What is Breast Lift with Implants Procedure?
A breast lift with implants/mastopexy with breast augmentation procedure is the combination of two procedures. The focus is to improve the aesthetics of the breasts.
A breast lift procedure focuses on removing excess skin from saggy breasts that may be a side effect of significant weight loss or multiple pregnancies.
During this procedure, depending on the extent of droopiness of the breasts, your surgeon might also recommend repositioning the nipple.
Whereas a breast augmentation procedure includes the placement of a breast implant in the breast cavity, this increases the volume of the breast. It can also be performed with the purpose of increasing the breast size if you are not happy with the natural size of your breasts.
Often after significant weight loss or multiple pregnancies and breastfeeding, the breasts will lose their volume and begin to droop. The breasts lose their original shape and size, which often pushes women towards the mastopexy and breast augmentation procedure.
A surgeon can perform these procedures together or individually.
What are the benefits of the Breast Lift with Implants Procedure?
A breast lift with implants has several benefits. The main benefit, however, is that by combining the procedures you minimise the recovery time.
If you choose to undergo these procedures separately, you will have to undergo two recovery periods. This increases the risk of complications if you aren’t as careful as you should be during that period.
Moreover, there is a lower risk of issues relating to anaesthesia. This is because you will only be exposed to anaesthesia once, rather than twice.
A breast lift with implants procedure is also associated with lower costs than undergoing both procedures on their own as the; hospital stay, surgeon’s fee, and anaesthesia fee will only be applied once.
The overall cost may be higher than undergoing only one of the procedures but the total cost of the procedure is way less in comparison to the original costs.
Keeping in mind the cost-effectiveness of the combined procedures, a reduced recovery time is associated with lesser days off from work, which only adds to the reduced cost-benefit of the procedures.
Moreover, the physical improvement in the appearance of the breasts is another reason the combination procedure is very popular. This improvement in aesthetics also helps improve your self-worth and image which can give you the confidence boost you deserve.
There are many benefits of the breast lift with implant procedure, ranging from economic to health, physical to mental.
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What to Expect During the Breast Lift with Implants Procedure
Your breast lift with implants procedure journey begins during the consultation period during which your surgeon is trying to assess if you are eligible for the procedure.
Based on the condition of your breasts, your surgeon may either recommend that you only undergo one of the procedures or undergo both simultaneously.
Moreover, the surgeon will also assess your health to make sure that you can handle the effects of longer anaesthesia. Generally, it is not a problem to be put under anaesthesia for as long as the procedure takes. But if you suffer from certain medical conditions or take certain medications, you may be at higher risks of developing side effects.
Once you have been assessed and given the green light for this procedure, the preparation step for your procedure begins. Before moving on to the next step, you should use the consultation period to discuss your expectations and goals from the procedure with your surgeon. You should also discuss any potential side effects and complications of the procedure. This ensures you are able to make an informed decision.
After the prep for the procedure is complete, you can undergo the procedure. You will undergo the procedure as an outpatient with either general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with intravenous sedation.
Your surgeon will; place an implant of your choosing, remove excess skin, reposition the nipple if needed, and suture the incisions.
The scars will be hidden in the natural contours of your breast to make them less visible.
Recovery after Breast Lift with Implants Procedure
The breast lift with implants procedure is followed by approximately 4 weeks to 6 weeks of the recovery period, the first of which is going to be marked by significant swelling, bruising, discomfort, and mild pain.
Your surgeon will prescribe pain management medications to help you with your discomfort. You should spend this week resting and relaxing, refraining from even light forms of exercise.
Between week two till week three or four, you can participate in light exercises. This means light, short walks. However, you should still try to avoid putting any pressure on your incisions. Once your body begins to heal, you can begin to perform your daily activities and start exercising. This occurs around four weeks onwards. You will still need to avoid any pressure on the incisions as it can result in wound separation or infections.
During the entire recovery period, you should wear a compression bra. This is to avoid fluid and/or blood accumulation in the breast cavity.
You should also refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol to reduce the risk of infections.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift with Implants?
An ideal candidate for the breast lift with implants procedure should meet the following requirements:
- Presence of saggy breasts
- Loss of breast volume
- At their ideal and stable weight
- Physically and mentally healthy
- A non-smoker
- Aware of the potential risks and complications of the procedure
- Not at risk for any complications due to the long duration of anesthesia
Risks and Complications of Breast Lift with Implants
A breast lift with implants procedure is a surgical procedure that has certain side effects and complications associated with it. Some of the most common side effects of the procedure include:
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia
- Excessive bruising and swelling
- Blood collection or hematoma
- Fluid accumulation or seroma
- Fever with pus discharge at the site of surgery
- Wound separation
- Loss of sensation
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you do a breast lift and implants together?
- Yes, you can combine a breast lift/mastopexy with a breast augmentation procedure.
- Combining the two can help improve the aesthetics of the breasts while simultaneously significantly reducing the recovery period. (one recovery instead of two)
How long does breast lift with implants last?
- The results are going to last for as long as the results of the procedures last, on their own.
- A breast lift procedure, in general, can last for up to a decade or even more. The results of the procedure will persist for 10 years to 15 years given that you do not gain or lose a significant amount of weight as that can alter the results of the procedure.
- Similarly, breast implants can stay for 10 years to 15 years before you should undergo removal and replacement or a straight removal.
- The expiry date for the device may differ from person to person.
How painful are breast lifts and augmentation?
A breast lift and augmentation procedure, when performed together, are associated with a reduced recovery period. However, there may be higher swelling and discomfort levels after the procedures. This is not of concern as it is easily manageable using over-the-counter painkillers.
What happens to breast implants when you’re old?
Your breast implants will remain exactly the same as you age but they will cause your breasts to sag ever so slightly. This saggy effect of the implants with age would happen even with natural breasts and is not a feature unique to the breast implants.
It is important to note that the lack of change in breast implants is not always a positive thing as the rest of the body will go through changes. This means that you will need to undergo procedures for the implants to fit more naturally with your aged body.
Can sagging breast be firm again?
Sagging breasts can be firm again as a result of a mastopexy and breast augmentation procedure. The mastopexy will reduce the excess skin of the breast and the use of breast implants will give the breast the natural texture and appearance, like before.
Will insurance cover a breast lift with implants?
- No. Both a breast lift and breast augmentation procedure are cosmetic and elective procedures.
- In other words, they are not medically necessary nor do they have any health benefits.
- These descriptions of the procedures are more than enough to disqualify them from insurance programs.
- However, your insurance provider may cover your implants if you have undergone a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer.
- A breast lift may be covered if the drooping of breasts has caused skin irritation, and infections making the procedure medically necessary.
- However, there should be a doctor’s report signing off on the necessity of the procedure for your insurance providers to consider funding or reimbursing your procedure.
When do you need a lift with breast implants?
You can find out if you need a breast lift along with your breast augmentation procedure during the consultation with your plastic surgeon. In most cases, your surgeon will recommend a breast lift procedure if most of your breast weight is falling under the nipple, causing it to lose its central position, and in some instances, point downward.
Is a breast lift cheaper than augmentation?
Contrary to popular belief, a breast lift is actually more expensive than a breast augmentation procedure with a general difference of $1000 between the prices of both procedures.
How do you fix saggy breasts after weight loss?
Saggy breasts after a weight loss can be a physical and mental burden. A breast lift can ease this burden. During this procedure, excess skin from the breast will be removed and, if the drooping of the breast is excessive, nipple repositioning might also be performed.
The main requirement for this procedure, apart from the presence of saggy breasts, is that you must be at your ideal weight so that there is no further weight loss or increase after the breast lift procedure.
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About Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon
Dr Richard Sackelariou MBBS FRACS(Plas) is a Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Melbourne, Victoria and Sydney, Australia.
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