For women who have lost breast size or with breasts that have become droopy as a result of childbearing, age, and/or weight loss, a combination breast lift and breast augmentation is usually the most effective method for breast enhancement.
Though in some cases of very minor breast ptosis, an implant can inflate and lift the breast adequately, the majority of women with significant ptosis and insufficient breast size require a combined breast lift and augmentation to achieve optimal results. An implant is used to increase the volume, proportion and upper breast fullness. The breast lift is used to reshape the breast, elevate the areolas and to remove extra skin.
Breast Lift And Breast Augmentation Options
The mastopexy-augmentation techniques available are similar to those used for mastopexy alone. That is, areolar, vertical and inverted-T breast lifts are all used with augmentation.
Staged Breast Lift And Breast Augmentation
It is important to note that mastopexy and breast augmentation can be approached in a "staged" fashion. In a staged approach, one procedure is performed alone and the results are assessed. If the other procedure is then desired, it is performed 3-6 months after the first.
The staged approach is nice for women with minor breast ptosis, or mild breast asymmetry that may be happy with augmented, but slightly saggy breasts. In such cases, breast augmentation is performed first and the breast lift is performed later, only if desired by the patient.
Mastopexy alone can also be performed in patients that are not certain they need the additional volume from an implant. In these cases, the mastopexy is performed first and the breast augmentation is performed months later, only if desired.
In most cases where a breast lift and breast implants are clearly desired, we combine the procedures as a single operation. Dr. Connall will discuss these options with you in detail during your consultation.