Breast augmentation-mastopexy is a procedure that combines a breast lift with the placement of 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.
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.
Recovery from breast lift with implants surgery typically requires up to a minimum of six 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 a significant breast lift is planned in combination with a breast augmentation, the vertical-lift popsicle scar is generally utilized. For more minimal breast lifting, a supra-areolar scar or circum-areolar (i.e. around the entire areola) scar might be more appropriate. Individual circumstances dictate the choices made, so it is difficult to predict scar expectations until Dr. Okamoto has had the opportunity to consult upon the options available for each case, which heavily depend on the patient’s presentation and desires. Dr. Okamoto understands concerns over breast scarring and will do all that is possible to minimize their long-term appearance with advanced techniques whenever possible.
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.
*Individual results may vary