Am I a Good Candidate For Augmentation Mastopexy Surgery?

Published on February 3, 2017
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Augmentation mastopexy refers to a cosmetic procedure that combines a breast lift with a breast augmentation. It can help you achieve perkier, rounder, fuller, and more youthful breasts. If you are planning to undergo a breast enhancement, you should consider combining it with a breast lift for enhanced results.

The breast lift will allow your surgeon to reposition the nipple so that it does not point downward. An implant helps to add more volume to your breasts, particularly in the upper poles, where a breast lift alone might not be enough to meet all of your aesthetic goals.

What Does the Procedure Entail?

Your surgeon will make two incisions, one around the areolar edge and another that extends from the lower part of the areola to the base of your breast. This is also referred to as a lollipop scar. The surgeon will then place implants through these incisions. Usually, the implant is placed into the pectoral muscle. You get to choose between a saline and a silicone implant.

The procedure is relatively complex as the skin envelope of your breast is adjusted at the same time as your breast volume. Although the results can be extremely rewarding, the procedure needs to be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience. You ask for a portfolio of your surgeon’s previous work so that you have a good idea of what you are signing up for.

Preparing for the Procedure

• You need to stop smoking at least 4 weeks before and after the surgery. Smoking can cause problems during the surgery and hinder the healing process. You should also avoid taking aspirin and anti-inflammatories a week before the surgery as they can cause bleeding and other difficulties during the procedure.

• Good nutrition optimizes the healing process and accelerates recovery from the procedure. Make sure that you have a high protein diet and take supplements for any vitamin deficiencies you might have.

• Make sure you get plenty of rest on the evening before the surgery and don’t eat or drink anything after midnight, especially if your surgery is scheduled around noon.

Recovery and Side Effects

The procedure can last anywhere between 90 and 180 minutes. Make sure that you have someone to drive you home after the surgery as it is not a good idea to be behind the wheel after the surgery is completed. You should be able to return to work after a couple of weeks, although it is advisable to avoid any vigorous activity for 3 weeks.

Any signs of visible bruising on your breasts will subside after 2 weeks, and the swelling will go down a week later. It might take a while for the breasts to settle down into the desired shape. You may not experience your final results for a few months.

You can talk to your surgeon about combining an augmentation mastopexy with a lower body lift or an abdominoplasty to improve the overall contour and appearance of your body.

Contact Our Office

If you aren’t satisfied with the size and shape of your breasts, we have the perfect procedure for you. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard A. Bartlett, a board-certified plastic surgeon to learn more about the procedure and the benefits it can provide. We can help you feel more confident in your body and change your life.