The Benefits of a Breast Lift Plus Augmentation

For some prospective patients, the list of breast enhancement procedures offers great individual surgeries that must be selected alone. While you certainly wouldn’t mix a breast reduction with a breast augmentation, there is one case where breast surgeries have found a very happy harmony together: breast lifts with implants. The combination of these two breast enhancement surgeries is a safe and effective way for women to achieve the breasts they’ve always wanted while undoing years of strain and damage all at once. Consider this procedure for yourself if it sounds like the right choice for you.

What Does a Breast Lift Do?

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgery performed in order to restore the firmness and shape of the breasts after age, gravity, and other factors have caused them to sag. Patients seeking breast lift surgery are often unhappy with the effects past pregnancies, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, and even genetics have had on their breasts. Often, these women experience loose skin around the breast, sagging breast tissue, nipples that point downward, and a loss of volume and shape.

Using incisions based on your individual breast’s features, your plastic surgeon will perform the breast lift surgery in order to uplift and improve your breasts’ shape. For some patients, only a small incision is required; for others, a wider area may need to be accessed through a larger incision. Once the incision is made, your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat cells, reshape the breast tissue, and lift it to a more natural position. The nipple and areola will also be relocated to a more appropriate place on the breasts. The effect of the breast lift procedure is an enhanced body contour and more youthful appearance, which brings many patients great satisfaction.

How Is Breast Augmentation Performed?

Most people know that breast augmentation is a surgery performed in order to enlarge the breasts using artificial implants. Considering how important a woman’s breast size and shape can be to her, it’s easy to see why breast augmentation has ranked among the top most popular plastic surgery procedures for decades. Many women find a boost of self-confidence and an improved self-image following a breast augmentation. Breast lift patients who have been unhappy with small breasts or breasts that have decreased in size from aging or pregnancy can add breast implants to their surgery for a complete rejuvenation.

Breast augmentation surgery, like the breast lift procedure, can begin with one of a variety of different incisions. Your plastic surgeon will determine the most appropriate type of incision for you based on your breast features, contours, and other physiological factors. You will know what incision pattern will be used before your surgery so there are no surprises.

With the incision in place, a pocket is then created either behind the breast tissue or beneath the pectoral muscle, on top of the chest wall. Again, the positioning of the implant will depend on your body and your desired results. With the implant now in position, your incisions are sutured closed and your surgery is complete. Your breast augmentation results should bring you the feminine contour, firmness, and breast size you’ve been wanting.

Why Combine Breast Lifts With Implants?

By now, you can probably understand why many women choose to combine these procedures. Breast lift surgery can reverse much of the damage done to her breasts during a woman’s life, except adding breast volume. By combining these surgeries, you can achieve optimum results from one procedure, which means only one recovery time. You can reap all of the benefits of two surgeries without doubling your risk for complications, your downtime, and your time spent planning for surgery.

If you are having a combination procedure, your breast lift will be performed before your implant is inserted. Only one set of incisions (one per breast) will be used to perform the surgery, if possible. During your breast enhancement consultation, you’ll be able to ask questions about how the surgery will be performed, what kind of scarring you should expect, and what the recovery process will be like. Because breast surgeries are so highly individualized, your plastic surgeon will be the best source of information for you during your planning process. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and voice any concerns you may have.

How Do I Know If I’m a Good Candidate?

To better understand your candidacy for a breast lift and breast augmentation combination procedure, you’ll need to evaluate your own breasts to see if they are suited for both surgeries. To be considered for a breast lift, you should have concerns about:

  • Sagging, pendulous breasts
  • A loss of firmness and skin elasticity
  • A flatter or elongated shape when unsupported
  • Nipples that fall below the breast crease
  • Nipples that point downward
  • Stretched skin around the breasts
  • An enlarged areola

To be considered as a good candidate for a breast augmentation as well, you should also have breasts that are either too small or in proportion to your body frame. In addition, you may have also noticed a loss of breast volume overtime. Whatever has caused your breasts to sag, hang low, and become smaller, you should have a strong desire to correct these issues and restore your breasts to their former size and position (or something better!)

Above all else, you must be in good overall health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations for your surgical procedure. Your health and safety throughout this dual surgery is the surgeon’s primary concern, so only eligible candidates will be considered. Discuss any reservations you may have about surgery with your plastic surgeon during your consultation to set your mind at ease.

Get More Information About Lifts With Implants

Learn more about how a breast lift and breast augmentation combo procedure could benefit you by consulting with a credential plastic surgeon. Frederick G. Weniger, M.D., F.A.C.S. provides his patients with years of experience and knowledge during one-on-one consultations. Dr. Weniger is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He believes good information lies at the heart of success in all of his surgeries and interactions patients.

To schedule a consultation for any aesthetic service or procedure, contact the office of Weniger Plastic Surgery today at (843) 757-0123. They are located at 350 Fording Island Road, Suite 200, in Bluffton, South Carolina.