A breast lift and implants refers to the combination procedure of a breast enlargement performed in conjunction with a breast lift.
A breast implant and lift is usually the preferred breast procedure for women who have excessive breast skin or drooping breasts. Also known as a mastopexy-augmentation, this procedure has the combined benefits of enlarging the breasts, enhancing the breast shape and projection, as well as tightening the skin and lifting the nipples. The result is a more youthful breast shape, increased firmness and volume.
Who is a candidate for breast lift and implants?
If you fall into any of the following categories, you may be a suitable candidate for a mastopexy-augmentation.
- Do you have sagging or drooping breasts?
- Do you have asymmetrical breasts?
- Are your nipples/areola complexes lower than your lower breast line?
- Have your breasts lost elasticity post-pregnancy or weight loss?
- Are your nipples enlarged from breastfeeding?
- Do you desire a fuller, firmer and more youthful breast shape?
If you’re suffering from the effects of sagging, asymmetrical breasts or drooping nipples, you can take advantage of our breast lift and implants procedure to enhance your overall breast size, shape and position. An initial consultation with Dr Mark Doyle is the first step to help assess your condition and determine your candidacy for this breast procedure.
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- What is a breast lift with implants procedure?
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- Breast implant and lift surgery; what to expect
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Breast surgery post-pregnancy and weight loss
We understand a woman’s desire for fuller and more youthful breasts post-pregnancy or weight loss is a delicate issue, involving both physical and emotional desires. Dr Mark Doyle and his whole team provide each and every patient with comprehensive and compassionate care, helping to ensure you receive your desired result.
Breast surgery after weight loss
Normally we advise patients to observe their weight changes and wait for between three and six months after their weight range has stabilised before undergoing this surgery. If weight fluctuations occur post-surgery, it can have a noticeable effect on the breast volume and shape.
During your consultation with Dr Mark Doyle, discuss any weight fluctuations you may be experiencing and he will determine your suitability for the procedure and expected outcome.
Post-pregnancy breast surgery
Dr Doyle advises patients to wait at least 3 months after giving birth and 3 months after ceasing breastfeeding to allow the breasts to settle into their natural size and shape prior to undergoing this procedure. This allows Dr Doyle to maximise the effectiveness of the procedure and achieve satisfactory results.
Breast lift with implants procedure
Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, gravity and genetics are all factors which may contribute to the drooping or sagging of a woman’s breasts. If you are considering undergoing a breast lift and implant procedure, it is important you understand the various surgical options.
Once you’ve decided on the look you want to achieve, you can begin thinking about the shape and texture of the implants. The implant shape will determine the final result.
A natural, teardrop shape is great for AA to B cup patients who want to achieve limited top fullness.
A round shaped implant offers fullness in the upper pole (upper breast) and a more defined cleavage than a teardrop shaped implant.
Besides shape, you will also have a choice between smooth and textured implants. Dr Mark Doyle will assist you in determining the correct implant surface for you.
Depending on your desired outcome and unique circumstances, Dr Mark Doyle will usually recommend one of the following incision techniques.
Vertical or “Lollipop” Lift
As the most common incision performed, a vertical lift resembles a lollipop-shaped incision made from the crease of the breast, travels vertically and surrounds the nipple. This is a popular technique as it allows Dr Mark Doyle to remove excess skin and reshape the entire breast with modest, easily-hidden scars.
This involves a circular incision running around the edge of the areola. Women who experience very mild sagging or desire a smaller areola size will benefit from a peri-areolar lift.
This technique involves 3 incisions; one vertically from the areola to the breast crease, and one along the breast fold. This technique is ideal for women with considerable sagging and natural breast tissue, or for patients requiring a breast reduction with their breast lift.
A breast lift and implant procedure will result in some relatively minor scarring. The extent and placement of these scars will depend on the individual patient, their skin and breast tissue quality, the amount of lift required and the desired volume.
Mastopexy-augmentation surgery; what to expect
Dr Mark Doyle’s anaesthetist will administer a general anaesthetic for the 2.5 – 3 hour operation. All surgeries are performed at a licensed and accredited private hospital.
The procedure will involve removing excess skin and some underlying breast tissue in order to elevate and reshape the breast.
Breast Surgery FAQs
Smaller breasts with good skin elasticity and nipple position above the breast fold will typically only require a breast implant. A breast augmentation is the process of inserting implants to increase the size and shape of the breasts.
A breast lift, on the other hand, can also be performed as a stand-alone procedure to re-position the breast or nipples to a more youthful position.
Breast tissue, which can become loose post-weight loss or pregnancy, will benefit from a lift in conjunction with breast implants. A breast lift works to complement the enlargement of the breasts and reveal a more aesthetically pleasing look.
A discussion with Dr Mark Doyle during your initial consultation will help determine which procedure or combined procedures would be ideal for your body and desired outcome.
After the surgery, your breasts will be covered with gauze. You will be required to wear a surgical support bra for about 6 weeks. These should be worn as recommended and until the soreness and discolouration of the breasts diminish. Pain medications and antibiotics are prescribed to avoid discomfort and infection from the recuperating wound.
Strenuous activity such as lifting weights should be avoided until the incisions have healed completely.
Follow-up appointments will be made with your surgeon to have the incision wounds checked, and another to remove the tape dressing which covers the incisions.
You may experience diminished sensitivity in the nipple/areola complex; it can take up to a year to feel normal again. Patients should expect slight discomfort and soreness around the incision lines, which should dissipate 2-4 weeks post-surgery.
Before you go under this procedure, you must understand that no surgery is 100% risk-free.
Some cases of breast surgeries show these risks:
If you are planning to conceive after the surgery, be sure to discuss this possibility with your surgeon before undergoing an invasive procedure.
Scarring may not always be minimal and the outcome will be dependent on your unique circumstances. In rare cases, poor healing can cause scars to be thickened and widened. These can cause a bacterial infection, accompanied by bleeding and swelling. Be sure to approach an expert and licensed surgeon to avoid malpractice and undesirable results.
The absence of sensation from the nipples or areas of breast skin can occur. Due to the disruption of some tissues and nerves, diminished sensitivity or permanent loss of sensation in these areas can occur.
Our breast lift with implants consultation allows you to share information with Dr Mark Doyle about your current condition and desired result. He will perform an assessment and review your information to give an honest, professional opinion about whether you are suitable for surgery.
Additionally, the potential risks and complications will be explained to you, as well as how to minimise the occurrence.
Virtual plastic surgery simulator
Our team will then take photographs and simulate a post-surgery result for you and Dr Doyle to view together. This revolutionary technology allows patients to answer the common question: “how will I look after the procedure?”
Breast lift and implants cost
Cost is obviously a major factor when it comes to breast surgery, it is however not the only factor. While breast procedures may look more affordable overseas it’s important to consider the accountability of your surgeon, their qualifications, the standards of the clinic and how positive the end result will be.
An exact costing for your procedure will be confirmed at the time of your consultation with Dr Doyle as there are many variants.