Breast Lift with Implants
(Mastopexy with Breast Augmentation)
Over time, the effects of gravity, along with the loss of the skin’s natural elasticity, begin to have an effect on the appearance of a woman’s breasts. These factors, combined with pregnancies and nursing, will often cause the breasts to lose volume as well as their youthful shape and firmness. Replacing lost volume and restoring upper breast fullness is typically accomplished with a breast implant. This can lead a woman to seek a breast augmentation. Breast implant surgery is the most popular way to improve breast shape and size. Dr. DiBello prefers placing implants beneath the chest wall muscle. After surgery, breasts will appear “fuller” and more shapely in contour.
If the position of the nipples has dropped too much, then a breast lift will be recommended. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. The mastopexy procedure improves the appearance of the outside of your breasts in several ways. The breast tissue is elevated, removing the excess skin from the lower portion of the breast, reshaping and tightening the remaining breast skin. At the same time, it repositions the nipple and the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding your nipple) to the aesthetically desired higher position. The procedure can also reduce the size of the areola if a significant amount of stretching over time has occurred. While the mastopexy procedure will result in some increase in upper breast fullness, significant enhancement or improvement in fullness can be achieved by placing a saline implant at the time of the mastopexy procedure. A bilateral Mastopexy with Breast Augmentation will more predictably center the nipple, improve breast volume and firmness, and achieve better cleavage. In some instances, Dr. DiBello may recommend performing the breast lift first because of medical reasons or you may elect for personal reasons to “stage” the procedures. Then, after you have recovered and the time is right, you can proceed with the breast augmentation surgery at a later time.
When performing breast augmentation surgery incisions for placing the implants are made to keep scars as inconspicuous as possible. During the combined or staged Mastopexy Augmentation procedure, Dr. DiBello will place the breast implant through the mastopexy incisions and therefore will not have to make any additional incisions for the augmentation portion. The scars from breast lift with augmentation surgery will typically fade over time.
A consultation with our plastic surgeon will help you determine if you are a candidate for a Breast Lift with Implants. At that time, Dr. DiBello will discuss his personalized approach to your surgery as well as important considerations involved in Mastopexy Augmentation surgery.
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