Mastopexy with augmentation (Breast augmentation with a lift) is the combination of two cosmetic procedures designed to enhance the size, shape, and position of the breasts simultaneously. At Aesthetic Enhancements Plastic Surgery, board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Armando Soto offers many variations of this procedure to patients who desire both an increase in volume and improvement in shape and/or position of the breasts. During this surgery, implants are used to increase volume and the breast tissue and skin are re-shaped to create a more attractive and youthful shape, firmness and size. Aging, pregnancy, and weight loss are common natural factors that cause the breasts to sag and lose volume over time. As such, and because this is an area of particular expertise for Dr. Soto, this is one of the more common procedures patients seek to see him for.
The details of your procedure will depend on your preoperative examination, your goals, history, and Dr. Soto's recommendations. Generally speaking, the procedure will involve some combination of breast tissue re-shaping and repositioning (in order to achieve a more attractive and youthful appearance) with placement of an implant or fat for enhanced and targeted volume.
Breast Lift Incision
All breast lift procedures will require incisions in order to reposition the breast and nipple, and remove excess skin. The ideal breast lift for you is one that is safe, and results in a beautiful shape approximating your goals. This, in turn, will depend on your starting anatomy and your goals for the final appearance of your breasts. Breast lift incisions are usually some combination of one or more component incisions:
- An incision made along the borderline of the areola and the breast skin;
- An incision made vertically from the lower border of the areola downward to the natural crease below the breast (similar to a lollipop); and,
- An incision made along the natural crease below the breast.
It is important to understand that not all incision patterns would be appropriate for all patients. Each incision pattern will alter the breast in a predictable and well-defined manner; therefore the choice of the wrong incision pattern introduces a much greater risk that you are unhappy with the shape of your breasts. Conversely, choosing the correct incision pattern for your starting anatomy given your goals will greatly increase the odds that you are very pleased with the outcome of your surgery. This is where you will greatly benefit from Dr. Soto's extensive training and experience in breast surgery.
Breast augmentation is one of the most common procedures performed 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 their examination.
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
"Five Stars - I decided to have my second procedure (Breast Augmentation with Lift, less than 6 months from my Lower Body Lift) with Dr. Soto. He is the best cosmetic plastic surgeon. He truly knows a woman's body and gives you exactly what you ask for. His staff is incredibly helpful and kind. Best decision ever to go with Dr. Soto and staff for my cosmetic surgeries. Thank you so much for helping me to look beautiful in my 50's."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 11, 2019
"After having 3 kids, my breasts were left saggy and uneven. During the consultation Dr. Soto made me feel completely comfortable, and he helped me to set realistic goals for my breast augmentation with lift. I couldn't be more happier with the final result. It was exactly what I wanted. Also the nurse staff and the ladies who work at the desk are all super sweet and professional! I highly recommend Dr. Soto for your aesthetic needs.."- M.B. / Healthgrades / Feb 20, 2019
"I decided to have my second procedure (Breast Augmentation with Lift, less than 6 months from my Lower Body Lift) with Dr. Soto. He is the best cosmetic plastic surgeon. He truly knows a woman's body and gives you exactly what you ask for. His staff is incredibly helpful and kind. Best decision ever to go with Dr. Soto and staff for my cosmetic surgeries. Thank you so much for helping me to look beautiful in my 50's."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 11, 2019
"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 our on-site, internationally accredited surgical facility. General anesthesia is used. Following the procedure, patients will need to limit upper body movement, especially in the chest area for approximately 48 hours. Recovery is very similar to a breast augmentation, and the benefits are seen early after surgery, although final results will require 6 weeks to 3months. This is the time period it takes for the implants to settle in their new position.
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Breast Aug With Lift FAQs
Implants For Breast Sag?
Implants will surely help increase breast size, and in rare situations may be all that is needed to correct very minor sagging or deflation. However, a breast lift of some kind (Dr. Soto performs the full spectrum of described procedures for breast enhancement) will most likely be necessary if your breasts show true sagging. Breast sag is caused by overstretched skin and connective tissue that has lost its elasticity due to natural conditions such as pregnancy, weight loss, and/or aging. Placing an implant does not correct the breast shape and position that results from these life events, and in fact, it could make it worse by adding weight to a breast that has already exceeded the ability of the skin to support it. A lift corrects any sagging to create a tighter, more youthful breast appearance.
Breast lifts can last for many 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 does 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 an average of 10-15 years or longer.
While it is not possible to achieve the appearance of a lifted breast without undergoing a breast lift, and all breast lift techniques necessarily result in scars, with proper attention to the postoperative care of your scars as recommended by Dr. Soto, it is very likely you will be surprised by the inconspicuous appearance your scars achieve over time. The incisions made during a breast lift are patterned to best meet the aesthetic needs and goals of the patient. 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 are well-worth the scars.