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What is a combined Breast Augmentation and Lift?

A breast augmentation combined with breast lift (mastopexy) can help women achieve breasts that appear fuller, rounder, perkier, and more youthful. Dr. Karen Soika often advise women who want breast enhancement to include a breast lift to re-position their nipples so they do not point downward. At The Cosmetic Medic, we perform breast augmentation-mastopexy simultaneously to position the nipples of our patients in a more youthful, centralized location. An implant adds volume to the breast, particularly its upper pole, when a breast lift alone may not be enough to meet a woman’s aesthetic goals.

Combined Breast Augmentation and Lift: how is it performed?

To remove excess skin, incisions include one around the areola (the pigmented circle surrounding the nipple) and one vertical one from the low part of the areola to the base of the breast. Some people refer to this as a “lollipop” scar. Implants are placed through these same incisions and are typically positioned under the pectoral chest muscle. As in standard breast augmentation, implants may be silicone or saline. This is a relatively complex operation because the skin envelope of the breast is adjusted at the same time as the breast volume. Although it can be an extremely rewarding procedure, it is associated with a higher rate of corrective surgery.

Breast augmentation and lifts

Breast Lift with Augmentation: what you should know?

  • Anesthesia: An augmentation-mastopexy is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia
  • Length of procedure: 90 to 150 minutes
  • Estimated recovery time: Patients can return to work after 7 to 14 days, and they should avoid vigorous activities for 3 weeks. Visible bruising should resolve within 2 weeks, and swelling should begin to subside within 3 weeks
  • Side effects: Common side effects include bruising and swelling. The shape of the breast may change over time, and the final result may not be realized for a few months

How do I prepare for surgery?

Prior to any procedure, it is necessary to review medications you are taking that may affect your surgery. You may be asked to stop or adjust some medications you are on. As always, it is important to include supplements on your list of medications. Aspirin and aspirin products (Alka-Seltzer, Carisoprodol, Excedrin, Goody’s, Midol), anti-inflammatory medications (except acetaminophen, or Tylenol), and herbal supplements must be avoided for 10 days prior to your surgery.

Depending on your medical condition, you may be asked to get lab testing or a medical checkup prior to your surgery. You may also be asked to have an updated mammogram prior to your surgery if you have not had one recently.

Tobacco products impair your body’s ability to heal. You will be asked to stop smoking for 6 weeks prior to any surgery. Tobacco step-down products such as chewing gum and Nicoderm continue to provide your body with tobacco and must be stopped as well.

Be sure to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you to and from your surgery. You will need someone to stay with you the night following your surgery as well.

You will receive specific instructions for your surgery day from Dr. Soika’s office.

If you are interested in Breast Augmentation and Lift procedure, call 203-489-3908 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Karen Soika.

Testimonials

  • Karen M. Soika, MD

    Dr. Soika is a highly competent and compassionate cosmetic surgeon. She did an eye lift for me and I am absolutely thrilled and satisfied with the results. She is masterful at her work and takes extra care to ensure proper follow up and recovery is accomplished.

    Self-verified patient · Eye Lift
  • Mini Facelift

    I suffered deep thermal burns to my face caused by the incompetence of a Dermatologist for 1 year with no relief, until I met Dr. Soika. She administered a treatment to give me the relief I was looking for. She was the only Dr.who took the time to listen, diagnose and performed a procedure with great results! Because of her, I am on the road to recovery!

    Self-verified patient
  • Dermal Filler

    My sons wedding was coming and I wanted to look and feel my best, I called Dr. Soika because I saw her local Ad. It was the best call I made! My skin looks 7 years younger-tighter, and I look for rested and awake. I didn’t believe it was possible without surgery, but Dr. Soika did an incredible procedure in 1 1/2 hours with no down time.

    A. McCabe · Thermage-Skin Tightening

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The Cosmetic Medic
45 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich
CT 06830, USA

Phone: 203-489-3908