Combining Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift Procedures
- 10 June 2014
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
Breasts are priority for a lot of people. They draw attention and they add to the confidence of some women. Breasts can be beautiful. Or, they can age you if they appear saggy and deflated as a result of gravity or breastfeeding. They may hang as a result of significant weight loss. Breasts can even lose volume after pregnancies
For those who want to give their breasts a makeover, a breast augmentation may be in order. Sometimes, this is enough. But for those who also have gravity working against them, a breast augmentation may not be sufficient. When this is the case, perhaps a breast lift can do the job.
So how do you know if you could use this combined procedure? Well, a surgeon can help you through an evaluation. You will weigh out the pros, cons and potential options for your specific breasts. Generally, this consultation can help us to set up a plan of action.
How do we choose the appropriate breast procedure?
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By evaluating the degree of sagging you are experiencing.
Grade 1: Grade 1 sagginess is when the center of your nipple falls directly in line with the lower crease of your breast, where your breast meets your chest wall. This crease is called inframammary line and is going to be our point of reference. If you are evaluated at a grade 1, then it is quite possible that a breast augmentation will do the trick for you.
Grade 2: Your breasts are considered grade 2 when the nipple falls beneath the inframammary line. If the center of your nipple is between 1-3 centimeters belong the lower crease of your breast, then a lift still may not be completely required to get your desired results. If only a breast augmentation is done, it is possible that the added volume will lie slightly lower in the breast tissue.
Grade 3: If the center of your nipple falls more than 3 centimetres lower than your inframammary line, than you are in the grade 3 category. Based on this presentation, it is likely that you would greatly benefit from having a breast lift in conjunction with a breast augmentation.
This grading system is not the sole factor used to evaluate your need for a breast lift and/or augmentation. It is possible that your breasts still appear saggy despite the position of your nipples. In any event, it is best to seek a professional opinion and evaluation.
By determining how much sagging you have, you can better decide if a breast augmentation, a breast lift, or both surgeries can benefit your overall appearance. Of course, you can opt to have one surgery and then wait to decide if you want the other. However, this means more recovery time and more expense.
By having a breast lift and a breast augmentation at the same time, the convenience factor is greatly increased. It is also thought that by having the surgeries in one sitting, better results can be accomplished since the surgeon can see exactly how the breasts will hold the implants in place with the breast lift.
Either way, you should consider that the results of your breast augmentation may be optimized with the help of a breast lift.