How Long Is The Surgery For A Breast Lift With Augmentation?
As you count down the days leading up to your breast augmentation plus lift, you may be thinking about how long you’ll need pain medication, how long you’ll be out of work, and how long you’ll need help around the house. One question that is often overlooked until closer to the big day, however, is how long the surgery itself will take. At Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in the McLean, VA/Washington, D.C. area, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi is committed to ensuring patients are comfortable, confident, and well-prepared going into surgery and takes great care to explain their procedure and recovery timelines at great length. Read on for a closer look at what you can expect throughout the process of a breast lift with augmentation, including how long your surgery may take to complete.
Do I need a lift with my breast implants?
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is often paired with breast augmentation surgery for women who are hoping to enhance the size of their breasts and achieve a perkier, more youthful breast position at the same time. Generally speaking, breast augmentation with lift is a fitting option for women who have developed saggy breasts, loose breast skin, or deflated breasts as a result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, or aging. During your initial consultation for breast enhancement surgery in Washington, D.C., Dr. Mesbahi will discuss your specific concerns and evaluate your breasts to determine if you may benefit most from a breast augmentation, a breast lift, or a combination procedure.
How does breast augmentation with lift work?
During a breast augmentation plus lift, which is performed using general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, Dr. Mesbahi first removes lax, sagging breast skin to create a firmer and tighter breast pocket. The type of breast lift incision used will depend primarily on the degree of skin laxity, though Dr. Mesbahi will consider other factors as well. The most common types of breast lift incisions used are:
- Lollipop incision
- Inverted-T incision
- Anchor incision
The native breast tissue is then raised and remodeled, and either silicone or saline breast implants are inserted. If needed, the nipple-areola complex can be repositioned for a more natural placement over the center of the breast mound. At the conclusion of the case, the incisions are closed with sutures.
How long does a breast augmentation with lift take to perform?
Because every woman’s anatomy is unique, each breast augmentation and/or lift procedure is completely customized to match the individual patient’s needs. On average, patients undergoing a breast augmentation with implants plus mastopexy can expect to be under anesthesia for about 2 – 3 hours. In more complex cases, as well as those which include additional body contouring treatments, the surgery can last up to four hours or longer. Again, Dr. Mesbahi is committed to the highest standards in patient preparation and education and will spend a considerable amount of time discussing your expected surgical timeline and other details during your initial consultation and preoperative appointments.
How long is recovery after breast augmentation plus lift?
The recovery after breast augmentation plus lift will depend on the specific details of the procedure, the type of incision used, the patient’s overall health, and other factors. Generally speaking, most women can expect to return to light work and other daily routines about 10 – 14 days after breast enhancement surgery. Physical exercise and other strenuous activities are typically restricted for about 4 – 6 weeks. The final results of a breast augmentation with lift will take several weeks or months to become apparent as postoperative swelling resolves and the tissues soften and settle. After this, patients can enjoy the results of a breast augmentation plus lift – as performed properly by a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon – for years to come.
Look and feel like a younger, sexier version of yourself with a combination breast augmentation plus lift in Washington, D.C.
There is no question that the breasts bear a heavy burden over the course of a woman’s lifetime. If pregnancy, breastfeeding, or the natural aging process have left you with breasts you don’t love, we can help. To learn more about restoring your feminine and perky breasts with breast enhancement surgery in McLean, VA, call Mesbahi Plastic Surgery to schedule your one-on-one consultation with award-winning board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi today.