The breasts go through many changes during a lifetime. With aging, gravity causes them to droop. Also, having children can cause them to deflate. Finally, many people lose weight which can also cause a flat appearance. For these patients, breast implants combined with a lift, or mastopexy, may be the best procedure for them.
Dr. Cuber and Dr. Heller have a large amount of experience with this breast augmentation procedure, and over the last 15 years, have worked to individualize their approach to each patient, because each patient needs a different amount of lifting. They will personally examine you and discuss what type of implants and breast lift incision is best for you.
Generally, the implant cannot be too large because it will be hard to close the breast lift incisions. The implant simply gives back some of the fullness in the upper breast that has been lost.
The breast lift incisions are divided into three types:
- Periareolar (around the nipple) for minimal sagging
- Circumvertical or lollipop (around the nipple with a vertical extension) for moderate sagging
- Inverted T or anchor incision (around the nipple with a vertical extension plus horizontal extension) for severe sagging
Dr. Heller and Dr. Cuber always try to make the smallest incision possible, but sometimes the larger incisions are needed to get the best possible result.
Recovery After Breast Implants With Lift
This type of breast surgery is performed in our accredited surgery center in New Jersey or New York under IV sedation or general anesthesia. You will be discharged home the same day with a bandage and wrap in place. Some soreness, swelling, and bruising may occur, and muscle relaxants, pain killers, and antibiotics will be prescribed.
The breasts will often appear too high to begin with, but will fall nicely into position in subsequent weeks. Patients can typically return to work in 10 days, with no strenuous activity for 2-3 weeks.
Breast implants with lift is an excellent procedure, but it is very important to understand that patients need to have realistic expectations. While we cannot completely recreate youth, we can certainly make nice improvements. To discuss what results you might be able to expect from a combined breast augmentation and breast lift, please call (800) 860-1435 or complete our online contact form. Associates in Plastic Surgery serves patients throughout New Jersey and in Staten Island.