I'm looking to increase the volume in my breast would this be best achieved through a breast lift or implants? (photo)
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The size is determined by the implants. the lift tightens your own breast tissue and will not change the size of your breasts, bra, dress, bathing suits and so on.
See the video below to help choose your implant
Combo: lift + implants
While a lift alone would improve the breast shape, it doesn't give the full round look that implants give to the upper part of the breast. I think the combination of implants + lift could give you a lovely result. Pick out a proportionally sized implant with your local plastic surgeon, then he/she can tailor the loose skin of the breast with the lift.
All the best,
Lift and augmentation
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Breast lift or implants?
The lifespan of implants is variable, and there is no way to predict it exactly. Implants do not have an expiration date, but having them means that you will have more surgical procedures (replacement, size adjustment or removal, for example) over your life. As a wild guess, you may expect your implants to last about 10-15 years.
Breast augmentation and lift
The easy way to decipher what each procedure produces is that implants increase breast volume and add upper pole fullness. Implants are placed in either a subglandular or subpectoral pocket centered over the left and right chest breast footprint. In your case, because your skin appears thin, I would recommend subpectoral placement. When you have ptosis/sagging, where the nipple-areola complex is at the fold or lower, your breast will continue to hang off of your chest onto your upper abdomen even after implants. In fact, in patients with such sagging who undergo an augmentation without a lift, their breast tissue hangs off of the implant that is sitting on their chest, creating a shape like Snoopy's nose, hence called a "snoopy" deformity. Implants can not give a therapeutic lift and taking shortcuts will only lead to suboptimal results. In some borderline cases of ptosis, breast augmentation can be performed and if there is unsatisfactory sagging, then a lift can be performed later at a second stage, but in your case, an in person examination with a board certified plastic surgeon will be most instrumental in going over your lifting options in conjunction with implants.
Two lifting techniques that are very good ones in the right patient and I use are based on the following:
1) if it is mainly the nipple position that needs lifting, I like the circumareolar approach (also called a donut lift)
2) if a large portion of the breast tissue/weight needs to be lifted, a circumvertical and sometimes a full anchor incision is needed as the circumareolar approach in my mind is not strong enough to hold the weight of the breast and results in stretching of the areola and drooping over time.
Click on the link referenced below and scroll down and the two examples listed are of patients whom had both mastopexy and augmentation and you can see one patient in whom the circumareolar approach was sufficient whereas the other needed the circumvertical incision. I hope this helps you!
Dr. Sean Kelishadi
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Breast lift vs augmentation with lift
Women´s breast change and normally get saggy after weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, etc.This procedure raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Breast Lift could be done with or without implants. If you want your breast to look perkier and have an upper pole fullness, I recomend it with implants. Hope this helps. Good luck.
Breast lift with implants
Your breasts have changed with 3 pregnancies and weight loss. Pregnancy, breast feeding and weight gain all will add volume to the breasts. After delivery and/or breast feeding, as well as with weight loss, the breasts lose volume and shape. The result is drooping breasts with nipples pointing downward.
A mastopexy, or breast lift, will restore the position of the nipples and the shape of the breasts. Generally, this often results in a reduction in up to one cup size in standard bras. However, the superior pole (upper part of the breast) is often still deficient with a breast lift alone.
Most patients desire the addition of volume to the breasts to create a more pleasing contour, and consequently a more beautiful result. Volume can restored with the use of implants, or with fat transfers to the breasts. Fat transfers are ideal if your Plastic Surgeon plans on adding smaller volumes to specific areas of the breasts, such as the superior poles.
Breast implants are available in many different shapes and sizes, but the use of implants alone, is unlikely to achieve the desired results. You will be best served to consult with a board certified Plastic Surgeon to review your clinical situation and offer options to acheive the look you are seeking.