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Misconceptions about breast augmentation and lift


A combination breast augmentation and breast lift (augmentation mastopexy) is an excellent option for women who want to restore fullness and correct sagging that can occur after having children, losing weight or with aging; however, there are many common misconceptions about this surgery.

Understanding the following most frequent misconceptions before surgery is critical to ensuring a successful recovery and getting the best possible results without compromising safety.

Misconception #1: "Because I'm choosing to have my breast augmentation and lift at the same time, I will only need one surgery to get the results I want."

When combining two distinct procedures – one that makes the breast larger and one that makes the breast smaller – it can be very difficult to safely get great results in one surgery. Depending on your goals and the degree of ptosis (sagging) you have, it may be safer to stage the procedures to allow for your body to recover in between operations. This approach can lower the risk of postoperative complications, such as skin breakdown, reduced nipple sensation, or complete loss of the nipple.

Misconception #2: "Everyone tells me that I only need an incision around the nipple/areola, so I don't have any scars on my breasts."

In general, plastic surgery is always a tradeoff of scars versus not having surgery. Each person's breasts are different and require different incisions in different locations to get great results. Breasts with more ptosis (sagging) will usually require more incisions to properly lift and shape the breast, while breasts with less ptosis may need fewer incisions.

It is very important to discuss all of your goals and have all of your questions/concerns answered prior to electing to undergo any surgical procedure so you may truly make an informed decision. If you are interested in having an augmentation mastopexy, please schedule an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative breast surgery.

For more information, including a list of ASPS plastic surgeons in your community, please use our Find a Plastic Surgeon tool.


The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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