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A breast lift with augmentation is a surgical procedure for those want more breast volume but also need a breast lift. This is a common procedure for women, because breast implants alone will not lift the breasts. A breast lift raises and reshapes breasts that have sagged from pregnancy, from significant weight changes, or from the natural process of aging. The augmentation portion of the procedure would be done with breast implants for those unsatisfied with their current breast size and would like more volume in addition to a lift.
IDEAL breast lift and augmentation™
Dr. Shu trained with board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ted Eisenberg, to perform the newest technique for breast lift with implant augmentation called IDEAL breast lift and augmentation™. During surgery, the breast augmentation will be done first followed by the breast lift and removal of excess skin. The end result with be more lifted, larger, and firmer breasts. The breast lift portion of the procedure restores the breast to a more youthful look by repositioning the nipple at a higher position and removing excess skin which creates a natural sling or new bra to support the breasts. During the lift, Dr. Shu will sew the nipple and central portion of areola higher, and bring the tissues together. The nipple is not removed and breast tissue is not touched; only the skin is removed. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and is done under the IV sedation with local anesthetic. After IDEAL breast lift with augmentation™ surgeries, patients have had minimal discomfort. Stitches are dissolvable and don’t need to be removed. More than 90% of breast surgery patients are back to work on the fifth day, if they work in an office setting. Patients can generally return to aerobics in two to three weeks and upper body weightlifting in six weeks.
Some things to consider before deciding to have a breast lift with augmentation are that there may be a scar from the incision that goes around the nipple, extends from the nipple down to the breast fold then across the breast fold itself. For some women the incision will heal to a thin line; for others it may be thicker. Lastly, mastopexy or a breast lift may not be permanent if your skin tone is poor before the surgery. The breasts might sag again to some extent, but not nearly to the point at which they were before surgery. A second operation might be required to retighten the skin of the breast in the future.