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Breast Lift With Implants in Orange County

A breast lift raises the breasts’ contours, while breast augmentation with implants increases breast volume and fullness. In combination, the procedures can correct sagging, droopy breasts while also rounding and filling out the chest. If you’re bothered by sagging, flat, or uneven breasts and would like to boost their size, a breast lift with implants might be the solution. The combination of procedures can make you look and feel younger and more attractive.

To learn more about how a breast lift with implants can improve your appearance, contact UCI Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation. We have five locations serving Orange County and Los Angeles County: in OrangeCosta MesaTustinYorba Linda, and Newport Beach, and Laguna Hills, CA.

What Is a Breast Lift With Implants?

A breast lift, or mastopexy, raises and rounds the breasts to correct sagging or flattening. A surgeon does this by removing excess skin, tightening the surrounding tissue, and reshaping the interior of the breast, often also repositioning the areolas and reducing their size.

Breast augmentation uses saline or silicone implants, placed within the breast tissue or behind the chest muscles, to enhance the breasts’ volume and shape.

Combining a breast lift with implants creates a fuller, more youthful look.

Why Might I Consider a Breast Lift With Implants?

You might choose to have a breast lift with implants if:

  • Your breasts have sagged and lost volume with age or changes in weight or due to childbearing and breastfeeding
  • You’d like to improve your breasts’ shape, position, or symmetry
  • You want to change your upper torso’s contours to bring your body into better aesthetic balance

A breast lift with implants can free you to wear the clothes you like — without padding or embarrassing gaps where your breasts don’t fill your outfit. It can give you confidence when out and about in a bikini, low-cut or evening wear, or a form-fitting sundress.

Having both procedures together saves you time in recovery, which can mean less time off from work and away from your normal activities. Because you’ll only have anesthesia once, you’ll also save some money on the procedure.

Am I a Good Candidate?

It’s best to wait until you are no longer planning to have children before having a breast lift with implants, as pregnancy and breastfeeding can change your breasts’ size and shape. If you hope to have children after your breast lift, bring that up in your consultation with the surgeon.

You are probably a good candidate for a breast lift with implants if you are:

  • Bothered by the small size and sagging or flattened shape of your breasts
  • In good health
  • Close to your ideal weight
  • A non-smoker

If you smoke or use tobacco, you will need to quit at least three weeks before your surgery and remain tobacco-free for at least three weeks after.

You should also have realistic expectations about what a breast lift with implants can do for you, and should not be considering it to benefit anyone other than yourself.

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What Are the Options for Breast Lift with Implants?

Breast lift and augmentation surgeries involve a range of choices, depending on your goals and desired outcome. The surgeon will make many of these decisions to optimize your results and reduce risk, but some will require your input.

You can find more detail about your options on the breast lift and breast augmentation pages on this site. To give a quick summary:

A surgeon can perform a breast lift with different incision types, including the:

Breast augmentation involves even more choices, including:

  • Implant type — silicone gel or saline, gummy bear or gel
  • Implant shape — round or teardrop
  • Implant size — diameter and projection
  • Placement — above (subglandular) or below (subpectoral) the chest muscles

Planning Your Breast Surgery

The many options can seem overwhelming at first, but we will help guide you through the process to ensure you feel comfortable in making informed decisions. In a personal consultation at , your surgeon will ask about your goals for the procedure, examine your breast and body proportions, and explain which choices will be most appropriate for the results you want to achieve. The objective of this careful consultation and planning is to give you beautifully balanced body contours with safe and long-lasting results.

What Happens in a Breast Lift With Implants Procedure?

A breast lift with implants takes place while you are under general anesthesia. Once you are unconscious, your plastic surgeon will make incisions as discussed in your consultation. Starting with the breast lift, your surgeon will remove excess skin, raise the position of the nipple, and reshape the breast into a firmer, rounder form. Having made those changes, the surgeon will create a pocket in which the implant will sit — either above or beneath your pectoral muscle. After placing your implants, the surgeon uses fine sutures when closing the incisions to make scars as invisible as possible.

The procedure typically takes about two hours. It will take another hour or two to wake up from the anesthesia or sedation, after which you can go home, with a friend or family member to drive you.

What Can I Expect in Recovery?

In the first days after surgery, you’ll experience some bruising and swelling. Expect to need a full week of downtime after the procedure. You’ll want to arrange for help in these first few days, as you will have limited strength and range of motion. You’ll need to avoid reaching for things above your head and lifting anything heavier than five pounds. While you are taking pain medication, you cannot drive.

While you can take brief walks to stimulate your circulation, you’ll need to refrain from exercise for two weeks after surgery. After that, you can gradually get back to your exercise routine, resuming more strenuous activities after four to six weeks.

We will provide detailed recovery instructions, including how to contact us with questions or concerns and a plan for follow-up appointments.

Orange County Breast Lift With Implants FAQs

You’ll see a change in your breast shape right away, but it will take about a year to realize your complete results. That’s how long it takes for the tissue to settle into its final position and scars to fade.

There is no fixed time limit for breast implants, but they aren’t permanent. Implants typically last for 10 to 15 years. You might need to have breast revision surgery earlier if they rupture or if another problem occurs.

Your surgeon will make every attempt to maintain nipple sensation. However, depending on the technique, breast size, areola size, and other factors in the breast lift procedure, some loss of nipple sensation may occur.

It’s best to wait until after you finish having children to go through this procedure. Another pregnancy and period of breastfeeding can stretch breast skin. If this is a concern for you, be sure to bring it up in your consultation with the surgeon.

Schedule a Consultation in Orange County

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out whether a breast lift with implants may be right for you. We’ll answer your questions and explain what you can expect from the procedure. We serve Orange County and the Los Angeles area, with offices in OrangeCosta MesaTustinYorba Linda, Newport Beach, and Laguna Hills, CA.

The doctors at UCI Plastic Surgery are leaders in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Through their teaching and lecturing roles at UCI, they stay current with state-of-the-art techniques and technology. With their advanced technical skills, they consistently produce better, more natural-looking results for their patients.