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There are many ways to improve your breast appearance. For some women, the best results are achieved with a breast lift with implants—a combination surgery that can give you the benefits of increased volume and a lift. In his decades of experience as a plastic surgeon, Dr. Scott Miller has found that a large portion of women interested in breast enhancement want a more youthful, projected breast appearance along with an increase in volume. For most patients, a dynamic surgery involving a breast augmentation and lift is a great way to address the shape, volume, symmetry, and projection all at once. With consideration of your unique goals, Dr. Miller can rejuvenate the breasts and achieve remarkably natural-looking results.

What is a Breast Lift (Mastopexy) with Implants?

A breast lift with implants is intended to lift and reshape breast tissue, while also adding volume with the addition of implants. This is a very popular surgery choice for women who have had children and wish to restore their pre-pregnancy breast appearance. The procedure can replace the volume often lost during pregnancy and restore a youthful shape to the breasts, allowing a more rejuvenated look overall. Dr. Miller works with each patient to determine the most optimal implant size, type, and placement to make their desired contours a reality. 

What are the Benefits of a Breast Lift with Implants?

Each patient achieves different benefits from a breast lift with implants. To create a beautiful outcome, Dr. Miller carefully considers your cosmetic goals and designs a treatment plan around your ideal outcome. His goal is to make sure you understand the pros and cons of the procedure, as well as how a breast lift with implants will affect your body.  An augmentation-mastopexy can:

Overall, a breast lift with implants is considered one of the most effective ways to gain a more youthful breast appearance. The surgery is tailored to your preferences and desired results, so the benefits of the procedure should be unique to your individual concerns.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift with Implants?

Those who have had children and want to reverse the effects of pregnancy and nursing on the breasts are usually great candidates for a breast lift with implants. In fact, many women choose an augmentation-mastopexy as part of a complete Mommy Makeover for a full restoration of their pre-pregnancy figure. Women interested in the procedure should also be relatively healthy with no significant medical issues. During your consultation, Dr. Miller will carefully review your areas of concern and make a recommendation for whether a breast lift with implants can help you reach your goals.

Breast Lift with Implants Options

Most patients interested in breast surgery know they want to enhance their breast contours, but may not have a good idea of which implants are right for them. An in-depth consultation with Dr. Miller will help you gain a better understanding of the most beneficial type and size of implant to achieve the results you desire. In any case, the implant options at our practice have been proven to attain beautiful long-term results that appear natural. 

Saline Implants

Saline implants have been in use for decades and are generally considered among the most effective and predictable options available. These implants are composed of a silicone shell filled with saline solution (saltwater), giving them a less cohesive feel when compared to silicone gel. Since they are typically filled to the correct size after insertion into the implant pocket, saline implants can be placed using a smaller incision. These implants are FDA-approved for patients 18 and older. 

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are very popular options for women who desire breast augmentation. Patients usually report that the silicone gel material feels very similarly to breast tissue, allowing a seemingly natural outcome. Today’s silicone implants vary in shape (round vs. teardrop) and some options are more form-stable than others. Dr. Miller will help you navigate your choices once he obtains an understanding of your goals. Silicone implants are FDA-approved for patients 22 and older. 

How is the Breast Lift with Augmentation Procedure Performed?

Before surgery, you and Dr. Miller will work together to decide the most ideal implant type, incision technique, and implant location. After your preferences are discussed, your personalized treatment plan is created. This is usually an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia.

During surgery, Dr. Miller places an incision either encircling the areola, around the areola with an additional incision extending down to the breast crease, or in an anchor-shaped fashion surrounding the areola and along the natural contour of the breast fold. The type of incision made will depend on the extent of lift necessary to yield your desired results. From this incision, Dr. Miller will reduce excess skin and tighten the remaining tissue. The breasts will be elevated to a more central positioning and reshaped to improve symmetry. He will then create a pocket for implant placement. Lastly, after placing the implant, Dr. Miller will resize and reposition the nipple-areolar complexes if necessary.

What is Breast Augmentation with a Lift Recovery Like?

Your role in the recovery process is key to achieving an outstanding outcome and maximizing your results. Following Dr. Miller’s post-operative instructions can mean the difference between an accelerated and prolonged healing period. These measures will be provided in greater detail at the time of the pre-operative visit.

Following surgery, patients can return home; however, you will need a caregiver to assist you post-operatively for tasks like picking you up from our surgical facility, caring for you throughout the night, and driving you to your follow-up appointment the next morning. For the first week after the procedure, it is important to keep your elbows at your sides as much as possible to decrease movement of and around the implants. You should also sleep on your back rather than on your sides. Strenuous activity or exercise should be avoided for at least six weeks.

Tightness, tingling, numbness, or stiffness are all normal symptoms following the procedure, but they typically resolve as the healing process progresses. Medications to manage discomfort and instructions regarding their use will be provided. After the recovery period, patients report immense satisfaction with their rejuvenated breast appearance and more youthful body contour. Dr. Miller is very careful to hide incisions within the natural creases of the breasts for minimized post-surgical scarring, whenever possible.

How Long Does a Breast Lift with Implants Last?

Patients typically enjoy their results for at least 15 to 20 years or longer, with some women achieving breast rejuvenation for a lifetime. Implants often don’t have to be removed or replaced unless a complication arises, or unless you wish to upgrade your implants over time. The natural aging process will continue, but the outcome should remain relatively stable as long as you do not have any significant weight fluctuations in the future. It’s important to note that individuals who received breast enhancement will generally always have more youthful contours than patients of a similar age who did not undergo a breast lift with implants. 

Will I Have Noticeable Scars From a Breast Lift with Implants?

Dr. Miller places incisions as inconspicuously as he can, helping ensure the visibility of post-surgical scarring is camouflaged wherever possible. It’s impossible to avoid scars altogether, but evidence of surgery can be easily hidden underneath a bra or bikini top. During your consultation, you will be shown exactly where your scars are likely to be located so you know what to expect after the procedure. Scars can also lighten over time, especially if patients closely follow Dr. Miller’s aftercare instructions on wound care. 

How Much Does a Breast Lift with Implants Cost?

There are many factors that are considered when determining the cost of a breast lift with implants and the ultimate expense is unique to each patient. We understand that this is a major cosmetic procedure and the estimated cost is a pivotal part of your decision to undergo treatment. While it is impossible to ascertain the total price of the procedure without knowing the full details of your unique treatment plan, we have outlined aspects of an augmentation-mastopexy that commonly influence the cost:

Expenses also usually consist of fees for anesthesia, the hospital or operating facility, and any necessary lab work. You can be confident that a friendly member of our office will provide you with a complete breakdown of the price, as well as a personalized quote, at your consultation. We understand the importance of bringing the cost of any procedure into your budget, which is why we accept a wide range of payment methods and work with one of the nation’s leading plastic surgery financing companies, CareCredit®. Offering qualified applicants an array of low- to no- interest payment plans with affordable monthly installments, CareCredit® can help you achieve your goals while suiting any budgetary concerns. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice.

To learn more about a breast lift with implants, or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Miller, please reach out to our practice today.