Women who would like to add volume to the breasts and give them a more youthful, “perky” appearance may find that a breast augmentation with lift procedure is ideal for their goals. This treatment can provide comprehensive breast rejuvenation that enhances breast volume and shape while reducing signs of sagginess and lax breast skin. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Semira Bayati, MD, can combine these two popular procedures into one treatment plan designed to renew the breasts with results that look natural and beautiful.
- What is a Breast Augmentation with Lift?
- Benefits of Breast Augmentation with Lift
- Breast Lift with Implants Procedure
- Breast Lift with Implants Recovery
- Breast Augmentation with Lift Scars
- Breast Augmentation with Lift Cost
What is a Breast Augmentation with Lift?
Breast augmentation with lift, medically referred to as augmentation-mastopexy, is a procedure that combines a breast lift with the placement of breast implants to enhance the size and shape of the breasts while simultaneously reducing signs of ptosis (sagging). Common factors such as the natural aging process, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and fluctuations in weight can lead to both volume loss and the collection of excess, inelastic breast skin. Breast augmentation with lift, also known as “breast lift with implants,” allows patients to address many of these concerns at once in order to achieve fuller breasts and a revitalized breast projection.
What are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation with Lift?
Breast augmentation with lift offers numerous advantages for women looking to address several concerns they are having about the appearance of their breasts. The potential benefits of this procedure include:
- Removal of excess, inelastic skin that is causing a “drooping” appearance
- Tightening and smoothing of remaining skin for breasts and nipples that appear in a higher, more youthful position
- Additional volume for a larger, fuller breast appearance
- Enhancement of shape, symmetry, and projection
Breast augmentation with lift is a popular option among patients at our practice. This treatment can be effective on its own, or as part of a Mommy Makeover to provide full rejuvenation in multiple areas of the body. During your initial consultation with Dr. Bayati, she will evaluate your concerns and talk with you about options that may be ideal for your goals. If breast augmentation with lift is the right procedure for you, Dr. Bayati will create a customized treatment plan and explain what you can expect from the pre-operative process through to recovery and final results.
How is the Breast Lift with Implants Procedure Performed?
Breast lift with implants surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Dr. Bayati will explain the surgical approaches that can be utilized, as well as all other aspects of the treatment, during the initial consultation. For most patients, an incision will be created around the nipple region that extends downward to the inframammary crease (the area where the breast attaches to the chest wall). Excess breast skin will be removed and the remainder tightened, helping to lift the breasts and nipples to an improved position. Then, the implants will be placed inside the breast pocket (typically through the breast lift incision), and Dr. Bayati will delicately close the incisions.
Although treatment times vary depending on the complexity of the procedure, most breast augmentation with lift operations can be completed in approximately three hours or less.
What Can I Expect During Breast Lift with Implants Recovery?
The exact nature of the recovery process after breast lift with implants surgery is different for each individual; however, most patients can typically resume normal daily activities after two weeks. Some degree of swelling, bruising, and soreness will be present in the breasts following surgery. These common side effects should dissipate gradually, and any discomfort during recovery can be alleviated with medication. Dr. Bayati may also recommend that patients wear a special type of bra during part of the recovery period in order to help the breasts heal. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting should not be undertaken for at least four to six weeks after surgery.
Dr. Bayati will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to help ensure that you experience a smooth and healthy recovery process.
How Noticeable are the Scars from Breast Augmentation with Lift Surgery?
Dr. Bayati has performed this procedure many times and is adept at creating incisions in such a way that can minimize the appearance of residual scars as much as possible. The specific breast augmentation with lift technique utilized (peri-areolar lift, lollipop/vertical lift, or the wise pattern/anchor scar lift) will depend on the degree of breast ptosis (sagging) and the size of the implants that will be placed to provide the best shape for the breasts. With that in mind, the scars that result from the treatment will not be the same for everyone since the incision placement is different for each breast lift technique.
Dr. Bayati offers advanced laser scar abatement after surgery to reduce signs of scarring. This treatment has been able to diminish the appearance of scars to such an impressive degree that it is sometimes difficult for patients to pinpoint the incision locations a year after surgery. That said, it is important to note that factors unique to the individual patient, such as genetics, will also have an effect on the final outcome. Even so, Dr. Bayati has found that laser scar abatement, with three different lasers over a six-month period post-surgery, has dramatically reduced signs of scarring in all cases when compared to patients who did not undergo laser scar reduction. Our practice also offers topical medical-grade silicone therapy, which is not available outside a physician’s office, that can be used in addition to laser therapy to reduce scarring.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation with Lift Cost?
The cost of a breast augmentation with lift procedure varies from one patient to another based upon each individual’s unique treatment plan. Ultimately, the total price will include factors such as the surgeon’s fee, surgical facility and anesthesia fees, the complexity of the operation, post-surgical garments that may be necessary, and other associated expenses. If patients choose to include additional procedures in their treatment plan for even more comprehensive aesthetic rejuvenation, such as liposuction or other options, these will also be calculated into the overall cost. Once your treatment program is developed during the initial consultation, a member of our staff will produce a cost estimate that includes all expenses related to your procedure and go over the details with you. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the array of payment methods we accept, and we can talk with you about plastic surgery financing options that can help qualified applicants arrange to pay for their procedure on a convenient monthly basis.
Would you like to learn more about breast augmentation with lift procedures? Please contact Dr. Bayati today. We can provide more information about this popular treatment option, or assist you with scheduling a consultation here at our practice.