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Breast Augmentation with a Lift

With the passage of time, most women experience significant and undesirable changes in the firmness and appearance of their breasts. These changes can be attributed to factors including aging, genetics, gravity, pregnancy, breast feeding, substantial weight fluctuations, diet, smoking, health, sun exposure, tanning booth usage and insufficient breast support on a regular basis. In combination, these factors can cause breasts that were once perky and shapely to appear droopy and deflated.

While breast augmentation can restore lost volume and increase the size of the breasts, implants alone are not able to correct sagging tissues and loose, excess skin. Likewise, a breast lift (mastopexy) can eliminate extra skin, improve contour and raise the breasts to a more natural position on the chest but the procedure will not increase breast volume.

In order to address all of these aesthetic breast issues simultaneously, a breast augmentation with a lift is typically the most effective surgical option. Also known as breast lift with augmentation, breast lift with implants or augmentation-mastopexy, this procedure involves the removal of excess skin, lifting and shaping of breast tissue, resizing and repositioning of the nipples and the placement of implants in order to achieve larger, perkier, firmer and more youthful appearing breasts.

Breast Implant Options

Breast implants are now available in a wide array of types, sizes, shapes, fill material and textures. At his practice, board-certified plastic surgeon Steven H. Turkeltaub, MD offers a large variety of the highly cohesive silicone gel implants including the “gummy bear” type as well as saline implants. The availability of such numerous options allows for the creation of superb outcomes customized for your body.

Selecting the most appropriate implants will depend on a multitude of factors that include your unique needs and goals, tissue characteristics, anatomical indicators and more. At the time of your initial consultation, Dr. Turkeltaub will perform a comprehensive physical examination and discuss all of these considerations in full detail to help you make the proper implant selection.

To learn more about implant options, please visit Dr. Turkeltaub’s section devoted to breast implants.

Breast Augmentation with Lift Procedure

A breast lift with implants is usually performed as a single-stage procedure (as opposed to performing mastopexy or breast augmentation first and the other at a later date). The surgery consists of the removal of excess skin, contouring and lifting of breast tissues, resizing and repositioning of the nipple-areola complex and the placement of breast implants.

Typically done as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, a breast augmentation with mastopexy takes approximately 3 hours to perform. You then spend about an hour and a half to two hours in the recovery room before going home. When combined with abdominoplasty and/or liposuction as part of a “Mommy Makeover,” total operating time will be longer.

Incision Location

The location of the incision for mastopexy-augmentation will depend on several factors including the degree of breast sagging, amount of extra skin, nipple location, skin elasticity, desired breast volume increase and Dr. Turkeltaub’s recommendation. The choices are:

Breast implants can be placed into proper position using each of the incisions or an additional “small” incision. The technique that will best meet your unique needs and goals will be thoroughly discussed during your consultation.

Submammary or Submuscular/Subpectoral Implant Placement

Patients have two options for the placement of breast implants: above the pectoralis major muscle (submammary) or below the pectoralis major muscle (submuscular or subpectoral). With few exceptions, Dr. Turkeltaub generally recommends placing implants in the submuscular position for the reasons outlined below:

Breast Augmentation with Lift Recovery

A contoured, supportive dressing is applied at the end of the surgery and remains in place for a few days. This is replaced with a supportive surgical or sports-type bra that is worn 24 hours a day for at least ten days to two weeks. After this period, it is strongly recommended to wear a supportive bra during waking hours in order to help slow the inevitable progression of breast drooping over time.

There will be some mild to moderate discomfort for the first several days following surgery. Bruising is typically minimal or non-existent. It may take several months for most all of the swelling to subside.

The majority of individuals are able to return to school, office jobs and various other non-strenuous daily activities within five to seven days. To help ensure the breasts heal properly, however, Dr. Turkeltaub advises patients to avoid vigorous exercise, heavy lifting and other strenuous activities for a minimum of three weeks.

Breast Augmentation with Lift Scars

Breast augmentation and lift scars usually heal fairly well and fade over time. Their final appearance is impacted by a variety of factors that include skin type and color, age, health, use of anti-scarring products, surgical technique, adherence to early activity restrictions, smoking status and more.

Regardless of the incision technique utilized, scarring can usually be concealed under most blouse, swimsuit and bra varieties.

Breast Lift with Implants Cost

According to patient reviews on RealfSelf, the average cost for a breast lift with implants is $8,900. That said, the final cost of the procedure can vary based on a number of elements such as the specific implants chosen, the surgical technique used, and the associated facility and anesthesia fees.

After a consultation with Dr. Turkeltaun, our team can provide you with a personalized price quote. For patients interested in financing the cost of their treatment, our helpful staff can discuss low- and no-interest payment plan options with you.

Breast Augmentation with Lift Before-and-After Photos*

The before-and-after images below show the results some of Dr. Turkeltaub’s patients have achieved with augmentation-mastopexy.

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*Individual Results May Vary

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q.

    I want to correct breast drooping but I don’t want the scars associated with breast lift surgery. Can breast implants provide enough lift on their own?


    Apart from exceptionally mild cases, implants will not be able to correct breast drooping on their own. Attempting to do so can result in overly large and bizarre appearing breasts.

  • Q.

    Will I lose nipple sensation after a mastopexy-augmentation?


    Some loss of nipple sensation can occur though it is extremely rare for all of the sensation to be lost permanently. In Dr. Turkeltaub’s experience, the vast majority of patients retain most, if not all, of the sensation in their nipples.

  • Q.

    Are the results from breast augmentation with a lift permanent?


    No they are not. Starting even within the first few months after surgery, your breasts will continue to stretch and droop though not in the same manner that they did previously. The nipples will not sag as much but you will likely notice the skin between the lower breast crease and the nipple stretching as the loss of tissue elasticity occurs with time.

  • Q.

    Will I have to get new breast implants every ten years?


    Although breast implants are not permanent devices, there is no ten year rule either. They might last anywhere from 5–30 years, possibly less or more, but at some point in time they will need to be replaced. Fortunately, this can generally be done easily and effectively in a procedure called breast revision surgery.

  • Q.

    Is there anything I can do to prevent my breasts from drooping over time?


    You may not necessarily be able to prevent your breasts from drooping over time but you can certainly help to slow the process. This would include wearing a supportive bra on a regular basis, minimizing significant weight fluctuations and avoiding sun exposure, tanning salons and smoking.

  • Q.

    Is a breast augmentation with a lift painful?


    During the breast augmentation with a lift procedure, patients will be under general anesthesia, so they should not feel any discomfort during surgery. Postoperative discomfort can be mild to moderate and is largely related to the placement of breast implants behind the chest wall muscle. This is typically well controlled with a muscle relaxant and limited pain medication.

    If the procedure involves an implant exchange (where you already have breast implants), there often is minimal discomfort. The lift portion of the procedure generally does not cause much discomfort for most women.

  • Q.

    How can I reduce swelling after a breast lift with implants?


    Some swelling is inevitable after a breast lift with implants but this will resolve naturally over time. Avoiding a high sodium diet may help to reduce some of this initial swelling.

    It is absolutely contraindicated to apply ice to your skin after this procedure. This can reduce important blood flow to the tissues and even cause necrosis (death) of the skin, nipple-areola complexes and breast tissue. Not what you want to do!

Interested in Scheduling a Consultation?

If you are considering breast augmentation with a lift and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Turkeltaub, we encourage you to contact our practice online or by telephone at 480-451-3000 today.