Breast augmentation with a lift is the combination of two cosmetic procedures that are designed to both enhance the size and improve the position of the breasts. At Aesthetic Enhancements Plastic Surgery, board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Armando Soto offers this procedure to patients who desire both a breast augmentation and a lift. During this surgery, implants are used to increase volume and excess skin is tightened to reposition low hanging breasts to a more flattering position. Aging, pregnancy, and weight loss are natural factors that cause the breasts to sag and lose volume. Therefore, it’s common for patients to visit Dr. Soto at his Orlando practice to revise and improve their breasts for a more youthful and full appearance.
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
"My experience with Dr. Armando Soto and his staff has been amazing! From the moment you walk in, you are treated by smiling faces, and his nurses are sweet, energetic, but most importantly helpful and knowledgable. During pre-op and my consultation, Dr. Soto answered all my questions and made me feel confident in my decision. My breast augmentation with lift on one side turned out fantastic! I could not be happier with the results. After having a baby, your body is not the same but now I feel happier and more confident with my new breasts. I cannot wait to wear the shirts and bikinis I have always wanted to wear and it's all thanks to Dr. Soto. I highly recommend him and look forward to coming back for more procedures."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jul 30, 2015
"Dr. Soto is an expert surgeon, extremely attentive, compassionate, and precise. He did excellent work, completing a tummy tuck, breast lift revision, and implants. I could not be happier. His staff is excellent as well."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Dec 30, 2017
This surgery is an outpatient procedure and is performed in an accredited 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.
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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.