Breast Lift with Implants
Breast lift with implants is sometimes called Mastopexy with Breast Augmentation procedure. This kind of cosmetic surgical procedure aims to lift sagging breasts and increase their cup size at the same time. One of the best benefits you get from breast lift with implants is the ability to keep a firm and perky set of breasts for many years without worrying too much about short-lived benefits from the traditional Mastopexy procedure.
The breast lift with implants surgery entails the same procedure done for traditional Mastopexy but your plastic surgeon will be inserting either the saline-filled or silicon gel-filled implants into their respective positions – either below the mammary glands (subglandular placement) or under the chest muscle (submuscular placement). After placing the implants, the surgeon finishes the procedure by closing the incision.
The incision made on this particular type of cosmetic surgical procedure entirely depends on your breast’ shape and size as well as your plastic surgeons preferred incision type that he is most comfortable with. The types of incision for breast lift with implants include anchor-shaped, doughnut, and lollipop incisions.
Benefits of Breast Lift with Implants
Instead of having two separate surgeries for breast lift and implants, breast lift can now be done together with breast augmentation. This saves you from additional scarring incurred if you undergo two separate surgeries. That’s why you should carefully consider whether or not you’d like to have breast implants with your breast lift procedure. Take some time to think about this choice.
- Prolonging perkiness and firmness of breasts
With the traditional breast lift surgery, there’s no guarantee on how long you can keep the perkiness and firmness of your breasts because gravitational pull, age, breast size, and weight fluctuations have a direct effect on the sagging of breasts. But fear not, because if you have chosen to have breast augmentation together with breast lift, you can enjoy longer lasting firmness and perkiness of your bust and this can last for several years too.
- More volume
One of the best things about having breast lift with implants is that you get more volume on your breasts. This allows you to turn heads as you pass by the crowd and thereby bringing back your old self esteem when you were younger.
Risks and Complications of Breast Lift with Implants
Scarring of breast lift with implants is inevitable and it is permanent. Depending on the kind of incision you have chosen, your scar may lighten overtime but there is no guarantee that they will be invisible.
Infection, just like in any kind of surgery, also happens in breast lift with implants procedure. If this happens, the plastic surgeon recommends that the implants are to be removed for about six months before they are returned in order to allow the body to fight off the infection from the initial surgery.
- Capsular Contracture
Subglandular placement of implants is prone to capsular contracture which is a condition where scarring and firmness develop around the implants. This in turn hardens the breasts which lead to unnatural feel and look as well as cause discomfort for the patient. This kind of complication is also more prone to silicon implants as compared to saline implants.
- Nipple Numbness
Nipple numbness may occur usually after the operation of breast lift with implants. This happens when the tissue surrounding the areola and nipples are in their healing stage. Natural nipple sensation will return after a few weeks but in rare cases, nipple numbness has become permanent.
- Implant Deflation
Implant deflation usually occur when the implants used incurred tearing and leakage. If you used saline-filled implants, there is no risk involved since the sterile salt water will be absorbed by the body. Silicon gel-filled implant leakage is another story and for this, you may need a follow up surgery.
Rippling is a kind of condition that shows some visible waves on the top portion of the breast. According to doctors, this usually happens with under-filled saline implants that are enclosed in smooth silicon casings. This may be corrected by injecting more saline in the implants if they can still hold the additional volume.
- Implant Displacement
If you have breast lift with implants, it is possible that one of the implants may detach from its original position and move slightly into another direction. If this happens, a follow up surgery is needed to correct the displacement. If the implant used is particularly larger, it is also possible that it will move down your body as you age because your skin’s elasticity has weakened. However, you don’t need to panic just yet because this complication is not a common problem.
Hematoma is a condition that entails the collection of blood particularly on the tissues that incurred trauma during the operation. Small hematomas may be absorbed by the body but larger ones may need surgical drains in order for the body to continue with the healing process.