Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute is a state of the art practice providing surgical treatments for the breast, body, and face. Dr. Bradley Hubbard, an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon, is a member of the practice. Patients in Plano, Frisco, Dallas and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive reconstructive and cosmetic surgery procedures from Dr. Hubbard.
Breast augmentation and breast lift are two of the popular cosmetic breast surgery procedures. Patients who are unhappy with the smaller size of their breasts and are keen to enhance the size, volume, and fullness of breasts may choose breast augmentation surgery. In some other cases, the patient’s breast size may be normal, but due to skin laxity, the breasts may start drooping severely and the nipples pointing downwards. In such a case, the cosmetic surgeon may recommend a breast lift procedure.
In some cases, the patient may be keen to improve the breast size as well as raise the breasts to a more youthful position, with a new position for the nipples and areolas. Depending on the patient’s health condition, breast anatomy and her personal aesthetic goals, the plastic surgeon may advise a combination of breast augmentation and breast lift in such cases. This combination procedure is more comprehensive and can lead to fuller, bouncier and firmer breasts with raised nipples and areolas.
Advantages of a Combined Surgery
A combination surgery such as this one provides certain inherent benefits in comparison to a situation with both procedures are performed separately in succession. Instead of two separately plastic surgery procedures, it effectively becomes a single procedure. The application of general anesthesia is required only one time, and the patient has to undergo to the surgery only once. The pre- and post-op preparation is required only once.
Only a single recovery period is involved, and the patient goes through post-op pain and discomfort only one time. Most importantly, a combined cosmetic surgery procedure such as breast augmentation with lift allows the surgeon to create a more comprehensive and conservative treatment plan. The patient is exposed to surgical risks and side effects only once. The cost-effectiveness of the combined procedure is also higher because the fee of the surgeon, the fee of the anesthesia team, the costs of operating facility, medical tests, prescription drugs and other related expenses are all required to be made just once.
As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Hubbard explains all aspects of the breast augmentation with lift combined procedure to his patients. He will also show before and after pictures of patients who have undergone breast augmentation and breast lift individually as well as pictures of patients who have chosen a combined surgery. This helps patients make a better informed decision regarding their choice of procedure.
Breast Augmentation with Breast Lift Procedure
This procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. The surgeon will administer medications before the surgery to keep the patient totally comfortable. Inframammary, transaxillary or periareolar incisions are made in discreet areas to keep the scarring inconspicuous. Through the incision, the plastic surgeon will insert the breast implant and place it in a pre-determined position.
The decisions regarding the choice of saline or silicone breast implants, the choice of incision and the choice of placement of implants in the breast tissue are taken in advance in consultation with the patient. Dr. Hubbard ensures that the patient’s breast anatomy, general health condition and her aesthetic goals are taken into consideration while making an appropriate treatment plan for his patients in Plano, Frisco, Dallas, and nearby areas.
Breast lift procedure involves making an incision around the areola or an additional incision that goes vertically down the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease. The underlying breast tissue is raised and reshaped to enhance breast contour and firmness. Nipples and areolas are also raised to a more youthful position, excess breast skin is removed and if the areolas are enlarged, they may be reduced by excising the skin around the perimeter.
Breast Augmentation with Breast Lift Recovery & Results
Results of this surgery are visible almost immediately after the procedure. As the post-op swelling resolves and incision lines fade, the full effects of the procedure can be seen more clearly. Most patients will experience mild pain and discomfort for the first few days, which can be managed with over the counter or prescription pain relieving medications. Regular physical activities can be resumed within 10 to 14 days in most cases. However, strenuous exercises and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least four to six weeks. The outcome of a successful breast augmentation with lift procedure is usually long lasting.