Breast Lift with Implants

Do your cosmetic goals include both enhancing the volume of your breasts and correcting breast sag? If so, you may benefit from a breast lift with implants, which combines breast augmentation and breast lift surgery to comprehensively improve the shape, size, symmetry, and positioning of the breasts simultaneously. This is accomplished by reducing a drooping appearance and subsequently placing saline or silicone breast implants to enhance the breast contours.

Dr. David L. Durst, our board-certified plastic surgeon, tailors the combination surgery according to your cosmetic goals at his Huntsville practice. A breast lift with implants can be an excellent treatment option for women who have mild to severe breast sag and who desire additional volume enhancement.

What is a Breast Lift (Mastopexy) with Implants?

A breast lift with implants (medically referred to as a breast augmentation-mastopexy) is a breast enhancement procedure designed to increase breast volume while lifting the breasts to a more rejuvenated, youthful positioning. While a traditional breast augmentation can improve the breast shape and increase fullness, it cannot resolve the appearance of breast sagging. Similarly, a breast lift is primarily utilized to reshape the breasts and correct sag, but does not enhance breast volume. A breast lift with implants is intended to yield the benefits of both a breast augmentation and a breast lift.

What Can a Breast Lift with Implants Do for Me?

As a dynamic procedure designed to address a number of different aesthetic breast concerns, a breast lift with implants can significantly improve breast volume, shape, symmetry, and projection to achieve your desired silhouette. While the benefits yielded will vary for each patient depending on their unique anatomy and reasons for surgery, a breast augmentation-mastopexy can generally:

  • Increase breast volume and upper breast pole fullness
  • Correct asymmetry and improve the breasts’ overall contour
  • Elevate the breasts to a more youthful location on the chest wall
  • Minimize breast sag by removing excess skin and tightening remaining tissue
  • Reposition and/or resize the nipples/areolar complexes

An augmentation-mastopexy can be an effective solution to address the effects of gravity, genetics, weight fluctuation, childbearing, and the natural aging process on the breast appearance. A breast lift with implants is also a popular treatment chosen as part of a Mommy Makeover—a series of personalized enhancement procedures that aim to restore a woman’s pre-pregnancy figure.

I am so pleased with my breast implants and lift. The kindness and care I received from Dr. Durst and his staff was exceptional. Thank you for making my experience enjoyable.

Brooksie Wilson

July 03, 2018


Who is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift with Implants?

Ideal candidates for a breast lift with implants include individuals who:

  • Wish to achieve an increased breast size in conjunction with resolving breast sag
  • Desire comprehensive improvement in breast volume, shape, symmetry, and projection
  • Seek to restore a pre-pregnancy breast appearance

Women who have experienced increased skin laxity and a deficit in breast volume as a result of pregnancy or nursing typically benefit greatly from the augmentation-mastopexy procedure. During a consultation, Dr. Durst can review your medical history and assess your aesthetic goals to help you determine the most effective treatment for you. It is recommended that women who plan to have children or lose significant weight in the future postpone the procedure, as the physical changes that accompany childbearing or weight fluctuation can undo the results of a breast lift with implants.

Types of Breast Implants

Dr. Durst offers saline and silicone implants at our practice, which are two of the most popular and widely utilized breast implants in circulation. Both options can produce a very natural-looking breast enhancement, and the best type of implant for your needs will depend on your goals for the outcome.

Saline Implants

Saline breast implants consist of a sterile saline solution encased in a silicone shell. These implants have the ability to be filled after insertion into the breast pocket, which may allow for a smaller incision and post-surgical scar compared to other techniques. Saline implants can also be very safe in cases of an implant tear or rupture. While this complication happens very rarely, the saltwater fluid inside of a saline implant is often harmlessly absorbed by the body in the event of rupture.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are made of a cohesive silicone gel inside of a silicone shell. They tend to more closely resemble the feel of a natural breast when compared to other implant options and may be less prone to implant rippling. While saline implants visibly lose shape when a leak or tear occurs, silicone implants typically keep their form. Periodic MRIs are usually recommended to ensure that a patient’s silicone implants are still in good condition.

How is the Breast Lift with Augmentation Procedure Performed?

A breast lift with implants is an outpatient procedure that utilizes general anesthesia. Depending on your personal needs, the augmentation plus lift can be performed in one operation or as separate surgeries. At the time of your consultation, you and Dr. Durst will determine the most beneficial implant type, placement position (above or below the pectoral muscle), and incision location for your desired aesthetic.

During surgery, Dr. Durst usually places incisions around the areola, encircling the areola and extending downward towards the breast crease, or in an anchor-shaped fashion around the areola and along the natural contour of the inframammary fold. The ideal incision location will depend on the extent of lift necessary to achieve your desired outcome. Dr. Durst takes great care to minimize the amount of visible post-surgical scarring. First, he will perform the breast lift portion of the procedure by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining tissue. Dr. Durst will then create a pocket for implant placement and subsequently perform reduction or resizing of the nipple-areolar complexes, if necessary. Depending on the complexity of your treatment plan, the procedure generally takes between two and three hours.

What is Recovery Like for a Breast Augmentation with a Lift?

The breast lift with implants procedure generally requires approximately one week of downtime, with most patients returning to work and daily routines within one to two weeks. Strenuous activity and aerobic exercise should be avoided for a few weeks or until such activities are cleared by Dr. Durst, as the incisions should not be exposed to excessive abrasion or motion. It is normal for individuals to experience temporary bruising, swelling, and tenderness after surgery. This should subside as the healing process progresses.

After a breast augmentation-mastopexy, patients generally report immense satisfaction at their improved body contour and younger-looking breast appearance. Results of surgery can be immediately noticeable, but the final outcome will be fully realized as the implants settle into their final position.

Will I Have Scars From a Breast Lift with Implants?

Although some degree of scarring from any surgical procedure is inevitable, Dr. Durst takes great care to place all incisions in the natural lines and contours of the body whenever possible to reduce the visibility of your scars. Depending on the type of breast lift technique necessary to achieve your goals, scars from an augmentation mastopexy may blend into the borders of the areola; however, it is more common for patients to have a horizontal scar along the breast crease with or without an additional vertical scar below the nipples. Dr. Durst will let you know what you can expect from your procedure during a consultation.

How Much Does a Breast Lift with Implants Cost?

The total cost of this combination surgery is determined based on the various details of your treatment plan. As with all surgical procedures, the price of treatment is subjective for every individual. Each patient will receive a personalized quote after their unique needs are assessed in a consultation. To ensure you are well-informed about the procedure, we have provided a brief primer on what kind of expenses you can expect to factor into a breast lift with implants.

Some elements that can influence your cost estimate include the geographic location where the procedure is performed, the experience of the plastic surgeon, the type of implants chosen, and the surgical technique utilized. Generally speaking, the cost of an augmentation-mastopexy also consists of fees for anesthesia, the operating facility, pre- and post-operative care, and any necessary lab work.

Dr. Durst is committed to accommodating the diverse needs of all of our patients and accepts a wide range of payment methods, including the flexible financing options provided by CareCredit®—the premier healthcare finance company in the nation. Please do not hesitate to raise any questions or concerns about cost with a member of our team.

Can I Breastfeed After a Breast Augmentation Mastopexy?

While it’s certainly possible to breastfeed after a breast augmentation mastopexy, it’s important to note that not all women have the ability to breastfeed in the first place. In any case, be sure to communicate your desires with Dr. Durst so he can tailor the procedure according to your needs. Depending on the extent of lift necessary to achieve your goals, Dr. Durst may be able to perform your breast surgery while avoiding the nerves, blood vessels, and milk ducts involved with breastfeeding. From an aesthetic standpoint however, Dr. Durst generally recommends postponing a breast lift with implants until you have no future plans for pregnancy and/or nursing. These factors can re-stretch the skin and lead to a loss in breast volume, potentially altering your final results.

For more information about a breast lift with implants, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Durst, please contact our practice today.