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Is Mastopexy-Augmentation Right for You?
A breast lift (mastopexy) can give you a more youthful silhouette and the confidence to match. Often a mastopexy alone will give our patients a good result, but if your breasts are too small or if there is a significant loss of fullness in the upper part of your breast, then the addition of an implant may be needed. You may also like your breast size but want to improve their shape by correcting the sagging and improving the emptiness in the top half of your breast.
Women looking for ways to enhance the appearance of their breasts have a number of options available to them today. We take care to understand your desires and explain the differences between what an augmentation alone would achieve, what a mastopexy (lift) alone would achieve, and when an implant is needed to enhance the mastopexy results. Our patients often choose a breast lift when they are bothered by drooping, sagging breasts that affect their confidence and prevent them from wearing certain types of clothing. Drs. Hall-Findlay and MacLennan have provided Banff Plastic Surgery patients with breast lift procedures, with and without implants, for more than three decades.
Dr. Hall-Findlay is known around the world for her modifications of the vertical breast reduction procedure and she has adapted this method, often called the “Hall-Findlay” technique, to the breast lift – with and without implants. She gives teaching courses on all aspects of aesthetic breast surgery numerous times throughout the year and she has performed surgery for demonstration purposes worldwide.
This method not only uses shorter lollipop–shaped scars rather than anchor scars, but it also gives a better shape with more projection and has a more long-lasting shape which avoids bottoming-out with time.
The Right Procedure
If you like your breast shape but just want it filled, then an augmentation alone will help. If you don’t like the sagging of your breast then a breast lift (mastopexy) alone will help. But if you wish to have your breasts both filled and lifted, then a mastopexy-augmentation may be the better choice.
When a woman wants a correction of the sagging as well as improvement in the fullness of the upper pole of the breast, then an implant is needed as well as the mastopexy. Her breast size can then be adjusted according to her wishes. In larger-breasted women, we may recommend a reduction-augmentation (minus-plus procedure) that removes tissue in the lower portion of the breast and uses an implant to add fullness to the upper part. We can also add liposuction in the area in front of the armpits and along the sides of the breast to enhance the breast shape.
The Right Patient
The best candidate for breast uplift surgery is a woman who is close to her ideal body weight, healthy, and a non-smoker. You must quit smoking before your surgery, because nicotine can interfere with blood supply and the healing process. It is important to have realistic expectations of the results that we can achieve with uplift surgery, either with or without implants. Some women are hoping for a “double push-up bra” look which can’t realistically be achieved with surgery. Some scarring is inevitable, but we will carefully place incisions to minimize visible scarring.
The Right Reasons
Many of our mastopexy-augmentation patients feel that their breasts are both deflated and sagging. They are tired of feeling like they always need to wear a bra due to breast sagging, and they feel that there is a gap between their breasts and their bra even with a push-up. A lift combined with an implant can help if there is a ski jump shape, skin wrinkling, or an empty area in the upper pole of the breast.
Many of our patients don’t want to accept the breast changes that can come with aging and weight changes, and they feel that it’s time to invest in themselves. Your newly positioned breasts may take time to settle, but the lollipop technique that we use gives the best results with improved projection and perkiness.
The Right Time
Being in good health, both physically and mentally, is essential for optimal results, and it may be appropriate to wait. Your own schedule is an important consideration as well. While recovery from a breast uplift is surprisingly easy, you will need time off to heal after surgery. It takes one to two weeks to get back to normal activities and three to four weeks to return to a more active lifestyle. Patients with small children often worry about lifting them or being hit or kicked. Fortunately, while lifting may be uncomfortable, it won’t damage your results.