Some women who have received breast augmentation are disappointed to find the results have not completely met their goals. This may not be the fault of the augmentation surgery. The problem is that breast augmentation is not designed to remedy the issue of sagging breasts; the goal for augmentation is a larger cup size. For women who have experienced sagging as well as volume loss, a breast augmentation with lift is necessary to elevate the breasts to a youthful position on the chest. In fact, large implants can increase sagging due to the added weight if a lift is not part of the surgical plan.
Breast augmentation or breast lift – which is best?
Breast augmentation, the placement of implants, is intended to add volume and projection to the breast silhouette. Implants can also correct uneven breasts if one breast is larger than the other.
A breast lift is intended to raise the breasts to a higher position on the chest by removing excess skin and tightening the breast tissue. The areola and nipple structure is also moved to match the higher position and if the areola has become enlarged, it can be reduced. A breast lift won’t create volume particularly in the upper area of the breast.
Most women over 30 have begun to experience some sagging which becomes more pronounced through the aging process. Women who have breast fed their babies or who have experienced significant weight loss will usually have significant sagging.
The best procedure to use for any given patient is determined by the image goals of the patient. If the volume of the breast is satisfactory, a breast lift alone can be all that is needed to rejuvenate the breast contour. If volume is needed or there is a difference in the size of the breasts, a breast augmentation with lift will accomplish the goal of a breast profile that is youthful, firm and has the volume desired by the patient.
Patients considering a breast augmentation with lift can usually benefit from having both procedures done during one surgery. This allows recovery to be done simultaneously which decreases overall recovery time, as compared to if the procedures were done separately. Having one surgery also reduces the general risks of surgery and is more cost effective.
Most patients can return to work and normal activities a week following surgery. Any strenuous activity will need to be avoided for three to four weeks. Dr. Correa advises each patient on the recovery time line based on their unique needs.
Combining procedures also reduces the amount of discomfort patients must cope with. The addition of a breast lift with augmentation does not significantly increase discomfort and many patients are delighted to find the recovery is much easier than they anticipated. Pain medication is usually necessary only for a few days.
Planning your breast rejuvenation surgery
Dr. Correa is a board certified plastic surgeon with countless procedures to his credit. He is also known for his ability to combine surgical skill with artistic perception. This results in beautiful natural results which enhance appearance and boost confidence.
Plan to visit Dr. Correa to discuss your goals and to learn all of your options. He will answer all of your questions, and recommend the best procedure or procedures for your unique needs.