A new report, appearing in the January issue of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, shows that a breast augmentation with implants and a breast lift can be safely combined into one cosmetic procedure.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
How Researchers Determined Breast Augmentation and Lifting Can Be Safely Combined
The study was done by ASPS Member Surgeon Michael Bradley Calobrace, MD, and his colleagues between 2005 and 2009.
The researchers reviewed their experiences performing a breast lift and a breast augmentation as a single procedure. Just over 330 cases where the two procedures were performed together were studied by Calobrace and his colleagues.
The way in which the researchers determined the safety of a combined procedure was to assess the rates of complications and re-operations. In comparison to a control group of women who only underwent a breast lift surgery, the safety rating for the combination procedure was not significantly different than the single procedure.
The Benefits of Combining Breast Lift And Breast Augmentation Procedures
There are three important advantages to undergoing the two surgeries at the same time:
- It is less expensive for you
- It avoids having to live with disappointing results between the two procedures
- You minimize the risks associated with two separate surgeries
“In our experience, patients overwhelmingly prefer not to undergo a staged procedure and rather have the augmentation and mastopexy [breast lift] concurrently,” wrote Dr. Calobrace and the other researchers.
Whether or not you have these popular procedures done as a single surgery is something that should be discussed with your surgeon before the operation. Your surgeon will know whether or not a single operation or staged operations will be right for your situation.
If you’re interested in exploring your breast lift or breast augmentation options, contact us today.