Breast Augmentation With Lift – Fort Worth, TX
In some cases, a breast augmentation will produce the best results when combined with a breast lift. Loose, sagging skin on the breasts will be reduced with the addition of implants, but adding a breast lift will eliminate any remaining excess skin for a more youthful appearance. A breast lift will also elevate the position of the breasts for a perkier bust line that enhances a larger breast size. Interested patients are encouraged to ask about adding a breast lift to their breast augmentation surgery to determine whether they are a candidate. The experts at Fort Worth Plastic Surgery will help you determine the best treatment plan to address your concerns and meet your goals.
During this procedure, the lift will occur first. This begins as the surgeon removes excess skin residing on and around the breast in order to reshape it. The underlying muscle and tissue will be pulled tight and lifted so that the breast sits in a higher position. In addition, the nipple is usually repositioned. For excessively large breasts, the colored part around the nipple (known as the areola) will need to be surgically reduced. The surgeon will remove the outer circle and reposition the skin.
Breast Lift Incision
Breast lifts are performed with varying incision patterns. Some common incision patterns include:
- All the way around the areola
- Circumareolar (around the areola) with an additional vertical incision (a vertical line that will travel down the breast to the natural fold below the breast)
- Full Circumareolar, vertical, and horizontal incision (referred to as an anchor or inverted “T”)
Breast augmentation with a lift can usually be performed as a single surgery. However, some patients will choose to have this broken into two separate procedures. If it has been decided ahead of time that an implant will be placed during the lift procedure, it is usually positioned below the pectoralis muscle. This adds additional support to the breast and acts as an internal bra, which results in a longer-lasting outcome.
Breast augmentation with a lift is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. Because this is a combination surgery, the recovery time can last a bit longer than a lift or augmentation alone. Most patients return to work within a few short days, but exercise and aerobic activities should be eliminated for at least 2-4 weeks. It will take a few months for the breasts to settle fully into their new position and assume a soft, natural look. Women who have lived with sagging, deflated breasts are thrilled with their new breast appearance.