Breast Lift with Augmentation

Consultations offered at our three convenient locations in La Jolla, Coronado and Del Mar

A breast lift with augmentation is a combination treatment that lifts droopy breasts and adds volume. Over time, you may have noticed your breasts becoming droopy and flat. This often causes women to find bras uncomfortable and have a hard time finding clothes that fit well. Breasts may sag because of pregnancy, fluctuations in weight, age, or as a result of a family genetic predisposition. As the breasts droop, volume may be lost, the skin surrounding the breasts stretches, and the breast loses its shape and position.

At our offices, we provide our patients with customized treatment plans that will deliver beautiful, natural results.

About Breast Lift with Augmentation

A Breast Lift, or mastopexy, procedure restores the breast to its proper position on the chest, tightens the skin, and restores the nipple and areola to a more youthful and pleasing position and size. When true repositioning of the breast is required, a breast lift will restore the tone, shape, and youthful contour you desire and can be combined with an augmentation in certain cases for a fuller, perkier breast.

A breast augmentation can be performed with implants or a fat transfer. You and Dr. Brown will work together to create an augmentation procedure that improves your natural anatomical features.

Before & After Photos

Benefits of a Breast Lift with Augmentation

Your breasts should not be a source of discomfort or self-consciousness, a breast lift with augmentation can provide you with many benefits such as:

  • Improved shape and volume
  • Younger, perkier breasts
  • Improved positioning
  • Increased comfort and confidence

This procedure can improve your physical appearance and turn back the clocks. A breast lift with augmentation will resculpt your body and restore a youthful figure!

Bellesoma

Bellesoma uses cutting-edge software to analyze the depth of your breasts and their dimensions.

Dr. Brown is proud to offer Bellesoma, an advanced technology that provides a revolutionary breast lift. Bellesoma creates a 3D version of your chest by calculating twenty-five different reference points on each breast. The software helps Dr. Brown create a detailed replica of your breasts. This helps him better understand your concerns as well as work with you to create a personalized treatment plan. Together you can create a procedure and, with this advanced technology, see what the results will look like.

The Bellesoma technology offers many benefits, but one of their biggest advancements is that patients will not be left with a large, vertical scar after the procedure. All incisions are made and hidden in the breast crease or around the areola, allowing them to blend in with your natural curves and fade away naturally.

A breast lift with Bellesoma results in minimal augmentation and is ideal for smaller increases in breast size. Dr. Brown will use the patient’s breast volume to relocate and increase their natural size. Breast mounds will be made with existing breast tissue and will be relocated to a higher, more attractive location on the chest wall. This will act to increase the breasts volume while adding more tissue to the upper breast. Bellesoma technology offers a plethora of its own benefits, including a customizable procedure, improved breast volume, shape, and position.

A Bellesoma breast lift provides long-lasting results as well as the retention of nipple sensation and the ability to breastfeed after recovery.

Dr. Brown is one of only five doctors in the world performing the Bellesoma breast lift technique. Many patients who are candidates for a traditional breast lift qualify for a breast lift with Bellesoma. If you are interested in this transformational technology, contact our offices today to schedule a consultation!

Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer

A breast augmentation may also be performed with an autologous fat transfer. This treatment includes two procedures. One, where fat is removed with liposuction technology and two, where the fat is then injected into the breasts. A fat transfer uses the supply of the patient’s own fat and successfully resculpts other areas of the body by injecting the extra fat to create natural volume.

Liposuction is often performed on areas such as the buttocks, abdomen, love handles, back, arms and thighs. Excess fat is removed during the procedure after which it is purified and placed in syringes. The fat is then strategically injected into the breasts to improve their contour and volume. A fat transfer is a popular option because it provides a natural breast feel and rarely causes allergic reactions because no foreign substances are introduced to the body. We offer many different liposuction options to give you your best outcome.

Liposuction- Traditional

Through very small incisions, a thin, hollow tube (a cannula) topped with a suction device (an aspirator) is inserted into the incisions. With smooth, gentle movements Dr. Brown will loosen and remove fat cells while reshaping your body.

Liposuction- Power Assisted

This technique uses similar instruments as traditional liposuction with the addition of an attached device that produces strong vibrations. These vibrations break up fat cells so they may be removed easily. With power assisted liposuction you will experience a faster procedure and recovery time.

When your liposuction procedure is complete, the fat will be prepared for reinjection. During your private consultation, Dr. Brown and you will discuss if a fat transfer will provide you with your desired results.

Candidates

Many women in their thirties to sixties receive a breast lift with augmentation. An ideal candidate will experience:

  • Pendulous breasts
  • Elongated areolas
  • Nipples that point downward
  • Skin irritation in their breast crease
  • Discomfort
  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Small breasts
  • Drooping breasts
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Have moderate skin elasticity

Schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Brown to see if a breast lift with augmentation is your solution!

Consult with Breast Lift and Augmentation Expert

During your private consultation with Dr. Brown, you will share your cosmetic goals and what you expect to achieve with a breast lift combined with an augmentation. He will walk you through the procedure, your options, potential risks, and the expected outcome. A physical will be performed where Dr. Brown examines your skin health and takes photographs of your chest.

If you are receiving your treatment with Bellesoma, the proper technology will be used to map 3D versions of your breasts. The photographs and 3D depictions will help Dr. Brown accurately plan for the surgical procedure. Your health and safety are a priority and it is important that you disclose your surgical history, allergies, and current medications. This will allow Dr. Brown to make any adjustments needed to ensure you have a healthy procedure and recovery.

Your treatment will be personalized to meet your aesthetic goals and provide a natural enhancement of your specific features. During your consultation, you will choose a type of implant based on Dr. Brown recommendations. Our implant options include:

Silicone. Silicone implants are filled with a gel substance and provide a natural “breast” feel.

Gummy bear. These implants are firmer than silicone and feel similar to their namesake, a gummy bear.

Saline. Saline implants are empty pouches when inserted and are adjusted in size at later appointments. A saline solution is administered to customize the breast size.

Breast Implant Placement

Along with choosing an implant, you will also discuss where to have the implant placed. There are two options, submuscular or subglandular. When an implant is placed submuscular, it is placed behind the chest muscle. This placement helps to improve a chest that doesn’t have a lot of natural breast tissue. The muscle covers the implant and acts as a supportive pocket for the remaining breast tissue to rest upon.

Subglandular placement is when an implant is placed in a specifically-made pouch in front of the chest muscle. This placement is often used on chests that already have a substantial amount of breast tissue as the tissue can cover the implant.

Dr. Brown will recommend the best method that is appropriate for your anatomy and goals. Together, you and Dr. Brown will personalize a treatment plan that achieves your cosmetic goals and naturally enhances your breasts.

How to Prepare

Before your procedure, there are a few ways you can prepare for the upcoming procedure:

Necessities

Be sure to pick-up prescriptions before your surgery. You will also need to abstain from smoking and anti-inflammatory medications for three weeks before your appointment.

Transportation

Be sure to arrange transportation on the day of the surgery. You will not be able to drive afterward.

The First Night

We recommend having a friend or family member stay with you the first night of your recovery.

Create a Recovery Area

Create a comfortable space for yourself complete with extra pillows, blanket, reading materials, remotes and medications within arms reach.

Dress Comfy

On the day of your surgery, be sure to wear clothing that buttons up. Lifting your arms should be avoided during your initial recovery.

Most importantly, be sure to follow the detailed instructions provided for you by Dr. Brown.

Breast Lift with Procedure

When you arrive for your procedure, you will be greeted by the medical team who will clean your skin and mark the areas for incisions. General anesthesia will then be applied intravenously to provide a comfortable, safe procedure.

Dr. Brown will then gently apply a combination of the incisions from the list below to provide a hand-tailored procedure. Your incision will depend on the extent of improvement necessary to achieve your cosmetic goal.

Incision Types

Vertical Incision

This incision is made along the border of the areola and extends down to the breast crease.

Anchor Incision

Anchor incisions are applied along the areola, extend down to the breast crease and across the crease.

Periareolar Incision

This incision is made along the lower border of the areola and is often used to reduce the areola and improve its shape.

Inframammary Incision

This incision is made within the natural crease below the breasts.

Axillary Incision

This incision is very small and is applied to the armpit. An axillary incision allows Dr. Brown to make adjustments and lifts discreetly.

Once your incisions have been made, Dr. Brown will remove any excess tissue and skin. He may remove tissue from the areolas to return them to their natural shape and size. The remaining skin will be lifted and the breasts will be repositioned. Sutures may be placed deep within the breasts to help them adjust to their new position. Dr. Brown will then proceed to adjust the shape and volume of your breasts based on your preferences. After your predetermined breast augmentation treatment is complete, Dr. Brown will close incisions, place drains if necessary and apply bandages and compression garments.

Your procedure may take up to four hours to complete, after which you will be taken to the recovery room where the surgical team will assist you with your recovery.

Recovery

Patients will not be able to drive themselves home and will have needed to make transportation arrangements prior to the appointment.

An adult friend or family member should spend the first night of recovery with the patient to ensure they get situated well. We offer overnight nursing if additional service is desired. Any discomfort can be managed with a prescription from Dr. Brown.

Patients can expect swelling and bruising. A compression garment, or supportive bra, will need to be worn to help the breasts adjust to their new position.

Patients should expect to take five to seven days off work to allow for a relaxing recovery.Patients should avoid heavy lifting for two to three weeks but will be instructed on some light exercises to perform to promote blood circulation and healthy recovery. Light cardio may be resumed after at least ten days and more intense exercise after a month. These time frames may change based on your own healing experience and Dr. Brown’s assessment.

Patients will come in for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Brown a few days after their procedure. Dr. Brown will take this time to ensure you are having a healthy recovery and to remove stitches and change surgical dressings.

Results

A breast lift with augmentation is a transformational procedure. You will immediately notice improvements. As the swelling diminishes and your chest adjusts to its new contours, your newly sculpted breasts will improve your frame and give you a perkier, younger appearance. The final results will be noticeable in a month or two. With a healthy lifestyle and consistent weight, your results will be long-lasting.

Cost of a Breast Lift with Augmentation

All of our patients have specific anatomical features and unique cosmetic goals. We customize your treatment plan to produce your best results for you.

If you are interested in how Dr. Brown will transform the way you appear, contact our offices today to at (619) 461-1500! Dr. Brown will be able to give you a price breakdown at the time of your consultation.