A breast lift and augmentation go hand in hand. One improves the size of your breasts, while the other adjusts the shape, location and, for lack of a better word, “perkiness” of them. Often, when done in tandem, these two procedures can deliver exactly what you’re looking for—fuller, rounder, younger-looking breasts overall.
While a breast lift and augmentation can often complement each other, does that mean you should get them done at the same time? Well, not necessarily. In many cases, yes, both procedures can be done in the same day, but this isn’t true for everyone
Usually, your surgeon will need to consider a number of factors before deciding if both surgeries can be done at once. He or she will take into account:
- The size of the implants you want—The larger the implant, the more weight you’re adding to your breasts. If your breasts are already drooping and sagging, this can make a breast lift even more difficult. If you’re looking for very large implants, you may be best served by getting a breast lift first, and then opting for augmentation later on.
- The health and thickness of your breast tissues—If your breast tissues are healthy and strong, doing both procedures at the same time will be much more successful. Thin or unhealthy tissues will not be able to withstand the surgery as well, and the results may not be satisfying.
- Your general health—Combination procedures such as mastopexy/augmentation should be done with healthy patients only. Smokers have a much higher incidence of infections and wound healing problems. Some medications can also impair healing. You need to tell your plastic surgeon about all of your medications and medical history.