Breast Lift with Implants
Cost $12,000 - $14,000
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Patients who have a higher degree of breast sag or ptosis
who also want to go larger in size are good candidates
for a breast lift and augmentation. Sometimes, a breast
augmentation alone with an implant can help achieve
enough lift to avoid having to do a formal lift, however
when this is not the case, or in the case of a tuberous breast such as the patient shown above, a lift is done at the same time as the augmentation. If a patient is on the border between having their goals met with just an augmentation, and needing a lift with their augmentation, the augmentation is often done first and the lift done later in a staged fashion if goals are not met.
The surgery is done at an outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia, and usually takes under 2 1/2 hours. The augmentation is typically done first as an incision within the area that will be incised for the lift, so there is no separate incision for the augmentation. The lift is either done as a Wise (anchor) pattern or a lollipop pattern which does not include the scar underneath the breast, depending on the patient's goals and preferences. All incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures and glue, and patients are wrapped tightly with gauze padding and an ACE wrap. No drains are used.
The ACE wrap and gauze can be removed after 24-48 hours, and patients may shower. After showering, if there is a lot of swelling, it is advised to wear the ACE wrap, or transition to a front closure sports bra if it is easier or more comfortable. Overhead reaching is not permitted for 2 weeks, nor is high end exercise or lifting more than 5 lbs permitted for 4-6 weeks after surgery. At first, the breast implants will appear to sit high up on the chest, but will settle into place over 1-3 months. Scars will fade after about a year, and final results are visible after anywhere from 6-12 months, depending on patients age and skin elasticity.