Breast Augmentation with Lift
Dr. Christopher Livingston M.D., F.A.C.S., P.A. at Livingston Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas is a breast augmentation specialist, attracting patients from all over the Houston metropolitan area, Pearland, The Woodlands, and Sugar Land. One of the specific types of breast augmentation Dr. Livingston is skilled in performing is breast augmentation with lift. This procedure enhances the size and shape of the breasts simultaneously by removing the excess skin that causes sagging and finishing off with an implant.
What is Breast Augmentation with Lift?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, provides a more youthful, perky appearance, but does not add volume to the breast; by contrast, a typical breast augmentation can increase size and fullness, but does not address the sagging that develops over time. A breast augmentation with lift provides the best of both worlds, giving patients a more proportionate, curvaceous appearance and lifting breasts back to their desired location.
Breast augmentation with lift is frequently performed on women who have had children and dislike the changes that pregnancy and breastfeeding caused their breasts. Other women desire the surgery because their breasts have started to droop and change as a result of weight fluctuations, heredity, or aging, or because they are simply not pleased with their original size and shape. As we age, our skin naturally becomes less elastic, and a variety of factors may further contribute to breasts developing a slack appearance. The nipples may also start pointing downward or away from one another. A breast augmentation with lift allows the breasts to be repositioned for aesthetic appeal and symmetry in a manner that complements the rest of your figure.
How Does the Procedure Work?
There are three different ways your board-certified plastic surgeon may perform the lift part of the augmentation. It can be done by removing tissue around the areola (periareolar lift), around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease (vertical lift) or around the areola, down the breast, and horizontally to the breast crease (anchor lift). Depending on the patient’s breast size, shape, skin type and condition, and other factors, the doctor will choose the method best suited to achieve optimal results for each individual. The implant used may be either saline or silicone gel, and comes in either a round or an anatomical shape. During the consultation process, your doctor will discuss the merits of each and come to a decision with you about what type of implant best meets your unique set of needs.
During the procedure, excess skin and tissue will be removed, and the areolas may also be reduced in size to make them more proportionate to the size of the breast. Patients with a condition called breast ptosis have areola that are enlarged and stretched out, and reshaping them enhances overall appearance. Sutures are places deep inside the layers of the breast to support their weight and maintain the desired position – sort of like wearing a bra on the inside. An implant is placed inside the breast to provide fullness and symmetry. Incisions will be closed with sutures, and the breasts will be wrapped in compression bandages to aid healing and reduce swelling in the immediate post-surgical period.
What to Expect Afterward
As with any surgical procedure, a certain amount of discomfort is to be expected while recovering. Because an implant has been inserted, you will see a noticeable increase in breast size right away. Discomfort may be experienced in the first day or two following surgery, and pain medication can be prescribed if necessary.
Patients can go back to work after a few days of recovery, provided the dressings have been removed; swelling usually subsides in two to four weeks. It may take one to three weeks to see the final shape of the breast because of the normal swelling. After three or four weeks, it is possible to resume exercise. Scars may take up to a year to fade and flatten.
Please browse the before and after photos to see the results Dr. Livingston has achieved with past breast augmentation with lift patients. To discuss the costs associated with breast augmentation with lift or schedule a consultation, contact Livingston Plastic Surgery.