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What is an auto-augmentation breast lift?

auto-augmentation breast lift

Many women find that after having children, breastfeeding or losing a significant amount of weight their breasts have begun to droop and lose volume. This is known as ptosis. This condition is very common and completely natural.

However, many women seek to rejuvenate their appearance and boost their self-confidence with the help of cosmetic surgery. Often times women will shy away from breast augmentation because of their lack of interest in breast implants. But what many women don't know is that breast augmentation can include using one's own tissue to boost volume while lifting breast tissue. The specific procedure that does just that is called an auto-augmentation breast lift surgery.

Auto-augmentation is best suited for women with ample breast tissue who want to enhance the appearance of their sagging breasts without losing size.

Auto-augmentation is a great option for breast lifting

Women wanting to improve ptosis, typically see the best results from cosmetic procedures that lift and reshape the breast tissue. The most common procedure that is used to combat ptosis is a breast lift (mastopexy). Women who are interested in reducing their breast size do well with breast lifts alone. Breast lifts involve removing excess skin and tissue which ultimately reduces the size of the breasts but will make them perkier as the end result.

For women who desire a lift without losing breast size and without using breast implants, an auto-augmentation breast lift can be a great option for their breast enhancement goals. An auto-augmentation breast lift, unlike a traditional breast lift, uses the excess tissue to and repurposes it to reshape, volumize and retain the patient's current breast size. This procedure is subtler but has a nice end result. Auto-augmentation is a great option for breast augmentation without implants.

How auto-augmentation works

An auto-augmentation breast lift is similar in many ways to the traditional breast lift. After careful assessment and planning to produce more symmetrical and volumized breasts, the surgeon makes a T or anchor-shaped incision on the lower part of the breast as these types of incisions produce the best results long term. After the excess skin's outer layer (epidermis) is removed and tissue is adjusted, the excess breast skin and tissue that is normally discarded from the breast during a breast lift is carefully tucked back into the breast. From there the tissue is rearranged and sutured in place to produce a more youthful-looking shape and appearance in the breasts. Since this procedure less invasive, there is a lesser risk of numbness from an auto-augmentation versus conventional breast lifts.

Long-lasting results

Finding a board-certified plastic surgeon with plenty of experience in auto-augmentation breast lifts is the first step in achieving long-lasting results. Experienced surgeons will assess skin elasticity as well as firmness to customize a treatment plan. Following the surgeon's guidelines for aftercare will greatly improve the recovery and healing process as well as support the longevity of the auto-augmentation breast lift results. Doing so will reduce the chances of needing revision surgery and keep the breasts youthful for years to come.

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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