Breast Augmentation with Lift
Sometimes, breast augmentation is not enough to give you the results you want. The same may be true of breast lift surgery. If your breasts are small, shapeless, and saggy, what you may need is a breast augmentation with a lift, or mastopexy, that combines breast augmentation and breast lift techniques to restore the appearance of the breasts. Women who undergo this procedure can enjoy all the benefits of full, round, perky, and youthful breasts.
Who Can Benefit?
Any woman who has borne a child or children has experienced breast changes. Breast swelling during pregnancy and subsequent nursing stretch the breast skin, and afterward, the breasts may lose their youthful volume, firmness, and perkiness. Some of these changes might be permanent. Skin laxity, volume loss, and other breast changes caused by pregnancy can be corrected through a breast augmentation with lift. This procedure removes excess breast skin, inserts implants to restore volume, and lifts the breast tissues to improve their shape, position, and firmness.
Post-Weight Loss Breasts
When moderate to major weight loss occurs, the excess weight is lost from all over the body. Some areas, such as the breasts, may diminish dramatically in size. This volume depletion in the breasts may make them smaller than you would like them to be. It doesn’t help that weight loss does not improve skin laxity and can leave the breasts both deflated and droopy. A breast augmentation with a lift restores a curvy, youthful shape and lift to the breasts to highlight your new, slimmer figure.
Aging tends to take a toll on the breasts, causing the skin to sag and the breasts to droop. For some women, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and breastfeeding over the years have led to breast volume depletion in addition to sagging. Other women may have always thought their breasts were small and feel that, now that their breasts have also begun to sag, it is a good time to consider surgery. Saggy, shapeless, and unattractively small breasts can be enhanced by a breast augmentation with a lift, which improves breast firmness, shape, position, size, and appearance.
What Do You Desire?
Saggy, deflated breasts age the appearance. Because aging is a leading cause of breast sagging, younger women with sagging breasts may look older than they are. When the breasts are also deflated, they can give you the image of a middle-aged or older woman who has had several pregnancies. Whether or not that image represents your history, it does not have to be your defining characteristic. A youthful figure can be restored with breast enhancement surgery to lift and augment the breasts.
Women with small, deflated, misshapen, and/or sagging breasts may wish they had more voluptuous curves. A sexy, attractive, and rounded bustline can be achieved through a breast augmentation with a lift. Round implants of varying styles can enhance the results of a breast lift and give the breasts attractive cleavage, firmness, volume, and shape.
Breast enhancement procedures can restore natural-looking curves, even with implants. For many women, the post-surgery results look more natural and attractive than the pre-surgery breasts. A natural appearance is best achieved with silicone implants placed under the muscle and a natural lift to keep your appearance balanced and aesthetically pleasing.
Breast asymmetry is usually used to describe when the breasts are different sizes, although it can also refer to differences in breast shape or position. A breast augmentation with a lift can correct breast asymmetry and recreate a harmonious appearance. Depending on the type of asymmetry, implants that are different sizes may be recommended to produce balanced breasts and body proportions.
Addressing Your Concerns
After your breast augmentation with a lift, your breasts will be wrapped, and a compression garment will be provided to reduce swelling and hold them in position during the initial healing period. Tightness, pressure, or pain may be felt in the chest area for up to a few days and can be alleviated with prescribed medication. Some bruising and swelling are common for the first week or two. The first week after surgery, you should spend most of the time resting in an elevated position and occasionally walk short distances to promote circulation. Depending on your job, you may be able to return to work one or two weeks after your surgery. You may resume light activities after two weeks but should avoid strenuous physical activities for four to six weeks. Swelling will begin to subside after a few weeks and will be mostly gone by six weeks after your surgery. Minor swelling may persist for up to six months.
Scars Because the implant must be inserted and excess skin is often removed, there may be visible scarring after your breast augmentation with lift. Your natural healing process will play a key role in the development of scar tissue where the incisions are placed. Most incisions are periareolar (around the areola) or vertical (along the midline of the breast extending to the crease), and most incisional scars are likely to fade over time.
Cost The cost of this highly customized procedure varies per patient. Factors that affect the cost of a breast augmentation with lift include surgical fees, facility fees, implant type, anesthesia fees, procedure location, and medication prescriptions. Your breast augmentation with lift will be customized for your needs, and the cost will be reflected in your specific treatment plan as decided by you and Dr. Messa.
Pain You may experience some discomfort, soreness, stiffness, and pressure in the chest area after your procedure. This will be temporary and can be alleviated with prescribed medication.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA WILL BE USED FOR MY PROCEDURE?
General anesthesia is used to ensure patient safety and comfort during a breast augmentation with lift.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH A LIFT?
Whether you should get a breast augmentation with a lift or only one of these two procedures depends on whether you have breast ptosis (sagging) as well as problems with your breast size, shape, and firmness. Breast ptosis occurs when the lower breast tissue falls below the breast crease and may also be characterized by downward-pointing nipples. Issues with breast size, shape, firmness, and volume can be seen and felt. Dr. Messa can help you understand your options and make recommendations on a personalized treatment plan during your consultation.
WHERE ARE THE INCISIONS PLACED FOR THIS PROCEDURE?
One of the following incision techniques will be used for your procedure: the periareolar incision, “Benelli mastopexy” (around the areolas); the vertical incision, “lollipop mastopexy” (around the areolas and down to the breast crease); the inframammary incision (along the breast crease); or the anchor incision, “inverted-T mastopexy” (around the areolas and down to and along the breast crease). Your incision technique will depend on the degree of sagging and the type and placement of implants selected for your procedure.
WHAT KIND OF IMPLANTS SHOULD I GET?
There is a wide variety of implants that can be used to help women achieve their desired results. These unique choices include different materials (silicone or saline), profiles (low to high), shapes (round or anatomical), textures (smooth or irregular), and other differences. Dr. Messa can recommend the best implants for you based on your anatomy and your goals.
WILL I BE ABLE TO BREASTFEED AFTER MY BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH A LIFT?
A temporary loss of nipple sensation may occur during recovery, but this should return within six months after the procedure. Implants rarely affect the ability to breastfeed in the future. Women considering nursing after getting a breast augmentation with a lift should discuss this possibility with Dr. Messa during their consultation.
HOW LONG WILL MY RESULTS LAST?
After your procedure, your breast tissues will continue to age. However, breast lift surgery greatly improves breast tissue support and should lead to long-lasting results. Breast implants may last 10 to 15 years or longer before needing replacement.