Breast Lift With Implants
What Is A Breast Lift With Implants?
Breast lift with implants combines a breast lift with a breast augmentation in a single operation. The results can be fantastic – higher, perkier breasts. The lift reduces loose, saggy skin and raises low-pointing nipples. The implant adds volume and shape in the upper area of the breast, where it is most desirable.
The combination of a breast implant and a breast lift has many names. You have probably searched under the terms breast reduction and lift or breast reduction with implants or a breast lift and augmentation. Regardless of the query, what you’re interested in is a breast lift with implants that results in higher, tighter breasts.
View our extensive Breast Lift With Implants before and after photos to see the powerful change this procedure makes for women with low, sagging breasts.
How Is A Breast Lift With Implants Performed?
The breast lift with implants procedure itself takes about two hours. A “vertical” approach to the breast lift is almost always used, which means the final scar is small and shaped like a lollipop. The “anchor” scar approach is less common but sometimes necessary. An experienced surgeon will help you choose the procedure that brings you the most satisfying results.
Your preferred breast implant is placed below the muscle, establishing the new foundation of the breast, which will always be higher on the chest. I then perform the breast lift to raise the nipple-areola complex to the most ideal position on the face of the improved breast. Finally, excess skin and tissue are removed to tighten the breast and optimize the shape.
At Westlake Plastic Surgery, all procedures are performed in our fully certified in-office operating facility and your anesthesia is provided by our experienced Board Certified Anesthesiologist. Proper aftercare and follow-ups are provided as needed, helping to manage pain and minimize scarring. As always, your comfort and safety are our primary concerns.
Am I A Good Candidate For A Breast Lift with Implants?
The following are the most common reasons you might consider a Breast Lift with Implants:
- You lift your breasts up in the cups of your hands and say “This is what I want!”
- Your breasts have become saggy over time with a loss of superior breast fullness
- Your breasts are the size you like but you want them higher
- You want to wear a strapless dress
- You like the sound of “higher, tighter, and perkier” breasts
- You want more up top and less on the bottom
- Your current breast shape and size makes you look matronly
- Your breast size or shape is uneven
- You would prefer that your nipples don’t look downward
- Your breast skin is loose and stretched and your breasts feel empty
- You lost your waist as your breasts become saggy
- You want to look good in your workout clothing without a padded bra
- You prefer to put your bra on your breasts and not put your breasts into your bra
- You want what you had back then
A breast lift with implants will help you accomplish all these goals and more. To find out if this is the best procedure for you, use our online consultation to find out.
Types Of Breast Lifts
The Crescent Lift is performed with a scar partially around the areola. This is not an actual lift at all but a way of placing the breast implant beneath the breast from a partial incision at the areola border. Because this technique has such a minor effect, we do not recommend it for anyone looking for lasting, quality improvements to the shape and appearance of their breasts.
A Periareolar Lift or Benneli Lift is performed with a scar encircling the entire areola border. A circle is drawn around the patient’s areola so that the breast skin can be tightened and the areola can be made smaller. This procedure is a weak lift and always flattens the breast. Additionally, the scar can look unsightly and cause the areola to spread. This option should be reserved for patients who don’t need a lift but would like to reduce the size of their areolas. It has a history of being offered to unsuspecting patients who end up with disappointing results.
The Vertical Breast Lift results in a scar that is shaped like a lollipop. This powerful technique shapes the breast nicely and limits the length of the scar compared to the Inverted T or Anchor technique. This alternative is particularly suited to the simultaneous use of a breast implant with the breast lift. The procedures work together to shape the breast and move it higher on the chest wall, while allowing flexibility in the breast shape and limiting the scars. This is my breast lift of choice.
The Anchor Breast Lift results in a scar around the areola and a vertical scar, and adds a scar under the breast. The final scar is shaped like an anchor or inverted T. This alternative is popular because many surgeons who do not have adequate training or experience with the vertical technique are more comfortable with the additional incision. It has been my experience that the additional scar in the breast fold simply isn’t needed in the vast majority of cases, except perhaps in patients with larger breasts.
Is It Safe To Have Both Procedures At The Same Time?
Yes, but with one caveat—it depends on your surgeon’s experience. This is considered a controversial topic but it shouldn’t be. I have performed over 500 breast lift with implants procedures, which in my hands have proven to be reliable and safe, relative to any alternative. If your surgeon doesn’t have extensive experience, he or she may suggest that you “stage” the procedures. This means you would have the lift or augmentation first followed by a second procedure to complete the operation. Always visit with several qualified surgeons if you are considering a breast lift with implants.
Breast Lift with Implants or Breast Augmentation and Reduction
Can I get a breast lift with implants if I have large breasts?
For women with larger, fuller breasts, I often recommend my Breast Augmentation and Reduction (BAR) . I have performed this more advanced procedure over 400 times in the last 15 years. It is similar to a breast lift with implants except the excess, saggy tissue is removed instead of tightened. A lift with implants works well for smaller breasts, but larger breasts benefit from the actual removal of tissue. The Breast Augmentation and Reduction shapes the breast and reduces the chances that the breast tissue will sag in the future. Which procedure is best for you? Send in a free online consultation to find out.
What is Post-op Recovery Like?
The recovery is similar to that of a breast augmentation alone. There will be moderate but tolerable discomfort for three days treated with pain medication followed by soreness that can last 4 weeks. The breasts will look unnatural at first but will settle into the expected shape after 6 weeks as the tissues relax. Motrin works well for breast soreness during this time. You can reasonably expect to return to most work activities in a few days. Non-chest exercise is acceptable after 7-10 days at a low level, gradually increasing to full activity in 2-3 weeks. Listen to your body and avoid excess activities that cause pain or discomfort. You can buy a “sexy bra” in about 6 weeks once your breasts have settled. Patients are typically seen in the office at 2 and 6 weeks after treatment.
What Are The Risks And Complications?
This procedure is considered the most complex breast procedure that plastic surgeons perform and requires significantly more skill than the average operation. Your surgeon must have abundant experience and a proven track record of great outcomes done safely. It should be noted that smoking is a contraindication to this procedure.
Common risks include:
- Bleeding and hematoma (collection of blood in the breast)
- Breast implant issues (contracture, rippling, failure and others)
- Poor scarring
How Much Does A Breast Lift With Implants Cost?
The pricing for a breast lift with implants procedure varies with the size and complexity of the individual patient. The global fee includes the surgeon, anesthesiologist, facility fees, and patient follow-ups. There are minor additional fees for medications and garments. Our highly popular and secure Online Consultation allows you to perform a free consultation from the privacy of your own home so that Dr. Caridi can determine if you are a suitable candidate and provide you with pricing. This is a tremendous opportunity to speak with a master of this procedure.