Breast Lift with Implants Combination: What You Need To Know

Dr Kam SinghMedically reviewed by Dr. Shivram Singh, (Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgeon) has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.
— Written by Ann Smith — Updated on June 21, 2021

Although a conventional breast augmentation procedure can help increase your bust by multiple cup sizes, the breast lift, or mastopexy, can resize and recontour your breasts. Another possibility is getting a breast lift with implants to dramatically reshape your appearance. This combination procedure is known for providing rounder, fuller breasts.

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Ideal Candidates

The ideal patient for this procedure is an adult woman who is healthy and has sufficient breast skin and desires fuller, larger breasts. This procedure is commonly used by women who have recently undergone reduced breast volume after certain events like menopause, motherhood or significant weight loss.

If you become pregnant, your breasts may expand by as much as three cup sizes, stretching your skin and causing your breasts to look droopy or deflated once they resume their normal size. A breast lift and implants surgery can help.

I have gone through menopause. Can I have this procedure?

Following menopause, the breasts may change their shape. Declining estrogen levels can cause your body to begin distributing fat in a different way, shifting it from the breasts into the abdomen. Combined with skin elasticity changes, it can make one or more breasts appear more flat, particularly on top. A breast lift and implant surgery is a great way to help reverse these undesirable changes.

This cosmetic procedure can provide a lifting action in combination with the tightening of loose and sagging skin. Adding implants into this process is very helpful in restoring lost volume and rounding out the upper part of each breast.

Breast Lift and Implants Price

There is a great deal of variability in the price of this procedure. Consult with the surgeon who will be performing your procedure to determine how much it will cost.

What types of breast implants are available?

The two basic types of available breast implants contain saline and silicone. Saline breast implants are filled with sterilized salt water and have a silicone coating that enhances the size and shape of the breast. These implants are normally inserted without their inner fluid, which is added as needed to obtain the desired shape for the patient.

Silicone breast implants contain a silicone gel that is a close match to the feeling of human tissues. They differ somewhat from saline breast implants in that the breast will not lose size or shape in case of a rupture. If a rupture occurs, however, the breast implant will require removal.

Other Types of Breast Implants

Gummy Bear Implant: This type of implant is named this way because it will not have its shape altered if the upper layer breaks. Unlike other implants, they are normally firm, with specific sides designating top and bottom.

Round Implants: Women who receive these types of implants desire breasts that appear fuller since this procedure is normally for those who want breast enlargement. They do not have a specific side for top and bottom, but are round all over.

Smooth Implants: As the name indicates, smooth breast implants provide a smoother feeling. They are not stiff, resulting in more natural movement.

Textured Implants: Textured implants are known for being more fixed and stuck to surrounding tissues, so they will not move around as much inside of the breasts, as with some other implants.

Your Surgery

This combination cosmetic procedure takes as long as three hours to complete and is normally performed under general anesthesia. The type of incision required is dependent upon the amount of skin removal to achieve the desired lift. If only a minor amount is required, an incision can be created around the areola, whilst moderate tightening may involve an extra vertical incision to help with reshaping.

To make room for your breast implant, your cosmetic surgeon will form a pocket. They will place your new implant beneath the breast tissue, and the implant may need to be placed under the chest wall muscle. Finally, your surgeon will seal your incision using stitches, and tape, bandages, and gauze will be applied to provide support and help with healing.

Recovery

One of the key aspects of the procedure is breast lift and implants recovery. Following your procedure, your breast will be swollen, bruised, and uncomfortable for a few days, which can be reduced with the use of oral anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. In a day or two after your surgery, your bandages will be removed, and you will need to wear a sport bra for two to three weeks.

You may have drainage tubes inserted for a few days to remove excess fluid. Your stitches can be removed in a week or two. You may experience numbness and swelling for up to six weeks after your procedure.

Contact your cosmetic surgeon right away if you experience any complications following your surgery.

Combination Breast Lift and Implants FAQ

How much does this procedure cost?

When it comes to breast lift and augmentation cost UK patients should consult with the performing surgeon. Costs vary on an individual basis, depending upon factors like the size and type of implants that will be used.

What happens at a consultation?

At your breast lift with implants consultation, you will be meeting with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon to ensure that a lift and augmentation can help you achieve the results that you desire. It may help to bring along photos of how you would like to look after your procedure. You'll be asked to reveal your medical history, including any medicines or supplements that you are currently taking, as well as any past surgeries, relevant medical conditions, and the state of your general health.

Your cosmetic surgeon will provide an examination, measurement, and photographs of your breasts. They will go over your surgical options and develop a plan for your individual needs, based upon your body type and personal preferences. You will also discuss with your surgeon the type of implants that you desire and the size that you would like your breasts to be.

Breast Uplift After Pregnancy

Breast surgery after pregnancy and childbearing is often referred to as a 'mummy makeover', or 'mum job' in Manchester and other parts of the North, and it seems to be a trend that is popular at the moment for a number of reasons. One being that the pressures of modern society and media coverage of celebrities who 'bounce back' in to pre-baby shape, gives off an impression that others look up to or aspire towards

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However, pregnancy is one of the biggest factors for change in a female's life whereby body shape and size are greatly affected. So it is understandable that whatever the reason, some women want to boost their self esteem and regain confidence.

Whilst it is possible for some women to look and feel as they did before, for many the reality is very different.

Breast Surgery - How Long Should You Wait After Pregnancy?

One of the biggest and most popular cosmetic procedures after pregnancy is uplift, also known as mastopexy, whereby excess skin is removed from each boob so that it can be lifted and, in some circumstances reshaped.

The minimum recommended time to wait after pregnancy before going under the knife for breast surgery is six months, but ideally a minimum of one year should have passed. This is because the body goes through drastic hormonal and physical natural changes that can continue to happen post-birth.

Following the delivery of your baby, depending on the type of delivery, your breasts can continue to change for many months afterwards and surgery is not advised until these changes have settled down and stabilised.

The duration is sometimes longer for women who breastfeed. If you are unsure, always consult a cosmetic surgery professional who specialises in post-pregnancy procedures. After all, surgery can be traumatic in itself on the body and recovery is required to ensure the best possible results and patient satisfaction.

What Are the Effects on the Breasts from pregnancy?

When women talk about pregnancy and giving birth, the topic of conversation usually involves the effects on the body.

Weight gain, hormonal changes and the general impact of carrying a baby for 9 months can take its toll. So how do the breasts change during this period and how does surgery help?

- Sagging
- Loss of volume
- Nipple / areola changes
- Position
- Shape

The first noticeable major side effect on the boobs from pregnancy post-birth is stretch marks.

During pregnancy the boobs usually increase in size and volume, which causes the skin to stretch and the breasts to hang lower. Naturally as the skin is stretched it loses elasticity and it is difficult for it to 'bounce back' after the breasts decrease in volume. Leaving behind what is commonly referred to as 'deflated balloons' or 'swinging pendulums'.

The second major side effect that women complain with is that the boobs continue to hang low despite losing their volume. This is caused by the ligaments and skin being stretched during the period of pregnancy.

All of these changes can have a negative impact on both emotional and physical state of women.

Post Pregnancy Uplift Without Augmentation

It is possible for cosmetic surgeons to perform uplift surgery without the use of implants, also known as augmentation. In fact, it is very common for women where size has never been an issue either before or after giving birth.

If you are considering an uplift, always do your research first and understand the procedure to the best of your knowledge before arranging a consultation. This will give you a deeper insight in to what is involved and what can be achieved.

Many cosmetic surgeons will be able to advise you on whether or not you are an ideal candidate for breast uplift after pregnancy and whether or not it will give you realistic results.

There are times when a surgeon may suggest waiting for a more optimum time or that your expectations are not realistic. It is important that you are able to fully understand your options. A common mistake many women make is rushing in to surgery and expecting a different outcome from what can be achieved. For example, to increase or regain the volume of your breasts, the use of implants may be required. This is because some desired looks cannot be achieved by uplift alone.

What Does Post Pregnancy Uplift Involve?

After giving birth to one or more children, you may decide to have an uplift procedure performed. If you are wondering what the procedure involves, below is a brief outline for information purposes:

- The breasts are raised to a desired position on the chest
- Excess skin is removed to reduce stretch marks
- Ligaments and some tissue may be removed in order to tighten the breasts and reduce sagging

Always ensure you fully research the surgery you are considering so that you better understand it. It will benefit both you and the cosmetic surgeon as you will both be 'on the same page' when it comes to your desired goals and realistic results. If, for any reason you have doubts or questions to ask, speak with a medical professional who specialises in breast uplift surgery for post-pregnant women.

Is it possible to undergo uplift and enlargement at the same time?

Enlarging the breasts at the same time as lifting them is a common combination cosmetic procedure after bearing children. This is because uplift is designed to raise the position of the breasts and augmentation is to increase volume.

However, before opting for cosmetic surgery, it is best to wait until you are sure you aren't going to have any more children, as it can feel as though you are undoing any achieved look from surgery as the body will go through another round of drastic changes.

What Locations Are Available?

When it comes to breast surgery, there are no limitations in terms of area or location. However, there are some points that you should consider to ensure that it is a viable option for you.

At the Manchester Private Hospital, we are ideally situated in the North West, close to many major cities with good access to transport links. We have patients coming from far and wide for breast uplift following pregnancy, including; Liverpool, Widnes, Birkenhead, Warrington, Chester, Blackpool and others.

However, as most surgical procedures of this nature require a minimum of one overnight stay in hospital, ensure you are able to make the necessary childcare arrangements, especially if you have recently given birth (6-12 months).

It is also important to note that travelling with a companion can offer support and help with immediate recovery, such as putting on clothes and driving you to and from your appointment.

Why You No Longer Need To Travel Abroad For Cosmetic Surgery

Years ago, many women (and men) travelled abroad for cosmetic surgery such as breast augmentation and hair transplants.

Locations such as Turkey, Malaysia and Czech Republic were hot destinations for 'cheap' cosmetic surgery that boasted much lower costs than in the UK.

However, with the advances in medicine and technology, combined with more accessible UK clinics and an increased number of skilled surgeons, the cost of surgery has slowly decreased.

Ten years ago, it was not uncommon for people to consider travelling to parts of Europe and other countries for surgery, this was because, even with additional associated costs - such as insurance and expenses - the procedures still worked out cheaper than opting for surgery in the UK.

But as time has passed, the cost of surgery has become a lot more affordable - including the introduction of cosmetic surgery finance, which allows patients to spread the cost of their payments across a number of years. Thus making the regular payments affordable and inline with their budget.

UK Surgery Vs Abroad

With any type of surgery, be it at home or abroad, research is always advised.

But when comparing UK procedures with procedures performed abroad, it is imperative that you make a true comparison.

This means looking beyond the price tag and considering all factors, such as potential risks, safety standards, aftercare and follow-up treatment.

As every cosmetic surgery procedure comes with potential side effects and complications, you should think about what you would do if something were to go wrong.

In the UK, a cosmetic surgeon has a legal obligation and responsibility to provide aftercare plans and follow-up treatment. Whereas surgeons and clinics located abroad may not.

In addition, not all clinics abroad will have links to the UK, therefore any follow-up communication and / or procedures would result in you returning to the original clinic, potentially costing you more money than you originally intended.

Furthermore, overseas clinics may operate lower standards than the UK, which could potentially increase your risk of infection. Aside from this, language barriers may mean that you do not fully understand the extent of your surgery and any small print attached to it, until it is too late.

Benefits Of UK Cosmetic Surgery

The idea of travelling abroad for surgery is often marketed in a clever way to make it sound more attractive and appealing. Some companies even offer vacation packages that include your surgery and a holiday in one.

However, these companies are not always vetted and it is difficult to distinguish between a genuine clinic and a rogue one. Meaning it is very easy for a rogue trader to take people's money and disappear.

Therefore you should always only trust what you can see and never hand money over without either seeing your surgeon or visiting the clinic where your surgery will be performed.

Having surgery in the UK comes with its own benefits that are often overlooked when compared with surgery abroad. Benefits include:

  • Accessible consultation, where you can meet with the surgeon who will perform your procedure before committing.
  • Know that UK standards are high and often much higher than overseas.
  • Have peace of mind knowing that UK clinics are regulated to ensure high quality care at all times.
  • Less travelling time to and from your surgery, including avoiding risky flight complications.
  • Better communication between patient and clinic.
  • Aftercare and follow-up appointments with professional medically trained staff.
  • No need to have additional insurance (such as travel insurance).
  • Affordable finance by regulated lenders with low deposits.
  • Reduced risk of pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis caused by flying.
  • Speak only with surgeons and other medical professionals. Some companies abroad hire sales men and women to attract 'customers'.

UK Cosmetic Surgery Costings

In order for you to compare UK cosmetic surgery versus overseas, we have listed some approximate figures for popular cosmetic surgery procedures so that you can see how much you might expect to pay in the UK.

This will help you to gain a better understanding and make an informed decision when weighing up the pros and cons.

  • Breast augmentation - from £3490
  • Breast Uplift - from £5,990
  • Vaser liposuction - from £2200
  • Tummy tuck - from £5,990
  • Hair transplant - from £3 per graft
  • Facelift - from £5,500

As you can see, costs for each procedure is a lot less than what cosmetic surgery used to be over ten years ago.

There is also no / low interest finance available with low deposits from £500.

If you are unsure about cosmetic surgery in the UK compared with procedures carried out abroad, call us today on 0161 507 8822discuss. We operate on a pressure free policy at all times and there is no obligation with all our consultations - available at a convenient time for you.

Boob Job in Manchester – Everything You Need To Know

Are you based in or around Manchester and considering a boob job?

Here is everything you need to know, in brief, from research to consultation and aftercare plans.

This information will provide a good starting point for your boob job journey in easy to digest chunks without the medical jargon.

Where To Start?

The first thing any person is advised to do when considering a boob job is research the procedure.

One of the reasons for this is because the phrase 'boob job' can be used to describe one or more cosmetic procedures on the breasts.

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Many people think that a boob job applies only to enlargement, however, a boob job can include a combination of procedures such as breast enlargement + breast lift, nipple correction, breast reduction, fat transfer and breast reconstruction.

Researching the type of procedure you want will allow you to gain more knowledge on the subject and provide you with questions to ask an expert.

The First Step

Once you have carried out extensive research on boob jobs, you will no doubt have understood the procedure a lot more and also gained an idea of not only what you like the sound of, but also what will suit your needs best.

For example, if considering enlargement, also known as augmentation, this can be carried out in a number of ways; implant enlargement or fat transfer enlargement. There are also many decisions to be made for each, such as what type of implant, or where the fat will be taken from to be placed into the breasts.

The next step to take is to contact a boob job specialist to arrange a consultation.

A specialist will be able to listen to your ideas, carry out a full medical examination to check your health and provide you with advice and guidance.

The advice and guidance you should expect to receive will include individual possibilities of what is possible and what is not for your size, body type and health condition. In addition, you will also be made aware of what the realistic goals and results are that you can expect after your procedure.

An example of unrealistic results would be to try and enlarge your breasts larger than a few cup sizes, which does not stick within sensible parameters for your body shape.

Second and Third Steps

After making the decision to get a boob job, learning more about the procedure and receiving professional advice, the following steps are actually undergoing surgery and recovering from your procedure.

Depending on the extent of your single or multiple combined procedure, the duration of the surgery will vary.

Certain boob jobs can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours to perform.

Additional time is added on for immediate recovery and aftercare.

The type of recovery and aftercare you receive should be within an accessible distance, especially in the event of complications and side effects.

For example, we are based in Manchester, which means we are perfectly located as a central hub for boob jobs in the North of England and North Wales.

Many patients travel up to 50+ miles from all over the North including; Blackpool, Derby, Crewe, Chester, Wirral, Liverpool and North Wales to visit our specialist boob job hospital

There are no limitations in terms of the patient locations we accept, however, you should be made aware of that often someone will need to assist / transport you to and from your procedure. So being within a reasonable distance can help.

In addition, check-ups and aftercare appointments will also need to be attended in a clinic, therefore travelling back and forth should be convenient for yourself and your chaperone.

After undergoing surgery, you will be expected to take it easy and give your body the time it needs to heal and recover.

This includes having time off work and resting.

Patients who love the gym may still be able to perform light exercise in the days following your procedure, but it is imperative that you check this with your specialist to ensure that what you are doing does not hinder or compromise the procedure and therefore negatively affect the results of your boob job.

If you have any doubts or unanswered questions relating to boob jobs, be it augmentation or fat transfer, contact us today on 0161 507 8822. to speak with a friendly member of our team who will be able to answer your queries and eliminate any sticking points.

Our Location

Manchester Private Hospital is based in Salford, Greater Manchester, and the postcode for your sat-nav is M5 4HB. We are accessible to many locations in the North, just 30 miles from Liverpool, 50 miles from Blackpool, 80 miles from Derby, 40 miles from Crewe and Chester, and 15 miles from Warrington.

How A Breast Lift Can Tackle Ageing Boobs

How A Breast Lift Can Tackle Ageing Boobs

When a person visits a cosmetic surgeon during a consultation for a breast lift, the surgeon examines the patient and discusses the procedure in great detail, including the risks and benefits, and to ensure that the results are achievable.

A breast uplift, also known as mastopexy, is designed to realistically achieve an aesthetic body goal desired by the patient.

A patient often enquires about a breast lift when they meet any or all of the following criteria:

  • Sagging boobs, also known as prolapsed breasts, which can be caused by weight loss, menopause and diminishment of the milk glands following pregnancy.
  • Excess skin / lack of skin elasticity on the breasts.
  • Drooping breasts with nipples that point towards the floor.

Regardless of the reasons for considering a breast lift, a specialist cosmetic surgeon is able to assess your individual circumstances, listen to your concerns and provide advice on whether the procedure is actually right for you.

Different Types Of Breast Lift

There are a number of different types of breast lift available depending on your circumstances.

Once you are able to identify the root cause of sagging breasts, you can then understand which procedure will work best for you and your desired goals.

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It is worth noting that a breast uplift procedure is designed to 'fix' the boob skin 'envelope' and not the actual composition of the breast such as tissue / substance.

Full Breast Uplift

  • A full breast uplift is often performed using 3 incisions.
  • Excess skin can be removed.
  • Designed to elevate the boobs to a more natural and youthful position.
  • The diameter of the outer nipple can be reduced.
  • Some visible scarring and some scars hidden by the natural folds of the breast.

Modified Breast Uplift

  • A modified breast uplift has fewer incisions and less scarring.
  • Procedure is more limited than a 'full' lift as it does not allow for as many changes to the skin envelope of the boob.
  • Often performed in conjunction with another procedure such as augmentation.

It is not uncommon for a breast uplift to be performed at the same time as another procedure.

However, if the surgery is being performed because of the use of implants, then different techniques are required.

Breast sagging is a common side effect to having a boob job (implants), because of the extra weight and stress of the implant on the tissues and muscles within the chest.

Overstretching the skin to accommodate the implant can also impact on the elasticity of the skin and natural breast tissue.

Boob Ptosis

When your boobs sag, droop or hang lower than they once did, this is known as ptosis.

The most common cause of saggy breasts is gravity, especially in older patients.

Women who have already gone through menopause often experience an increase in ptosis because of the aged skin, which naturally becomes overstretched and loses elasticity.

However, younger and middle aged women can also experience ptosis for a number of reasons, including;

  • Disproportionate body shape / type
  • Very large breasts
  • Hormone changes
  • Depleted fat tissue / milk glands

In the medical world, boob ptosis severity is actually measured on a grading scale from 1 to 4.

  1. Mild
  2. Moderate
  3. Advanced
  4. Severe

This scale mostly applies to natural breasts than have never had other surgery such as implants.

How The Breast Is Changed During Lift Surgery

The boob is made up of a number of different elements, which are either directly or indirectly altered over time naturally as we age.

These elements are then corrected during an uplift procedure.

The elements include:

  1. Pectoral Muscle
  2. Thoracic Wall
  3. Nipple
  4. Areola
  5. Fat Tissue
  6. Milk Duct
  7. Skin Envelope

The ligaments from the chest suspend the boobs.

Skin also plays a crucial role, which is why when it loses elasticity or is overstretched can cause sagging.

To correct the sagging, a surgeon will make a number of incisions to the breasts.

Skin will be removed from the nipple area (areola) and from underneath your boob.

This will allow for reshaping of the breasts in to a tighter shape and nipples can be repositioned to suit the new shape.

If you are combining your procedure with breast implants, your surgeon will insert the implant (usually silicone) behind the chest muscle or underneath your breast tissue.

After the repositioning of the breasts, incisions will then be stitched and you will be ready for recovery.

Following your aftercare and recovery plan, you will be able to remove any support clothing and see your results instantly. To know more about breast uplift, please visit: https://www.manchesterprivatehospital.co.uk/cosmetic-surgery/breast-uplift/