Many patients ask why would I need implants to help my sagging breasts?
Breasts that sag considerably often require a combination of breast augmentation combined with a breast lift (mastoplexy). These procedures can often be accomplished simultaneously. A breast lift raises and firms breasts through a combination of reshaping and tightening of tissue, and removal of excess skin. The breast implant adds the fullness and enhances the shape of your breasts.
Healthy women who have excess skin, or breast sagging with small breasts, are good candidates for the breast augmentation with lift procedure. Commonly known as breast implants, and known even more colloquially as the “boob job,” this procedure offers more to women than just enlarging their breasts. Breast implants increase the volume of the breasts, it’s true. But then, the lift helps to remove the excess skin and reshape the breasts. This skin removal and reshaping of the breasts is integral to the breast augmentation process.
Silicone has the advantage over saline for a more natural feel and less visible rippling. The cost for silicone breast augmentation is higher, however, Dr. Yang is available to help you decide which option may be right for you during your consultation.
A breast implant is placed behind the pectoralis muscle. The incision is placed in the breast fold. Once the breast implants are placed, the breast lift is performed. Dissolving sutures are used. Typically, there is no need for a drainage tube.
The procedure typically takes 2–3 hours and is performed in a fully licensed outpatient cosmetic surgery center. Most patients require a week off of work to recover. Sometimes women take a longer period off work if the work is strenuous. Scars are usually well hidden from view by regular clothing. It will take a month before you can resume any exercise.
Your consultation will be with Dr. Bennett C. Yang. We will discuss your overall health and the safety of having this procedure. You will also have the opportunity to try on sizers to best match your frame and breast augmentation goals. Dr. Yang can help you with determining what size best meets your realistic expectations for your post-surgery breast results. If you have extensive sagging, this, too, affects how Dr. Bennett C. Yang will perform your breast surgery, and he will go over this with you at your consultation.
**Please note: some of our patient before and after surgery images may have been altered to remove identifying tattoos and other marks by request of the patient. No other alterations were performed.
Follow-up visits are included in the procedure and will be arranged at the Rockville, Maryland, or McLean, Virginia, locations, both near Washington, DC.
Following the plastic surgery procedure, breast enhancement patients should expect some post-operation effects and should follow specific instructions as described below.
In Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, breast augmentation with a breast lift is usually not considered medical – a cosmetic procedure and is therefore not covered by insurance. An exception is when the indication for surgery was due to breast reconstruction or reduction causing back issues due to heaviness of large breasts. Call us for more information.
The specific risks and the suitability of cosmetic breast augmentation (or other breast surgery procedures) for any patient can only be determined through a consultation. Please call us today.
Dr. Bennett C. Yang has been in practice for over 20 years and is an expert in breast surgery. For the most recent plastic surgery before and after results, please follow on Instagram : @bennettyangmd Make your appointment at any of our 3 offices in Rockville, Annapolis, and McLean, Virginia. For patients who travel from out of state, Dr. Bennett C. Yang will be happy to do a preliminary virtual consultation over the phone or skype to discuss your needs and goals. Please call Bonnie to confirm your appointment.