Breast augmentation with a lift is a combination of two cosmetic procedures to improve the volume and shape of the breast. It is a surgery that includes both the placement of breast implants, as well as a skin tightening technique (the lift) to bring the breast to a higher position on the chest wall. Aging, pregnancy and weight loss are common factors in which the breasts can lose volume and shape. If a patient has good skin tone and limited sagging, implants alone may suffice. However, sagging that creates a downward breast appearance caused by a loss of skin elasticity must be treated with a lift. Implants can then be placed to create the size desired by the patient. Breast augmentation with a lift creates beautiful, youthful, shapelier breasts.
The surgery begins with the breast lift before placing the implant. During the procedure, excess skin is trimmed away, the underlying tissues are tightened with sutures and the breast is reshaped. This completes the lift portion of the procedure. Sometimes the areola is also reduced and the nipple repositioned. When the lift is done, the breast implant will be placed either on top of the chest muscle or underneath it based on the patient’s condition.
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.
Breast augmentation is a common procedure in plastic surgery. Patients can choose between a silicone implant and one that is filled with saline. The type of implant chosen depends on the patient’s aesthetic goals and the chest form. Some surgeons prefer to do a breast lift, and then see how the shape is affected before moving forward with implants. There are cases when patients are content with the results of the breast lift and no longer desire to have the augmentation portion.
Breast Augmentation with Lift Reviews
"Really and truly perfect! Thanks a lot to Dr Mobley and his staff"- A.V. / ZocDoc / Oct 19, 2014
"Amazing Mommy Makeover (Breast Aug/Breast Lift/Tummy Tuck/Liposuction) - I nursed 3 children and gained 50 pounds with each pregnancy. I had lost all of the pregnancy weight but I felt I needed help in some areas so I chose to have a mommy makeover (breast augmentation with lift, tummy tuck and liposuction) with Dr. Scott Engel. I am only 4 1/2 months out from my surgery and I am so pleased with my results and couldn’t be happier, my scars are barely visible. I..."- C. / RealSelf / Apr 03, 2019
"Breast Aug with lift and so happy! - My goal in all of this is to help improve my look and self esteem. After having two children my breast have moved downwards so time to try and fix them. Honestly I'm scared to death even though I know I shouldn't be. This website has helped me with my decision a lot. Hope I can get this moving soon."- K. / RealSelf / Feb 28, 2018
"Thrilled!! Dr. Mobley is extremely professional - Dr. Mobley is extremely professional and made me feel confident about my procedures from day 1. The staff at Sarasota Plastic Surgery is incredibly kind and helpful, and almost everyone knows you by name. The surgical nurses were really sweet and made me feel calm before surgery (during covid you can’t really have people with you so I was alone.) I’m only 5 days post op but I’m LOVING my results. Ended up doing a BA+ lift and I’m absolutely thrilled with my results!"- E. / RealSelf / Aug 04, 2020
"I selected Dr. Derby to perform my breast lift with implants because he has numerous patients whose before pictures looked like me, and whose after pictures showed results that I wanted for myself. Most everyone at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center is warm and friendly. Dr. Derby immediately made me feel comfortable and heard. After only a short time it felt like I was with a friend. He provided me with so much relevant information for both my health and aesthetic. He answered any and all of my questions honestly and provided me with realistic expectations. Throughout the entire process I have felt that Dr. Derby has been in my corner (and Tiffany, an RMA at SPSC, is beyond wonderful). I love my results and would highly recommend Dr. Derby."- S.B. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
This surgery is an outpatient procedure and is performed in a 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.
Breast Aug With Lift FAQs
Implants For Breast Sag?
Implants will surely help increase breast size, but it is a breast lift that resolves the sagging. Breast sag is caused by overstretched skin that has lost its elasticity due to natural conditions such as pregnancy, weight loss or aging. Placing an implant does not correct the breast projection, in fact, it could make it worse. A lift corrects any sagging to create a tighter breast appearance.
Breast lifts can last for years, especially when patients adhere to a healthy lifestyle. Any significant weight gain or additional pregnancies could compromise 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. As for breast implants, while they may not last a lifetime, they are manufactured to last up to 15 years or longer.
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 barely noticeable. Most women find that their new shape and beautiful figure outweigh the scarring.
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- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3.5 Hours
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