provide an increase in breast volume by itself.
For women interested in both lifting and enlarging the breasts, a combination of breast augmentation and mastopexy can often be an excellent cosmetic option. Referred to as breast augmentation with a lift or a breast lift with implants, this aesthetic procedure can correct sagging/drooping caused by excess breast skin while simultaneously improving the overall size and shape of the breasts with exceptionally natural-looking results. Although this treatment is not limited to a particular subset of women, I find that mothers who lost a considerable amount of breast volume following the cessation of breastfeeding tend to benefit the most from breast augmentation with a lift.
Benefits of a Breast Lift with Implants
A breast lift with implants can provide numerous benefits for qualified patients. Depending on one’s unique needs and cosmetic desires, this combination procedure can often help:
- Augment the size of the breasts
- Restore breast volume
- Remove extra breast skin
- Correct breast drooping/sagging
- Reposition the breasts higher on the chest
- Enhance breast shape and symmetry
- Elevate and resize the areolas
How Breast Augmentation with Lift Is Performed
In virtually all cases, I recommend that breast augmentation and breast lift surgery be performed at the same time as opposed to in separate stages. During the procedure, implants will first be carefully inserted through an inframammary incision. I sit the patient up, while asleep, and re-shape the breasts by folding and stapling the skin into place. I mark the created edges and remove the staples. This indicates the skin that requires removal. After removing the marked, redundant skin, the wounds are closed and a bulky, cotton dressing is placed.
The entire surgery usually takes about three hours to perform, and patients are generally able to return home under the care and supervision of a loved one later the same day.
Recovery from Breast Lift with Augmentation
Following breast lift with augmentation, I have found the best dressing to be thick cotton padding held in place with an extra long ace wrap. Bras have a tendency to dig in and cause ulcerations along the incisions where the skin has no feeling. Sutures come out after two weeks, a special bra is used, and support of the new breasts continues for six weeks with it. Some swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the breasts can be expected initially, but these symptoms should resolve over time. Any discomfort experienced can generally be alleviated with medication. All but the most strenuous jobs can be returned to in two to three weeks, and vigorous exercise or physical activities should be avoided for at least four to six weeks to help ensure proper healing.
Ultimately, the great majority of individuals are extremely happy with the final results of their breast augmentation with a lift. In fact, this procedure has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of all the treatments I perform here at Aesthetic Surgery of Virginia.