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. To help women achieve a firm, perky and youthful breast appearance, Dr. Andrew Smith can perform a breast lift, or mastopexy, combined with breast implants for Orange County women. By performing a breast augmentation with breast lift at our practice, you can restore your body and self-confidence.
Learn more about the benefits of having your breasts enhanced with this combined procedure when you request a FREE surgical consultation with Southern California plastic surgeon Dr. Smith or contact our Irvine and Corona cosmetic surgery offices at (949) 653-7000. If you prefer, you can also email us with your questions on breast lift, breast augmentation, and other Orange County breast enhancement procedures.
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 (enlargement) with a breast lift (mastopexy), 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 pigmented 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.
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 in Laguna Hills, California. 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 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 two following surgery.
Patients typically go home with a light dressing to cover the incisions and a postoperative support bra. Any non-dissolvable sutures will removed in about a week. The initial discomfort is usually easily controlled with oral medication. Light activities may be started in 7-10 days and relatively full activity may be resumed about 3 weeks after surgery. This may be different if an implant is used during surgery.
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. Learn more about different implant types on our Implant Options page.
The goal of a combined breast augmentation and breast lift is for you to love your figure. Request a FREE surgical consultation with Dr. Smith or call our Orange County plastic surgery practice at (949) 653-7000 to explore the exciting possibilities.