I want breast implants, but how do I know if I need a breast lift or not?

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At Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates, we perform many breast surgeries on both cis and trans women. Patients will commonly ask about augmenting their breasts with implants, commonly known as a boob job.  Many patients feel deflated after children or with age and want to regain volume especially in their upper chest. However, if a female’s breasts have sagged too much, an implant alone may not achieve her goals. 

During a complimentary consultation at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates here in Oklahoma City, we discuss what the patient’s goals are and then come up with a plan to achieve those results. As part of the consultation process, a brief exam is performed.  What is most important to evaluate is the nipple and areolar position compared to the bottom of the breast along with the elasticity of the skin and gland present.  If the nipple is even with or above the bottom of the breast, an implant alone is usually the answer.  As adding volume can give the illusion of a lift. However, if the nipple-areolar complex has drifted down past the bottom of the breast, a lift is usually necessary. 

The implant should be centered behind the nipple, so if the nipple position is low and only an implant is placed, one of three poor outcomes could happen. One the implant could be placed in the proper place for upper chest fullness, but the breast will appreciate like it is hanging off of the implant like a snoopy dog nose. Next if the implant is placed behind the nipple, but the skin is not elastic enough and does not stretch, then you can see both the implant and then the breast on top of it, commonly referred to as a double bubble. Lastly if the skin is elastic, and the implant placed behind the nipple, the breast may look okay when viewed directly, but when looking at the patient, the balance does not look right as she appear as to have a low large breasts, and still no upper chest fullness.

So when the decision is made that a breast lift is needed, the patient is educated about how the nipple and areola are rotated up into the proper position. The nipple stays attached but the hanging skin and gland are removed and new perky breast is created.  An implant can then be placed centered behind the nipple and is the ideal position on the chest. 

Every patient and every body is unique, so it is always our recommendation to schedule a consultation where your needs can be discussed. Both my partner and myself are triple board certified cosmetic surgeons, and have perform hundreds of these each year. Our team at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates is compassionate, educated, sincere, and excited to help you achieve your goals!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.