Breast augmentation is one of the most popular breast surgeries performed at Clinton Plastic Surgery. It increases breast size by placing a long-lasting implant into the breast. While breast implants increase breast size, they don’t treat sagging.
For our patients with breast sagging who also desire larger breasts, we offer a breast lift with augmentation. This combination of procedures only requires one trip to the operating room, and can fully rejuvenate your breasts.
The Benefits of Combining Breast Lift and Augmentation
Breast lift and enlargement, also known as mastopexy with implants, is intended to improve the appearance of small, saggy breasts, usually in patients after multiple pregnancies or significant weight loss. Combining a breast lift with implants allows Dr. Clinton to address two of the most common breast complaints – size and sagginess – in a single procedure.
Combining treatments offers patients the benefits of both breast lift and augmentation, often providing better results than if each procedure was performed separately. Dr. Clinton actively shapes, contours, and restructures the breasts during a breast lift and can use the implant as part of his overall shaping strategy to restore missing breast volume. The additional skin that is causing sagging can help to cover the implant, with the excess easily removed. When we combine breast lift with augmentation we have more options available and can produce better results for our patients.
Some benefits of combining these two breast enhancing treatments include:
One recovery period, less downtime
Addresses both size and sagging concerns
Complementary procedures result in aesthetically superior results
Fewer incisions than if both procedures were performed separately
Breast lift and augmentation procedures are recommended for patients who have moderate or severe breast sagging and want to increase breast size. For patients with mild sagging, implants alone are sometimes sufficient to achieve a good aesthetic result.
The Breast Lift and Augmentation Procedure
A breast lift and augmentation combination pairs two of our most popular breast surgeries together for a stunning, rejuvenating result. To better understand this two-part procedure, let’s explore each part in more detail.
Breast Augmentation Basics
Breast augmentation is a transformative procedure that uses a saline or silicone implant to add volume to the breasts. The implant is placed into the breast through a carefully placed incision and is positioned over or under the pectoral muscle.
Dr. Clinton offers a wide variety of breast implants including saline, silicone, and cohesive silicone gel (gummy bear) implants. These implants are available in many shapes, sizes, and projections. We’ll work with you to create your ideal breast appearance, customized to your specific aesthetic desires and body type. Our goal is to create breasts that look and feel natural and soft.
Breast implants are long-lasting and remain in place until they are removed or replaced. Many patients enjoy their implants for years without complications.
Breast Lift Basics
A breast lift (mastopexy) reshapes and repositions the breasts to address sagging, also known as ptosis. There are various surgical techniques that can be used to address breast changes after aging, pregnancy, and weight loss.
During the procedure excess skin is removed, breast tissues are lifted and placed higher on the chest wall, and breast shape is enhanced to restore a rounder, more youthful appearance.
A breast lift is customized to each patient. Incision placement is determined by the extent of sagging present. Often a breast lift will leave some scarring on the breast, but our patients generally report that the enhanced breast shape compensates for any scarring that occurs, and most scars fade nicely with time. Dr. Clinton will explain the available options after he has examined your breasts.
Breast Lift and Augmentation in Birmingham, AL
During a breast lift with implant procedure, Dr. Clinton will start with a traditional breast lift. Once he has achieved a better breast shape, he adds in a breast implant, often using the incisions that were already created for the breast lift. The incisions are closed and after a short stay in recovery, the patient returns home. A breast lift with implants provides the best results for our patients who want to address breast changes after pregnancy or weight loss. This is a common addition to our mommy makeover procedure.
FAQs About Breast Lift with Implants
We understand that patients have questions about breast lift and augmentation. We offer a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Clinton to help patients learn more about this procedure. Call our Birmingham, AL plastic surgery offices at 205-408-9787 to schedule a breast lift with augmentation consultation today.
Answers to common questions about the procedure are available below.
What Happens During A Breast Implant Procedure?
Though breast implant procedures are usually performed under general anesthesia, hospitalization is not required. The augmentation generally takes about an hour, though with the addition of a breast lift it can take longer.
After making the incisions, your surgeon will create a pocket inside the breast. The surgeon then places the implant within the pocket in front of or behind the chest muscle. If necessary, the breasts will be shaped to give the optimum result and ensure aesthetic perfection.
Sutures are applied to the incisions with dissolvable stitches and the wound is dressed. After a brief stay in recovery, you are free to go home, but someone must drive you due to post-op grogginess.
What’s Recovery Like After a Breast Lift with Implants?
One of the major benefits of combining a breast lift with implants is a shorter recovery period than if both procedures were performed separately. Patients recover from both procedures simultaneously. Plan on missing about a week from work and limiting heavy lifting and exercise for 4-6 weeks.
Common side effects include tenderness, bruising, and swelling. Pain medications will be prescribed to alleviate any discomfort while you heal. We’ll also give you specific recovery instructions before your procedure to help ensure a successful outcome.
What Other Procedures Can Complement My Breast Lift and Augmentation Results?
A breast lift with augmentation is a common addition to our mommy makeover and is very popular with patients who have had children, especially if they’ve had multiple pregnancies. Other procedures that restore the body after pregnancy include tummy tuck, liposuction, and buttock lifts.
What Happens If I Have Sagging and Only Get Implants?
If you place implants in sagging breasts without a lift, the result is larger, still saggy breasts. An implant can only address minor sagging. If you have sagging and want to increase breast size, opt for a breast lift and augmentation combination.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift with Implants?
We encourage all patients who are interested in a breast lift with implants to call our offices and schedule a consultation. A consultation is one of the best ways to determine if this procedure fits your goals, lifestyle, and budget. During a consultation we talk about the procedure in-depth and provide a detailed examination. This will give you the information you need to feel confident in your decision.
Enhance your breasts after pregnancy or weight loss with a breast lift and augmentation in Birmingham, AL. Call our offices at 205-408-9787 to schedule your consultation.