Breast Augmentation with Breast Lift
As a result of aging, motherhood and weight fluctuations, some women are interested in increasing the size of their breasts in addition to correcting asymmetry or ptosis (drooping). This is done through a combined procedure of a breast augmentation with mastopexy (or lift) surgery.
Breast augmentation is achieved through the insertion of cohesive gel implants, which increases the cup size while reshaping the breast into a more desirable silhouette. A breast lift removes excess skin, correcting sagging breast tissue and downward-pointing nipples, restoring a more youthful, firmer appearance. A breast lift can also address oversized areolas or nipple position as well. Often these procedures are done at the same time as a mastopexy-breast augmentation, but occasionally a surgeon may recommend separate surgeries for the best results.
The goal of a breast augmentation with lift surgery is to improve shape and projection of the breasts by restoring the position of the nipple and areola. At ICLS we often combine the latest in skin tightening or fat grafting technologies to improve the quality of the breast tissue or to achieve the desired contour.
A consultation with our highly experienced breast surgeon is the first step in your breast reshaping journey. Contact our team to get started.
Before and After
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Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of incisions can I expect with this combined surgery?
The first is a minor incision around the areola only; this is known as a benelli incision. The excess tissue is removed, and in some cases the nipple can also be reduced. The skin is then drawn together and closed. The idea is similar to a draw string.
The second is a lollipop incision. The incision is made around the areola and down the front of the breast, in one line, to the inframammary crease. Again, the excess tissue is removed, and the nipple can also be reduced at this time if need be. The incision is then closed. This scarring will be in the form of a lollipop outline. Approximately 90% of patients will require this technique.
The third is a full mastopexy. This technique involves an incision similar to the lollipop, but an additional incision is made along the bottom of the breast, from right to left slightly above the crease of the breast. This incision looks similar to an anchor. This technique is usually used on a patient who has very ptotic or sagging breasts. There tends to be more tissue to remove in this case.
In order to accommodate a cohesive gel implant, a pocket will be made under the breast tissue, or deeper under the chest wall muscle, to accommodate the implant. This can be done in combination with any of the techniques listed above if needed.
What does a mastopexy-breast augmentation cost?
Breast augmentation with mastopexy pricing begins at $14,000. Contact our team to learn more about which breast surgery is right for you.
Aftercare & Recovery
The recovery for mastopexy is between 4-6 weeks. Following surgery patients will have gauze dressings, and must wear a surgical bra. The breasts will be swollen, and bruised. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medications prescribed by the surgeon. Patients are able to shower 2 days after the surgery. The sutures used are dissolvable and therefore do not have to be removed, though they may be trimmed 7 days after surgery if necessary. Patients should not be doing heavy lifting or strenuous activities for 4-6 weeks. The breasts may seem slightly misshapen for the first few weeks after surgery. The breasts will eventually relax into a normal rounded position.
Our plastic surgeon specializes in many techniques of aesthetic breast surgery. Dr. Khanna is one of the top users of cohesive gel breast implants in North America and was actively involved in the lifting of the 13-year moratorium on silicone breast implants in 2006. She played an instrumental role in achieving the approval for silicone implants initially in 1999, and was the first doctor to use cohesive gel implants for primary augmentation in Canada.
Dr. Julie Khanna
Our internationally-renowned plastic surgeon is considered a leader in breast reshaping, body contouring and facial anti-aging procedures. Combining well-honed surgical skill with a commitment to ethical care, Dr. Julie Khanna looks beyond the procedure to the patient as a whole, from inner self to outer beauty.Dr. Khanna’s Profile