Breast Lift With Augmentation
An increasingly popular procedure, breast lift with augmentation is designed to improve the appearance of the breasts in multiple ways. A combination of breast augmentation and breast lift surgery, this technique can enhance the size, shape, and position of the breasts in one operation. Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift with implants, or a breast augmentation with lift, this method can provide more comprehensive results for patients who would like fuller or larger breasts but who also experience breast ptosis—the medical term for sagging. Dr. Charles Perry, our board-certified plastic surgeon, customizes this approach to suit the unique needs and desired outcome of each patient. During your initial consultation, Dr. Perry can help you determine if breast augmentation, breast lift, or a combination of the two can optimize your results.
To learn more about breast lift with augmentation surgery, please contact our office today. We can answer your questions and help you schedule a consultation.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Lift With Implants?
There are many influences that can change the shape of the breasts over time. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight gain and loss, genetic predisposition, and the natural process of aging can affect the position and volume of the breasts. The supportive internal scaffolding also can relax and allow the nipple and areola to descend off of the breast itself and may end up pointing towards the ground. If you’ve noticed that your breasts have descended on your chest, have lost volume (appear “deflated”), or lack the fullness and lift associated with youth, breast lift with implants may be right for you.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Perry will evaluate your anatomic concerns and discuss your cosmetic goals. It’s important for you to be in good general health to undergo this procedure and have reasonable expectations. This procedure is often reserved for women who have completed their childbearing plans and are finished breast feeding. It is also a good idea to be at a weight that is easy to maintain so as to preserve the results of the lift. After determining which technique can help you achieve your desired outcome, Dr. Perry will then customize a treatment plan to optimize your results.
When Is a Lift Needed Rather Than Just an Implant?
It’s possible in some cases to reduce or eliminate signs of sagging with breast augmentation alone, depending on the size of the breast implant and the patient’s anatomical indicators, such as looseness of tissue and glandular support. However, this approach works best if the natural breasts are relatively small in size and the degree of ptosis is mild. If there is more significant skin laxity or the breasts are larger in size, using an implant in concert with a lift typically will provide the best possible result. Dr. Perry will explain all the options available to you during your initial meeting.
Breast Augmentation with Lift Procedure
Breast augmentation with lift surgery is very similar to breast lift surgery with the addition of an implant. Therefore, the number and size of the incisions will depend on the type of lift you receive. There are three main breast lift techniques—concentric, “lollipop,” and “anchor-shaped”—and Dr. Perry will discuss which one offers you the best outcome. You can read more about each approach on our breast lift page.
Another consideration will be the type of breast implant to use. Again, there are many choices here, including saline and silicone, round and shaped, as well as textured and smooth. Dr. Perry will explain the merits of each option and provide guidance to help you make your final decision. To determine the ideal size for your goals, you may “try on” the implant and see how it looks. The most important part of this process is that you feel comfortable and heard. We understand that this experience is exciting, but we also recognize that the number of choices can seem a bit overwhelming sometimes. If you have any questions, we hope you won’t hesitate to ask.
For more information about breast lift with implants, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Perry, please contact our practice today.