Breast Augmentation With Lift
A breast augmentation with lift is for patients who want more volume or fill, but their breasts are too loose or droopy to undergo a breast augmentation alone. Other patients want to have breasts that are higher and perkier, but do not have the volume necessary to make the breasts look full and attractive.
At its most basic, a breast augmentation does just what its name says it does: it augments the breasts. It makes them larger and more full. If a patient does not want to be bigger then she does not need an augmentation. Some patients will say that they want to be fuller but do not want to be any larger. But adding anything to fill a breast will invariably make it larger.
While patients will enthusiastically want an augmentation, patients can be more reluctant towards considering a breast lift because a lift involves more scarring than a breast augmentation. Nevertheless, patients who want their breasts to be less droopy will choose to have a breast lift.
Dr. Teitelbaum’s overarching philosophy is to be safe and to give a phenomenal result that will last for many years. This is his approach to all operations, but the importance of the approach cannot be overemphasized when discussing the combination of breast augmentation with lift. This is because an augmentation complicates a lift and because a lift complicates an augmentation. Since by definition someone needing a lift doesn’t have perfect skin and an implant adds weight on that skin, there is always a greater tendency for combined lift and augmentation patients to loosen in the future than for lift patients alone, no matter how the surgery is done nor who performs it. The proper medical term for a breast lift is a mastopexy, and those terms are used interchangeably.
Most of the time Dr. Teitelbaum does a breast lift/augmentation during the same procedure. However, there are some patients who will get a safer, more accurate, more complete, and longer lasting result if it is done in two stages. Dr. Teitelbaum fully appreciates how much easier it is for patients to get it all done at once, so when he suggests that you consider it in two stages he is doing so for your benefit.
The many examples in the before and after breast lift with augmentation photo gallery demonstrate Dr. Teitelbaum’s artistry in this field of surgery.
1 STAGE VS. 2 STAGES
Every patient wants their augmentation with lift done in a single operation and every plastic surgeon would prefer to do it that way. And that is what Dr. Teitelbaum does most of the time.
But there are situations in which a result can be obtained that is safer, longer-lasting, more precise, and with better scars. This can include very droopy breasts, situations of significant asymmetry of size, differences in the amount of droop between the two sides, or extremely thin breast tissue. These issues have been written about in major plastic surgery journals and are well documented.
Dr. Teitelbaum was at a roundtable discussion with a group of distinguished Beverly Hills plastic surgeons. The topic was one-stage versus two-stage breast lift/augmentation. The moderator asked for the advantages of two-stage, and hands went up with a multitude of reasons. When he asked about the advantages of one-stage, no one raised their hand. Finally, someone spoke up and said, "Well, if I don't do it, then the patients will just go somewhere else to do it." And the balance of the audience agreed. No other advantage of one-stage was expressed, and that kind of thinking is anathema to Dr. Teitelbaum.
Dr. Teitelbaum has performed hundreds of breast augmentations with breast lift procedures, and he does so with great regularity. He has experience with a wide variety of breast shapes, different patient goals and expectations, virtually every type of implant available in the United States, and every method of breast lift. This means that he can customize a result to suit the specific anatomy and desires of each patient.
He has lectured on this topic to other surgeons. He has also served as an expert witness in legal cases regarding lifts with augmentations. While this operation can be performed safely, there are certain pitfalls that must be avoided and Dr. Teitelbaum is very aware of them. Having you heal safely is Dr. Teitelbaum’s priority.