Breast augmentation is a very popular procedure that I perform often. However, for women who have had children, lost a great deal of weight, or who are just developing saggy breasts with age, I see a lot of interest in breast lift surgery. Often when women come in for consultation, they are looking to restore their breasts to a more youthful shape and position, and that entails a breast lift combined with breast augmentation/implants. At my Sacramento practice, this is a very common combination.
Sometimes women think a breast augmentation or a breast lift alone can address their concerns. In reality, combining a breast augmentation with a breast lift is often the best option for many reasons. Here are a few:
Safety, Efficiency, and Comfort
When sagging breast tissue is removed during a breast lift, the end result can be slightly smaller than the patient expected. Women who are unhappy with the size of their breasts after breast lift often return to their surgeons for a breast augmentation for added volume. Similarly, when women with sagging breasts get breast implants, the added weight can actually worsen or accentuate sagging, and they end up going back for a breast lift. In these scenarios, the patient undergoes anesthesia twice, endures two recoveries, and ultimately takes twice as much time off from work and other activities. This is why I spend a great deal of time counseling my patients about this decision during the consultation–so we can get it right the first time.
Lowered Overall Cost
The overall cost for any plastic surgery includes the physician’s fee, facility fee, and anesthesia fee. Though the physician’s fee will be slightly more for a combination procedure, you will only have to pay the facility fee and the anesthesia costs once. That can save quite a bit when compared to the cost of undergoing two separate surgeries.
The combination of a breast augmentation with a breast lift is a very popular choice for women who want to enjoy perky, youthful breasts with enhanced volume. A breast lift alone restores a youthful shape and position, but many women whose breasts sag also want added volume, which requires implants. Also, if a woman wants added upper pole fullness (cleavage), implants are the best option for creating this result.
However, inserting implants into droopy breasts, unfortunately, won’t resolve sagging. In fact, the weight of the implant may make it worse, both in the short term and the long term.
In my experience, most patients who opt for combined breast surgery are more satisfied because they enjoy a more comprehensive, lasting result that helps them to feel confident about their bodies. To get an idea of the kind of results this combination can produce, check out my gallery of before-and-after photos.
If you are interested in learning more about your options, request a consultation or call our office at (916) 929-1833.