Breast Aug with Lift Overview
A breast lift (mastopexy) tightens and gives youthful perkiness to sagging breasts, but when combined with a silicone or saline implant, a fuller, more dramatic result can also be achieved. These surgeries may be performed at the same time or separately, depending on the patient's desires. When combined, the excess skin and underlying muscle are tightened then the implant is placed. However, for some patients, a staged surgery may be a better option. This helps them determine the size of implant or if an implant is even necessary to satisfy their breast contour goals. If you are considering breast lift with breast augmentation surgery in Allentown, we would encourage you to call us and set up a consultation with Dr. Guarino. He has helped many patients improve their bust line with breast enlargement, breast lift or a combination procedure and prides himself on taking time to not only understand each patient's wants but also to educate those patients to help them make the best possible choice, for them.
"love going there I got my surgery done 4 months ago I feel good and more confidence on my self.. thank you Dr. Guarino and his professional staff"- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 03, 2015
"This review is long overdue. I had a full tummy tuck in July 2018 with Dr. Guarino and he did a fantastic job. He is kind and has great bedside manner and I felt comfortable with him from the very beginning. I had a very fast recovery and no complications. After two pregnancies, I had significant abdominal separation and excess skin. I am 5'1" and at one point, I went down to 110lbs and my belly was still there. I was always trying to find a way to hide my belly with my clothes and putting my hands over by belly when I sat down. For the first time in 17 yrs., I wore a bikini this summer (1yr post op) and finally felt comfortable in my own skin. Having this surgery was the best investment I have made on myself. My belly looks better than I could have ever expected. I highly recommend Dr. Guarino and he will always be my go to plastic surgeon. Thank you Dr Guarino!"- J.C. / Google / Dec 02, 2019
"This review is long overdue. I had a full tummy tuck in July 2018 with Dr. Guarino and he did a fantastic job. He is kind and has great bedside manner and I felt comfortable with him from the very beginning. I had a very fast recovery and no complications. After two pregnancies, I had significant abdominal separation and excess skin. I am 5'1" and at one point, I went down to 110lbs and my belly was still there. I was always trying to find a way to hide my belly with my clothes and putting my hands over by belly when I sat down. For the first time in 17 yrs., I wore a bikini this summer (1yr post op) and finally felt comfortable in my own skin. Having this surgery was the best investment I have made on myself. My belly looks better than I could have ever expected. I highly recommend Dr. Guarino and he will always be my go to plastic surgeon. Thank you Dr Guarino!"- J.C. / Healthgrades / Dec 02, 2019
"Dr.Guarino is a Doctor of integrity and dedication. In 1996 - I had a breast implant complication and was directed to Dr. Guarino for assistance in solving this imbalance issue and he fixed it for me so I could have breast implants and was able to keep them for 23 years with no problems!Then after a rupture I went back to him for help as to what I should do next He took me in immediately and suggested a Breast Lift without the implants due to my age. His recommendation was a wonderful solution and gave me my confidence back as even though I am small he made them look real nice and that’s because his work is exceptional !! Perfection to say the least!! I am so glad to have this Doctor as my Doctor and wouldn’t go anywhere else!! Thank you Dr. Guarino!!"- D.S. / Healthgrades / Nov 23, 2019
"I had Samantha as my technician, she was amazing. She walks you through every step of each process. I had facials with her and I left with my skin looking smooth and refreshed. I recently had cool sculpting done and had fantastic results couldn’t be happier. Would highly recommend the cool sculpting if you can’t get rid of that stubborn fat."- H.B. / Google / Oct 09, 2019
During this procedure, the lift will occur first. This begins with the surgeon removing excess skin residing on and around the breast in order to reshape it. The underlying muscle and tissue will be pulled tight and lifted so that the breast sits in a higher position. In addition, the nipple is usually repositioned. For excessively large breasts, the colored part around the nipple (known as the areola) will need to be surgically reduced. The surgeon will remove the outer circle and reposition the skin.
Breast Lift Incision
Breast lifts are performed with varying incision patterns. Some common incision patterns include:
- All the way around the areola
- Circumareolar (around the areola) with an additional vertical incision (a vertical line that will travel down the breast to the natural fold below the breast)
Full circumareolar, vertical, and horizontal incision (referred to as an anchor or inverted "T")
Breast augmentation with a lift can usually be performed as a single surgery. However, some patients will choose to have this broken into two separate procedures. Some women are unsure of how large they want to go or how they will feel about the breasts’ appearance after the lift has been accomplished. If it has been decided ahead of time that an implant will be placed during the lift procedure, it is usually positioned below the pectoralis muscle. This adds additional support to the breast and acts as an internal bra, which results in a longer-lasting outcome.
Breast augmentation with a lift is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. Because this is a combination surgery, the recovery time can last a bit longer than a lift or augmentation alone. Most patients are able to return to work within a few short days, but exercise and aerobic activities should be eliminated for at least 2-4 weeks. It will take a few months for the breasts to settle fully into their new position and assume a soft, natural look. Women who have lived with sagging, deflated breasts are thrilled with their new breast appearance.
The cost for breast augmentation with a lift will vary. On average, the cost for this combined surgery will run between $9,000-$12,000. The fluctuation in cost accounts for the lift, as well as whether an implant was placed. If silicone is used, the price will be roughly $1,000 more than the cost of saline.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $9,000 - $12,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breast Aug With Lift FAQ’s
Which Incision is Best?
During your consultation, the incision placement will be discussed after your breasts have been thoroughly assessed. Women with smaller breasts will usually benefit from an incision that circles the areola only. Larger breasts, or those that have severe sagging, may need the anchor-shaped incision in order to garner the best results.
Breast lifts are designed to last a very long time. As long as you do not experience a huge weight gain or become pregnant, the results can last for years. The implants are surgically placed in a way that protects the breasts from sagging. Age and gravity are unavoidable elements that will create some natural sagging throughout the years.
What About Scarring?
Unlike breast augmentation alone where the incisions can be carefully hidden, it is hard to conceal the incisions that are made during the lift procedure. The number of scars and their location will depend on the surgeon’s incision strategy. Every effort is made during surgery to minimize scarring. With proper scar care and an avoidance of sun exposure, the scars will fade and become thinner over time. Most women feel that the physical results following this surgery far outweigh the scarring left behind.