The reasons a woman seeks cosmetic breast surgery usually dictate which procedure board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Galiano performs. Breast lift helps with sagging breasts, while breast augmentation or breast reduction can help to alter the size of the breasts. Depending on the personal goals of the patient, Dr. Galiano may even suggest combining these surgeries to enhance the results.
Breast lift and breast augmentation are frequently paired together to achieve ideal contours. While breast implants famously increase the size of the breasts, not everyone realizes how useful they can be at improving shape, placement and projection. Many of the best breast surgery results Dr. Galiano has ever seen are with patients who chose to add implants to their breast lift.
What Breast Implants Add to Breast Lift
Breast lift is the best way to address breast ptosis (droopiness). This surgery is effective at repositioning the breasts so that they rest higher on the chest for a more youthful presentation. With breast lift, Dr. Galiano removes and tightens excess skin so that the breasts appear fuller. Nipples that point downward can be pulled up and positioned so they point outward in a “perky” manner. Results from this procedure last about 10 to 15 years.
Using implants with a breast lift is an obvious choice for patients who want larger breasts. It also makes sense for women who want to reattain the former fullness of their breasts. While breast sagging is most often associated with aging, it can also be caused by breastfeeding and weight loss. In these situations, it is common for the breasts to lose volume in addition to drooping.
Women who want full, dense breasts typically choose round implants, while those who want more of a youthful and natural slope choose teardrop shaped implants. The style of the implant has a big effect on the final appearance of the breasts.
Implants do not need to dramatically change the size of the breast. Smaller implants can enhance the physique by achieving the patient’s desired shape, projection and placement.
Are Implants Right for You?
Ultimately, deciding whether to combine breast lift and augmentation is up to you. While it is always important to choose a quality plastic surgeon for your breast procedure, if you are considering combining breast lift with implants, it is even more important to find a surgeon with a proven track record of performing both surgeries successfully and in tandem.
Dr. Galiano is one of Chicago’s most revered plastic surgeons; he regularly achieves fantastic outcomes for patients who combine breast lift and breast augmentation. To build a rapport with Dr. Galiano and learn more about what these procedures can offer for your unique breasts, please call (312) 926-4382 to schedule a consultation.