This is a common question I have been asked many times by patients. The two most popular cosmetic breast procedures, breast lift (mastopexy) and breast augmentation, may be performed alone or in combination depending on the patient’s post-operative goals.
When a breast lift is performed alone, typically the nipple is relocated to the central portion of the breast and the breast is reshaped and lifted. During this process, the tissue is rearranged and excess skin is removed. This inherently makes the breast slightly smaller than its pre-surgery size. Over time, the breast is natural and will relax just a little, which is preferred by some patients.
Other patients desire more fullness in the upper portion of the breast and for breasts to be a bit larger. Any size breast implant can be useful for this purpose. Breast augmentation surgery is performed by surgically inserting saline or silicone implants to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. A very small implant can help the patient maintain her pre-surgery size or she can choose larger implants to increase the size completely. Whether or not an implant is needed in a mastopexy depends on the patient’s preference and post-operative needs. During consultations, I use Vectra® M3 Imaging to allow patients to virtually preview their potential plastic surgery results using three-dimensional simulation technology.
Most commonly, patients seek breast lift surgery after the changes that come with pregnancy and childbirth. As a mother myself, I understand the effects that breastfeeding, childbearing, and the overall signs of aging can have on a woman’s body. Physical changes such as excess skin in the abdomen or sagging breasts can affect self-image. To address these concerns, mommy makeover surgery is a customizable procedure of cosmetic breast and body contouring procedures such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast lift to restore a pre-baby body.