Breast Lift with Implants at Same Time?

I am 5'6, 131 pounds about a deflated 36 c. I know I need a vertical lift (told so by more than one ps). the size of implant I want will most likely be 600-700 cc's. I know it's not possible to do at once with that large. but I am wondering why some ps's don't mind doing a lift with a smaller implant at once and some make you do it In two operations? I am confused and dont know what to do?

Doctor Answers 11

Implants and lift at the same time

I don't know your specific anatomy, but I would never use 600-700cc implants at the same time as a lift. These combined procedures are very difficult to do together especially large lifts or large implants.

Patients fall into 1 of 3 categories:

1) small lift needed, definitely need more volume--> implant first (perhaps a shaped implant to get better lower pole fill and rotation of nipple upwards); then a lift later if they need it.

2) large lift needed, may need implant --> do the lift first and stage the implant.

3) need small or moderate lift and moderate amount of volume --> can do MODERATE size implant and lift at same time.

Also, when you do a lift at the same time, you usually get significantly better projection, so you usually need only a moderate or moderate plus type implant.

Also fat grafting can help in these circumstances and we are using that much more judiciously during these types of procedures to gain excellent results.

Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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Staging a Lift with BA

Without a photograph or an exam, it is hard to answer your question. In my past, I have combined the two procedures without much difficulty. The breast implant enhances the result of a lift. The 600cc implant is a bit large, but it might fit your chest wall all depending how wide it is. Consult a board certified plastic surgeon in your area for a consult and exam.

Thomas A. Narsete, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation/Lifting: To Stage or Not to Stage?

Thank you for the question.
 Whether the breast lift and augmentation should be done the same time  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 increased 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 in 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 one stage  procedure and the patient does have a higher  likelihood of needing revisionary surgery.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Lift with Implants at Same Time?

    If you are a C cup already, 700 cc implants will place you somewhere in the neighborhood of a DDD or more.  This probably is not the best idea for your long term health or the health of your breasts.  However, I place implants this large upon patient request.  I have never even had a partial nipple areolar necrosis after hundreds of breast augmentation and lift combinations.  Although no two patients are alike, I perform breast augmentation and lift together but like to limit implant size to 500 cc or smaller in most cases.  Find the plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of breast augmentations and breast lifts each year.   Look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to determine the plastic surgeon who can produce the results you would like.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Can breast lift surgery and breast augmentation surgery be combined

Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) and breast augmentation surgery can often be done at the same time, depending on several factors. The reason to remain cautious in performing these procedures together is potential healing issues that can occur. Factors that might affect how well the breast skin and tissue heal after combined surgery include things such as: smoking, amount of lifting to be performed and size of implant. Your questions is specific to the size of the implant being contemplated. The larger the implant being placed, the more impact the surrounding tissue can experience. That means that a large implant (600+) can negatively effect how well you heal due to the tissue being rather tight after both procedures are done. I tend to be a bit more conservative in my practice and may not recommend such a large implant at the same time as a lift.

Antonio Gayoso, MD
Saint Petersburg Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift and implants

Although I have always performed breast lifts with implants in a single stage with very low revision rates over the past 25 years and I have not experienced more excessive scarring. Even if this did occur it could easily be taken care of as an office procedure later. I have no problems however with other plastic surgeons who feel the need to do this in two stages. It is becoming a trend to do breast lifts with implants in one stage however the important point is that surgeons should do what they do best. Usually their training determines what technique they will perform in the future.You should never "force" a surgeon to do a technique that they do not feel comfortable performing.
Make sure you pick a board certified plastic surgeon.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Staged or Simultaneous Approach

About half of my patients get “staged” augmentation mastopexy (where the procedures are performed separately). The benefits of this are the following:

  • Since you can see the results of the first procedure (the lift), you can adjust the second procedure to complement results.
  • A lower rate of revision.
  • Surgical techniques can be selected to better achieve desired improvement.
  • A lower complication rate.
You can always get a second opinion from another surgeon as well, pending a physical examination.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift with implants at same time?

Hello! Thank you for your question! These two procedures can safely and effectively be performed in one setting. Staging the procedures to have them done at various times will likely not have any cost benefit for you. When you combine procedures, there is often a discount that is provided by the surgeon for multiple procedures. Also, when having multiple procedures performed at the same time, you save on anesthesia and facility fees, which otherwise are paid for with each individual procedure. In addition, you may benefit by the single recovery time. However, more importantly 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.

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 ill 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!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Lifts and Large Implants

You are opting for very large implants for you body build.  You already have thinned stretched skin.  Over time these large (and heavy) implants will further stretch you skin and likely get droopy, (a ball in a sock look) until you are likely to need a complicated (and expensive) reconstruction to look better. Really thinned skin doesn't hold stitches very well and limits future lifts.

 On top of that, you will likely look bulky in the chest which almost always makes a woman look overweight, no matter how thin the rest of her body might be. You will likely have problems finding clothes that fit both your upper and lower body and you may experience back and neck pain from the heaviness of your breasts.

 Be careful to consider the long term effects of your decision today to see if it fits for you for the future.  If not, reconsider the size and compromise on a little smaller but still very sexy look.

Deborah Ekstrom, MD
Worcester Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift and augmentation

I think that a lift with an augmentation in most cases can be done at the same time.  Some surgeons like to stage them.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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