For many women who want perkier and more youthful-looking breasts, a breast lift alone may not be enough to accomplish their goals. Combining a breast augmentation with a breast lift will not only give your breasts more volume, but will also reposition them to sit higher on your chest.
When you add implants to your breast lift procedure, you can maximize the results of your surgery and achieve a more desirable outcome. These two procedures work together to help give you fuller and shapelier breasts.
What Is a Breast Lift?
Because a breast lift is designed to reposition the breasts and nipples and give them a more desirable shape, it is an ideal procedure for women whose breasts have begun to droop due to the effects of gravity, weight fluctuations and pregnancy. However, if a lift alone is not enough to meet a woman’s aesthetic goals, a qualified cosmetic surgeon such as San Francisco-based Dr. Michael Kulick may also recommend breast implants to add volume, particularly in the upper portion of the breast.
During a breast lift surgery, the surgeon reshapes and redistributes your existing breast tissue, removing excess skin. The procedure also tightens the surrounding tissue to provide additional support to the improved breast contour. A breast lift surgeon can also reposition your nipples so they no longer point downward, and reduce the size of your areolas as well.
The results of a breast lift will leave you with a youthful, uplifted profile. However, a breast lift surgery won’t add volume to your existing breasts, which is where implants can be helpful.
Adding Implants to Your Breast Lift
According to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation has remained the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. * for the past several years – and that seems unlikely to change anytime soon, as the surgery has an excellent track record for safety and patient satisfaction.
Breast implants are not just for women who want fuller, larger breasts. The breast augmentation procedure is also ideal for women whose breasts are noticeably asymmetrical or disproportionately small for their frame. If you’ve ever considered this surgery, but worried that the results will leave you with noticeably oversized-looking results like Pamela Anderson or Jenny McCarthy, ** don’t fret – breast augmentation is a highly customizable surgery, and there is a wide range of implant shapes and sizes to provide you with perfectly tailored results.
There are two significant advantages to lifting and enlarging the breasts in one procedure: It saves patients money, and it also helps women avoid having to undergo two recovery processes from two separate surgeries.
Q: Why do women choose to add a breast augmentation to a lift?
A: For some women, combining a breast augmentation with a breast lift is an ideal choice because this dual procedure creates both an increase in breast volume and an enhancement of their overall breast shape. Adding a breast lift to breast implant surgery will not substantially change the amount of recovery time, and the results can be significant. When you come in for a consultation with one of our surgeons, we can show you what results you can expect with a breast augmentation, a breast lift, and a combination of both procedures.
Q: What is the recovery like after a breast augmentation with lift?
A: For the first few days after your surgery, you can expect some discomfort and swelling, but you should not be in substantial pain. Many patients find they are stiff for the first week, but that is also normal. There may be some bruising as well. If you have severe bruising or pain, please call our clinic as soon as possible. Your recovery time will depend on several factors, including how large your breast implants are. Those with larger implants will often have more stretching of the skin and muscle, which can lead to a tighter feeling during the healing process.
If you have a job that is not physical, you may be able to return to work in a week. For people who have a more strenuous job, especially one that involves lifting, a longer period of time away from work may be needed. This also goes for lifting toddlers! If you have small children at home, it’s best to get help around the house so your body can heal well. We will have you wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and promote healing.
Q: Breast Augmentation With Lift – What kind of scars will I have if I get breast implants with a breast lift?
A:When you have a breast lift, there will always be some type of scar. We have a few choices about where and how to make the incisions, and will explain to you what incisions we think are best based on your body shape, implant size and goals. While some scarring is inevitable, we do our best to minimize the scar appearance. Scars will also generally fade over time and are usually not visible, even with a dress or top with a low neckline. Even though you will have some type of scar, the vast majority of patients find the enhancements to the appearance of their breasts far outweigh the scars.
* Source: plasticsurgery.org/news/press-releases/new-statistics-reveal-the-shape-of-plastic-surgery, March 2018
** Source: ranker.com