Breast Lift with Implants
A breast lift with implants refers to the combination procedure of a breast enlargement performed in conjunction with a breast lift.
A breast implant with a lift also referred to as a boob job with implants is usually the preferred breast procedure for women who have excessive breast skin or drooping breasts. Also known as mastopexy-augmentation, this procedure has the combined benefits of enlarging the breasts, enhancing the breast shape and projection, as well as tightening the skin and lifting the nipples. The result is a more youthful breast shape, increased firmness and volume.
Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Doyle has 30 years of experience performing breast lift with implants surgery with meticulous technique and skill.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift With Implants?
You may be a suitable candidate for a mastopexy-augmentation if:
- You wish to increase the volume of your breasts
- You are unhappy with the appearance of your breast or nipples
- Have sagging or drooping breasts
- Have asymmetrical breasts
- Your nipples and areola are lower than your lower breast line
- Your breasts have lost elasticity following pregnancy or weight loss
- Your nipples are enlarged from breastfeeding
- You desire a fuller, firmer and more youthful breast shape
If you’re suffering from the effects of sagging, asymmetrical breasts or drooping nipples, you can take advantage of our breast lift and implants procedure to enhance your overall breast size, shape and position. An initial consultation with Dr Mark Doyle is the first step to help assess your condition and determine your candidacy for this breast procedure.
What Are The Benefits of Breast Lift With Implants?
- If your breasts are different sizes or shape, breast augmentation with lift surgery can be used to create symmetry.
- Breast lift with implants creates more volume in the upper breast.
- This procedure improves the profile of the breast, if flat.
- It can improve your nipple projection so nipples no longer turn downwards.
- Your breasts feel firmer and perkier.
- A breast lift and implants can restore your breasts to a more youthful position and contour.
Breast Lift with Implants Before and Afters
How do I Choose the Size of my Breast Implants?
Dr Doyle uses Crisalix 3D imaging technology in all his breast lift and augmentation consultations. This allows you to trial different implants sizes and shapes to imagine how they will fit with your body shape.
This 3D before-and-after technology gives you and Dr Mark a preview of the expected cosmetic results from your breast augmentation procedure.
“I use 3D planning tools on all breast patients to accurately assess breast volume and asymmetry prior to surgery and to allow the patients to have more input into the results they wish to achieve with their surgery. 3D simulation of results using different size implants can be invaluable in making an informed decision regarding breast size,” says Dr Doyle.
What to Expect in a Mastopexy-Augmentation Surgery
In breast lift and implant surgeries, the nipples and areolae remain attached to the underlying breast tissue. If your breasts are extremely large, the nipples may have to be removed and repositioned at a higher level, but this is uncommon. Dr Doyle’s anaesthetist will administer a general anaesthetic for the 2.5 – 3 hour operation. All surgeries are performed at a licensed and accredited private hospital, John Flynn Private Hospital.
The procedure will involve removing excess skin and some underlying breast tissue in order to elevate and reshape the breast. Breast implants will be placed into the breast pockets and stitches will be in place to hold together the newly shaped breasts.
“Breast sizers (disposable breast implants that are used during surgery to assess which size implants will give the best result) are used regularly in breast surgery and in all cases of breast asymmetry,” says Dr Doyle.
Breast Lift with Implants Procedure
Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, gravity and genetics are all factors that may contribute to the drooping or sagging of a woman’s breasts. If you are considering undergoing a breast lift and implant procedure, it is important you understand the various surgical options.
Breast Implant Shape and Texture
Once you’ve decided on the look you want to achieve, you can begin thinking about the shape and texture of the implants. The implant shape will determine the final result.
A natural, teardrop shape is great for AA to B cup patients who want to achieve limited top fullness.
A round-shaped implant offers fullness in the upper pole (upper breast) and a more defined cleavage than a teardrop-shaped implant.
“I use both round and teardrop implants depending on the patients desired outcome and I never use textured implants,” says Dr Mark.
Breast Surgery Incisions – Incision types
Depending on your desired outcome and unique circumstances, Dr Doyle will usually recommend one of the following incision techniques.
Vertical or “Lollipop” Lift
As the most common incision performed, a vertical lift resembles a lollipop-shaped incision made from the crease of the breast, travels vertically and surrounds the nipple. This is a popular technique as it allows Dr Mark Doyle to remove excess skin and reshape the entire breast with modest, easily hidden scars.
This involves a circular incision running around the edge of the areola. Women who experience very mild sagging or desire a smaller areola size will benefit from a peri-areolar lift.
This technique involves 3 incisions; one vertically from the areola to the breast crease, and one along the breast fold. This technique is ideal for women with considerable sagging and natural breast tissue, or for patients requiring a breast reduction with their breast lift.
“My preferred surgical technique is a lollipop incision for patients requiring a breast lift with or without breast augmentation,” says Dr Mark.
What Is The Recovery Like Following Breast Surgery?
After the surgery, your breasts will be covered with gauze. You will be required to wear a surgical support bra for about 6 weeks. These should be worn as recommended and until the soreness and discolouration of the breasts diminish. Pain medications and antibiotics are prescribed to avoid discomfort and infection from the recuperating wound.
Strenuous activity such as lifting weights should be avoided until the incisions have healed completely.
Follow-up appointments will be made with your surgeon to have the incision wounds checked, and another to remove the tape dressing which covers the incisions.
You may experience diminished sensitivity in the nipple/areola complex; it can take up to a year to feel normal again. Patients should expect slight discomfort and soreness around the incision lines, which should dissipate 2-4 weeks post-surgery.
Following breast surgery you can expect:
- Slight bruising and swelling
- Possibly some numbness
- Discomfort and pain
- Immediate visible results with asymmetry due to swelling
Most patients leave the hospital on the day of surgery. For the first 2 to 3 weeks you should take it easy, with no strenuous exercise or activity. After this time you should be capable of returning to work (depending on your job) – however, we recommend you wait another 3 weeks before undertaking any exercise. All future nursing appointments will be booked in advance.
Read Dr Doyle’s cosmetic surgery recovery tips to ensure and smooth recovery.
Breast Surgery Post-Pregnancy and Weight Loss
We understand a woman’s desire for fuller and more youthful breasts post-pregnancy or weight loss is a delicate issue, involving both physical and emotional desires. Dr Doyle and his whole team provide each and every patient with comprehensive and compassionate care, helping to ensure you receive your desired result.
Breast Surgery After Weight Loss
Normally we advise patients to observe their weight changes and wait for between three and six months after their weight range has stabilised before undergoing this surgery. If weight fluctuations occur post-surgery, they can have a noticeable effect on breast volume and shape.
During your initial consultation with Dr Mark Doyle, discuss any weight fluctuations you may be experiencing and he will determine your suitability for the procedure and expected outcome.
Post-Pregnancy Breast Surgery
Dr Doyle advises patients to wait at least 3 months after giving birth and 3 months after ceasing breastfeeding to allow the breasts to settle into their natural size and shape prior to undergoing this procedure. This allows Dr Doyle to maximise the effectiveness of the procedure and achieve satisfactory results.
Commonly Combined With
Breast lift with implants surgery can also be combined with Fat Transfer to the Breast (to increase cleavage lines and correct small asymmetries). This is called a Hybrid Breast Augmentation procedure with a lift to address sag as well. It’s growing in popularity as it allows patients to use a smaller sized implant yet still achieve similar results.
This procedure also combines well with Tummy Tuck surgery for total body transformation. The combination of breast and tummy surgery is called a Mummy Makeover and is incredibly popular with women who have finished their families and want to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies.
There are many benefits of combining multiple procedures into one surgery date. These include having only one recovery period, saving on out of pocket costs, reducing anaesthesia related risks and also having more dramatic transformation.
Breast Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
How much will breast lift with implant surgery cost?
Cost is obviously a major factor when it comes to breast surgery, it is however not the only factor. While breast procedures may look more affordable overseas it’s important to consider the accountability of your surgeon, their qualifications, the standards of the clinic and how positive the end result will be.
Since every patient has different requirements, the cost of breast lift and augmentation surgery will differ too. Some of the elements that are included in the final cost include the implants as well as the hospital and anaesthetist fees. When performed as a cosmetic procedure, mastopexy-augmentation won’t attract a Medicare rebate. However, in cases of severe ptosis (drooping), this may attract a Medicare rebate. The only way to receive a more accurate estimate of what you can expect to spend on breast augmentation is to schedule a consultation with Dr Doyle.
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Will my breasts look natural after breast implants?
While Dr Doyle strives to achieve natural-looking results for his breast augmentation and lift patients, the outcome is dependent on your goals for the surgery.
“My surgical technique and implant choice both in terms of projection, size and round vs teardrop shapes, will change depending on whether you desire a natural or fake look. The positioning of breast implants above or below the pectoral muscles will also affect the final result,” says Dr Doyle.
Will I scar from breast implant and lift surgery?
A breast lift and implant procedure will result in some relatively minor scarring. The extent and placement of these scars will depend on the individual patient, their skin and breast tissue quality, the amount of lift required and the desired volume.
Supplements that can boost skin health are also recommended to improve healing and reduce scarring after surgery. The Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Ultimate Pack is recommended by Dr Doyle for healing and can be taken before and after undergoing surgery. It can be purchased from the clinic at the time of your consultation.
How can I minimise scarring?
Any surgery procedure that involved an incision will result in a scar. However, after 6 weeks post-surgery you may commence using a topical scar treatment such as vitamin E or silicone gel. You will be given information regarding specific gel that will help with the healing process during your consultation. Your scars will be reddened for about 12 months after surgery, and then they should start to fade and soften. Please avoid direct sunlight on the scarring areas and wear sunscreen when in the sun.
Do I need implants for a breast lift?
Smaller breasts with good skin elasticity and nipple position above the breast fold will typically only require a breast implant. Breast augmentation is the process of inserting implants to increase the size and shape of the breasts.
A breast lift, on the other hand, can also be performed as a stand-alone procedure to reposition the breast or nipples to a more youthful position.
Breast tissue, which can become loose following weight loss or pregnancy, will benefit from a lift in conjunction with breast implants. A breast lift works to complement the enlargement of the breasts and reveal a more aesthetically pleasing look.
A discussion with Dr Mark Doyle during your initial consultation will help determine which procedure or combined procedures would be ideal for your body and desired outcome.
What are the risks of breast lift with implants surgery?
Before you go under this procedure, you must understand that no surgery is 100% risk-free. There are always risks involved with surgery.
If you are planning to conceive after the surgery, be sure to discuss this with your surgeon before undergoing an invasive procedure.
Scarring may not always be minimal and the outcome will be dependent on your unique circumstances. In rare cases, poor healing can cause scars to be thickened and widened. These can cause a bacterial infection, accompanied by bleeding and swelling. Be sure to approach an expert and licensed surgeon to avoid malpractice and undesirable results.
The absence of sensation from the nipples or areas of breast skin can occur. Due to the disruption of some tissues and nerves, diminished sensitivity or permanent loss of sensation in these areas can occur.
Will I need to stop smoking before surgery?
It is recommended that you completely stop smoking at least 6 weeks before surgery. This is to ensure that the body can heal to the best of its ability. Smoking decreases the oxygen that is carried throughout your blood, therefore slowing the time taken for your skin to heal from a surgical incision.
Our breast lift with implants consultation allows you to share information with Dr Doyle about your current condition and desired result. He will perform an assessment and review your information to give an honest, professional opinion about whether you are suitable for surgery.
Additionally, the potential risks and complications will be explained to you, as well as how to minimise the occurrence.
Book a Consultation for Breast Augmentation with Lift on the Gold Coast
To learn more about our breast lift with implants procedure performed at our Gold Coast practice or to book a consultation with Dr Mark Doyle, please contact us.
About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Queensland Plastic Surgeon
Servicing patients in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and New South Wales NSW – Northern Rivers, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and more.
Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience performing Breast, Body, Face and Nose surgery. As a highly esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr Mark is driven by an intense passion for helping patients achieve a happier, more beautiful self through advanced cosmetic surgery procedures.
He maintains a strong commitment to achieving the best possible results for all his breast, body, face and nose patients, both men and women.
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