Breast augmentation with a breast 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 and lifting technique 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, nipples pointing down or sagging that creates a downward breast appearance caused by a loss of skin elasticity must be treated with a lift. Breast augmentation with a lift creates beautiful, youthful, and shapelier breasts.
All breast lift procedures will require incisions due to the removal of skin. Any of the breast lifts can be combined with breast implants or done on their own. There are the different incision patterns that you may consider:
A crescent-shaped incision is made along the top half of your areola, and the goal is to correct very minor sagging and/or align the patient’s areolas. The candidates for a crescent lift are patients with nipple/areola asymmetry or patients with minor breast sagginess.
The incision is made all around the areola. The main goal of a donut lift is to reduce the size of the colored part (areola), but it can also help correct tuberous breasts by reshaping the pointy areola into a flat areola. The lift created by this type of breast lift is minor but it can help lift and realign the areolas/ nipples.
The incisions are made along the line surrounding the areola and vertically down to the natural crease below the breast. The lollipop lift raises the breast and repositions the areola/nipple. The breasts will be lifted, look youthful, and feel firm with minimal scarring. The perfect candidate for a lollipop lift is a patient that has a smaller to medium breast that only requires a moderate amount of lift.
The incisions are made around the entire areola, vertically down to the natural crease below the breast, and horizontally following the direction of the fold under the breast. The breast lift is recommended for larger breasts or breasts requiring a major lift. It can be performed on any breast size and shape. This lift will correct the nipple position, breast shape and give the patient a youthful & perkier look to their breast. This type of lift is used for breast reduction.
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Dr. Carlos Mata aka Dr. Scottsdale® offers either saline or silicone implants to his patients. The saline implants are made out of silicone for the outside shells and filled with a sterile saltwater solution. The size can vary from 100cc to 800cc+. Ruptures, meaning leakage can happen but do not pose a threat as the solution is safely absorbed by the body. Silicone Implants are silicone shells prefilled with silicone gel. It comes in different profiles (shape): low, moderate, and high to adjust to the patient's goals and expectations. The sizes vary from 100cc to 800cc. Learn more about breast augmentation.
Dr. Scottsdale® uses a different method: the dual-plane breast augmentation to give his patient the best long-lasting results. This technique means the implants are placed at the same time above and under the pectoralis muscle. The dual-plane technique allows fewer complications, a more natural look, reduces the drop of the implants, and prevents the appearance of wrinkles on the upper part of the breast. Learn more this technique.
The recovery will vary depending on the type of breast lift. The recovery for a donut lift or crescent lift with implants is about one to two days before going back to work. For a lollipop or anchor lift with implants, the recovery is about 4 days to one week. Exercising is not recommended for the first 6 weeks of recovery, no matter the type of lift used.
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.