BREAST LIFT WITH AUGMENTATION*

The combination of breast lift and breast augmentation is particularly valuable for patients whose breasts have started to sag, or lose their youthful form or fullness, and patients who have lost volume in their breasts.

Combined breast lift and augmentation may help patients who feel that their breasts sag and have gotten smaller, patients who have lost shape and volume, patients whose breasts have a flatter elongated shape or are pendulous, patients whose nipple and areola point downward, patients whose nipples fall below the crease of the breast, patients with stretched skin or elongated areolas, and those patients with one breast which is lower than the other.

This combination of procedures is not needed for patients who have adequate breast volume or for patients whose breasts are too large. such patients simply require a breast lift or breast reduction.

Not every patient is a candidate for this procedure. For example, patients in whom the breasts have drooped excessively might be better served by an initial breast lift followed by a subsequent augmentation. although we most frequently will do the two procedures in a combined fashion, the geometry involved can be difficult and it is sometimes better to perform the procedure in two stages.

A consultation with the doctor is central to finding out which approach is best for you. It is important to discuss your goals for surgery, why you want the surgery and what you expect from it. you should also be prepared to discuss whether you have had previous surgeries, any personal or family history or breast cancer, and to review any other medical problems. After the interview, a physical examination will be performed. After that you and your doctor can discuss the pros, cons, and risks of doing the procedure. Together, you can come up with a plan for surgery.

*a portion of this information was paraphrased from a publication of the American Society for Plastic Surgeons.