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Can You Get a Breast Lift With Existing Implants?

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Aging, motherhood, and, yes, even breast implants can contribute to sagging breasts over time. If you are looking to give your breasts a boost and have had a breast augmentation in the past, you may be wondering: “Can you get a breast lift with existing implants?”

This post covers what to expect from a breast lift procedure, whether this is your first breast enhancement procedure or a secondary one.

Breast Lift (No Implants)

A breast lift, or mastopexy, surgically rejuvenates and reshapes breasts that are sagging and have stretched or excess skin. It is excellent for women looking to restore a more youthful and perky breast contour and who are satisfied with the current size of their breasts.

Here’s a breakdown of the key aspects of a breast lift:

  • Procedure: During a breast lift, your board-certified plastic surgeon will remove the loose skin, reposition the breasts and nipple-areola complex to a more youthful position, and reshape the remaining breast tissue.
  • Recovery: The initial recovery period takes 1 to 2 weeks for most women, but healing rates can vary. You’ll need to avoid strenuous activities and wear a supportive bra to minimize swelling and promote healing.
Before & After Breast Lift Case 1038 Front View in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Before & After Breast Lift Surgery
Before & After Breast Lift Case 1046 Front View in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Before & After Breast Lift Surgery
Before & After Breast Lift Case 658 Left Oblique View in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Before & After Breast Lift Surgery

Breast Lift With Existing Implants

A breast lift with preexisting implants is suitable for patients who wish to correct sagging or asymmetry following a breast augmentation. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Procedure: Your plastic surgeon will assess your existing implants and determine whether they are still in good condition. If so, they can proceed with the breast lift, which involves repositioning the implants and lifting the breast tissue.
  • Implant Exchange: If your implants are nearing the end of their lifespan, you can use this opportunity to exchange them for a newer set or ones that suit your current lifestyle and preferences.
  • Recovery: The recovery period for a breast lift with existing implants is similar to that of a standard breast lift with implants. Expect 1 to 2 weeks of downtime, and be sure to follow your plastic surgeon’s postoperative instructions carefully.
Before & After Breast Lift with Augmentation Case 560 Left Oblique View in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Before & After a Breast Lift With Implant Exchange
Before & After Breast Lift with Augmentation Case 796 Front View in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Before & After a Breast Lift With Implant Exchange
Before & After Breast Revision Case 831 Front View in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Before & After a Breast Lift With Implant Exchange

Breast Lift With New Implants

If your ideal breast enhancement involves both lifting the breasts and restoring (or adding) volume, a breast lift with implants may be the ideal solution. This combination procedure can provide a fuller and lifted breast appearance, particularly in the upper pole of the breast. See the difference for yourself in our before-and-after photo gallery.

How Is a Breast Lift Done With Implants?

In a breast lift with implants (augmentation mastopexy), your plastic surgeon will first perform the breast lift portion of the procedure to lift and reshape your breasts and remove unnecessary skin and tissue. They will then insert the breast implants to create your desired size, shape, and fullness.

How Long Is Recovery for a Breast Lift With Implants?

Most women are back to work 10 to 14 days following their breast lift surgery. Your recovery may take longer depending on how physically demanding your job is or if you have chosen to have any additional procedures done (such as part of a mommy makeover).

How Much Is a Breast Lift With Implants?

The cost of a combined breast lift and breast augmentation will vary depending on factors such as your geographic location, the surgeon’s experience, and the type of implants used. According to RealSelf, the average cost of a breast lift with implants can range from around $8,000 on the low end to $15,000 or more on the high end, with a median cost of about $11,000.

Before & After Breast Lift with Augmentation Case 798 Left Oblique View in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Before & After a Breast Lift With Implants
Before & After Breast Lift with Augmentation Case 789 Left Side View in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Before & After a Breast Lift With Implants
Before & After Breast Lift with Augmentation Case 1053 Front View in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Before & After a Breast Lift With Implants

Get Started

Whether you choose a breast lift or a breast lift with implants depends on your specific goals and concerns. If you are ready to discuss your options and determine the best approach for achieving the breast enhancement you desire, please request a consultation or call us at (225) 399-0001 to get started.

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