Lewis Plastic Surgery: Gordon Lewis, MD
2331-A Robious Station Circle
Midlothian, VA 23113
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How to Know if You Need a Breast Lift with Your Breast Augmentation

Dr. Lewis is often asked, “Will breast augmentation fix my saggy breasts?” The answer isn’t a simple one. To determine if you need a breast lift with your breast augmentation, Dr. Lewis will need to examine your breasts so he can provide personalized advice. Call and schedule your breast augmentation consultation today.

Saggy Breasts + Implants = Bigger, Saggy Breasts

Breast implants aren’t a solution to sagging breasts. They add volume to the breasts (which can correct some sagging caused by a loss of breast volume), but they don’t do anything to correct the underlying causes of sagging. Adding implants without a breast lift in a woman with significant sagging can actually make the problem worse. You’ll end up with bigger, saggy breasts. If you have sagging, don’t assume that implants will fix the problem. You may need a breast lift, too.

Do I Need a Breast Lift with My Breast Augmentation?

The best way to determine if you need a breast lift with your breast augmentation is to have an examination from a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Lewis. During your consultation, he’ll examine your breasts and help make the determination. If you’d like to get an idea of whether a lift is needed, you can examine your nipple position in comparison to the breast fold. If your nipple (not the areola, but the raised nipple) is lower than the fold of the breast, a lift is definitely needed.

I Need a Breast Lift. Will I Have Bigger Scars After Breast Augmentation?

If you need a breast lift, Dr. Lewis can typically perform your lift and augmentation during the same surgery. A breast lift does normally require some additional incisions but, depending on the severity of your sagging, they may not be noticeable. Dr. Lewis will use his advanced surgical skill to minimize the appearance of scarring as much as possible. Dr. Lewis will explain your options during your consultation.

  • Donut Incision– For mild breast sagging, a breast lift with a donut incision may be performed. This incision is made around the areola. Once healed, it can be very difficult to see.
  • Lollipop Incision– Dr. Lewis uses this incision type the most for breast lift surgery. An incision is made around the areola and vertically from the bottom of the areola to the base of the breast. This allows for significant removal of excess skin to create a youthful and natural breast shape.
  • Anchor Incision– For women with advanced sagging, an anchor incision may be used. It uses the same incisions as a lollipop incision, but also adds a horizontal incision at the base of the breast. This provides the most significant change to breast shape.

If you’re getting implants but have some sagging, you may need a breast lift. Ask Dr. Lewis about your options today.

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