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Can I Get Breast Implants Without Getting a Breast Lift?

The short answer? Absolutely.

Many women get breast implants without needing a breast lift, also known as a mastopexy. As with all plastic surgery matters, the decision is a personal one. However, some doctors might recommend a breast lift in order to realize better results for their patients. If so, a breast lift will likely be discussed as an option either during or following the breast implant procedure. The timing is somewhat irrelevant as a mastopexy performed during or post-augmentation delivers the same results.

The Recommendations for a Breast Lift

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “Combining a breast lift with implants is a good way to get the most from your surgery. You don’t need to add as much volume to the implant when you also have a breast lift, which will position the breasts correctly and give them shape. When these two procedures are combined, your breasts will increase in cup size but also look better than with just one procedure.”

If you’re unsure whether you might be a candidate for a breast lift during or after your breast implant procedure, consider the following, which your doctor will discuss during your consultation. These general recommendations are based on whether a patient presents with a significant amount of breast hang, also known as breast sag, breast ptosis or mammary ptosis.

If the nipple has descended below the inframammary fold — the area between the abdomen and chest — a breast lift can be performed to decrease the size of the breast envelope, raising the nipple and areola to their original position. This will enhance the overall look of the breast implants.

In this case, opting for an implant simultaneously will help fill out the upper breast area, resulting in the desired outcome sought after by many patients. Of course, a mastopexy can be delayed until after the breast implants have been successfully placed and the tissue has healed.

Whether you elect to have a mastopexy during or after breast augmentation, you should expect excellent results. If you are ready to complete a breast augmentation, breast implants, or a breast lift, contact us today to schedule your consultation.


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