Breast augmentation with a lift by our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale is a combination of 2 cosmetic procedures to improve the volume and shape of the breast. It is a surgery that includes both the placement of breast implants, as well as a skin tightening technique (the lift) to put the breasts higher on the chest wall. Aging, pregnancy and weight loss are common factors in which the breasts may lose volume and shape. If a patient has a good skin tone and limited sagging, implants alone may suffice. However, sagging that creates a downward breast appearance caused by a loss of skin elasticity must be treated with a lift. Implants can then be placed to create the size desired by the patient. Breast augmentation with a lift creates a beautiful, youthful, shapelier breasts. Please call and schedule your first consultation today.
All breast lift procedures will require incisions due to the removal of skin. There are several incision patterns that may be considered:
An incision made along the line surrounding the areola
An incision made along the line surrounding the areola plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast
An 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 may 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 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.
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.
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 may 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.
|Recover Time||3 days|
|Average Procedure Time||2-3 hrs|
|Procedure Recovery Location||Out-patient|
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 may 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 may 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.