Combination breast lift and augmentation, or augmentation mastopexy, is a procedure designed to correct the two most common changes that occur in breast appearance following pregnancy: loss of breast volume, and stretching of breast skin.
While there are some moms who can get acceptable cosmetic results from augmentation or mastopexy alone, many have a combination of breast volume loss and skin excess that requires simultaneous augmentation and mastopexy.
An augmentation mastopexy can reverse these effects and restore the shape and youthful appearance of your breasts. This surgical procedure raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Many patients who have undergone a breast augmentation mastopexy feel that their figure is rejuvenated, and report having a breast profile that is more youthful, lifted, and firm.
This highly individualized procedure is done through the use of many different incision patterns and techniques, and is often performed in conjunction with breast implants.
In addition to recently pregnant women, augmentation mastopexy is commonly performed on major weight loss patients, including those who have had bariatric surgery. This is because obesity followed by major weight loss usually produces breast changes that are similar to those seen after successive pregnancies. Often, the effect on breast skin is quite severe. Other patients are primarily interested in increasing their breast volume, but have enough breast drooping, or ptosis to make the appearance of breast augmentation alone odd and unappealing. Placing implants behind breasts with significant ptosis creates the appearance of breasts hanging off of a pair of implants, which looks distinctly unnatural and aesthetically unappealing.
These patients are best served by augmentation mastopexy, which in addition to increasing breast volume restores the position of the nipple-areola complex to the top of the breast mound, tightens the lower pole and lifts the breast.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Lift With Augmentation
Can breast lift and breast augmentation procedures be performed on the same surgery?
Yes. Breast implants can easily be included in a breast lift procedure to add volume. This can come with benefits since you’ll only require one procedure, one recovery period, and one expense.
How long does a breast lift with implants take to heal?
You should expect to take about two weeks off of work and social events to recover. However, your final results can continue to emerge over the course of a few months while swelling subsides.
When can I return to work after breast augmentation and lift?
This can depend on the nature of your job. If you work in an office and aren’t required to lift or move, you can generally return to work within a week or more. If your job is more physical, you may need longer. Dr. Ashruf can give you the best idea of your recovery timeframe during your consultation.
Can breast lift with implants provide symmetrical breasts?
Yes. With breast surgery, your plastic surgeon can approach each breast individually if you have noticeable asymmetry.
What kind of breast lift with implants leaves minimal scars?
Generally, the periareolar incision leaves less noticeable scarring – however, with any incision, you can take steps during your aftercare to minimize scarring through silicone sheets or gel treatments.
Is it possible to breastfeed after breast lift with implants surgery?
Breast implants do not affect your ability to breastfeed. Some women experience difficulty breastfeeding because of a loss of nipple sensitivity, but this can be avoided by using certain incisions. Your plastic surgeon can discuss your best options.
Should I wait until after pregnancy to get a breast lift with implants?
Yes. Pregnancy can bring about changes to your results, meaning you may need an additional procedure. Make sure you have no plans for future pregnancies before opting for surgery.
Can I combine breast lift and areola reduction in one surgery?
One of the most effective ways to reduce areolae is through a breast lift. Your plastic surgeon can create the right surgical approach for you during your consultation.
Will a breast lift without implants make breasts look smaller or larger?
Any changes in breast size after a breast lift are usually not noticeable. If you want more volume, however, you can add breast implants.
Can lifting weights affect breast implants?
Certain physical activities can make breast implants more visible, so you may need to opt for a submuscular placement if you’re physically active.