A breast lift with implants, or augmentation mastopexy, not only lifts the breast tissue and nipple areolar complex to a more youthful and projecting location, but also improves the fullness of the breast most specifically in the upper pole where fullness cannot be achieved with a lift alone. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can often cause a woman’s breasts to become saggy and hollowed. An augmentation mastopexy is the answer for these women.
Some surgeons still choose to separate an augmentation mastopexy into two separate procedures with the mastopexy being performed first and the placement of implants, or augmentation, taking place several months later. However, if done properly and conservatively with regard to implant size, the two procedures can be performed simultaneously. However, patients must understand that there is an increased risk of widened scars because of the increased pressure across the incisions from the implant. Doctor Tarola will review all of the above with you during your consultation to determine if this is the right procedure for you.
Once you schedule your augmentation mastopexy with Dr. Tarola, you will be given a procedure-specific surgical packet, which includes medications to avoid before your procedure, postoperative instructions, and information on what to expect in the weeks and months following your procedure. Doctor Tarola and Tarola Plastic Surgery will also provide you with all of your prescriptions so that these may be filled in advance of the procedure day.
On the day of your procedure, you will arrive early to the surgery center to speak with your board certified anesthesiologist and be prepared for surgery. Doctor Tarola only performs procedures at fully accredited surgery centers. The procedure will be performed under general anesthesia both for your comfort and to provide Dr. Tarola with the ideal conditions to perform your surgery in order to achieve optimal results.
When you awake, you will be sore but kept comfortable in the recovery room. All of the stitches will be below the skin surface and dissolvable. Your incision will be covered with skin glue and there will be no dressings. Your chest will be wrapped in a compression garment that will be left in place for 24 hours after which time it can be removed and you can shower.
Strict adherence to Dr. Tarola’s postoperative instructions is critical to your result. Some of the instructions include wearing a sports bra or soft cup bra around the clock for the first 2-3 weeks following surgery. You will be restricted to no strenuous activity or heavy lifting, nothing greater than 10 pounds or gallon milk, for four weeks following surgery. The scars from a breast lift with implants tend to heal relatively well, but strict adherence to postoperative instructions is critical.