About Augmentation + Lift
As women age, it's natural for some to lose fullness in their breasts while others may develop excess or sagging skin on the breasts. Many women will likely experience both changes after time, resulting in sagging, deflated breasts. If this describes your current situation, or if you'd like to have fuller breasts that no longer sag, then board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao can perform a breast augmentation with a lift (mastopexy). This combination breast augmentation and lift at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery in Tucson, Arizona allows you to address both the loss of breast volume and laxity in just one surgery. Breast surgery with a lift and augmentation addresses several issues, including position, shape, and size to give you younger, perkier-looking breasts. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Rao to go over your specific goals and needs so he can help you determine if a combination breast augmentation and lift is suitable for your goals.
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There are many factors that may have you looking into a breast lift with implants. This combination surgery is an ideal option for women who want to significantly transform their breasts, as well as improve the firmness of the breast tissue. You may have developed breast ptosis (sagging) due to aging, pregnancy, or significant weight loss, which can lead you to desire an increase in the volume of your breasts — each of these issues are addressed head-on with an augmentation and lift procedure. Dr. Rao can usually assess whether a breast lift by itself can achieve your best results, or if both procedures are needed to reach your overall desired look.
Breast augmentation with a lift is commonly performed as an outpatient procedure that requires sedation with general anesthesia. In most cases, the breast implant is placed first in either a submuscular dual plane position or a subglandular position. Once the implant is in place, the loose skin is excised and the nipple-areola complex is repositioned to a more central position. Dr. Rao will go over your breast implant options before your surgery so your ideal size, shape, and profile are achieved after surgery.
What to Expect
The recovery timeframe for breast augmentation with a lift will vary for every patient, but you should be well enough to get back to your everyday activities within about a week. Still, you should refrain from any exercise or strenuous activity for at least six weeks. There may also be mild to moderate swelling following the procedure that can last for weeks. Your implants will begin to settle into their final positions after several months, after which you should be able to enjoy your stunning results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does breast augmentation with a lift cost?
Your costs for a breast augmentation with a lift will vary, depending on many factors, including the implants chosen, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and more. Additionally, some lift procedures have more complexity, depending on the surgical case. During a thorough consultation, Dr. Rao will create a personalized treatment plan that includes your total cost estimates. Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery accepts a number of payment forms, as well as low-interest financing.
Will a breast augmentation with a lift correct sagging?
The benefit of a breast augmentation with a lift is that it improves the volume of your breasts while also correcting sagging of the breast tissue by eliminating excess skin. The lift portion of your surgery will also raise the position of your native breast tissue so your results are perky and firm. This is important because adding volume to breasts with moderate sagging can cause a negative result if a lift is not performed to correct the sag beforehand. If moderate to severe sagging is present, there may be a need for a staged procedure in which a lift is performed and followed by the addition of implants. During your consultation with Dr. Rao, he will listen to your concerns and wants before performing an evaluation of your breasts. After this, he will be able to give you his suggestions on whether you need implants, a lift, or both.
Which incision is best for my surgery?
Breast surgery incisions have come a long way in recent years with techniques being performed to help reduce the visibility of scars. The surgical incision that is best for you will depend on the severity of sag and the type of implants being used. If you have severe sag, an anchor-shaped or inverted T incision is usually best. When forming your treatment plan, Dr. Rao will go over incision patterns and explain the incision that best suits your unique procedure. Regardless of the method selected, Dr. Rao makes careful incisions so your results look natural.
How long will my results last?
As long as you do not have dramatic weight fluctuations or become pregnant, your outcomes from a breast augmentation with a lift can last many years. While both silicone and saline implants today are made with longevity in mind, they do need to be examined every few years so their condition can be monitored. During surgery, Dr. Rao will remove all of the excess skin. It's important to understand that while a breast lift with augmentation can offer beautiful results, natural aging will continue. In time, you may start to notice loose skin and sagging again, which could be addressed with a second surgery if desired.
How bad is the scarring?
Dr. Rao performs breast augmentation with a lift so all incisions are thin and small. He does his best to place incisions where they are difficult to see, such as under the folds of the breast or along the border of the areola. With proper care, the scars from your breast augmentation and lift will eventually lighten so they lay flat and blend with your natural skin. Dr. Rao or a member of his team will discuss post-op care tips you should follow to help your scars heal seamlessly.
Get A Lift and New Shape
While aging, pregnancy, and weight loss bring about many positive changes in our lives, these events can also leave behind undesired effects on our bodies. With innovative cosmetic techniques, however, women of any age can regain the feminine silhouette they once had. At Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao can help you develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses all of your concerns to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. By improving the size, shape, and position of your breasts, a surgical augmentation and lift can provide you with a more youthful, curvy appearance. Call our office to learn more about this revolutionary dual procedure or to schedule your one-on-one consultation.