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.

What Is The Wisdom Tooth Look?

A current trend in cosmetic surgery has recently gone viral known as the 'wisdom tooth' look.

But what is it and why are women looking it up on search engines and social media?

The wisdom tooth look is a body appearance that is one step further than the classic hourglass shape that many women aspire towards.

A 'craze' has recently spread around the usual online channels due to many celebrities having recently been photographed sporting the look, which many females are loving on both sides of the pond in the US and UK.

Main criteria for the new viral trend is a thin waist, streamlined legs with thigh gap, and a large buttocks.

One of the reasons why this look is known as the 'wisdom tooth' is because all factors combined give the appearance of a wisdom tooth - tapered in at the tops of the leg (thighs) and a bulges out at the sides.

Celebrities and Instagram stars are showcasing their photographs of the new look, enhanced by multiple cosmetic procedures.

The cosmetic procedures involved in creating the wisdom tooth figure are:

In addition to the above, some women are also going one step further and undergoing breast augmentation and breast uplift

However, despite the body transformation, many are not admitting to surgery, instead only coming clean about minor procedures such as botox and fillers.

Whilst a healthy lifestyle can contribute to a more desired figure, many members of the general public are not convinced surgery has not been involved.

For example, to increase the chances of a thigh gap without significant weight loss, liposuction or vaser liposuction is a potential cosmetic procedure that can suck out unwanted fat and sculpt the top area of the legs. Thus creating a thigh gap - where the tops of the legs do not touch.

In addition to this, Vaser can also be used on the flanks with possible butt-lift to enhance the backside. Buttlifts are popular at the moment due to photographs showcasing what can be achieved with either fat transfer or implant buttlift (also known as gluteoplasty).

Fat can be taken from other areas of the body and injected into a woman's bum region.

Fat that is unwanted usually comes from the stomach or thighs and used elsewhere.

One of the reasons why fat transfer is a preferred method of enhancement is because it is the individuals own tissue that is used - so the body has less chance of rejecting it as a foreign object or causing complications from scar tissue.

In addition, it also provides better results in some circumstances with a more natural and soft result.

However, when performing fat transfer buttlift surgery, it is absolutely imperative that the surgeon performing the procedure has the skills and experience of doing so due to the complexity of the operation.

Following a 'Wisdom Tooth' cosmetic surgery procedure, results can be visible from eight to twelve weeks.

For more information on any of the available cosmetic procedures at The Manchester Private Hospital, contact a friendly member of our staff at a convenient time for you.

Wonky And Painful Boobs From Poor Breast Augmentation

When a woman considers breast augmentation, they should always be made aware of possible risks and side effects.

However, what many women don't consider is that choosing the wrong surgeon can have devastating consequences.

There are many factors that separate a good boob job from a bad one, including; the type of implant used, the surgical technique and the location of the implant.

These are all factors that a reputable cosmetic surgeon should be able to explain during a consultation providing they have the relevant skills, qualifications and experience.

A recent news story in the UK revealed that one woman was left with wonky breasts and in pain for years due to poor medical practice and low quality implants.

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Therefore showing just how important it is to choose a trusted and reputable cosmetic surgeon who has the skills, knowledge and experience to perform long lasting breast enlargement.

In some cases, cosmetic surgeons who are reputable often find themselves performing re-augmentation on many women who have undergone a botched boob job or are suffering with poor quality implants.

Always Choose High Quality Implants

An example of high quality and trusted implants are 'Mentor' implants.

Mentor is one of the most respected and reputable brands of implant across the UK and rest of Europe.

At the Manchester Private Hospital, we use Mentor implants for augmentation as they are flexible, come in a variety of types and are long lasting.

These quality implants combined with our trusted surgeons allow us to perform successful breast enlargement procedures on a regular basis.

What's more is, Mentor is not only a reputable implant brand, but is confident in the products they manufacture - allowing them to offer a comprehensive warranty at no extra cost to the patient.

Botched Breast Reaugmentation

When a patient is suffering symptoms of a botched boob job, such as wonky breasts or pain, then it may be time to make the decision for re-augmentation.

Breast re-augmentation, also known as replacement, is a cosmetic procedure whereby a woman's implants are removed and replaced with new ones.

During this procedure, a surgeon may also remove scar tissue and repair the pocket where the implant is placed.

The good news is that re-augmentation can often be done using the first incision site so that there is no additional scarring.

The aim of reaugmentation is to fix any faults with the previous surgery that is causing pain, uncomfortable symptoms or dissatisfaction.

During a consultation for re-augmentation, your surgeon will be able to advise on the realistic results you can expect to achieve along with tell you exactly what is wrong with your current breasts.

Common issues with poor quality implants include; deflation and ripples, which can be visible at the top, middle, sides or bottom of the implant depending on the placement.

Reaugmentation is also an opportunity to increase or decrease the size of the implants to meet preferences and new goals.

If you have visible symptoms or suspect that something is not quite right with your breast implants, speak with a knowledgeable staff member at the Manchester Private Hospital today.

We understand how disheartening and worrying it can be when things go wrong. However, our specialist team have the knowledge and experience to put your mind at rest and eliminate any concerns you may have about undergoing more surgery.