Combining Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift

Published on March 2, 2017

Boosting the cup size and the appearance of breasts is something many women want. But choosing the right procedures can be tricky. While both breast augmentation and a breast lift are available individually, in some cases, a combination of the two is the best option. This combination is known as an augmentation mastopexy.

Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift

Breast augmentation involves inserting artificial implants that are filled with silicone gel or a saline solution. The size and contours of the breast can be modified with augmentation.

A breast lift, which is also known as a mastopexy, lifts the sagging breasts and tightens the surrounding tissues to create more support for the new shape.

Choosing breast augmentation may improve the volume and make the breasts look bigger, but it cannot correct the sagging of the breasts, which can worsen with the added volume. And a breast lift can correct drooping breasts and nipples but cannot add volume effectively. Only together can they provide comprehensive correction.

Getting these two procedures simultaneously requires only a single surgical visit and post-operative recovery phase, saving time and money. Augmentation mastopexy can result in better outcomes than getting both of these procedures at separate times would.


The first step is to schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon, who can advise you on the benefits of the combined procedure. You will be able to choose a type, size, shape, and texture for your breast implants.

Certain tests and diagnostics may need to be conducted prior to the surgery. Detailed measurements and examination are conducted by the surgeon to plan the surgery. Healthy women who are non-smokers are good candidates for augmentation mastopexy.

What Does Augmentation Mastopexy Involve?

Augmentation mastopexy is typically performed under general anesthesia. The time taken to complete the procedure varies from two to three hours.

The surgery starts with an incision to give the surgeon access to the region. This can be in the form of an incision around the areola. An additional vertical incision from the areola down to the base of the breast may also be necessary. The exact incision pattern is decided during the consultation.

The implants are then placed inside the breast. Any loose skin below the nipple is trimmed. The areola is lifted to the desired higher position and the incisions are closed, giving the areola and breast a lift. Dressings are applied on the incisions.

The Recovery Process

The recovery phase of augmentation mastopexy can last for around three weeks. You may be able to return to work in one week. It’s recommended that you avoid lifting heavy weights and other intense activities for at least three weeks following the procedure.

Find Out More About Augmentation Mastopexy Surgery

Well-respected double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leo Keegan is an experienced medical professional with numerous satisfied patients. If you would like to learn more about augmentation mastopexy and see before-and-after photos, it’s best to meet with Dr. Keegan during a consultation. Contact our office today to arrange an informative consultation with Dr. Keegan.