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Combining Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation Procedures

January 11, 2018

Whether you’ve experienced childbirth or some life (and body) changing event, many women find themselves wanting to enhance their breasts. When it comes to cosmetic procedures breast enhancement is one of the most common requests. Why? Because people (not just women) want to hold on to their youth as long as possible. We feel young in our minds, but our bodies age with time and often change with certain life events (like pregnancies or weight changes).

The good news is that maintaining a youthful glow is possible and enhancing your body through breast augmentation is a fairly simple way to reverse any bodily damage attained over the years, especially when paired with a breast lift.

When breast augmentation (implants) are combined with a breast lift the effects can be dramatic while maintaining a natural look and feel. Women immediately feel younger and more confident with their bodies when they look in the mirror and this drastically improves not only intimacy but also their overall self-esteem.

How to Know Which Implant is Best
The first step in a breast augmentation and lift procedure would be to decide which type of implant is best for you. There are a few options and each has pros and cons, but all of them are wonderful, trusted options used by many women. Selecting the correct option is a personal choice and truly depends on the person.

Saline Implants
Generally, this option is best for those who want a less invasive surgery which provides quicker recovery and minimal scarring. During a saline implant surgery, the implant will be inserted through a very small incision, then inflated with saline. The cons to saline implants found over the years are—though frequently not the case—that they are more likely to rupture or pop compared to other options. The other con, some women mention is that the saline implants tend to feel less natural than the others. However, if a less invasive procedure is right for you and you’re not looking for a huge jump in cup size, this could be a great option.

Gel Implants
Gel implants are definitely the most common choice across the board. Why? Well, women like the realistic, natural feel of gel implants. They are the most natural feeling option out there. These implants are filled with gel and very soft to the touch. There is a possibility that the gel could spread if ruptured, but this is far more rare with gel implants. They tend to stay put and the risk of rupture is far less than saline implants. Given the natural feel and the reduced risk of complications, it’s the most common choice for women across the world.

Gummy Bear Implants
No, it’s not what it sounds like. These implants are just very grim like a gummy bear. Soft in a sense, but quite firm and stable. They are the least likely to rupture since the interior gel stays in place even if the shell happens to break open. If rupturing is a complication you are really worried about, the gummy bear implants are a good option as they are the least likely to rupture, however, as stated before, these implants are not as natural feeling as a gel implant. They do hold their shape as long as you keep them, but there is far less of a natural feel.

Selecting Placement
Next, you’ll want to decide which type of placement is optimal for the final look you’re trying to achieve. There are a few options when it comes to placement. One option is to place the implant behind the pectoral muscle. This would be considered a submuscular placement and requires a longer surgery and healing process, however, it has a much more natural appearance and feel. Submuscular placement can also leave the breast tissue open to scanning and keep scar tissue to a minimum level.

The other placement option is behind the breast tissue (as opposed to behind the muscle as well). This would be a subglandular placement and allows for a much quicker surgery and recovery time. Since there are no muscles involved in this placement, it is a much smoother transition from surgery to complete healing, however, larger implants are used which can cause more scar tissue. And since there is less help from your muscle, these implants can be more apparent and not as supported.

Deciding on the Best Size
Those who are seeking an increase of size often want to go to a DD to have that drastic difference they’ve been seeking, but going bigger is not always the best idea. It’s possible to go up a few cup sizes, but if you’re used to having an A or B and suddenly go to a DD the difference wouldn't be as ideal as you think. A lot of women with extremely large breasts complain of back and neck pains, headaches, etc. For example, if you are built with a more petite frame a DD may not be the best option. Something more like a C cup would still give you that dramatic difference and maintain a more natural posture for your frame. Size is definitely a personal decision and many petite women successfully decide on DD’s, but it’s really up to you. Think it over, take a look at before and after images with breast implant procedures, and see what you like best.

Enhancing Your Implants with a Lift
Breast lifts are much easier than implant surgeries. Quicker and far less healing time when completed on their own. Many times, however, women want to go through with a breast lift to remove some extra skin that can cause sagging breasts, while also adding an implant to maintain a fuller cup size. Combining a breast lift with implants can give you the best of both worlds. You’ll get a perkier, younger looking breast while also keeping or even increasing your usual cup size.

Combining both of these services is ideal for those who have lost a lot of weight or have gone through pregnancies and nursing babies. Life definitely takes a toll on our bodies, but there’s absolutely no reason a woman should endure breasts they don’t enjoy. Keeping your shirt on during sex or refusing to look at yourself in the mirror shouldn’t be the case for any woman. Feeling beautiful in your skin is important and breast enhancement surgeries are a great way to feel like the youthful woman you still are! There’s nothing like a new hairstyle that leaves you feeling vibrant and fresh, just imagine how magnified that feeling will be when you step out of the shower with a body you are once again proud to show off!

There are many options when it comes to achieving your ideal breasts, but the first step, truly, is to get in touch with a cosmetic surgeon who will personally walk you through all of the options until you discover exactly what’s right for you!

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