Breast Augmentation and Mastopexy
Enhancing the size and shape of the breasts can provide a wide range of benefits. This is part of the reason why breast augmentation is such a popular procedure. For some women, however, breast enlargement alone will not be enough to achieve the desired outcome. In the event the breast tissue has signs of ptosis (drooping), breast augmentation and mastopexy may be a better option. Breast augmentation and mastopexy, also known as breast lift with augmentation, is a technique that reduces excess skin, elevates the position of the breasts and nipples (if necessary), and increases the size of the breasts. Our board certified plastic surgeons, Drs. W. Tracy Hankins and Samuel M. Sohn, often recommend this approach for women who have put off breast enlargement until after having children. Additionally, women who have lost a significant amount of weight or who have a genetic predisposition to breast ptosis may find that an augmentation with mastopexy offers them a better result. Drs. Hankins or Sohn will determine whether this or another modality is right for your needs and goals during your free initial consultation.
To learn more about breast lift with augmentation, please contact our practice today. We can answer your questions and help you schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hankins or Dr. Sohn.
Candidates for Breast Lift with Augmentation
Certain anatomical factors affect whether breast augmentation or breast lift with augmentation will be a better approach for your cosmetic goals. Breast augmentation alone can often address a small amount of sagging, depending on the size of your breasts to begin with and the size and type of breast implant used. Most women with moderate to severe breast ptosis will require a lift in addition to an implant and/or fat grafting. Other considerations will include your general health and whether you have reasonable expectations for the outcome.
In some instances our physicians may recommend an augmentation mastopexy for women who are considering a breast lift and have no desire to increase their breast size. The reason for this is because a breast lift can often decrease the size of the breast if a substantial amount of excess skin needs to be removed. Breast lift with augmentation can help a woman maintain the size of her breasts in these cases. Dr. Hankins and Dr. Sohn will discuss this option if it applies to you during your initial consultation.
Breast Implant and Fat Grafting Options
At Hankins & Sohn Plastic Surgery Associates, we offer a comprehensive range of breast implant types, including silicone and saline, round and shaped, and smooth and textured. Drs. Hankins and Sohn will listen attentively to your cosmetic goals during the initial complimentary consultation and recommend one or more sizes and styles based on your preferences and anatomic indicators. If you’re an ideal candidate, fat grafting may also be an option. This more “natural” approach to breast enhancement uses your own fatty tissue to increase the size and improve the shape of your breasts. Fat grafting can be used with or without breast implants, depending on the unique needs of the individual. For more information on fat transfer, please read our page on fat grafting for the breasts.
Breast Augmentation Mastopexy Procedure
Breast augmentation mastopexy is a combination of breast augmentation and breast lift techniques. The operation typically takes between one and three hours, and you should be able to return home following the procedure. The incisions used for the augmentation mastopexy will be similar to breast lift surgery, and additional incisions on the breast should not be necessary to place the implant or transfer fatty tissue (it should be noted, however, that fat transfer will require liposuction in addition to breast surgery). Drs. Hankins and Sohn make a concerted effort to minimize scarring as much as possible, and most patients report that the results are worth it.
Breast Augmentation Mastopexy Recovery
We encourage women to take time off of work and relax at home for about two weeks following augmentation mastopexy. After this point, you should be able to return to normal activities, unless Dr. Hankins or Dr. Sohn advises otherwise. Swelling, bruising, changing nipple sensation, and tenderness are to be expected, and we will provide medication to help manage any discomfort. You should begin to see the results of the surgery after about two or three months, although some minor swelling will continue for up to a year. This effect often goes unnoticed by patients. Scars will initially be pink and raised, but they should fade in color and become smoother over time.
Would you like to know more? Our friendly and knowledgeable medical team can provide additional information or help you to schedule a free consultation. Contact us today.