Nothing flatters the figure of women at any age quite like shapely, supple breasts. For some women, breast renewal is all it takes to look younger or simply feel more confident. With breasts that have a lot of tissue but not much volume, a combination augmentation and lift may be just what the doctor ordered.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation, or mammoplasty, is a procedure designed to enhance the size, shape and texture of the breasts. Breast augmentation can be performed as either a reconstructive or elective procedure.

Breast augmentation is generally achieved via placement of either saline or silicone implants. However, some procedures can make use of fat graft transfers. Although some women prefer the use of saline implants due to the smaller incision size, silicone implants provide most patients with optimal results.

How is breast augmentation performed?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. Placement of breast implants can occur via several different incision sites into various portions of the breast. The location of the incision and implant placement depends both on the desired result and the amount and condition of existing breast tissue. Incisions used for breast augmentation can be made below the breast, around the areola, in the underarm or even in the abdomen. Implants are then inserted behind the mammary glands, the connective tissue or the chest muscles.

What is a breast lift?

A breast lift is a procedure designed to reshape the breasts to attain a firmer, perkier appearance. Breast lifts are commonly performed after breastfeeding or significant weight loss to restore the breasts to their prior appearance. Additionally, breast lifts also provide some women the opportunity to enjoy a more desirable breast shape for the first time. Breasts with nipples that point down or reach below the infra mammary crease (the skin fold below the breast) may benefit from a breast lift. This technique may also be appropriate for some cases of breast asymmetry.

How is a breast lift performed?

A breast lift is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. It is achieved by removing excess tissue and repositioning the nipple. Large, stretched areolas can also be reduced in size and reshaped during a breast lift procedure. The incisions used to perform a breast lift will depend on the amount of breast tissue requiring reshaping, the desired outcome and any additional procedures that will be performed. Incisions may be located around the areola only, in the infra mammary crease, or in some combination of these sites.

What can I expect from combined breast lift with augmentation?

Breast lift with augmentation is also referred to as augmentation-mastopexy. During a single surgical procedure, the breasts are repositioned and reshaped using implants. In addition to the techniques used in each individual procedure, combined breast lift with augmentation may also require the use of a supportive lattice to hold the implants in their desired position.

Breast lift combined with augmentation can provide the most impressive results for patients wishing to achieve a more youthful breast shape. After a combined breast lift with augmentation, you can expect to return to work in seven to 14 days. Vigorous activities can be resumed after three weeks. The full effect of the procedure will be apparent within three weeks, when the swelling subsides.

Choosing a breast lift and augmentation specialist

Although the intention of this article is to be informative, it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are interested in learning more about the breast reshaping procedure that may be right for you, please contact a qualified professional in your area.

Consider turning to Dr. George Solomon to achieve your best breast shape. Combined breast lift with augmentation is one of the procedures performed by Dr. George Solomon, M.D. at the Solomon Cosmetic Center. Solomon patients appreciate the care provided at each step of the process, from initial consultation to final results. Contact the Solomon Cosmetic Center today to find out for yourself what makes Solomon patients some of the happiest – and most beautiful – in the Tampa area.

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