Breast Augmentation with Lift Overview
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 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 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.
Breast Augmentation with Lift Surgical Technique
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 re-positon the breast and nipple, and remove excess 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 (similar to a lollipop); 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.
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 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 their examination. 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
"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
Breast Augmentation with Lift During/After Surgery
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 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 2-3 months. 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. It is a breast lift that is most often necessary to correct 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, 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. 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, but with conscientious care your scars should fade a very acceptable and inconspicuous appearance. 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 scarring.