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What Is a Breast Lift with Implants?

A combination of breast augmentation and breast lift surgery, breast augmentation with lift can enhance the size, shape, and position of the breasts in one operation. Also known as breast augmentation 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. An increasingly popular procedure, breast lift with augmentation is designed to improve the appearance of the breasts in multiple ways. 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 a 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 breastfeeding. 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.

How to Tell if You Need a Breast Lift with Implants

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 Lift Vs. Breast Augmentation with Lift

Both a breast lift and breast augmentation mastopexy can elevate the breasts to achieve a more youthful appearance, but there are some important distinctions between these two procedures. A breast lift simply lifts the breast, trims away excess tissue, and repositions the nipple. What it cannot achieve is increased fullness or size. In some cases, women may see their breast size decrease a small amount after a breast lift. If volume loss and size are concerns for you, a breast lift with implants can often provide the effects you’re looking for. Dr. Perry will go over all of the benefits of each approach, helping to guide you toward the ideal technique for your expressed goals.

What Happens During the 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.

Things to Consider with a Breast Augmentation with Lift

We want you to have the information you need to make the best decision about your care. Dr. Perry has provided the following details so you can be well-informed about what breast lift with implants can and cannot achieve. Call us if you have additional questions.

Many women experience breast asymmetry—where the breasts and/or nipples are different shapes or sizes. Breast augmentation with lift can help minimize this effect, but patients should not expect perfect symmetry as the body is not naturally perfectly symmetrical.

Long-Term Commitment
While they are typically long-lasting, breast implants are not designed for lifelong use. You should be prepared to have breast revision surgery at some point in the future, either to lift the breasts due to the natural aging process or to replace the implants, as you see fit.

Breast augmentation with lift can cause permanent changes to your body
While implants can be removed, breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast augmentation mastopexy are not “reversible” procedures per se. It’s important to understand how this operation will modify your body before beginning.

Financial responsibilities
Breast lift with implants is a cosmetic procedure, which means it will not be covered by medical insurance. You should be prepared to cover the cost of treatment, which includes a surgeon’s fee, hospital facility fee, anesthesia fee, and other healthcare expenses. We will review the full price of your cosmetic program with you in advance. In the unlikely event you experience complications, additional fees may apply.

What Are the Risks of Breast Augmentation Mastopexy?

All surgery entails some risk, and breast lift with implants presents its own set of potential issues you should be aware of. Some things to keep in mind when making your decision include:

More generally, surgical risks include:

For more information about breast lift with implants, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Perry, please contact our practice today.