Breast Lift with Implants
On its own, breast lift surgery (mastopexy) can correct tissue drooping and elevate the breasts to a more youthful position on the chest wall, but it will not increase the size of the breasts for women also seeking to add volume. Similarly, breast augmentation can enhance the size and shape of the breasts, but implants alone are not able to resolve a moderate to significant degree of tissue sagging.
For women desiring to have their breasts lifted while simultaneously restoring and/or adding volume, a combination of mastopexy and breast augmentation can often be an ideal surgical option. Often referred to as a breast lift with implants or breast augmentation with a lift, this popular treatment can comprehensively improve the size, contour, and position of the breasts for a rejuvenated appearance and feel.
At the Personal Enhancement Center, board-certified plastic surgeon Christopher P. Godek, MD custom-tailors each breast lift with implants procedure to create beautiful, natural-looking results that align with the aesthetic desires of the patient. Following a thorough evaluation and discussion of your unique needs and goals, he can formulate a surgical plan that addresses your specific concerns while helping you achieve a more proportionate and sensual figure.
What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation with a Lift?
Breast augmentation with a lift can be an exceptionally rewarding procedure for women whose breasts have changed due to age, pregnancy, nursing, weight fluctuations, and a host of other factors. Depending on your specific breast enhancement goals, a breast lift with implants can help:
- Elevate the breasts to a higher position
- Remove excess skin and correct tissue sagging
- Restore lost volume and/or increase the overall size of the breasts
- Enhance breast shape, projection, and symmetry
- Resize and/or reposition the nipple-areolar complexes
Along with these aesthetic benefits, combining mastopexy with breast implants can help improve the fit of certain articles of clothing as well as boost one’s self-image in both social and personal settings.
How Is the Breast Lift with Implants Procedure Performed?
Breast augmentation with a lift is generally performed as a single operation, though the procedure can be staged if necessary. Just like mastopexy, the incision options include the following patterns:
- Periareolar – The incision extends around the perimeter of the areola.
- Lollipop – The incision encircles the areola and continues vertically down the breast to the inframammary fold.
- Anchor-Shaped (or Inverted “T”) – The incision goes around the areola, continues down the breast, and extends horizontally along the inframammary crease.
During the breast lift with implants procedure, Dr. Godek will perform the incision method that was determined at the consultation based on the extent of excess skin and tissue sagging present. Once the incision is made, extra skin is removed and breast tissue is lifted to a higher, more desirable position. If necessary, the nipple-areolar complexes are also repositioned and resized accordingly. Dr. Godek will then insert the preselected silicone or saline-filled implant into the breast pocket, and after ensuring an optimal shape is achieved, he will carefully pull the skin together and close the incision using tiny sutures.
Typically performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia, the entire breast augmentation with a lift procedure usually requires about three hours to complete. Following surgery, patients are generally able to return home under the care and supervision of a loved one.
What Is Recovery from Breast Lift with Implants Like?
Recovery from a breast lift with implants can include some bruising, soreness, and swelling; however, these effects generally diminish within a week or two. Most individuals only need over-the-counter medicine to alleviate any potential discomfort that may be experienced initially, but Dr. Godek can prescribe pain medication if necessary.
Normal daily routines can often be resumed after approximately one week, but any strenuous activity should be avoided for a minimum of four to six weeks. Activities such as vigorous exercise, physical sports, and/or heavy lifting can inhibit proper healing and compromise final results if resumed too early, so it is important to follow postoperative instructions carefully.
Any residual scarring on the breasts tends to fade over time, especially when scar management guidelines are strictly adhered to. No matter which incision technique was employed, scarring can generally be concealed by virtually all blouse, underwear, and swimsuit varieties.
Contact the Personal Enhancement Center
Dr. Godek helps each patient create a unique breast lift with implants treatment plan to achieve the cosmetic outcome they envision. For additional information or to schedule a consultation, please contact the Personal Enhancement Center online or by phone today.