Breast augmentation with a lift is a combination of two cosmetic procedures. First, it involves a breast lift to remove loose skin and improve sagging and drooping; second, it adds breast implants to increase size and volume. Baltimore plastic surgeon, Dr. Janet Woodyard, recommends this surgery for patients who have breasts that are deflated, droopy and “lifeless” due to weight loss or following pregnancy and nursing. A thorough consultation will conclude if the patient needs a lift alone or implants only, or the combination approach. Breast augmentation with a lift creates beautiful, youthful, shapelier breasts.
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The surgery can begin or conclude with placement of the breast implant, but in either case, the implants are most often placed beneath the chest wall muscle. During the procedure, excess skin is removed and the breast is enlarged and reshaped. The nipple is repositioned and the areola is often reduced in diameter for a more youthful appearance.
Breast Lift Incision
All breast lift procedures will require incisions due to the removal of skin. There are several incision patterns that can be considered:
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola;
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast; and,
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast, then another horizontal line following the direction of the fold under the breast.
This surgery is an outpatient procedure and is performed in an accredited surgical facility. General anesthesia is used. Following the procedure, patients will need to limit movement, especially in the chest area for approximately 48 hours. Because this surgery represents a combination of procedures, the recovery is a bit longer and can take up to 8-10 weeks to recover. Optimal results will be evident within 6-12 months. This is the time period it takes for the implants to settle in their new position and for the scars to heal.
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- Recovery Time
- 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Aug With Lift FAQs
Implants for Breast Sag?
Implants will surely increase breast size, but it is a breast lift that corrects the sagging(mammary ptosis) and elevates the nipple. Breast ptosis is caused by overstretched skin that has lost its elasticity due to natural conditions such as pregnancy, weight loss or aging. In most cases, placing an implant does not correct this. A lift corrects the sagging to create a tighter breast appearance and the implant then increases breast size.
Breast lifts can last for years, especially when patients adhere to a healthy lifestyle. Any significant weight gain or additional pregnancies could lessen the results of the surgery. This is why it is recommended to have this type of surgery when the patient is at or near their goal weight and do not plan to become pregnant in the future. Additional surgery could be indicated in the future to correct problems related to implants such as rupture or malposition.
Due to the nature of the procedure, scarring is unavoidable. The incisions made during a breast lift are patterned to best meet the aesthetic goals of the patient. Although these incisions can be concealed under clothing, they will still exist. The good news, is that over time and with proper scar care, they do fade and become less noticeable. Most women find that their new shape and beautiful figure outweigh the scarring.