While breast lift surgery (mastopexy) can eliminate extra skin and elevate drooping breasts for a more youthful appearance, the procedure by itself will not enhance the size or volume of the breasts. Likewise, a breast augmentation can increase the size and improve the contour of the breasts, but implants alone cannot correct a significant amount of excess skin and sagging breast tissues.
For individuals who wish to elevate their breasts while adding volume at the same time, a breast lift with implants may prove to be an excellent solution. Also referred to as breast augmentation with a lift or augmentation-mastopexy, this unique cosmetic option combines the respective benefits of both breast augmentation and mastopexy, helping to produce an exceptional outcome for women seeking to simultaneously improve the size, shape, and position of the breasts. Our New York City plastic surgeons—Dr. Daniel Y. Maman and Dr. Stafford R. Broumand—are highly skilled and experienced in performing augmentation-mastopexies, and by customizing treatment based on your unique goals, they can help you achieve the beautiful, natural-looking breast enhancement you desire.
What Can Breast Augmentation with a Lift Do for Me?
Depending on your specific needs and aesthetic concerns, a breast augmentation with a lift may be able to help:
- Increase the size of the breasts
- Restore lost breast volume
- Eliminate excess skin and breast sagging/drooping
- Elevate the breasts to a higher, more youthful position
- Improve the overall contour and projection of the breasts
- Raise and resize the nipple-areolar complexes
- Enhance breast symmetry
*Results may vary
The Augmentation-Mastopexy Procedure
The augmentation-mastopexy procedure can be performed as a single operation or in two separate stages, though the latter is typically only necessary for patients who desire a large implant in addition to requiring a particularly extensive amount of tissue excision. When conducted simultaneously, a “lollipop” incision encircling the areola and continuing down to the inframammary fold is first made. Excess skin is then removed, and breast tissues are raised to a higher position on the chest wall. If needed and/or desired, the nipple-areolar complexes can be resized and repositioned at this time. Once the tissues are lifted, the chosen breast implants are meticulously inserted and placed using the Keller Funnel™. This “no-touch” technique allows our plastic surgeons to position implants underneath the muscle without coming into contact with any bacteria-laced tissues or materials, therefore decreasing the risk of issues such as infection and/or capsular contracture.
When the implants are properly situated and an ideal breast contour has been created, the skin is pulled taut and carefully reattached below the curvature of the breasts. Performed under general anesthesia, the entire augmentation-mastopexy procedure takes approximately two to three hours to complete, and patients are usually able to return home later the same day with the help of a close friend or family member.
Recovery from Breast Lift with Implants
Following a breast lift with implants, some degree of swelling, soreness, and/or bruising may occur, but these side effects should gradually resolve over time. Postoperative pain is rare, though any discomfort experienced can generally be controlled with over-the-counter medication. To aid healing, a special supportive bra will need to be worn initially, and patients are advised to refrain from any strenuous exercise or physical activities for at least four weeks. However, the majority of women are able to resume office jobs and non-strenuous daily routines within about one week of their treatment. In the event the procedure is performed in two separate stages, the recovery and post-surgical instructions will be similar to what can be expected for breast augmentation and mastopexy on their own.