Breast Lift with Implants: Is It Right for You?
- 19 October 2016
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
You have probably heard of how a breast lift can make your boobs appear perkier than usual, but there is one caveat: it does not make your bust larger in terms of volume.
But thankfully, you can opt to get a breast lift with breast augmentation in order to get the best of both worlds. An augmentation mastopexy gives you the combined benefits of enlarging and enhancing your breast shape and volume with implants, at the same time tightening the skin and lifting your nipples. This results in a more youthful appearance for your breasts, together with improved shape and volume.
Why choose a breast lift with implants?
A breast lift with implants has a plethora of benefits, foremost of which is the improvement in the appearance of your breasts. Excess sagging skin is removed from your chest area, hence increasing the firmness of your bust. Furthermore, volume is added to your breasts so that they appear larger. Even the position of your areolae and nipples are improved, thanks to the nipple repositioning involved in a breast lift. And of course, you can expect your self-esteem and confidence to improve as you can now wear clothes that flaunt your perkier and bigger breasts.
But a breast lift with implants will not only benefit you aesthetically. In terms of hygiene, a breast lift with implants can reduce chafing and skin irritation under your breast folds, resulting in lower risk for infection.
It is also better to combine the two procedures because it will result in less scarring, as the incision used for a breast lift will also be used for a breast augmentation. Recovery time will roughly be the same, so you do not need to take a longer time off work. You will also face a one-time charge for anesthesia, surgical facilities, compression garments, and post-surgical care.
How should you prepare for a breast lift with implants?
Before you get a breast lift with implants, you first need to discuss your medical history with your cosmetic surgeon. This includes your current medications, allergies, past or present medical treatments, and family history.
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The procedure will then be discussed with you, including the things you need to prepare beforehand and how you are going to recover afterward. You will also be asked about your expectations regarding the results of the surgery so that you can be given the best options to achieve the outcomes you desire.
Once you have decided to go for the surgery, you need to get a medical clearance to make sure that you are in an overall good state of health. Aside from a physical exam, you will also be required to undergo certain blood tests and radiologic exams, depending on your age and family history.
Smoking should be discontinued at least four weeks before surgery as this can impede in your post-surgical healing. Similarly, you need to stop taking aspirin at least two weeks before your augmentation mastopexy since this can increase your risk for bleeding.
No foods or drinks should be taken after midnight on the evening before your scheduled operation.
How is a breast lift with implants done?
A breast with implants is usually done under general anesthesia, as the whole surgery can take anywhere from 2.5 to four hours.
Your surgeon has a variety of options with regard to incision placement. Short-scar techniques are usually done to minimize the amount and length of the scars. A good example of this is the lollipop incision, which is a type of incision that encircles the areola and passes vertically from the areola to the fold beneath the breast. However, for those with extensive loose skin, an additional incision might be needed beneath the breast fold.
The breast implants are then inserted through these incisions. The implants are often placed behind the chest muscles. Once the implants are in place, your cosmetic surgeon will eliminate the extra tissues from your lower breasts that cause them to sag. The nipple is then lifted to a higher position, tightening the breast tissue inside. Internal stitches are used to reshape the lower breast.
Afterward, the incisions are closed with soluble stitches. Drains might be placed beneath each breast as needed.
What are your options for implants?
You have several options for breast implants. Saline implants are preferred by most women because they cost less than other implants, plus there is no risk of silent rupture. They are typically made of silicone shells and filled with saltwater solution.
Silicone implants, on the other hand, also feature silicone shells, but their insides are filled with a smooth saline solution. Though they look and feel more natural than saline implants, they risk silently rupturing and causing infection.
Gummy bear implants are the latest implant to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They have been named as such because they can still keep their shape even if cut in half, much like gummy bear candies.
Implants also come in different shapes and sizes, so you need to discuss these things with your cosmetic surgeon before committing to the procedure.
How should you recover from a breast lift with implants?
After undergoing a breast lift with implants, your doctor will give you specific postoperative instructions to follow. Though most patients can go home on the same day, you need to have someone to drive you from the hospital, as you are likely to be groggy from the anesthesia.
Expect to experience swelling and soreness for the first four to six weeks post-surgery. You will likely be given a prescription for pain relief and discomfort. You should also sleep on your back elevated by a few pillows for the first six weeks to reduce swelling.
You may return to your regular activities in about two weeks’ time, including work. However, you should still avoid doing strenuous tasks until four to six weeks after surgery. Be sure to attend your follow-up consultations, usually within a month after surgery.
Are there risks associated with this procedure?
Like other surgical procedures, there are several risks associated with a breast lift with implants. These include implant rupture, infection, capsule hardening, fluid accumulation, keloid scarring, numbness, and asymmetry. Be sure to consult your doctor if you experience any of these complications.
Thinking of getting a breast lift with implants? Schedule a Free Consultation with one of Face + Body Cosmetic Surgery’s board-certified surgeons and feel free to ask them any questions that you may have regarding this two-in-one procedure.