About Augmentation + Lift
As many women age, they may lose fullness in their breasts while others may begin to notice excess breast skin. Some women will have both problems that lead to sagging, deflated breasts. If you would like to increase breast volume while also eliminating loose skin, plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang can perform a breast augmentation surgery plus a breast lift (mastopexy). This procedure at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA begins by removing loose skin from the breasts and then placing silicone or saline implants to get to your goal size. Breast surgery with a lift and augmentation addresses multiple concerns, such as size, position, and shape to create younger, perkier-looking breasts. Make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Chang to go over your unique needs and wants, so he can help you decide if a breast surgery with an augmentation and a lift best fits your goals.
"It's been over a year and a half since I've been going to Dr. Chang's office, I drive an hour just to get here (although I know some drive three hours or more to see him!). I did a lot of research to find a board certified plastic surgeon in the area with a solid and reputable background.Throughout my visits, he's been incredibly kind and taken the time to listen to my never ending list of questions. There are a lot of doctors that push services that you don't need just for money but he'll be transparent to tell you exactly what he feels you'll need in order to gain improvement and will work with you to see what could be the best outcome. You can also text or email him directly after any invasive procedures if you have any questions/concerns instead of waiting for a follow up. I also don't want to forget the rest of the staff - everyone from the receptionists and nurses have been very gracious, patient and accommodating to my needs but I also want to mention Melanie whose an RN at Dr. Chang's office. She has superb bed side skills and truly makes you feel at ease when you're speaking with her. I've probably annoyed her with a million questions and emails but she's still been stellar. I highly recommend her for any non-surgical procedures. They have a few videos on their website and youtube as well so you have an idea of who they are and the procedures they perform if you want to get a better idea yourself but I definitely recommend them, they're awesome."- M. / Google / Jul 24, 2018
"First of all, Dr. Chang did my breast augmentation surgery and I love it! Not only is he knowledgeable of his craft but he is constantly learning the newest procedures and trends. If he thinks a trend doesn’t really work, he will let you know. It’s not every day you get a plastic surgeon talking you out of doing a procedure and giving him money when he knows it doesn’t work. That’s the kind of person and surgeon Dr. Chang is. His staff are amazing, friendly, professional, helpful and also good at what they do. He isn’t known for being the best plastic surgeon in the area for no reason! I have also had Botox and laser hair removal done at Aesthetica, And have been equally happy with those procedures as well! I have referred many friends to Dr. Chang who have not been disappointed in his work. If you’re looking for a great plastic surgeon he’s your guy!"- R.H. / Google / Jul 07, 2018
"Dr. Chang is the best. I would trust him for any procedure?"- A.D. / Facebook / Jul 05, 2018
"Love coming here for all my aesthetic and cosmetic needs. From the moment you are greeted and checked in to the time you leave, you are treated with the best customer service. The ladies at the front are always smiling and greet you warmly. The aestheticians and nurses go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable while getting serviced. I recommend Dr Chang and his staff to all my friends and family."- J.S. / Yelp / May 22, 2018
"Five Stars - If you are looking for a refreshed natural look, go no further... Dr. Chang is the one you want. Ask all the questions you have and he will answer and explain the issues thoroughly, ask for suggestions and you will get his honest opinion. His office staff is great, particularly the clinic manager, Karen, who is very kind, knowledgeable and has been with Dr. Chang for a long time, so they make a great team.Being and established patient of Dr. Chang I feel very confortable sharing other medically related issues and I always get expert advise."- Anonymous / Vitals / May 12, 2018
There are several reasons why you may be looking into breast surgery combining a lift with augmentation. It's an ideal choice if you want to significantly rejuvenate your breasts while improving the firmness of your breast skin. You may have developed breast ptosis (sagging) caused by natural aging, pregnancy, or significant weight loss, therefore you would like to enhance the volume of your breasts — this can all be achieved with an augmentation and lift. Dr. Chang will be able to determine if a lift alone will get your desired outcome, or if both a lift and implants are better to attain your goals.
A combination breast surgery is commonly done at an accredited surgical facility as an outpatient procedure where you will be sedated with general anesthesia. In most cases, the lift portion of the surgery is done first. The excess skin is eliminated and the soft tissue is smoothed. Dr. Chang will explain the options available for breast implants before your surgery so your implants will be ready for placement. In certain patients, the nipple-areola complex may be moved to match your new breast shape and size.
What to Expect
The recovery timeframe for an augmentation with a lift will be different for every patient; however, you will probably be well enough to get back to your everyday activities in about seven days. But you should refrain from exercise and strenuous activities for at least 2 – 6 weeks. There will also be mild to moderate inflammation after your surgery that may last for 2 – 3 weeks. Your implants will settle into their final position after several months where at that time you will be able to see your results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this cost?
Breast augmentation with a lift will vary in cost depending on many factors. Some of these factors include the degree of sag, whether or not nipple or areola reconstruction was needed, and finally, if the patient decided to use implants (silicone or saline) or a fat transfer. In addition, some lift procedures have more complexity depending on the surgical case. During a thorough consult, we will create a unique treatment plan with costs so that you will know up front how much the treatment will cost prior to surgery. Our plastic surgery practice offers numerous payment plans, financing options, and we accept a number of payment forms.
Will this treat sagging?
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery that helps enhance breast size, but it does not necessarily lift a sagging breast. In fact, inserting an implant into a breast that has even moderate sagging could potentially create a negative result if a lift is not performed to correct the sag. If moderate to severe sagging is present, a lift should be performed first and then implants or a fat transfer can then be incorporated for size enhancement. Women should be cautious of any cosmetic surgeon who recommends implants alone if any degree of sag is present. Many patients are often happy with their results after a lift is performed and realize that augmentation may not be necessary. Understanding how much native breast tissue exists and whether or not an implant is needed will be discussed during the consultation.
Best incision type?
Breast lift incisions have come a long way in recent years, with new techniques being performed that helps reduce the appearance of scarring. The actual incision type will depend on the severity of sag and the overall complexity of the surgery. Women with severe sag usually benefit from an anchor-shaped incision, while those with smaller breasts usually only need an incision that circles the areola only. Regardless of the method used, careful incisions are made so that the aesthetic outcome is as natural looking as possible.
How long will the results last?
As long as the patient does not have massive weight fluctuations or becomes pregnant, a breast lift can last a very long time. While implants are made today to last for years, they do need to be examined every few years to ensure their safety. During surgery, implants are placed using a method that protects the breasts from sagging. This helps with the long-term outcome. It is important to understand that while a breast lift with augmentation can offer a great result, gravity and age will likely create some natural sag over the course of time. By adhering to a healthy lifestyle, patients can expect the results from this surgery to remain beautiful and intact for many years.
How bad is the scarring?
Breast augmentation, when performed alone, creates results where scars are generally hidden. Unfortunately, depending on the complexity, breast lift surgery may result in scars that are hard to conceal. Scarring will vary by surgical case and the number of incisions as well as their location will be determined based on the surgical strategy that will offer the best outcome. With proper care, the scars from this procedure will eventually lighten and fade and naturally become thinner over time. The majority of women feel that the aesthetic results from the lift and implants outweigh the scarring.
Get A Lift and New Shape
Attain the curves you dream about by scheduling a surgical breast augmentation with a lift at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. Dr. Chang will help you create a personalized procedure plan that meets your concerns and wants so you can see your ideal results. By addressing the position, size, shape, and skin of your breasts, your surgical augmentation and lift can lead to a younger appearance. Make a consultation with Dr. Chang at our Leesburg, VA office to find out more information about your options for breast surgery.