Breast Augmentation-Mastopexy – Breast Lift with Implants
If you would like to reduce the appearance of sagginess in the breasts while simultaneously adding volume and size, a breast augmentation-mastopexy (BAM) may be ideal for your needs. Commonly referred to as a breast lift with implants, this procedure can be very helpful for improving the position, size, shape, and firmness of the breasts. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Okamoto, can meet with you for an initial consultation and talk with you about your goals. If breast augmentation-mastopexy is the right option for you, Dr. Okamoto will create a treatment plan designed to provide you with the most beautiful, natural-looking results.
When should I consider a breast augmentation-mastopexy?
Breast ptosis is characterized by the tendency for breasts to sag and droop as time goes by. It is very common, and is typically due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy, enlarged breasts, genetics, gravity, and/or the natural process of aging. A breast lift can eliminate sagging skin and lift the breasts to a higher position, giving them a smoother, firmer, and more youthful appearance. With that in mind, breast lift surgery cannot add volume or size to the breasts. For women who are trying to enhance the size and fullness of the breasts, breast augmentation is often the ideal solution – yet, that procedure alone will not solve breast ptosis issues to any significant degree. That’s where a breast lift with implants procedure can be most beneficial. By combining a breast lift with a breast augmentation, you can address two concerns at once, firming and lifting the breasts while enhancing volume and shape.
Breast augmentation-mastopexy is often particularly beneficial for women who have had children. After pregnancy and/or breastfeeding, many women experience breast ptosis and even a loss of breast volume. Breast lift with implants procedures can resolve these issues with beautiful outcomes. This option can also be performed as part of a full Mommy Makeover from our plastic surgeon.
What does the procedure involve?
This treatment is typically performed as an outpatient under general anesthesia. Excess skin affecting the breasts will be removed, and the remaining skin will be tightened. The breasts and nipples will ultimately be “lifted” to a higher position to allow for a more youthful and “perky” appearance. Then, the breast implants will be placed. Dr. Okamoto can often utilize the same incisions made for the breast lift to place the implants, and he will take great care to ensure that residual scarring is as light as possible. Some visible scarring can be expected; however, scars often fade to a certain degree with time and are easily concealed under clothing.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Okamoto will go over all of your options, including the size and type of breast implants that are available, what you can expect from the procedure, and other issues. He will answer all of your questions and encourages you to be open about your concerns and expectations. Together, you and Dr. Okamoto can come up with the treatment plan that is best for your needs.
What about recovery?
Recovery from breast lift with implants surgery typically requires about two weeks of rest. Many patients are able to resume normal daily routines after this time. A special bra will need to be worn during this period in order to facilitate healing. You will experience some degree of bruising, swelling, minor discomfort, and even a possible change in nipple sensation during recovery. Dr. Okamoto can prescribe medication to help you control discomfort. Results from the procedure are usually most apparent after about two months; however, a mild degree of swelling may persist for up to one year or more (this is generally not significantly noticeable).
If you would like more information on breast lift with implants, please contact us today. If you are unsure whether a breast lift, a breast augmentation, or a combination of these procedures is right for your needs, Dr. Okamoto will be happy to meet with you for an initial consultation to help you determine which option is the most ideal.