Breast implants with lift can accomplish two goals in one surgical setting—raise the drooping breasts and create more fullness, especially in the upper pole that has the tendency to appear deflated with advancing age. For the right patients, this is a cost-effective approach because they will only have to pay for one facility and anesthesia fee.
Contrary to popular belief, breast implants with lift in general does not lead to longer recovery than breast lift- or augmentation-alone procedure.
Leading Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smaili says the combo procedure favors women who need mild to moderate correction of their sagging breasts, while individuals with a significant amount of drooping may have to stage their surgeries to achieve a more predictable result.
Ideally, the surgery should involve the use of smaller breast implant sizes to prevent pulling on the wound used during the concomitant breast lift. And by choosing a more conservative augmentation, the patient can also expect a more straightforward healing.
Overlarge breast implants, meanwhile, are tied to longer, more painful recovery because they can pull on the wound and stretch the skin, which over time could lead to a wide array of cosmetic problems such as rippling, palpability, implant displacement or shifting, and bottomed-out appearance.
Breast implants that are too large for the pre-existing tissue can also lead to accelerated aging of the breast and sagging, thereby defeating the purpose of breast lift surgery, warns Dr. Smaili.
With proper patient selection and judicious surgical approach, most patients are back on their feet seven to ten days after surgery, although they should wait for another two to three weeks before they can resume their rigorous exercise routine and other physically demanding tasks.
In the first few days of surgery, Dr. Smaili says it is normal to experience swelling, bruising, soreness, stiffness, and mild to moderate pain in the chest region—symptoms that can be controlled by painkillers, muscle relaxants, and rest.
These symptoms are supposed to subside as the patient moves forward to her recovery, thus any increasing pain and persistent swelling should be reported immediately because these might be a sign of infection or healing problem, says the celebrity Los Angeles plastic surgeon.
Numbness or hypersensitivity of the nipples or certain areas of the breast is also a common part of recovery. This will resolve over time, although some patients may experience tingling sensation for several weeks caused by the nerves starting to “awaken.”