Augmentation / Mastopexy Washington, D.C. – Maryland – Virginia
In situations where the skin is too loose for breast augmentation alone, or in cases where there is not enough breast volume for a breast lift (mastopexy) alone, a combination augmentation / mastopexy is the appropriate operation. This plastic-surgery procedure is also known as a breast lift with implants.
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The Ideal Candidate for Augmentation / Mastopexy
Many women lose breast volume with age, weight loss and/or after breastfeeding. This leaves the breast skin stretched and the breast with a saggy, or ptotic, appearance.
A traditional breast lift is effective at taking away the extra skin, but in many patients, the breast will still have a flat or small appearance after the operation. Volumizing the breast with an implant, in conjunction with tailoring the skin, creates a fuller and perkier appearance.
Many women have breast implants placed when they are in their 20s. Their skin and breast tissues stretch through the years, leaving them with breasts that are larger than they wish and skin that is sagging.
In those cases, women may choose to have their implants removed, the skin reduced, and newer, smaller implants placed. This will give the breasts a perky appearance with fullness in the upper part of the breast.
Augmentation / Mastopexy Incisions
Many women are reluctant to have augmentation / mastopexy performed given the fact that there will be incisions placed on the breast. However, a skilled doctor will be able to camouflage these incisions effectively. There are a number of different incision options used to perform the procedure; an incision is chosen based on the patient’s goals and pre-operative anatomy.
This Can Be a Risky Operation in Inexperienced Hands
It is important to know that this operation can be risky in the hands of surgeons who do not understand the opposing forces at work in the procedure. A breast lift is meant to make the breast perkier and reduce sagging, whereas a breast augmentation makes the breast larger and fuller. An implant adds weight, which can create a degree of sag.
One of the issues with these opposing forces is that, in inexperienced hands, the blood supply to the nipple and the surrounding skin can be compromised and complications such as nipple or skin necrosis (death) can occur.
Dr. Troy Pittman is internationally recognized and received specialized training in performing complex breast surgeries like augmentation / mastopexy. He plans the entire operation around keeping the blood supply of the nipple and skin intact in order to minimize complications and ensure excellent results.
Keeping You Safe
As part of the surgical planning process, Dr. Pittman may ask you to get a mammogram and/or specific medical clearance from your primary care doctor. It is also important to understand that your health and safety is our top priority.
Therefore, Dr. Pittman DOES NOT perform augmentation / mastopexy on patients who are active cigarette smokers, since issues may arise with the blood supply as a result of the nicotine. Smoking negatively affects skin health and can lead to a protracted healing period.
After Augmentation / Mastopexy Surgery
Recovery from augmentation / mastopexy is usually a two-to-three-week process. Generally, post-operative discomfort is minimal and easily controlled with prescription medication.
You are able to shower 48 hours after surgery. You will be up and about 24 hours after surgery, but we want you to limit strenuous physical activities like sports, heavy exercise, and lifting anything heavier than 10 lbs. for about three weeks.
Setting Up Your Consultation
The best way to figure out if a breast lift with implants is the right surgery for you is to book a consultation with Dr. Pittman and discuss your goals and desires.
The cornerstone of Dr. Pittman’s practice is providing a customized and unique surgical plan for each individual patient. No two patients are the same and no two bodies are the same. Whether you are undergoing breast surgery for the first time or are interested in a revision breast surgery, Dr. Pittman will guide you through the process.
To get started with augmentation / mastopexy, set up your consultation by contacting our office today. Dr. Pittman will be happy to help you get the breasts you’ve been dreaming of.
2440 M Street Northwest,
Washington, D.C. 20037