A facelift (also known as mastopexy or breast ptosis treatment) associated with breast augmentation by prosthesis can correct drooping or uneven breasts, and correct a reduction in breast volume by restoring a well-proportioned shape, a cleavage deeper with more chest volume.
Breast lift surgery with breast implants is an increasingly popular operation.
When can you consider a breast lift with breast prostheses?
Pregnancy, breastfeeding, gravity, weight gain or loss, aging can change the shape of your breasts, usually resulting in sagging and reduced volume.
If breast implants alone are not likely to lift your areola sufficiently, or the volume of your breasts does not allow a lift alone.
What are the benefits of a breast lift with breast implants?
- You will have better breast shape, better symmetry and deeper cleavage.
- Your breasts will look younger, they will no longer be "droopy".
The disadvantages of breast lift with implant placement
- The effects of a breast lift can slowly wear off over time due to gravity and aging of the skin.
- A breast lift leaves scars that are usually not very visible and will be hidden by a bra or swimsuit.
- A subsequent pregnancy can penalize the initial result.
- Breast implants can rupture over time.
- Breast implants require regular monitoring.
- The implants may eventually require a new operation for replacement.
Here are the main advantages and disadvantages to consider if you want to do this type of surgery. If you want to know the best possible solution in your case, a consultation with your plastic surgeon in Marseille, Dr. Christophe Desouches is needed for an accurate assessment.
How is a mastopexy with breast implants performed?
A breast lift is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited cosmetic surgery clinic. Different techniques exist to remove excess breast skin and to reshape the mammary gland. They determine the location of the incisions and therefore of the scars. Dr. Christophe Desouches will choose the most suitable technique based on your breast size and shape, areola size and position, degree of sagging of your breast, quality and amount of excess skin and its elasticity.
- Excess breast skin is removed and the nipple and areola are positioned in an ideal position.
- If your areola was too large, it is possible to reduce its size.
- The skin that was once located above the areola has come down to reshape the lower breast.
- The scars are usually hidden under the breasts, although some scars can be seen above and around the areola.
- The nipples and areolas remain connected to the mammary gland, which helps preserve sensitivity and the ability to breastfeed.
- In some patients, it may be possible to avoid the horizontal incision under the breast, as well as the vertical incision that goes from the lower edge of the areola to the crease of the breast. If you are a good candidate for a modified technique, Dr. Desouches will discuss it with you and suggest the most suitable technique.
What are the consequences of breast lift surgery with breast prostheses?
Dr. Christophe Desouches will explain the time needed before you can return to your normal level of activity. After surgery, you will receive detailed instructions on your post-operative care, including information regarding:
- Drains, if needed
- Expected post-operative symptoms
- Signs of possible complications
Immediately after your facelift
In general, you can expect to have bandages, wear compression garments, and sometimes you can have surgical drains.
When the anesthesia wears off, you may feel some pain. If the pain is painful or long lasting, you will receive painkillers through the vein. You will also notice redness and swelling after the surgery.
Normal surgical outcomes include bruising, numbness or changes in nipple sensation, and itching around the incision sites. These side effects should disappear within the first few weeks, with sometimes residual effects lasting up to three months after surgery.
You will wear a medical compression bra for about a month.
What is the recovery time after breast lift surgery?
It is extremely important that you follow all care instructions provided by Dr. Christophe Desouches. This will include information on wearing compression garments, necessary dressings and the level and type of activity that is safe. He will also provide you with detailed explanations of normal symptoms and potential signs of complications. It is important to understand that the time needed for recovery varies greatly between individuals.
What are the limits and risks of a breast lift with prostheses?
Complications of breast lift with prostheses are infrequent. Your personal risks will be assessed during your consultation.
All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. Some of the potential complications of all surgeries are:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Hematoma or seroma (accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin)
- Infection and bleeding
- Sensitivity variations
- Hypertrophic or hyperpigmented scars
- allergic reactions
- Unsatisfactory results that may require additional interventions
- Blood clots in the legs or lungs (phlebitis or pulmonary embolism)
- Early rupture of the implant
- A shell around the implant
- A seroma (fluid around the implant)
- Very rare cases of capsule lymphoma when the envelopes of the implants are very textured.
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of Dr. Christophe Desouches, both before and after your breast lift and prosthesis.