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Breast Lift with Implants

What is a breast lift (mastopexy) with implants?

A breast lift (mastopexy) with implants is a combination procedure designed to give the breasts a firmer, more youthful appearance while simultaneously adding breast volume. For many women who are considering options to renew the appearance of their breasts, a breast lift combined with breast augmentation can address multiple concerns in a single treatment.

It’s very common for the breasts to take on a “sagging” appearance due to the natural aging process, genetics, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or other factors. The accumulation of excess skin among the breasts can also be accompanied by a loss of breast volume, and while breast implants can restore fullness to the breasts, a breast lift can be performed at the same time to improve firmness and give the breasts a more “perky” appearance. Breast lift with implants, medically referred to as an augmentation mastopexy, can achieve these goals with beautiful, natural-looking results.

What are the benefits of combining breast lift and augmentation?

Breast lift combined with breast augmentation offers numerous benefits for patients who would like to improve the appearance of their breasts, including:

  • Reduction of excess breast skin and signs of “sagginess” or a drooping effect
  • Tightening of remaining skin and lifting of the breasts and nipples to a higher position on the chest
  • Restoration of breast fullness and shape for patients who may have lost volume over the years
  • Added volume for patients who simply desire larger, firmer breasts for a more comprehensive breast rejuvenation

One of our experienced plastic surgeons here at Florida Plastic Surgery Group will meet with you for an initial consultation to talk about your needs and goals. For some women, a breast lift without implants or a breast augmentation alone is enough to address their concerns; however, for patients who clearly desire a larger bust and the elimination of a sagging appearance, a combination of the two procedures may be the ideal option. Once you have been evaluated and our doctor has answered all of your questions, he can create a customized treatment plan designed to meet your ultimate goals.

Who is a good candidate for a breast lift with implants?

Good candidates for a breast lift with implants procedure often include women who:

  • Are experiencing excess skin laxity in the breasts and a “drooping” effect in addition to volume loss in the breasts
  • Are considering breast augmentation but suffer from an amount of breast ptosis (sagginess) that implants alone could not significantly improve
  • Would like to enhance the size, position, and firmness of the breasts for a more comprehensive breast enhancement

Candidates for this procedure must be in relatively good general health and have reasonable expectations for the overall results. Breast lift with implants surgery can be performed as a single procedure or serve as a component in a full Mommy Makeover. Our plastic surgeon will determine your candidacy for this treatment at your initial consultation. If this is the right option for your needs, a customized treatment plan will be created to provide you with the most beautiful, natural-looking results possible.

What does the augmentation mastopexy procedure involve?

During the consultation process, you will choose the best type of breast implants for your needs, as well as the size and shape. Our plastic surgeon will also go over all aspects of the procedure so you will know what to expect on the day of surgery as well as throughout the recovery process. A breast lift with implants procedure typically takes about one to three hours to perform, depending on your unique needs. Excess skin along the breast will be removed and the breasts and nipples will be elevated to a higher position. Then, the breast implants will be inserted. In many cases, the implants are placed under the chest muscle to provide a more natural-looking result. Our surgeon will make every effort to minimize the appearance of residual scarring from this procedure.

The breast lift with implants procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and under general anesthesia.

What is recovery like after breast lift with implants surgery?

Many patients can resume normal daily activities after about two weeks of rest; however, some patients may need more or less time for adequate healing. You will experience some bruising and swelling in the breasts in the weeks and months following the augmentation mastopexy procedure, but these effects should gradually fade, and any discomfort during the recovery process can typically be controlled with medication. A special type of bra may be recommended for use during the first few weeks after surgery to aid the healing process. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks after surgery.

How much does a breast lift with implants cost?

The price of a breast lift with implants procedure is ultimately dependent on each individual’s needs, goals, and overall treatment plan. A number of factors will be taken into account to reach the final cost, including the type of implants being placed, the complexity of the surgery, fees for the surgeon, operating facility, and anesthesiologist, post-operative medications, the geographic location of the practice, and other components. Once your initial treatment plan is developed, a member of our team will produce a cost estimate and talk with you about payment options. Our practice accepts a variety of payment methods and we work with reputable plastic surgery financing companies such as Alphaeon™ Credit and CareCredit®. These institutions offer a full range of low- to no-interest payment plans that can help qualified applicants pay for procedures over time. We will be happy to assist you with finding the best options for your budget.

Are breast lift with implants scars noticeable?

As with virtually all types of surgical procedures, there will be some noticeable scarring after a breast lift with implants. With that in mind, our surgeons utilize advanced techniques and will do everything possible to minimize the appearance of scars after the procedure. In addition, residual scarring typically fades to some degree over time.

What are the risks of a breast lift with implants?

Our plastic surgeons are highly experienced in breast surgery and take many precautionary measures to minimize the risk of complications. While complications are rare, risks involved with a breast lift with implants surgery include: reactions to the anesthesia; excessive bleeding; infection; a widening of scars over time; and a small degree of breast asymmetry. The surgeons at Florida Plastic Surgery Group have performed this procedure for many patients and beautiful results have been achieved without incident. They will work diligently to reduce potential risks and to ensure that you obtain a safe and effective treatment process from the initial consult through to the final stages of recovery.

If you would like to learn more about breast lift with implants procedures, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact Florida Plastic Surgery Group today.