Combining breast enhancement procedures into a single surgery can give women the greatest cosmetic improvements for the least amount of fuss. Patients only need to have one operation, pay one set of facility and anesthesia fees, and go through one recovery period—but benefit from addressing multiple concerns simultaneously.
A breast augmentation with lift is one of the most popular surgical combinations. The breast lift treats skin laxity and raises sagging breasts, while the augmentation adds volume and firmness. Together, they create a more youthful, shapely, and balanced appearance.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift and Augmentation?
While combining breast enhancement surgeries may yield the most comprehensive results, not every woman will need both procedures to achieve her ideal look. Understanding what each procedure can and can’t do may help you determine whether a singular or combined approach is better for you.
Breast augmentation on its own adds fullness, particularly to the upper pole of the breast (the half above the nipple). Women can customize the size, shape (round or anatomical teardrop), profile (projection from the chest), and even feel of their implants to get the breasts they want. Breast augmentation can even correct asymmetry, as we discuss in our related blog post.
However, breast augmentations cannot correct sagging or loose skin. This is where the breast lift comes in. Women with drooping breasts can have their breasts repositioned, their excess skin removed, their areolas reduced, and their nipples restored to a perkier placement. What a breast lift can’t do, though, is increase breast size or change its shape.
If you are looking to give your breasts a boost and are happy with your natural size, a breast lift should suffice. Similarly, you may benefit most from a breast augmentation-only surgery if size and shape are your main considerations.
However, if your cosmetic concerns overlap between these procedures, a combined surgery may be the right approach for you.
Getting a Breast Lift with Implants
During your breast enhancement procedure, your board-certified plastic surgeon will perform the breast lift first. Your incisions will depend on the degree of sagging to be corrected, but most will circle the areolas and extend vertically from the bottom of the areola to the base of the breast.
Your plastic surgeon will remove any excess skin, tighten it, and consolidate the remaining tissue into a more compact shape. The breasts are then positioned higher along the chest wall before the implants are inserted.
Any cosmetic changes to the size of the areolas or placement of the nipples will follow before your surgeon closes the incisions with sutures.
Breast Lift and Augmentation Recovery
Most patients are back at work or school within a week of their surgery. However, you will need a few more weeks to resume strenuous activities.
Soreness and discomfort are expected during the first 5 to 7 days following surgery, though these are usually quickly remedied with prescription medication. During your recovery period, you will need to wear a surgical bra to stabilize your breasts and protect the incision sites while you heal.
Breast implants will also undergo a “drop and fluff” period as the post-surgical swelling diminishes over the following months (between 3 and 6). The implants will “drop” to a lower, more natural positioning and “fluff” the lower part of the breast for a more even distribution of fullness.
Combining your breast augmentation and breast lift surgeries can produce the most satisfying, thorough results without creating redundancies in cost and downtime. To see what can be achieved with our range of breast enhancement procedures, please check out our before and after photo gallery.