Breast AUGMENTATION LIFT
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The Benefits of Breast Augmentation Lift
You might experience these benefits with a combined breast augmentation lift:
- You’ll end up with a more youthful and natural-looking augmentation result.
- Your breasts will be larger and perkier for a more proportionate and rejuvenated contour.
- The lift can help eliminate unwanted excess skin and add some support to your breasts.
- You can get the benefits of both procedures while only having to go through one recovery period.
- The two procedures enhance the impact and effect of each other; the lift makes the augmentation look better and vice versa.
- You’ll feel more confident in how you look!
Both breast lift and breast augmentation procedures can be performed on their own. But many of our patients enjoy the added benefits from the combined procedure, especially if they want to achieve a result that enhances youthfulness and aesthetics.
It Starts With Your Consultation
You'll talk to one of our board certified plastic surgeons to find out if this procedure is right for you. The surgeon you speak with will be the one performing your surgery, so you can rest assured that they'll be able to respond to your questions and address your concerns with medically accurate information.
During your consultation, you’ll discuss whether you’re a good fit for breast augmentation lift. The amount of sagging will be examined to determine whether a lift is needed.
You can also try on breast implant sizers. These sizers give you — and your surgeon — a tangible idea of how it feels with implants as well as can give you an idea of what range of sizes would be most suitable for you.
Rather than committing to a specific breast implant size, our surgeons instead focus on the overall look you want to achieve. That way, the emphasis is placed on achieving the improvement you want, rather than the specific size.
Incision, Implant Type and Implant Placement
Breast augmentation lift involves three factors:
- Incision Placement
During a breast augmentation lift, a keyhole incision (around the areola and down to the fold of the breast) may be employed to achieve the best possible effects. An additional horizontal incision may be placed within the breast fold if more extensive correction is necessary. Through this incision, the implant is placed.
- Type of Implant
In most cases, silicone implants are the preferred choice for breast enhancement procedures, including breast augmentation lift. In certain rare cases, a saline implant may be chosen. Silicone implants feel more natural, show less rippling, have fewer visible edges, and tend to enjoy a longer lifespan than saline equivalents.
- Placement of Implant
You’ll need to decide whether your implant should go above or below the pectoral muscle. Our surgeons try to go under the muscle whenever possible. Under the muscle means less rippling and a lower rate of capsular contracture. Some individuals, such as body builders, may elect to go over the muscle.
The Breast Augmentation Lift Surgery
You’ll be an outpatient for your breast augmentation lift surgery, so you’ll usually be able to return home on the same day as your procedure. Usually, we’ll perform this procedure under general anesthesia to maximize your comfort.
Usually, the lift is performed first. Your surgeon will make an incision and remove excess tissue to reshape the breast. Then, he will release the pectoral muscle up to the sternum in order to facilitate implant placement.
Your surgeon will use a process called direction vision to create the perfect location for your implant pocket, reducing the risk of displacement.
We perform lateral dissection with our hands. Cauterization can sometimes accidentally damage nerves in the surrounding area with thermal energy, so using precise manual dissection techniques with a scalpel reduces this risk.
A special sizer will accurately gage your desired final implant size. We’ll examine the upper pole of the breast closely, since that’s usually where patients request the most contouring. (Fat transfer is sometimes used to improve this fullness and smoothness of the upper breasts.)
Once the right size is determined, the sizer will be removed and your surgeon will take steps to control bleeding. The pocket is irrigated and flushed with a triple-antibiotic compound that’s scientifically proven to be an effective deterrent for infection.
Often, and especially in cases of larger implants, the breast capsule will then be sutured to the connective tissue attached to the ribs beneath the fold of the breast. This reinforces the lower closure, reducing the risk of bottoming out or double bubble.
Closing the Incisions
Once the implant is in place, excess skin has been removed, and support added to the breast, your incision will be closed. A new fold is created and a 3-layer approach to closure is used.
Our surgeons use only monofilament sutures, mostly because there’s a drastically lower risk of bacterial contamination in the filaments. These sutures will not need to be removed.
Your Breast Augmentation Lift Recovery
Your recovery from a breast augmentation lift will take several weeks. In general, patients can expect to:
- Apply steristrips and zeroform (antibacterial gauze) to the incision sites.
- Be directed to avoid showering for at least 48 hours after surgery.
- Wear a compression bra for up to 3 weeks post-op.
- Expect a checkup with your surgeon after 3 weeks of recovery.
- Be directed to massage silicone cream into the incision area to help with scar mitigation. (We’ll teach you how to do this!)
Breast Augmentation Lift FAQ
Breast augmentation and lift is a plastic surgery procedure that does two things: enhances the size of the breasts and makes them perkier. The procedure typically uses implants for the augmentation portion, while tissue is removed to reshape the breasts to make them perkier.
The technical term for a breast augmentation and lift is augmentation mastopexy.
Breast augmentation is the name of the surgical procedure that increases the size of the breasts. Breast implants refers to the devices that are put inside the breasts to increase their size.
The procedure involves a recovery period during which your breasts will most likely be swollen and bruised. The implants may be a bit compressed, making your breasts look oddly shaped. All of these effects are temporary, however. In the weeks and months after the procedure, you'll notice the swelling and bruising disappear. The implants will gradually "fluff out" as tissue expansion occurs, allowing your breasts to take on a more natural ski slope shape. The initial recovery takes about 3-4 months, after which you'll be able to see the final results of your surgery.
It depends on your goals. If your primary goal is to have perkier breasts, then a breast lift is sufficient. However, if you want perkier breasts that are larger as well, then implants would be needed. In some cases, implants would be recommended if a significantly rounder shape is desired.
In many cases, a lift and augmentation can be performed at the same time. This would allow you to have just one recovery period.
However, sometimes it is safer and more prudent for the patient to have a staged breast lift and augmentation. This typically involves the patient to undergo the breast lift first, then the augmentation at a later date.
The recovery period following a breast lift and augmentation depends on the extent of correction. However, it's usually about 1-2 weeks. Physically demanding activities should be avoided for at least a month. This includes lifting heavy things and doing upper body strength exercises.
You'll feel more attractive with fuller, rounder and perkier breasts!
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