When breasts become overly saggy, many women turn to a breast lift which removes and tightens excessive skin around the breasts and in some cases, breast augmentation surgery is needed to add volume through saline or silicone implants. Charlotte plastic surgeon, Dr. Vincent Voci, can perform the breast augmentation with lift surgery together but suggests that it’s best done in two surgeries. With a breast lift, Dr. Voci positions the breasts higher on the chest wall for a shapelier form and increased firmness. If breast volume is insufficient, implants are installed to complete the look.
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"Such a positive experience! From the moment I walked in the door I knew I was in the right hands!"- L.M. / Facebook / Apr 06, 2017
"He did a great job on my surgery, his staff is very competent and caring. Dr. Voci treats his patients with respect and will spend a much time with them as necessary to reach decisions and to answer questions."- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 12, 2016
"Excellent Surgeon and a Delightful Man - He did a great job on my surgery, his staff is very competent and caring. Dr. Voci treats his patients with respect and will spend a much time with them as necessary to reach decisions and to answer questions."- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 12, 2016
"Dr. Voci is the best! Even though my procedure was minor in comparison to others, it was a big deal to me. He took the time to listen to my concerns and worries. Dr. Voci truly cares and takes every measure to make sure you feel comfortable and safe every step of the way. Great doctor, and an all around great person! Thank you so much for all you've done!"- D.L. / Facebook / Jul 24, 2016
During this procedure, the lift will occur first. This begins with the surgeon removing excess skin residing on and around the breast in order to reshape it. The underlying muscle and tissue will be pulled tight and lifted so that the breast sits in a higher position. In addition, the nipple is usually repositioned. For excessively large breasts, the colored part around the nipple (known as the areola) will need to be surgically reduced. The surgeon will remove the outer circle and reposition the skin.
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Breast lifts are performed with varying incision patterns. Some common incision patterns include:
- All the way around the areola
- Circumareolar (around the areola) with an additional vertical incision (a vertical line that will travel down the breast to the natural fold below the breast)
- Full circumareolar, vertical, and horizontal incision (referred to as an anchor or inverted "T")
Breast augmentation with a lift can usually be performed as a single surgery. However, some patients will choose to have this broken into two separate procedures. Some women are unsure of how large they want to go or how they will feel about the breasts’ appearance after the lift has been accomplished. If it has been decided ahead of time that an implant will be placed during the lift procedure, it is usually positioned below the pectoralis muscle. This adds additional support to the breast and acts as an internal bra, which results in a longer-lasting outcome.
Breast augmentation with a lift is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. Because this is a combination surgery, the recovery time can last a bit longer than a lift or augmentation alone. Most patients are able to return to work within a few short days, but exercise and aerobic activities should be eliminated for at least 2-4 weeks. It will take a few months for the breasts to settle fully into their new position and assume a soft, natural look. Women who have lived with sagging, deflated breasts are thrilled with their new breast appearance.
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Breast Aug With Lift FAQs@headingTag>
Will Implants Help Sagging?@headingTag>
Breast augmentation surgery will help with size, but will not lift a sagging breast. If there is moderate to severe sagging, women should be leery of any surgeon who recommends implants alone. Patients who are happy with the size of their breasts, but want to correct the sagging, will usually benefit with a breast lift procedure (without the placement of implants).
Which Incision is Best?@headingTag>
During your consultation, the incision placement will be discussed after your breasts have been thoroughly assessed. Women with smaller breasts will usually benefit from an incision that circles the areola only. Larger breasts, or those that have severe sagging, may need the anchor-shaped incision in order to garner the best results.
Breast lifts are designed to last a very long time. As long as you do not experience a huge weight gain or become pregnant, the results can last for years. The implants are surgically placed in a way that protects the breasts from sagging. Age and gravity are unavoidable elements that will create some natural sagging throughout the years.
What About Scarring?@headingTag>
Unlike breast augmentation alone where the incisions can be carefully hidden, it is hard to conceal the incisions that are made during the lift procedure. The number of scars and their location will depend on the surgeon’s incision strategy. Every effort is made during surgery to minimize scarring. With proper scar care and an avoidance of sun exposure, the scars will fade and become thinner over time. Most women feel that the physical results following this surgery far outweigh the scarring left behind.