In my experience, many women choose a breast lift with implants to enhance the appearance and volume of their breasts. This procedure is known to achieve a fuller, perkier shape. It increases the breast size and creates a lovely, balanced proportion by tightening the breast skin envelope and will give you the exact look and feel that you want.
Whether you are looking to restore your youthful shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding, significant weight loss, or simply to address the natural sagging process that occurs with ageing, breast lift surgery using implants can give you the gorgeous, feminine shape you’re after.
Discussing Your Breast Lift Procedure
For this procedure, I’ll use either a one or two-stage surgery to help you achieve your ideal appearance. This will depend on how much of an increase in breast volume you want and the degree of lift suitable for your breast and nipple areolar proportions. It all begins with a detailed consultation with me, to determine your desired outcome and what approach I’ll take, to achieve the right balance and tension for your body. This requires a lot of careful planning and consideration from me, to ensure you are both in agreement on what shape and size you want, as well as what is appropriate for your body.
With a typical borderline case, where your nipple position seems to lie at the level of your breast fold, you may be able to achieve a reasonable outcome with breast augmentation alone. Likewise, if you are comfortable with the relatively low-lying position of your breasts, using bigger sized implants to fill tissue laxity may be all you need to create your desired final surgical result, keeping in mind that a lift may be necessary in the future. However, from my experience, a breast lift with implants gives you the best surgical outcome in terms of shape, size and symmetry. With a lift, your breast mounds will be raised to a higher position and your skin will be tightened over your chosen implants, to perfectly suit your body frame and breast dimension.
Recovery Timeline after a Breast Lift Surgery
I find that your recovery period will vary based on the nature of your surgery. In general, you should expect significant post-operative swelling over the first 5 to 7 days after the procedure. Then, over the next 4 to 6 weeks, the swelling and discomfort will subside and you’ll be able to enjoy the final results.
Over the years as a Plastic Surgeon, I have found that pain varies tremendously between my patients, and this depends not only on the procedure, but also on the individual’s pain threshold. As you progress through the recovery period, I recommend that you take things easy to ensure optimal wound healing. This means no heavy lifting. It also means allowing your body – and mind – to adjust to the new shape and size of your breasts. Each one of my patients gets specific instructions for post-operative care and it’s important that you adhere closely to these instructions to ensure that your recovery is optimised.
I always tell my patients that it’s important to keep in mind the risks and possible complications involved in a breast lift surgical procedure. For example, when using a lift with implants, you’re dealing with a more complicated procedure than breast augmentation. This means there is a possibility of extra scarring around the breast mound.
With the peri-areolar mastopexy, there is the risk of a sort of “squashing down” of the mound, at least in the short term. In the long term the skin will usually stretch to your desired contour but this creates the risk of areolar spreading and inconsistent nipple positioning.
As with any cosmetic breast enhancement surgery, there is a risk of changes to the nipple or breast sensation, as well as contour or shape abnormalities. To ensure that you are comfortable with the procedure, the recovery period and the expected final results, we will discuss all of the possible complications during our consultation and before you commit to breast lift surgery.
I find that women use a breast lift with implants to revitalise the look and feel of their breasts. This procedure can restore youthful firmness and provide the volume and aesthetic look you’ve always desired. Learn whether or not you would be a good candidate for breast lift surgery and the difference it can make to your life!