As women age, gravity, hormonal changes, weight fluctuations, and the loss of skin elasticity can contribute to drooping and sagging breasts.
A breast lift is a procedure designed to remove sagging skin and restore a more youthful shape and position of the breasts. But what if you had a breast augmentation with implants? Can you still have a breast lift after implants, or will you need to replace the implants at the same time? The fact is, it depends.
What Is a Breast Lift?
Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a procedure designed to lift sagging breasts. During the procedure, the surgeon removes excess skin and lifts the breasts while also shifting the location of the nipple and areola to a more elevated position, giving the breasts a more perky, youthful appearance.
Breast Lift After Implants
If you had breast augmentation a few years ago, you may not have needed a lift at the time. However, as you get older, go through certain life changes, or the weight of the implants has stretched out the skin of your breasts, you may notice some sagging. If your breast implants are still in good shape, there should be no reason a surgeon can’t perform a breast lift after a breast augmentation. However, this means there can be no hardening around the implants, and they must still be mobile enough for the surgeon to move and adjust during the breast lift procedure.
When an Implant Replacement May be Necessary
While a breast lift can be performed in many cases after a breast augmentation with no necessary changes to the implants, there are times when removal or replacement of the implants may be necessary. If you are considering a breast lift and it has been more than 10 years since your breast augmentation, your surgeon may recommend replacing your implants since they are not meant to last forever.
If you are considering a breast lift after implants, Dr. Drew Davis and his team are ready to answer all your questions. After a thorough consultation and examination, Dr. Davis will evaluate your existing implants and make a treatment plan that best meets your needs. To learn more, call 916-318-5770 to schedule your consultation.