Summary: Recent studies have concluded, if only provisionally, that there is no higher risk to having multiple breast operations performed at once. This means if you’re looking to get a breast lift and breast augmentation, it may be able to be facilitated. It’s still necessary, of course, that you speak to your doctor and your plastic surgeon to make sure you’re healthy enough for the recovery.
No Greater Risk
New research published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal suggests that women who have multiple breast procedures performed at once—namely, a breast augmentation via implant and a breast lift—are at no greater risk than women who have only one of these procedures performed at a time in properly selected patients.
The benefit to this finding is that women who want both a breast augmentation and a breast lift now no longer have to wait through two recovery periods. Think about it this way, for either a breast lift or a breast augmentation, there is a significant recovery period.
For a breast augmentation, you’re looking at four weeks or so. The same is true of a breast lift. But when the two procedures are combined, your recovery is still roughly four weeks. True, it may be a little longer because your body simply might have more healing to do, but that’s still a pretty good tradeoff.
Get What You Really Want
It’s also worth thinking about what you really want out of your breast operation. A lift will produce perkiness, but it may diminish the size of the breast, though only slightly. By coupling the procedure with an augmentation, the surgeon is able to give you a more natural looking breast augmentation and still provide you with the lift and perkiness you want.
Talk to Your Plastic Surgeon
Sometimes, it may be necessary to separate these two procedures. There just won’t be any way around it. This is especially true if you simply don’t know what you want the end product to look like, or misjudge how happy you will be with only one but not the other (in most cases, only a lift and not an augmentation). This may be partly because most people tend to think of breast augmentations as unsavory, creating breasts that are far too large.
The truth of the matter is that most breast augmentations are of a relatively modest increase in size. The results are noticeable, and patients generally report having a higher quality of life afterward. Still, you’ll want to talk to an expert, such as the New Jersey breast augmentation surgeons at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, who perform multiple breast operations every year.
Ultimately, you’ll want to talk to your plastic surgeon about what’s right for you. Your surgeon will be able to give you a better idea of what a breast lift can accomplish, in terms of size, and what might need to be augmented. Because of the “in properly selected patients” part of the research, your plastic surgeon is still going to be the best person to determine whether combining procedures would be safe and effective.
If you’re looking for larger, perkier breasts, talk to you plastic surgeon today.