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Benefits of Combining Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift Procedures

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


Benefits of Combining Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift Procedures

Breast Augmentation Surgery and Breast Lift Surgery offer two different solutions but together they can make your breasts appear larger, firmer, and more youthful. A woman’s breasts undergo several changes in her lifetime. A variety of factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, changes in weight, aging, gravity and genetics contribute to loss of shape, elasticity, and firmness over the years. A study published in Psychology Today has revealed that close to 70 percent of American women are dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts.

Breast Augmentation

A breast augmentation has been traditionally used to increase the size of a woman’s breasts and restore breast volume. A surgeon will insert silicone breast implants or saline breast implants into a pocket under the native breast tissue to achieve the desired results. Breast implants come in many different shapes and sizes from smooth round gel to shaped gummy bear implants. Many women will consider breast augmentation surgery after significant weight loss or pregnancy. The surgery helps improve the overall shape and silhouette of your body. Breast augmentation can also boost your self-esteem and contribute to your personal and emotional well being.

Breast Lift

Although Breast Augmentation Surgery increases the size of the breast, it does not significantly improve sagging breasts. For this, you will need a breast lift, sometimes called a mastopexy surgery, to raise them. In this procedure a surgeon will remove excessive loose skin from the breasts and tighten surrounding tissues to reshape the breast mound. The nipple areola complex can be made smaller and raised to a more central position on the breast mound as well. A Breast Lift also has a positive effect on the shape and appearance of your entire body. The procedure has been gaining immense popularity in recent times. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that breast lifts have increased by almost 70 percent since 2000.

The Combination – Mastopexy Augmentation Surgery

Many women feel that they have to choose between breast augmentation and a breast lift. Many breast experts, however, recommend undergoing both the surgeries at the same time. The procedure is known as augmentation-mastopexy. The surgery will correct sagging breasts and increase their volume in a single session. A lift will also allow the surgeon to reshape the skin and the surrounding tissues and create ideal framework to support the breast implants that are inserted during augmentation. The advantage of doing both procedures at the same time is that there is only one operating room session needed. Also with one surgery versus two, recovery time and time off from work is reduced. When performed after pregnancy this may sometimes be called a Mommy Makeover and can be further combined with a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty surgery.

A study published in the January 2013 issue of the journal “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery” has also revealed that combining breast lift and augmentation surgeries does not lead to additional complications.

You should, however, discuss your concerns with your doctor before making the final decision. It is important to choose a top plastic surgeon in your area for your breast surgery. Mastopexy-augmentation surgery carries some risks and a board certified plastic surgeon will be able to carefully explain these to you. He will check your breasts and determine your eligibility for the procedure. With careful planning, you can enjoy firm, youthful and fuller breasts within no time and improve your look dramatically.


* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.