Breast Lift with Implant
A breast lift, or mastopexy, with breast augmentation is a combination procedure that lifts sagging breasts while also increasing the cup size of the breasts. In addition to enhancing the size and overall appearance of the breasts, a mastopexy with implants benefits patients by keeping breasts firm and youthful looking for many years. Gravity does not have the same effect on implants as it has on natural breast tissue, so implants will retain their position and shape more easily.
Candidates for Breast Lift with Implants
Any woman who has sagging breasts and a loss of fullness in the top portion of the breasts is likely to be a good candidate for a procedure combining a breast lift with implants.
All of the skin and tissue of the body eventually begins to sag with age, including the breasts. As we get older, the structures that support the breasts become stretched and grow weaker. This sagging can be intensified by pregnancy, genetics, stretch marks on the breasts and weight gain or loss. Many women seeking a breast lift with implants wish to regain the full, high breasts that they had when they were younger while simultaneously increasing the size of the breasts.
Breast implants will add to the overall results of the breast lift procedure by lifting the breast and increasing your cup size in a single step. Many women also benefit from the combined mastopexy and implant procedure by extending the results of a breast lift. Gravity, pregnancy and changes in weight can all cause your breasts to sag over time, even after breast lift surgery. Implants, however, are less affected by gravity than human breast tissue. When a patient undergoes a breast lift with implants procedure, the breasts will typically remain full and well positioned for a longer period of time. Many patients do not require the need for future procedures.
The Breast Lift with Implants Procedure
The combination breast augmentation and mastopexy procedure is performed using methods similar to a standard breast lift surgery. The main difference is that an implant is inserted into the breast beneath the pectoral muscle or mammary gland during the procedure.
Before the surgery, Dr. Baker will discuss the various incision options that can be made. The three most common incision types are two rings around the areola in a doughnut shape, around the areola and down to the breast crease in a lollipop shape and the lollipop with an additional half-moon incision along the breast crease, in an anchor shape. The anchor shape is the standard method of incision used for breast lifts, but the type of incision used will depend on your breast shape and size.
Dr. Baker will begin by making an incision and removing the excess skin that causes the breasts to sag. The implants will then be inserted and the incision closed.
Complications of Breast Lift with Implants
The same complications may occur in joint breast lift and augmentations that may occur in these procedures performed separately. As in separate breast implant and breast lift surgeries, complications are rare and usually minimal. Possible complications include capsular contracture, swelling and pain, infection around the implant, a change in nipple sensation, decreased milk production and rupture or leakage of the implant. Scars are a part of the breast augmentation and breast lift process, but they tend to heal extremely well. Any scars that remain are usually small and inconspicuous.