I have saline implants that are 4 yrs old, I have stretch marks from after my pregnancy,and wanted to know if having a breast lift would help get rid of some of the stretch marks? And is it safe to do both procedures during one setting or should it be done in stages ??
Safe to Combine Breast Lift w/ Implant Exchange?
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Breast Augmentation Mastopexy Revision
Thank you for the question and picture.
I think it will be safe to do the procedures you are contemplating in one stage. However, this is not a question agreed-upon by all plastic surgeons. There are good plastic surgeons who will insist on doing the procedures separately and there are good plastic surgeons who can produce excellent outcomes in a single stage.
The combination breast augmentation / mastopexy surgery differs from breast augmentation surgery alone in that it carries increased risk compared to either breast augmentation or mastopexy surgery performed separately. Furthermore, the potential need for revisionary surgery is increase with breast augmentation / mastopexy surgery done at the same time.
In my opinion, the decision to do the operation in a single or two staged fashion becomes a judgment call made by a surgeon after direct examination of the patient. For me, if I see a patient who needs a great degree of lifting, who has lost a lot of skin elasticity, or whose goal is a very large augmentation then I think it is best to do the procedures in 2 stages (in order to avoid serious complications). However, doing the procedure one stage does increase the risks of complications in general and the potential need for further surgery. This increased risk must be weighed against the practical benefits of a single stage procedure (which most patients would prefer).
Conversely, if I see a patient who requires minimal to moderate lifting along with a small to moderate size augmentation (and has good skin quality), then doing the procedure one stage is much safer. Nevertheless, the potential risks are greater with a 1 stage procedure and the patient does have a higher likelihood of needing revisionary surgery.
I hope this helps.
Breast implant exchange
Your question is a good one. Some plastic surgeons prefer to split up the procedures. Most times I will combine them. This is a common procedure- exchange of implants and breast lift. From the photo it appears you have capsular contracture- scar tissues around your implants. This will need to be addressed. Discuss with you Plastic Surgeon. Consider going to the silicone Gel implants.
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A breast lift can certainly be combined with implants, I do them all the time, but I have to say the stretch marks will not go away. There really is nothing good out there that can improve the stretch marks. Sorry.
Safe to combine breast lift w/ implant exchange?
However, more important than the financial aspect, your plastic surgeon will have to determine for you if the viability of the breast as well as nipple-areolar complex may be placed at jeopardy if done at the same time. If for this reason, it would be wise to stage these procedures. Without an examination, it is difficult to tell you what to recommend.
Certainly it is you decision as to whether you have your procedures performed in one or multiple stages, but your surgeon will give his/her recommendations. Consult with a plastic surgeon well-versed in breast surgery who will discuss and examine you, while assisting you to decide which procedure will be the best option for you. I would discuss your concerns with your surgeon and see what your options are - sometimes multiple consultations with board-certified plastic surgeons is helpful for you to decide. Hope that this helps! Best wishes for a wonderful result!
Breast Lift and Breast Implant Exchange
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