I am 5'0" and right now weigh 143 lbs. My body fat % is 35. I lost quite a bit of weight two years ago, then gained some back. I definitely plan on losing weight before, but I really want to get a Breast reduction, Breast lift, then get Breast implants. Small ones of course. Is this possible? And how expensive do you think this could get? I am a 38 DD, and they sag quite a bit. They are heavy, and make it hard to work out and enjoy my life. I would like to be about a C cup. But NATURAL looking.
Breast Reduction, Lift and Implants to Get C Cups from DD Breasts?
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Breast reduction and breast Implants - OT Auto Augmentation mastopexy
Breast implants add volume (and weight) to the breasts while auto-augmentation really does not. Additionally, implants augment the entire breast, while auto-augmentation augments the upper pole only. So for many reasons auto-augmentation results tend to be less prone to recurrence of droopiness.
Other advantages of auto-augmentation mastopexy:
#1 - Zero need for implant surveillance and possible replacement
Zero risk of capsular contracture
Zero risk of implant migration / malposition
Zero risk of visible fold/ripples
Zero risk of implant infection
Auto-augmentation mastopexy is absolutely the procedure of choice for a patient who wants a breast lift, who will not have adequate upper pole fullness without an implant or auto-augmentation, and who is happy with the amount of breast issue that she is starting with. If a patient wants a lift AND fuller breasts (i.e. increase in true cup size), then an implant is required.
It is important to understand that there is no plastic surgery procedure for which the results do not change over time. Skin is elastic and stretchy and so is breast tissue, and that ‘stretchiness’ increases with age. The elasticity of skin and soft tissue is genetically determined, and it therefore varies widely from patient to patient. So it is impossible to predict for any one patient how long it will be, if ever, before they feel they need a secondary mastopexy – which in most cases is just a touch-up procedure and not nearly as extensive as the original mastopexy. Certainly if a patient has breast stretchmarks and thin breast skin from multiple pregnancies, then that patient is more likely to need a secondary mastopexy at an earlier date than a patient with thicker skin and better skin and breast tissue tone.
Implants for a DD breast not a good idea
With large (DD) breasts that are pendulous (droopy), I would recommend a small breast reduction with a vertical incision technique. I believe this will give a satisfactory result. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts after this procedure, you can always come back and place implants in a second operation.
Breast reduction, breast lift and implants
It is possible to perform a breast reduction with implants. This is necessary when we not only want to remove the excess skin and tissue but want to create fullness and projection to the breast.
In all of breast surgery, this combination is the trickiest. For this reason it is essential that you work only with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has a great deal of experience in breast reduction, breast lift, and breast implant surgery area. Their expertise and depth of experience is crucial to help you achieve a good result.
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Breast reduction and lift and implants
The goals of a breast reduction versus a lift with implants are completely different. There is no question that you cannot achieve "fullness at the top" without an implant, but this is a cosmetic concern, not a medical one.
Breast Reduction, Lift and Implants to Get C Cups from DD Breasts
The cost of a combined Breast Lift and Reduction like other plastic surgery varies considerably across the country and even in the same area. South Florida tends to have lower fees then more expensive areas such as New York or Los Angeles. We charge starting at $5000 + MD Anesthesia related costs for a combined breast reduction and breast lift. Since you can get quality work at lower costs, patients will travel from throughout the state, the country, and internationally to have surgery in South Florida.
To ensure that you are receiving quality work at the most cost effective prices, consult with board certified plastic surgeons that own their own nationally accredited facilities. The quality must be maintained at the highest level to maintain accreditation. The surgeons also have incentive to hire and train quality staff (to ensure that surgery is efficient and enjoyable), to ensure comfortable and private facilities (to encourage referral), and to eliminate waste (to ensure that these facilities can compete effectively).
Breast Reduction... To Implant or Not To Implant, That Is The Question
In my opinion, you would get a very lovely, natural C cup by a breast reduction alone. A breast reduction encompasses both a reduction in breast tissue and skin, along with a breast lift. Rather than discard some of the breast tissue, in can be used for your own natural augmentation. With this "auto-augmentation", breast tissue that would normally be discarded, is rotated high up onto your chest above the nipple, producing fullness from your own tissues. This will avoid the additional expense and the need to deal with potential breast implant complications as well as avoiding the need to replace in the future. There is also additional risks to the blood circulation of breast tissues when performing breast reduction surgery and breast implants at the same time.