A breast augmentation and a breast lift are two of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery. Separately, they can enact various improvements on the profile and dimensions of the breasts. Together, they are able to create even more enhancement.
Breast enlargement surgery, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, involves placing an implant beneath the breast tissue or the chest muscle under the breast. An implant is a silicone shell filled with either a saline solution or a silicone gel.
The surgeon will make an incision on the bottom crease of the breast, in the armpit, or at the areola’s lower edge to position the implant. The implant is then inserted through the opening and is placed in a pocket below either the chest muscle or the breast tissue.
Some surgeons are of the opinion that placing the implant under the muscle reduces the chances of capsular contracture or interference during mammography. Once the implant is positioned properly, the surgeon will close the incisions up with stitches.
A breast lift might be done in conjunction with a breast enlargement. A lift can elevate drooping or sagging breasts, areolae, or nipples. The surgeon will remove excess skin from around the areola or the lower portion of the breast to lift it. The remaining skin is brought together to raise and tighten the breasts.
Breast lifts usually require larger incisions that breast enlargements. The incisions might extend all the way from the areola to the fold where the lower part of the breast joins the chest.
• Anesthesia – An augmentation combined with a breast lift is usually performed under general anesthesia.
• Duration – The procedure can last for a couple of hours depending on the specifics of the case.
• Recovery Time – Patients who undergo a breast augmentation along with a breast lift can return to work after a week or two, and they should keep away from rigorous activities for the first three weeks after the surgery. All signs of visible bruising will return to normal after two weeks, and the swelling should begin to subside around the same time.
• Side Effects – There are no major side effects involved in this procedure. However, some degree of swelling and bruising is common after the procedure. The breast shape might change with time, and you might not get the desired result for the first couple of months. Speak to your surgeon if you do not get the desired results. The combination of an augmentation and a breast lift has a higher success rate than an augmentation or a breast lift alone.
• Resting Position – Make sure that you keep your head and shoulders on an elevated position for the first 24 hours.
• Diet – A light diet is your best bet on the day of the surgery. You can start with liquids and slowly move on to jello. You can go back on the regular diet the next day.
• Pain Control – If you experience any discomfort or pain, take prescribed pain medication as needed. Avoid combining alcohol and pain medication. The surgeon might prescribe a muscle relaxant, which in many cases is more helpful than a narcotic.
• Surgical Bra – You should wear the surgical bra provided by the surgeon for the prescribed time period.
• Showering – You can shower 48 hours after the surgery. The incisions might get wet, but avoid applying pressure to them. Don’t soak underwater in a pool or tub.
Dr. Andrew Ordon and Dr. Ritu Chopra, two skilled plastic surgeons serving the Beverly Hills area, will be happy to help you comprehensively enhance your breasts. Make an appointment for a consultation – contact our office today.