Breast Augmentation and Lift Irvine

Gravity, combined with pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss, can cause a woman’s formerly full and firm breasts to droop, become deflated, and lose their shape. Dr. Andrew Smith combines breast augmentation and lift to help Orange County women have firm, full, more youthful looking breasts. Through this combination procedure, he can restore your body and self-confidence with a single surgery and recovery period.

Learn more about the benefits of having your breasts enhanced with this combined procedure when you request a FREE surgical consultation with Dr. Smith or contact our offices in Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Corona at (949) 653-7000. If you prefer, you can also email us with your questions on breast enhancement procedures such as breast lift, breast reduction, and breast augmentation in Orange County.

When you choose Dr. Smith, you’re choosing a breast specialist who

  • Is the Chief of the Subsection of Plastic Surgery at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
  • Is one of the top surgeons in Orange County for complex breast revisions and reconstructions
  • Has performed thousands of breast surgeries during his 15+ years of surgical experience

Candidates for Combined Breast Augmentation and Lift Surgery

Women who are candidates for this surgery typically have breasts that have lost volume, shape, and firmness. As a result of aging, pregnancy, nursing, weight loss, or genetics, their breasts also sag or droop. By combining a breast augmentation with a breast lift, Dr. Smith can provide women with the cosmetic results they want. Wish you could visualize the end result more clearly? Now you can, with VECTRA® 3-D imaging. Dr. Smith uses this computer imaging system to simulate the benefits of a breast lift combined with augmentation, even showing you variations such as different implant sizes.

In addition, patients who want larger breasts, but are also concerned about overly large nipple-areolar complexes (pigmented areas around the nipples) can have this area reduced while also having fuller breasts with the combined procedures. A breast lift with a breast augmentation also can provide a solution for patients who want larger, more elevated breasts with smaller areolar area.

Because Dr. Smith typically can perform both procedures in a single surgery session, patients often can save time and money while benefiting from enhancement. Women often already feel pressured for lack of time as they balance their careers with their families. By choosing this combined plastic surgery procedure, Dr. Smith’s patients can enjoy fuller, perkier breasts with a single recovery period.

Before & After Photos

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    Case 156, Breast Augmentation

    After having children, this 51-year-old woman wanted more fullness in her upper breasts and an improved shape. At 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 132 pounds, she was interested a conservative size increase for her breast augmentation. Dr. Smith used 371-cc cohesive silicone gel implants placed the under the muscle through an inframammary incision. She is very happy with her results.

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    Case 161, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift

    51 year old female who was interested in improving the appearance of her abdomen and breasts. She had been working out and was not happy with the sagging of her breasts and their lack of fullness. We discussed a breast augmentation and breast lift (mastopexy) in addition to a tummy tuck and liposuction of the waist. She had pre-existing breast asymmetry and we placed a larger implant on the left side to even out her breast volume. A full anchor mastopexy (breast lift) was done for this Orange County patient to raise her breast position. Implants were used to add fullness to the superior pole of her breasts and allow for better breast shaping. Her results are shown about three months po…

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    Case 235, Breast Augmentation

    21 year old female who was interested in more breast fullness and asymmetry to her breast. A 371 cc implant was placed in the submuscular plane on the left and 457cc implant on the right using an inframammary incision. She achieved the fullness and asymmetry that she was looking for with her silicone gel implants and she is very happy with her results.

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    Case 154, Breast Augmentation

    33 year old female from Riverside County who was interested in a breast augmentation as well as liposuction of her outer thighs. She is 5 foot 1 inches tall and weighs 143 pounds. Her preoperative cup size is 34 B and she wanted to add more breast fullness to a C-D range cup size. She had a breast implant procedure with placement of 339 cc and 371 cc silicone gel implants on the right and left side respectively to correct for her natural asymmetry. The implants were placed in the subpectoral plane using a below the breast or infra-mammary incision. She is very happy with her results from surgery.

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    Case 30, Breast Augmentation

    This 26-year-old woman was frustrated with the contour of her breasts and decided to schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrew Smith to discuss her options. He explained various breast augmentation techniques that would enhance the size and shape of her breasts in accordance with her goals for her appearance. After weighing the benefits of a few different implant types, sizes, and surgical approaches she decided on a breast augmentation procedure using silicone implants in Orange County with Dr. Smith.

    Before any breast augmentation, or “augmentation mammaplasty,” Dr. Smith will work with you to understand your goals so that together you can determine the implant shape and size th…

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    Case 93, Breast Augmentation

    This 39 year old Orange County, California woman had a breast augmentation. She is 5’3″ 127 pounds. She started as a 34 B and put in saline implants 400cc under the muscle.

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    Case 157, Breast Augmentation, Breast Revision

    40 year old female who had a previous breast augmentation and was very unhappy with her result. She had a saline subglandular augmentation and her implants have resulted in severe rippling and her implants have ended up under her arms. She has a lack of central fullness and her implants end up on her side when she lays down. We did a breast augmentation revision with a complex surgical approach. A switch to larger silicone gel implants along with a pocket change to subpectoral was done. The pocket change utilized AlloDerm® dermal matrix to define the pocket and reduce rippling postoperatively. This resulted in a dramatic improvement and has almost completely eliminated her rippling….

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    Case 63, Breast Augmentation

    39 year-old Orange County female before and after breast augmentation. She had placement of 350cc moderate profile saline implants in the submuscular position. An inframammary incision was used for access to the pocket. She was interested in a breast augmentation to correct post-partum atrophy after having children and breastfeeding. Her preoperative cup size was a small B, but a significant amount of superior pole volume loss was present. A breast augmentation with saline implants was performed to correct her lack of breast fullness. She chose saline implants for personal reasons, although a similar result would have been achieved with silicone implants. Her postoperative photos are approxi…

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    Case 159, Breast Augmentation

    47 year old female from Orange County who was interested in a very conservative breast augmentation procedure. She did not like the amount of fullness that she had and wanted to add volume mainly in the upper breast. She did not want her result to be “obvious” and wanted to look better in bathing suits and certain clothes. We planned for a breast augmentation using 265 cc midrange profile silicone gel implants which matched her chest width and volume expectations. She is 5’6″ and weighs 125 lbs and was an A cup size. Her desired cup size was a full B cup and this is precisely what was achieved with her breast augmentation surgery. She recovered quickly from surgery and is …

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    Case 160, Breast Augmentation, Breast Revision

    27 year old female from Riverside County who had a previous breast augmentation procedure and developed a “double bubble” or loosening of the inframammary fold. This also resulted in visible rippling at the top of her breasts even though her implants were under the muscle. She had saline implants in place, and was satisfied with her volume, but wanted her breast folds and rippling to be improved. We did a breast revision in our Orange County surgical center for her to re-establish her inframammary folds. This consisted of a capsulorraphy (pocket sutures) on both sides to elevate the fold of her breasts and correct her breast augmentation. She chose to keep her existing saline impla…

 

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The Procedure

The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Dr. Smith performs most of his surgical procedures at the Laguna Hills Surgery Center. The center is a private facility offering a state-of-the-art environment with the highest levels of safety, comfort and privacy.

This combined procedure takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to perform. The design of the incisions will vary but Dr. Smith makes an effort to minimize post-surgical scarring. During the procedure, excess skin is removed and a pocket is made in each breast where the breast implant is placed. Generally, the breast lift incisions can be used for insertion of the implants. Most sutures that are used are dissolvable and a dressing will be placed after surgery is completed. Patients may shower a day or 2 following surgery.

Postoperative Care

Patients typically go home with a light dressing to cover the incisions and a postoperative support bra. Any non-dissolvable sutures will be removed in about a week. The initial discomfort is usually easily controlled with oral medication. Light activities may be started in 7 to 10 days and relatively full activity may be resumed about 3 to 4 weeks after surgery.

Complications

The most common complications after breast enhancement are cosmetic, including dissatisfaction with size or symmetry. These can best be avoided by good communication before surgery. Other issues such as capsular contracture, bleeding, and infection can occur. These will be discussed during your consultation.

Vectra® 3-D Imaging

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