Breast Lift with Augmentation Quick Facts
- General anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous (IV) sedation
- Length of procedure:
- About 2 to 4 hours
- Length of stay:
- Outpatient procedure—return home the same day
- Mild to moderate; controlled with prescription pain medications
- Some minor bruising is likely and may persist for up to 2 weeks. Swelling may last up to 6 weeks. Some temporary numbness is also possible
- Final result:
- Approximately 4 to 6 months
- Duration of results:
- Years; but can be affected by subsequent aging, i.e., further ptosis or sagging of the breasts
What is a Breast Augmentation with Lift?
Also known as breast augmentation mastopexy (BAM) or breast lift with implants, a breast lift with augmentation is a highly customized procedure designed to address the volume, shape, and position of the breasts to restore a more youthful appearance while simultaneously enhancing contour and fullness. Our double board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Matthew Malamet, performs this procedure by removing loose/excess skin, lifting the breasts and nipple-areola complex to a higher position, and utilizing breast implants to improve breast size and profile.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Lift with Augmentation?
Women who seek to enhance the appearance of their breasts, but have significant ptosis (drooping) that cannot be resolved with breast implants alone are typically considered good candidates for breast augmentation mastopexy (BAM). The procedure addresses inelastic skin, volume loss, and other concerns that are typically a result of aging, pregnancy, and/or breastfeeding. For this reason, a breast lift with augmentation is commonly included as part of a comprehensive mommy makeover. Qualified candidates should also be in good overall health and will need to quit smoking (and use of other tobacco products) at least one month prior to surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Malamet will perform a thorough examination to help determine if this procedure is right for you.u.
“I have had the best experience with Dr. Malamet. I felt so comfortable and confident in the surgery and am beyond happy with my results. He is very detail oriented and very caring! Jessica, his staff, is also amazing and was extremely comforting through this whole process and especially on my surgery day. They have been extremely accommodating with my busy schedule which means the world to me!!”
What Are My Breast Implant Options?
To ensure patients achieve the best possible aesthetic results with the highest level of personalization and quality, Dr. Malamet offers a variety of breast implant options. These include the size or volume of the implant, surface texture (smooth or textured) and shape of the implant (round or “shaped”), placement or position of the implant (submuscular, subglandular, or dual plane), and implant filling (silicone gel-filled or saline). Each type of implant offers its own unique advantages, so Dr. Malamet will provide detailed information about your available choices that will best address your concerns.
Round or Teardrop
How is a Breast Lift with Augmentation Performed?
The technique employed for breast lift with augmentation is based upon each patient’s personal aesthetic goals and unique anatomic characteristics, as well as the type and size of the implant to be utilized. To help patients achieve the look they desire, Dr. Malamet will select the best surgical approach/incision locations that are most appropriate for the degree of breast drooping or breast ptosis. Generally, the more significant the degree of breast drooping/sagginess, the greater the amount of skin excision/removal. The surgical approach/incision locations include:
- Peri-areolar incision – carefully placed at the border of the pigmented/colored areola and adjacent skin. The scar resulting from this incision is usually camouflaged easily within the natural appearance of the nipple-areolar complex.
- Vertical or Lollipop incision – the “Peri-areolar incision” + an incision that runs vertically down the breast from the base or 6 o’clock position of the areola to the inframammary breast crease.
- Inverted “J” or “T” incision – the “Vertical or Lollipop incision” + an incision that runs horizontally within the middle portion of the inframammary breast crease. This incision typically results in an inconspicuous scar that blends in with the natural breast crease.
How Long is Recovery After a Breast Lift with Augmentation?
After breast lift with augmentation surgery, patients may experience some swelling and bruising, but these effects will subside over time. Any discomfort after surgery is typically mild to moderate and controlled well with prescription pain medications. To encourage proper healing, Dr. Malamet will provide you with personalized aftercare/postoperative instructions. Dr. Malamet encourages patients to try to move around shortly after returning home, but any strenuous activity should be avoided for approximately four to eight weeks; unique to each patient’s individual case. It is extremely important to take the time to allow your body to heal after surgery, but most patients are able to return to work, school, or other regular non high-impact activities after approximately two weeks.
You will have several follow-up appointments after surgery to monitor the progress of your healing. However, if any issues should arise during the postoperative recovery period, please contact our office as soon as possible to be seen by Dr. Malamet.
Resulting scars will depend upon the incision location/approach utilized, but Dr. Malamet takes great care to carefully place incisions in a way that enables them to be easily hidden, once healed.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation with Lift Cost?
According to 2017 statistics gathered by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of a breast lift in 2017 was roughly $4,700*. However, this average only includes the surgeon’s fee, and does not take into consideration other variables that can potentially affect the overall cost of a breast lift with augmentation, such as breast implant selection, surgical technique, hospital/surgical facility fees, anesthesia fees, prescribed medications and more. The skill and experience level of your surgeon, as well as the geographical location of the practice can also potentially affect the price. To get a price estimate that is tailored to your individual case, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Malamet. In your consultation, he will assess your concerns and give you a better idea of the price you can expect.
In an effort to make the cost of a breast lift with augmentation more manageable for our patients, we offer financing through two of the most trusted plastic surgery lending companies—CareCredit® and ALPHAEON®. Qualified patients are able to make monthly payments with low or no interest.
*This price is based on information provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and does not necessarily reflect the pricing at our practice. For a more accurate estimate, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Malamet.