Every woman dreams of having the perfect pair of breasts. However, most women are not born with perfect breasts. They may be lacking in volume or projection, and with time or due to health issues, breasts sag or misalign. To enhance the breasts, we perform augmentation mastopexy.
Augmentation Mastopexy: An introduction
Augmentation mastopexy is a procedure that combines two of the most effective breast-enhancement procedures: breast augmentation and a breast lift. The focus of augmentation mastopexy is to lift the patient’s breasts and make them bigger. It is recommended for women who want fuller and perkier breasts.
The process involves performing a breast lift and placing breast implants. Implants are placed first to enlarge the breasts. Afterward, the breast lift is performed to tighten and shape the tissues over the implants.
The Augmentation-Mastopexy Procedure
To ensure the patient does not experience pain or discomfort during the surgery, general anesthesia is first administered. Once the anesthesia takes its effect, Dr. Martin creates incisions and then pockets in the tissues to place the implants. These pockets are made under the breast tissue or the muscles of the chest wall.
When deciding whether to place the implants under the breast tissue or the chest muscles, Dr. Martin will consider a number of factors, such as the amount of tissue coverage and the patient’s medical history.
The location and type of incisions made will depend on the patient’s goals. While minimal tightening requires an incision around the areola, tightening the breasts moderately requires an additional vertical incision. If the patient wants her breasts to be lifted substantially, Dr. Martin may have to create an anchor-shaped incision that complements the breasts’ natural contours.
After the implants have been placed, excess skin is removed from the breasts in order to make them perkier. Once the surgery is over, Dr. Martin will close the incisions using stitches. The entire process may take two to three hours to complete.
Types of Implants
Breast implants primarily come in two types: silicone implants and saline implants. Among these two types, silicone implants are more popular due to their more natural appearance and feel. That said, saline implants can be a better option in some cases.
To avoid complications, reputable surgeons use FDA-approved implants that come with warranty options. Patients typically need their implants replaced around ten years after the augmentation surgery.
Benefits of Augmentation Mastopexy
• Combines the best of both procedures in a single surgical session
• Necessitates only a single recovery period instead of two, allowing patients to get back to their lives sooner
• Creates enhanced proportions and symmetry for the breasts
Preparation for Your Procedure
• Stop taking aspirin and aspirin products, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements at least ten days prior to surgery.
• Get the required tests (including a mammogram) done.
• Stop smoking at least six weeks before the procedure.
• Ask a family member or friend to accompany you on the day of the surgery.
Post-Operative Care Instructions
• Avoid lifting heavy weights (exceeding 20 pounds) and performing physically demanding activities for at least four weeks after surgery.
• Wear a supportive and gentle post-surgical bra for at least two to three weeks after the surgery.
• Start massaging your implants a couple of weeks after the surgery.
• Do not moisturize sutures or incisions.
Take the First Step
To take the first step towards breasts you can be happy with, arrange a consultation by contacting the office of Dr. Kurtis Martin, a board-certified plastic surgeon.