Can I get away with implants without a breast lift?
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Best of luck,
Implants only in borderline droopy breasts
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When to add a breast lift to a breast augmentation?
First, I would like to let you know that if you are planning to have children soon, then a breast lift or breast augmentation may not be recommended and I tell my patients to wait until after they finished breastfeeding. You might want to wait until after pregnancy until you decide what you want to do with your breasts.
If you are not planning on having children, then I would definitely recommend a breast lift (mastopexy). Based on your photo, you may have grade 1 ptosis (sagging) and this means that your nipple is near the fold under your breasts (inframammary fold), and your breast tissue is hanging mildly below the breast fold.
It is a common misconception that large implants can provide a breast “lift”, but it is not true. They may 'fake' a lift by creating an illusion of it, but adding a weight to your breasts does not lift them.
An implant-based breast augmentation alone will not be effective. In fact, you will not only have to go with a larger than usual implant, but it will also appear too low on your chest (bottoming out). The weight of the implant will worsen the amount of sagging. You may also have a double bubble deformity where the breast tissue overlying the implant droops below in front of the implant. It may also cause a snoopy deformity (named after the cartoon character snoopy) that happens when the implant is held sitting in a high position by tight pectoral muscles, while the natural breast tissue falls off the implant and hangs below at the bottom curvature of your breast.
You might think that a smaller implant will fix the problem, but it will rather give a “Rock in a sock” appearance due to a near empty upper pole of the breast. This is because of the great amount of skin stretching, excess skin, and breast wasting that exists in sagging breasts.
Although looking at photos alone does not replace an in-person assessment, it seems to me that you may need a breast lift along with augmentation for best aesthetic results. If you are okay with the augmented breasts sitting low on the chest, then you can certainly go ahead with breast augmentation only.
However, as I am basing my decisions based on your photo, I urge you to have an in-person consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to assess your options and risks to make an informed choice.
Hope this helps!
Can I get away with implants without a breast lift
Breast Augmentation - to lift or not to lift
Thanks for the question.
That is a very important and common concern. I will echo the responses elsewhere that an in person evaluation is the only way to answer your question properly.
However, there certainly is a chance that augmentation alone may be able to get you the result you are looking for.
Contact a board certified Plastic Surgeon with experience in this area, bring some questions and some before and after photos that you like (and don't like!)... That will be a great place to start.
All the best and good luck on your journey.