As women age, their bodies undergo various changes that impact the look of the breasts. After losing significant weight or childbirth, the breasts often lose firmness, shape, and volume, making women feel less attractive and self-conscious.
If you’re unhappy with your breast appearance and wish to provide holistic enhancement to your bustline, a breast lift and augmentation can be beneficial.
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What Is Breast Lift and Augmentation?
Breast lift with augmentation, also known as augmentation-mastopexy (BAM), is a cosmetic procedure to correct breast size and position for a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing look. It combines breast lift and augmentation to address various aesthetic issues.
What Can Breast Lift and Augmentation Accomplish?
Women combine breast lift surgery with an augmentation to address the following:
- Sagging or drooping breasts
- Loss of breast volume
- Asymmetry or unevenness between breasts
- Dissatisfaction with breast size or shape
Am I a Candidate for Breast Lift and Augmentation?
A breast lift with implants is best suited for individuals who want to eliminate breast sagging while adding volume and projection. Sometimes, implants or a breast lift alone may not yield the desired results, making it necessary to combine both procedures to revitalize the appearance of breasts.
Ideal candidates are:
- In good physical health, without any major medical concerns
- Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
- Realistic in their expectations
It’s recommended that women wait until they have finished having children before undergoing this procedure. Consulting with a highly proficient cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Tolomeo can give you a better understanding of whether you could benefit from combining a breast lift with implants.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Tolomeo for My Breast Lift and Augmentation?
Dr. Pasquale Tolomeo is a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon specializing in body, breast, and face surgery. He has extensive experience planning and performing augmentation-mastopexy procedures, focusing on safety and exceptionally natural-looking outcomes.
His patient-first approach, surgical expertise, and a keen eye for aesthetic balance have earned him the trust and admiration of countless women seeking his services to help them achieve their breast enhancement goals.
How Is Breast Lift With Implants Performed?
During your consultation, Dr. Tolomeo will examine your breasts, including their size, shape, and skin quality. He will also evaluate the balance and proportion of your breasts with respect to your body shape, help you choose implants, and formulate a detailed operative plan that helps achieve your breast aesthetic goals.
A breast lift and augmentation is typically performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
Breast implants are available in many sizes, shapes, and filling materials. You will choose from the following options:
- Silicone implants (silicone shell filled with cohesive silicone gel)
- Saline implants (silicone shell filled with sterile saline)
While traditional breast augmentation (without a lift) often uses very small incisions, augmentation-mastopexy does require more extensive incisions.
Commonly, women choose between the following (depending on the extent of sagging):
- Donut lift: Concentric incisions run around the areola (best for mild sagging)
- Lollipop lift: Incisions are made around the areola that continues vertically down to the lower pole of the breast (best for moderate sagging)
- Anchor lift: Incisions are made around the areola, down the lower pole of the breast, and across the inframammary fold (best for significant sagging)
Implants can be placed through any of these incision options.
The breast lift is usually the first step of the procedure, followed by augmentation. Incisions are made depending on the extent of lift required.
Dr. Tolomeo will then remove the excess skin and tighten the surrounding tissue to elevate the breasts on the chest wall. At the same time, the nipple-areola complex is repositioned to give it a more youthful projection and appearance.
Next, the implant is placed through the mastopexy incisions to create your desired perky, fuller bust. Incision placement is usually in the most inconspicuous locations, so you won’t need to worry about unsightly scars. Each procedure is highly customized to best meet your aesthetic goals.
What Is Breast Lift and Augmentation Recovery Like?
Recovery time varies, but you can generally resume your daily activities within one or two weeks. While some degree of bruising, swelling, and mild discomfort is expected after surgery, it will gradually fade. Over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication can be taken to easily manage discomfort.
Strenuous activities or heavy lifting should be avoided for four weeks or until cleared by Dr. Tolomeo. Like most procedures, getting proper care and follow-up is essential to achieving a successful outcome following your breast lift and augmentation in Massachusetts.