What is breast Augmentation with Lift?
Breast augmentation with a lift is a combination of two cosmetic procedures to improve the volume and shape of the breast. It is a surgery that includes both the placement of breast implants as well as a skin tightening technique (the lift) to bring the breast to a higher position on the chest wall. Aging, pregnancy, and weight loss are common factors in which the breasts can lose volume and shape. If a patient has good skin tone and limited sagging, implants alone may suffice. However, sagging that creates a downward breast appearance caused by a loss of skin elasticity must be treated with a lift. Dr. James Fernau can place implants to create the size desired by the patient. Breast augmentation with a lift creates beautiful, youthful, shapelier breasts for our Pittsburgh, PA patients at Dr. James Fernau Plastic Surgery.
Breast Augmentation With Lift Reviews
"Mommy Makeover - Pittsburgh, PA - Dr Fernau is 10/10 in my book. He knew immediately what to fix and explained thoroughly my surgery and recovery. Great bedside manner and very kind. I had a lot of consults before I chose him. I had the Brazilian lipoabdominoplasty and breast lift with augmentation. Very pleased. Love my results! - - I am a twin and have 2 kids and I needed some help. Diet and exercise was not enough to fix saggy tummy skin and saggy Breasts. Dr Fernau did a Brazilian lipoabdominoplasty and a breast lift with an implant. My results are really amazing. My recovery was easy. They used Exparel anesthetic and I really had no pain during first 4 days. After that minor discomfort. Super nice staff. I am going back !"- B. / RealSelf / Aug 03, 2016
"Phenomenal experience - From the first consultation, Dr. Fernau and his staff were beyond welcoming and helpful. He made me feel like I was his only patient. He seemed genuinely excited about my procedure and getting me the results that I wanted. He's a perfectionist and won't settle for less than perfect results. He travels around the world attending conferences related to his trade. He has his finger on the pulse of the latest technologies. I lost about 100 pounds 2 years ago and my breasts were loose bags of skin and tissue. He performed a breast lift and augmentation using the PAM technique. Its only been a month, but I can't believe how good they look. The scarring is so minimal right now and they look like full, natural breasts. I couldn't be happier with Dr. Fernau or my experience. I plan to go to him again for an abdominoplasty next year."- L. / RealSelf / Oct 09, 2018
"From the first consultation, Dr. Fernau and his staff were beyond welcoming and helpful. He made me feel like I was his only patient. He seemed genuinely excited about my procedure and getting me the results that I wanted. He's a perfectionist and won't settle for less than perfect results. He travels around the world attending conferences related to his trade. He has his finger on the pulse of the latest technologies. I lost about 100 pounds 2 years ago. He performed a breast lift and augmentation using the PAM technique. Its only been a month, but I can't believe how good they look. I couldn't be happier with Dr. Fernau or my experience."- L.S. / Google / Mar 19, 2018
"My breast aug and BBL are great. Dr Fernau is a great doctor. He is an artist. I'm going back for more Lipo and sending friends"- Anonymous / UCompareHealthcare / Aug 03, 2016
How does a breast augmentation with lift work?
The surgery begins with the breast lift before placing the implant. During the procedure, excess skin is trimmed away, the underlying tissues are tightened with sutures and the breast is reshaped. This completes the lift portion of the procedure. Sometimes the areola is also reduced, and the nipple repositioned. When the lift is complete, the breast implant will be placed either on top of the chest muscle or underneath it based on the patient’s condition.
Breast Lift Incision
All breast lift procedures will require incisions due to the removal of skin. There are several incision patterns that can be considered:
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast, then another horizontal line following the direction of the fold under the breast
Breast augmentation is a common procedure in plastic surgery. Patients can choose between a silicone implant and one that is filled with saline. The type of implant chosen depends on the patient’s aesthetic goals and the chest form. Some surgeons prefer to do a breast lift and then see how the shape is affected before moving forward with implants. There are cases when patients are content with the results of the breast lift and no longer desire to have the augmentation portion.
Lift with Implants Video
What can I expect During/After Surgery?
This surgery is an outpatient procedure and is performed in an accredited surgical facility. General anesthesia is used. Following the procedure, patients will need to limit movement, especially in the chest area, for approximately 48 hours. Because this surgery represents a combination of procedures, the recovery is a bit longer and can take up to 8 – 10 weeks to recover. Optimal results will be evident within 6 – 12 months. This is the time period it takes for the implants to settle in their new position and for the scars to heal.
How much does a breast augmentation with lift cost?
Breast augmentation with a lift averages in cost between $8,000 to $12,000. The factors for this price range include what type of implant is used and the complexity of the surgical case. Cosmetic surgeries of this nature are typically not covered by insurance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $8,000 - $12,000
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Augmentation With Lift FAQ
Can breast implants correct breast sag?
Implants will surely help increase breast size, but it is a breast lift that resolves the sagging. Breast sag is caused by overstretched skin that has lost its elasticity due to natural conditions such as pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Placing an implant does not correct the breast projection. In fact, it could make it worse. A lift corrects any sagging to create a tighter breast appearance.
Will I need a second surgery in the future?
Breast lifts can last for years, especially when patients adhere to a healthy lifestyle. Any significant weight gain or additional pregnancies could compromise the results of the surgery. This is why it is recommended to have this type of surgery when the patient is at or near their goal weight and does not plan to become pregnant in the future. As for breast implants, while they may not last a lifetime, they are manufactured to last up to 15 years or longer.
Will I have noticeable scars after a breast augmentation with lift?
Due to the nature of the procedure, scarring is unavoidable. The incisions made during a breast lift are patterned to best meet the aesthetic goals of the patient. Although these incisions can be concealed under clothing, they will still exist. The good news is that over time and with proper scar care, they do fade and become barely noticeable. Most women find that their new shape and beautiful figure outweigh the scarring.
Experience Lifted, Shapelier Breasts
Attain the appearance you dream about by combining breast surgery with an augmentation and lift at our Pittsburgh, PA facility. Dr. Fernau can help you create a personalized plan for treatment that addresses your needs and cosmetic goals so you can have beautiful results. By addressing the shape, size, skin, and position of your breasts, your surgical augmentation and lift can lead to a more youthful appearance. Make your consultation at our state-of-the-art office to find out more information about your breast surgery options.
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