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Should You Add Implants to Your Breast Lift?

The breast lift procedure can provide many women with customized surgical results to reverse sagging breasts. Because every patient’s needs are unique, plastic surgeons specializing in breast procedures are careful to assess them on a case by case basis. Ultimately, a breast enhancement surgery will achieve results that are in harmony with the rest of the body, especially their size, shape, and placement. Sometimes, this may involve a combination of procedures, such as a breast lift with a breast augmentation. If you’re hoping to reverse the effects of time and gravity, while also achieving an ideal shape and size to your breasts, this ultimate enhancement procedure could be for you.

Understanding the Breast Lift Procedure

Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, was designed to restore firmness and a more youthful appearance to the breasts. Typically, this surgery is sought to reverse the damaging effects of age, gravity, weight loss, pregnancy, and/or breastfeeding. Women who consider breast lift surgery for their breasts will likely experience sagging, loose skin around the breasts, a drooping appearance to the breasts, a loss of volume and shape, and nipples that point downward. The breast lift procedure can be used to tighten the skin, reshape the breasts, and lift the breast tissue back to a more natural-looking position.

The procedure will typically begin with the placement of incisions down from the nipple and along the breast crease, although your incision pattern may vary based on your needs. Even the size of your incisions will be carefully tailored to match your breast shape and desired results. Next, your plastic surgeon will work to remove excess skin and fat cells, before reshaping the remaining breast tissue. Your nipple and areola will likely need to be relocated to appear more natural. When the procedure is completed, lifted breasts can help a patient to feel more feminine, youthful, and confident in many aspects of her life.

Understanding the Breast Augmentation Procedure

Similarly, breast augmentation can deliver very positive results to the right patients. This surgery is performed to enhance a woman’s breast size and shape using artificial implants. Ranked among the most popular plastic surgeries for decades, breast augmentation can help women boost their self-confidence and self-esteem. When breast lift patients are looking to restore and enhance their breasts simultaneously, a breast augmentation will often be suggested for a complete surgical approach.

To perform a breast augmentation, your plastic surgeon will place incisions in a similar pattern to that of the breast lift procedure. These similar placements allow for a very easy transition from the lift to the implantation, if you choose to have both performed in tandem. Once the incisions are in place, your surgeon will create a pocket beneath the breast tissue or pectoral muscle and then position the implant appropriately for your body shape, size, and frame. Once the implant is securely in place, your incisions will be sutured closed and your procedure is complete. If you are combining procedures, the breast augmentation will be performed after the changes have been made to lift and restore your breast shape and position.

Why Combine Breast Lifts With Implants?

There are several benefits to combining the breast lift and breast augmentation procedures. While the breast lift will reverse the damage done to your breasts by time, gravity, and physical changes, the breast augmentation can help you to restore lost volume or achieve a new breast size altogether. For the right patients, combining these procedures can help you to achieve twice the results with only one surgery. As a result, you won’t be at any increased risk of complications, require any additional downtime, or spend extra time and money on a second surgery date. You’ll also only require one set of incisions and potential scars, while allowing your bruising, redness, and swelling to diminish just one time.

Am I a Good Candidate for A Combined Breast Enhancement Surgery?

To be considered a good candidate for this two-fold approach to breast enhancement, you should be in good overall health, be a nonsmoker, and have a realistic expectation for your surgical results. Of course, you should also be experiencing some of the common side effects that a breast lift and augmentation can reverse. Some of these may include:

  • Sagging, inelastic skin around your breasts.
  • A pendulous shape to your breasts.
  • Lost firmness or size.
  • Flatter, more elongated breasts.
  • Nipples that fall below your natural breast crease when unsupported.
  • Your nipples point downward.
  • You areola appears enlarged.

If any of these sound familiar to you, consult with a plastic surgeon to determine your eligibility for a breast lift surgery with implants.

Book Your Breast Enhancement Consultation Today

To learn more about how a breast lift, breast augmentation, or combination enhancement procedure, consult with an expert. Dr. Ronald Lohner is an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon based in Philadelphia who offers customized procedures to his patients after a one-on-one consultation. He completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and medical school at UMDNJ-Rutgers. Currently, Dr. Lohner is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Bryn Mawr Hospital and holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His peers have selected him as a Philadelphia area Top Doctor for the past eight years. His office is located at [primary_address] in [primary_city], [primary_statefull], on the Main Line. Please call his office at [primary_phone] to schedule a consultation.