Breast AUGMENTATION WITH LIFT details
Breast Augmentation/Mastopexy combines placement of an implant to improve overall shape and size of the breast while repositioning the nipple centrally on the breast mound. This is indicated in patients with breast changes secondary to pregnancy or weight loss where the upper portion of the breast appears deflated (upper pole flatness) and the nipple position is low (ptosis). In these cases, breast augmentation or a lift (mastopexy) alone would not correct both concerns.
The implant is placed through the lift incisions which are either around the nipple (periareolar), lollipop (vertical) or anchor pattern depending on the severity of droop or ptosis. The implant can be placed either under the gland (subglandular) or under the muscle (sub-muscular) depending on the original breast size of the patient.
After the procedure
The procedure takes approximately 3-4 hours and you return home the same day of surgery. All stitches used are dissolvable and are placed under the skin so there are no stitches to remove. You may return to work within 2 weeks and are asked to refrain from exercise and heavy lifting during this time. You will be able to return to upper body workouts (pectoralis and latissimus) 8 weeks post-op. Dr. Watts will also guide you with the appropriate post-operative bra and scar treatment to ensure the best appearing result.
Possible complications include movement of the implant with contraction of the pectoralis muscle (animation), hematoma (blood collection), seroma (fluid collection), capsular contracture, malposition, rippling and palpability of the implant, sensory changes to the nipple, breast or nipple asymmetry, infection, nipple necrosis, implant rupture, DVT and PE. These risks are low and will be explained to you by Dr. Watts during your consultation.