If you have an idea in mind, sometimes it takes more than one procedure to achieve that. The good news is that this doesn’t mean months and months of recuperation and waiting. In the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon, you can get the results you want relatively quickly. In fact, if you’re considering having both a breast lift (or mastoplexy) and breast implants, it makes sense to think of them as a package, whether or not you have the two surgeries on the same day or not.
Timing is Everything
If you’re aiming to have both a breast lift and breast implants, your surgeon can definitely perform the two surgeries in conjunction with one another. You can either have the surgery performed in one stage or two stages. If your surgeon does the surgery in just one stage, you’ll have your implants placed during the breast lift surgery.
The other option is to do the surgeries in stages, so that you have the breast lift done first, and the implants placed at a later date. The reason your surgeon may suggest this is because breast lifts require a relatively large incision, and it may heal better unchallenged by implants. In some women, if there is a breast implant in the skin envelope that is pushing outward against the incision and stitches, it can make it more difficult for the incision to heal. This can add up to increased scarring.
All women have different circumstances, and your health profile will help you and your surgeon determine which approach will work the best for you. Also, silicone gel implants may work better if you are having both surgeries. Ask your doctor about this possibility.
So, what’s the bottom line? If it’s possible (and works with your health profile), you might want to opt to have the breast lift and the implants done at the same time. But, you should emphasize strongly to your plastic surgeon how important it is to keep the scarring to a minimum. Ask your surgeon is there is anything they can recommend to help you scar less.
How the Get the Best Results
You should understand that regardless of how many surgeries you have and when exactly they occur, a breast lift will leave scars on your breasts. The extent of scarring will depend upon your own skin type, the skill of the surgeon, and your overall propensity to scar. Not smoking is critical to good wound healing after breast lift surgery, since nicotine constricts blood vessels, which deprives the surgical area the oxygen it needs to heal. Also, ask your doctor if they recommend any homeopathic remedies you can take orally or apply to your skin before and after surgery to help to minimize scarring. You can expect your breast lift scars to fade and eventually become less conspicuous in their size and color. But they’ll always be visible.