A breast augmentation is sought after as it allows you to increase the size of your breasts. Otherwise known as a ‘boob job’, breast augmentation involves inserting silicone implants to increase the size and shape of the breasts. However, while a breast augmentation can increase the size of the breasts, it does not alter the position of the breasts.
A mastopexy is otherwise known as a breast lift. A breast lift is often a necessary solution for when the breasts start to appear more flat or hollow. This can occur as a result of a range of reasons, including ageing, weight loss, breastfeeding or pregnancy. A breast lift solves this by making the breasts sit higher, therefore looking more firmer and youthful. This procedure will also involve repositioning the nipple and areola. There are numerous methods by which a breast lift can be performed. This includes a Periareolar Lift or a Vertical Lift.
Unlike a breast augmentation, a breast lift will not increase the size of the breasts. Instead, it lifts the breasts, making them appear higher and firmer. Sometimes patients wish to have breasts that are increased in size, as well as raised in position. That’s when an augmentation mastopexy becomes the best option.
What is augmentation mastopexy?
An augmentation mastopexy is the combination of both a breast augmentation and mastopexy. This procedure will involve inserting a silicone implant, with the breasts also being lifted further than what would occur with just augmentation. This means you get the advantages of both the augmentation and the mastopexy – your breasts will be larger and lifted higher.
Why would I want augmentation mastopexy?
For some women, a breast augmentation or a mastopexy performed on its own will not achieve the desired results. Therefore, it is essential to combine the two procedures to achieve the best satisfaction.
It is always a big decision when deciding to undergo any surgical procedure. It can become overwhelming when you’re trying to decide which procedure is the best one for you. Fortunately, there is a simple way to help you decide whether you should undergo a breast augmentation, breast lift, or maybe even an augmentation mastopexy. This all depends on the results you want to achieve.
How is an augmentation mastopexy performed?
An augmentation mastopexy is generally performed under an anaesthetic known as TIVA. This means you will be unconscious throughout the procedure, however, unlike a general anaesthetic, there will be no reliance on volatile gases.
The procedure involves the surgeon making a pocket for the implant. The implant is then placed either under or over the muscle – this will vary depending on the end look you are aiming for. You will also have the breast lift, which will remove excess skin and tighten the muscles. An incision will be made around the areola, as well as another that runs vertically from the areola to the base of the breasts. This ensures that the nipples are not pointing downward once the implants have been placed in position. The augmentation mastopexy will result in breasts that are not only enlarged but are raised in position.
What is the recovery like?
After surgery, it is normal to experience bruising and swelling after the surgery, particularly around the incision area. You may find your breasts will remain sensitive for the first few weeks following surgery.
You will generally have to take a few days off work following an augmentation mastopexy.
You will have to avoid any strenuous physical activity, including any heavy lifting, for at least two weeks following surgery.
You will have scars as a result of the incisions. These will appear more noticeable and red immediately after the surgery. While the scars will not disappear completely, they will fade in size and colour to become less noticeable.
Interested in an augmentation mastopexy? This is a procedure Centre for Surgery specialises in. Contact us today to find out more or to book a consultation with a surgeon.