Breasts have long been a symbol of femininity and beauty, influencing self-confidence and body image. As a result, breast surgeries, both aesthetic and reconstructive, have seen significant advancement over the years. One such procedure that has gained popularity is the Augmentation Mastopexy, a combination of a breast lift and implants. If you’re curious about this transformative procedure, let’s dive deeper into its intricacies and benefits.
What is Augmentation Mastopexy (Breast Lift with Implants)?
Augmentation Mastopexy, also commonly referred to as a breast lift with implants, is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the overall appearance of the breasts by addressing two primary concerns: volume and position. The procedure enhances the size and shape of the breasts using implants while also lifting sagging or drooping breasts to a more youthful and perkier position.
Who is a Candidate?
First, let’s see if you’re a candidate. Women often consider Augmentation Mastopexy due to various factors:
- Post-pregnancy and breastfeeding: These life events can lead to volume loss and sagging.
- Aging: Over time, natural aging and gravity can cause the breasts to lose their elasticity and firmness.
- Significant weight fluctuations: Rapid weight loss or gain can lead to a change in breast size and position.
- Genetics: Some women naturally have sagging breasts or are predisposed to them.
Ideal candidates are typically those in good health, have realistic expectations, and seek both an enhancement in breast size and a lift in their position.
The surgery, which usually lasts 2 to 4 hours, involves several steps:
- Consultation: Prior to the surgery, a comprehensive discussion takes place between the patient and surgeon regarding the desired outcome, implant size, type, and placement.
- Incision: The surgeon makes an incision. The type of incision often depends on the degree of lift needed and can range from a periareolar incision (around the areola) to a more extensive anchor-shaped incision.
- Placing the Implants: Using sizers that help correctly estimate size and style implants to re-volumize the breasts are chosen. Silicone or saline implants are then inserted either above or below the chest muscle.
- Lifting and Reshaping: After the implants have been chosen, excess skin is then removed, and the breast tissue is reshaped to raise the breasts.
- Closing the Incisions: Sutures are used to close the incisions. Over time, these scars fade but might not disappear entirely.
Recovery and Results
Next is recovery. This is a crucial phase. Patients can expect:
- Immediate Post-surgery: Mild to moderate discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Pain medications and antibiotics are often prescribed.
- First Few Weeks: Patients are advised to wear a support bra to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting are discouraged during this time.
- Long-term: Scars gradually lighten and mature over the next year. It’s essential to follow-up with the surgeon to ensure optimal healing and results.
The results of the surgery are immediately noticeable. With time and after swelling subsides, the breasts will settle, revealing their new enhanced and uplifted form.
Benefits of Augmentation Mastopexy
- Dual Benefits: The procedure offers both enlargement and upliftment, addressing two concerns in one surgery.
- Enhanced Aesthetics: The combined effect leads to a more youthful and fuller breast appearance.
- Increased Confidence: With improved we breast aesthetics, many women report boosted self-confidence and satisfaction with their body image.
- Long-lasting Results: With proper care and barring significant weight changes or pregnancy, the results can be long-lasting.
Take the next step…
While Augmentation Mastopexy offers a transformative experience, it’s essential to understand the implications, risks, and benefits. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bloom. He will guide you through the process, ensuring your safety and satisfaction with the outcome. When considering such a procedure, it’s essential to prioritize expertise and safety over cost. Your body and well-being are invaluable, so ensure you’re in the best hands.