Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) can raise the breasts to more youthful and natural position on the chest, but the procedure by itself will not enlarge the breasts for women wishing to add or restore volume at the same time. Conversely, breast augmentation can enhance breast volume and shape, but implants alone cannot correct a moderate to considerable amount of breast drooping.
For individuals who desire to lift their breasts while also adding and/or restoring volume, combining mastopexy and breast augmentation can usually be a great solution. Known as a breast lift with implants, breast augmentation with a lift, or an augmentation-mastopexy, this procedure can simultaneously enhance the shape, size, position, and projection of the breasts for an improved overall look and feel.
At our practice, Dr. Tiffany McCormack has performed augmentation-mastopexy for numerous patients, and she is highly skilled in customizing treatment to meet each individual’s unique needs and goals. During a consultation, she will listen to your specific concerns and develop a surgical plan that can help you achieve the breast aesthetic you desire with beautiful, natural-looking results.
Breast Augmentation with a Lift Incisions
The incision options for a breast lift with implants are the same as those for traditional mastopexy—no additional incisions are needed to insert the breast implants. Depending on the degree of breast drooping, some patients may only need an incision around the nipple-areolar complex, while others might require an incision that encircles the nipple-areolar complex and continues vertically down the breasts to the inframammary crease (forming the shape of a “lollipop”). When significant breast sagging is present, an incision that encircles the areola, extends down the breasts, and continues horizontally along the inframammary fold will generally be necessary. This is known as an anchor-shaped or inverted “T” incision. Dr. McCormack will help patients decide which incision pattern would be best for them at the time of the consultation, and regardless of which technique is selected, she will do everything in her power to keep potential scarring as minimal as possible.
The Augmentation-Mastopexy Procedure
During the breast augmentation with a lift procedure, Dr. McCormack will first make incisions in the pattern agreed upon during the consultation. She will then excise loose, extra skin and raise the breast tissue to a more youthful and desirable position on the chest wall. If needed, the nipple-areolar complexes can also be resized and/or repositioned appropriately. Dr. McCormack will then carefully insert the implants of choice into the breasts and position them either under or above the pectoral muscle. Once the implants are properly situated, she will recontour surrounding tissues until an optimal shape is achieved, and then meticulously close the incisions via tiny surgical sutures.
On average, a breast lift with implants takes approximately three hours to complete. As an outpatient procedure, patients are generally able to return home the same day with the aid of a friend or family member.
Breast Lift with Implants Recovery
After augmentation-mastopexy, most patients will notice some degree of bruising, swelling, and/or tenderness in the breasts. These symptoms are temporary and should gradually resolve over time. Rarely do individuals need anything more than over-the-counter medication to relieve potential pain or discomfort, though Dr. McCormack can prescribe medicine if needed. Most normal daily routines—like office jobs, school, etc.—can be resumed after about seven to ten days; however, heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, contact sports, and various other strenuous activities will need to be avoided for a longer period of time to ensure proper healing.
Throughout recovery, Dr. McCormack will be happy to address any and all questions or concerns, and she will use a series of follow-up visits to monitor the healing process and make sure everything is progressing according to plan for an optimal outcome.
Breast Augmentation with a Lift Before and After Photos
By combining breast lift surgery with breast augmentation, you can achieve a rejuvenated, more proportionate figure. View our breast augmentation with a lift before and after photos to see the type of results Dr. McCormack has helped other patients attain. For more information, or if you would like to schedule a consultation at our practice, please feel free to contact McCormack Plastic Surgery today.