About Breast Augmentation Surgery

This surgery utilizes the elevating and contouring techniques of a breast lift and combines those with breast implants, giving your breasts an added volumizing appearance. Women who want their breasts lifted in addition to a larger cup size should consider this surgery.

During a breast lift, the surgeon will lift and reshape your breast tissue by making an incision. The number and size of the incisions depends on several factors including the severity of the breast sagging.

There are typically three types of lift techniques that surgeons utilize for this surgery:

The Benelli, donut lift, or peri-areolar technique lifts the breast tissue by making a small circular incision around the outer edge of the areola. This lift is a great option for minimal sagging.

A vertical, or lollipop lift is a good option for women who have mild to moderate breast sagging and desire contouring, or reshaping of breast tissue. Two incisions are made – one around the outer edge of the areola and another down the center of the breast.

The anchor lift, also known as the “inverted T” lift, is ideal for moderate to severe cases of sagging. This technique uses the incisions of the lollipop lift and an additional horizontal incision along the natural breast crease.

Are Breast Implants with a Lift Right for Me?

Changes in breast tissue can be attributed to many of life’s natural occurrences. Aging, pregnancy, and weight loss can all contribute to a loss of volume, fullness, and even sagging in the breast. Women who choose this type of surgery are seeking elevation and fullness that a lift alone cannot achieve.

When choosing which surgery is right for you, it’s important to identify what results you desire from this surgery. If you want perkier, fuller, and more youthful looking breasts, a breast lift with implants may be a great fit for you.

Before proceeding with this procedure, Dr. Buchanan will first schedule a consultation with you to determine if you actually need a lift, and if so, what type of lift would be best for you. During this consultation, you will discuss implant size, incision type, recovery, and desired outcomes. Our goal is to provide you with the results you have always wanted, so take this time to share with Dr. Buchanan what your goals are with this procedure.

How Much Does This Surgery Cost?

The cost of a breast augmentation with lift surgery will vary depending on several factors including the experience and training of your surgeon, the exact techniques and implants used, as well as charges for anesthesia and the operating room facility. The only way to get an exact price quote is to come in for a consultation.

If you’ve considered breast augmentation with lift surgery, but feel like you are limited financially, speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. We do our best to work with each patient by offering financing plans to help her achieve her surgical goals.

Will My Insurance Cover This Surgery?

Typically, health insurance companies do not cover breast augmentation with lift surgery because it is considered a cosmetic enhancement procedure; however, they sometimes make an exception to this rule if the breast lift portion of the procedure is performed as part of a medically necessary breast reduction. Most patients will not qualify for this unless there is a significant reduction to the size of the breasts and insurances never cover the placement of implants. Do your research before proceeding with this surgery and check with your health insurance provider. It is important to be clear on your financial responsibility before undergoing any surgery.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

During your search for a potential plastic surgeon, you should only consider a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons spend a minimum of 6-8 years in training after medical school to ensure that they are well-trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Do not assume that another “cosmetic” or “aesthetic” surgeon is the same as a board-certified plastic surgeon.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Research has shown that silicone implants do not cause breast cancer. The implants may make it more difficult to find tumors by traditional methods, such as a mammogram, which could potentially delay a cancer diagnosis.

Also, there is a minimal, but increased risk of developing a rare type of cancer of the immune system called breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This cancer can form in the breast tissue, but is not the same as breast cancer. This cancer has only been associated with textured breast implants, which are not commonly used for most augmentations.

For most women, breast implants do not prohibit them from breastfeeding. However, roughly 1% to 5% of women who do not have breast implants cannot breastfeed for other medical reasons, and there is no way of knowing prior to surgery if you fall within this statistic.

By FDA standards, a women needs to be at least 18 years of age in order to receive saline breast implants, and at least 22 years old to receive silicone implants.

The cost of breast augmentation surgery will vary depending on where you have the procedure done, and what type of implants you choose. Additionally, if a breast lift is needed this will also affect the cost of the surgery. The only way to get an exact price quote is to come in for a consultation.

You can expect to have some mild discomfort and pain after breast augmentation surgery. Pain depends on the placement of the implant. In general, submuscular placement is more painful than subglandular placement. Pain is manageable with the right pain treatment. About 3-7 days post-op, most patients are off of the strong pain medications and can use an over-the-counter pain reducer, like Tylenol.

Generally speaking, implants have no expiration date. However, they are not meant to be lifetime devices. There is a good chance that over the lift of the implant, you may have to have a revisions procedure to replace the implant and/or alter the breast size or shape around the implant.  

A discussion with your board certified plastic surgeon is the best way to find the implant size that is right for you. The ultimate decision will depend on your anatomy, your measurements, and your overall goals. We also utilize Crisalix, a virtual reality 3D imaging software, that can help to visualize different implants on a patient’s 3D rendering to assist in making implant selections.  

Swelling should be mostly gone by six weeks. It may take up to 3-6 months for the final results to be revealed. For more information, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Buchanan.

As mentioned above, vigorous exercise is discouraged for a minimum of two weeks post-surgery to avoid early complications. After that you can return to normal exercise with the exception of any chest activity (pushing, pulling, and heavy lifting) which will be limited for 6 weeks after surgery. After six weeks, you can gradually ease back into your normal routine.

Breasts will fall into their final position typically three to six months post-op.

We recommend elastic, stretchy bras, or a surgical, compression bra after surgery. Avoid bras that have an underwire or lots of internal padding and structure until 6 weeks after surgery. You want a bra that offers snug compression and good support without being overly tight and distorting the breasts.

We typically recommend anywhere from three to seven days, depending on your individual circumstance and work requirements. Discuss your specific work duties with Dr. Buchanan if there are any questions.