The first step in this procedure requires placing the breast implants in a meticulously dissected pocket in order to give you the volume that you wish to have. The technique for this is identical to the standard breast augmentation procedure and detailed information can be found in the breast augmentation section of this website.
Following the augmentation, the skin of the breast is lifted to support this new volume and the nipple/areola complex is also repositioned in a higher position to enhance the youthful look of your breast.
In general terms, there are a few common types of breast lift, or mastopexy, and they all have their role in breasts with differing needs. The breast lift section of our website describes these techniques in greater detail. In the breast lift and augmentation procedure, Dr Kumar prefers to use the Inverted T technique for the lift component.
This operation is suitable for breasts with severe laxity and nipples that have dropped significantly. The resulting scar is the same as used for breast reductions. The scars run around the nipple, down the breast and along the infra-mammary fold (breast crease), in an anchor shape.
This technique gives the greatest degree of control of the lift and allows for precise positioning of the nipple areola complex after the breast augmentation component.
The end result gives natural-looking breasts that are increased in volume and rejuvenated in shape.
Mastopexy/Augmentation (lift plus implants) surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and is usually a day-only procedure. There is minimal pain after the procedure and this is usually controlled with simple analgesia. All your sutures are self-dissolving and your dressings are waterproof so you can start having a shower from the day after your surgery. You will be given a garment to wear and this is to be worn for 6 weeks post-operatively.
Most people can return to a level of daily duties the next day but this can vary on an individual basis so when planning for this surgery we would suggest you plan to have:
A week off work for office-based jobs
10-14 days off work for more physical-type work
Minimal driving for a week following the surgery
If you are considering a breast lift and augmentation procedure, then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with your surgeon.