Although breast augmentation is consistently the most popular plastic surgery procedure available, it’s not always the best option for some patients looking to transform their breasts. Breast augmentation combined with a breast lift is the most effective way to completely rejuvenate the size, projection, and position of your breasts if you have sagging, and Dr. Kayastha can help you achieve a more confident you.
Breast augmentation with lift combines implants with a breast lift procedure to enhance the size, shape, contour, and position of the breasts. Although breast augmentation is a great way to enhance the size and projection of the breasts, it can’t fully reduce sagging skin and lift the breasts higher on the chest wall. Conversely, the breast lift can rejuvenate the breasts to a more upright position, but it can’t restore lost volume or increase their size. Together, however, breast augmentation and breast lift can achieve a more youthful, feminine figure.
Ideal candidates for breast augmentation and lift are those who want to increase breast size as well as re-position their breasts at the same time. Candidates should be in good health and be done breastfeeding and having children. This is because changes to your breasts can result in needing another procedure for best results.
If you’re happy with the size of your breasts when wearing a bra, you may be a candidate for a lift alone. However, if you would like them to be larger, implants are required. Implants add volume or replace lost volume. Women often opt for breast augmentation with lift to restore the breasts after volume loss and sagging due to age or pregnancy and breastfeeding. This procedure can be customized depending on your unique concerns and goals. This includes choosing the material, shape, and size of the implants.
The biggest benefit to combining a breast augmentation with lift is a lower cost and single downtime session, making it a great cost- and time-saving option for patients with busy schedules or lower budgets.
What to Expect
During your consultation with Dr. Kayastha, you’ll thoroughly discuss your concerns and determine whether breast augmentation with lift is right for you. You’ll also select the implants, incision patterns, and implant placement options that suit your goals.
What to Expect
Breast augmentation with lift is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Kayastha and our surgical team will coordinate throughout your surgery to make sure you stay safe and healthy. Typically, patients return home afterward.
What to Expect
You can expect swelling, tenderness, redness, and bruising after your procedure. You’ll be fitted with a specialized surgical bra and drains for your immediate recovery. Make sure to follow all instructions given by our team and schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Kayastha.
Because this procedure combines two different breast procedures, it’s one of the most customizable options available. During your consultation with Dr. Kayastha, you’ll select the type of breast implant that’s best for your goals as well as incision patterns and placement options.
Saline and silicone implants remain the two most popular options for breast augmentation. All implants are created with a medical-grade silicone shell but come with a different filling. Saline implants can be placed through a much smaller incision and filled with saline after they’re in place. Silicone implants come in two varieties – silicone gel and form stable silicone (or gummy bear implants). Silicone implants are among the most popular and natural-feeling type of implant.
Once you select the type of implant you want, you’ll then choose from a variety of other customizable options like your implant’s size (in CCs), shape (round or anatomical), and texture (smooth or textured). Each comes with benefits – for example, anatomical implants are teardrop-shaped and can achieve a more naturally-full look in the upper breast pole. Textured implants can also prevent rotating within the breast tissue pocket and achieve a firmer feel. Dr. Kayastha will discuss which combination of implants works best for your goals.
There are a variety of incision patterns that can be used during your procedure. Dr. Kayastha can take steps to help your incisions heal well and be easily concealed within clothing, as well as recommend the right silicone scar treatments for your recovery, meaning your incisions will be virtually invisible once they fade. There are a couple of incision options for your procedure including:
- Circumvertical incision
- Wise pattern
Each one comes with its benefits and allows Dr. Kayastha to place your implants while also lifting the breasts and removing sagging skin.
During breast augmentation, a pocket is created in the breast tissue for the implant. However, there are two options for placement. The first is on top of the chest muscle (which usually produces more projection with less discomfort during recovery) and underneath the chest muscle (which usually produces more subtle results and a natural feel). You’ll discuss the right one for your goals with Dr. Kayastha.
How long does it take to recover from breast augmentation with breast lift?
You can expect to take 1-2 weeks away from work and social activities. You can begin to return to regular activities after this time, but it can take 1-2 months to return to your normal workout schedule.
Can I get a breast lift and breast augmentation at the same time?
Yes - This is one of the most beneficial procedures for women who want to address sagging while also adding volume and projection.
Will a breast lift without implants make breasts look smaller or larger?
A breast lift on its own generally doesnt change the size of the breasts. Rather, it can lift the breasts to a more upright position and get rid of sagging.
Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation with lift?
Implants do not prevent you from breastfeeding. However, certain incision patterns may impact your nipple sensitivity and therefore can cause difficulties. If you have future plans to breastfeed, make sure to discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon.
How long are you swollen after breast lift with augmentation?
Most swelling will subside within 1-2 weeks of your procedure. However, its normal to have some minor residual swelling that lasts for a few months afterward.
When can I sleep on my back after breast lift and augmentation?
Its important to sleep in a reclined position on your back during your initial recovery. This relieves pressure off your incisions and implants.
Should you get a breast lift with implants or just breast lift?
This is dependent on your goals. If you want to add more volume and projection, then implants can help. If you only want to lift your breasts to a more upright position without changing their size, a breast lift on its own is your best option.
How painful is a breast lift and augmentation?
Your procedure will be performed under general anesthesia and youll be given pain-blocking medications afterward. As long as you follow your plastic surgeons directions, you can manage pain well enough to get the rest you need.
How do you take care of a breast lift with implants?
Youll be given detailed recovery instructions by our team. The most important steps are wearing your surgical bra as much as possible and keeping your incisions clean and unbothered.
How long does it take for breast augmentation with lift incisions to heal?
It can take 1-2 weeks for your incisions to fully heal, but its normal to still have some residual swelling for a few months afterward.
What can you not do after breast lift and augmentation?
Youll be given a detailed list of instructions on how to recover from your breast lift with augmentation procedure. This includes instructions on sleeping, washing, changing dressings, managing drains, and physical activity levels.
Whos a good candidate for breast augmentation with lift?
You can benefit from a breast augmentation with lift if you want to achieve perkier, more youthful breasts while also restoring lost volume. If you dont want larger breasts, then a breast lift alone can be an effective option.
Can a breast lift with implants achieve symmetrical breasts?
Breast implants are one way to create more symmetry if your breasts are noticeably asymmetrical. If you have one breast that is higher or lower than the other, a breast lift can also help.
How long does breast lift with implants last?
A breast lift with implants can still be subject to weight fluctuations which can cause the breasts to sag. Make sure to have healthy habits in place before considering breast surgery in order to get the most out of your results.
Do you need implants with a breast lift?
No - some patients can benefit from a breast lift on its own. Each patient is unique and Dr. Kayastha can provide a personalized recommendation during your consultation.
You’ll be given detailed instructions by our team ahead of your surgery date. In order to make your procedure safe and successful, it’s extremely important to follow directions. These typically include:
- Ceasing blood-thinning medications according to your doctor’s instructions
- Arranging for transportation and care from a close friend or family member
- Setting up a recovery area in your home
- Purchasing materials for your recovery including a surgical bra
- Fasting and avoiding fluids the night before your surgery
When you wake up from your surgery, you’ll be fitted with a specialized surgical bra. Make sure to wear this as much as possible during your initial recovery. It’s normal to have some soreness and discomfort, and our team will make sure you have pain-blocking medications for your recovery. Swelling will be at its worst for the first 1-2 weeks before beginning to subside. You should plan to take 1-2 weeks away from work and social activities to rest and recover. Dr. Kayastha will make sure you know when it’s safe to return to your regular workout regimen.
You’ll see noticeable results after your surgery, but it can take a few months for swelling to subside and for the implants to settle into their final position. Most patients note that their breasts begin to feel and look natural at around 6 weeks after. Because breast augmentation with lift is the most transformative breast surgery available, you’ll enjoy fuller, perkier, more youthful breasts after your full recovery.
If you’re interested in learning more about how a breast augmentation with lift can transform your confidence, your first step is meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Contact our Albany office at (518) 674-9060 or contact us online.