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Breast Lift with Implants

Due to pregnancies, age or even genetics, your breasts may lose volume and begin to sag. Drooping breasts can have an affect on your self-esteem to the point where they make intimacy embarrassing. You can address both issues, the loss of volume and the sagging, with one cosmetic procedure: a breast lift with implants. This combination procedure provides you with a breast lift to tighten your breasts and remove extra tissue and a breast augmentation with breast implants that add a cup size to your breasts. Get the best of both worlds and restore your confidence and appeal. Call Rowe Plastic Surgery in New Jersey and New York City for a consultation.

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Page Updated on May 30, 2022 by Dr. Norman Rowe (Plastic Surgeon) of Rowe Plastic Surgery

What Is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to remove excess skin and tighten your breast tissue. The procedure creates a lift in your breasts, changing their shape to appear more youthful. The procedure is ideal if your breasts have drooped or your nipples now point downward. If you want an even fuller outcome, your cosmetic breast surgeon can perform the breast lift with implants, which gives you larger, more shapely breasts.

Due to the effects of pregnancy, breastfeeding, gravity and age, your breasts lose their elasticity and firmness. They tend to sag naturally, although genetics play a role as well. A breast lift corrects these undesired changes by restoring your breasts to a higher position on your chest. This kind of boob job also raises your nipples to give your breast an overall perkier appearance.

Your breasts form the top half of your figure, so your self-image is damaged if they’re droopy. Breast lift surgery can change your life in a positive way by promoting your body image and self-confidence. At Rowe Plastic Surgery,in Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey and the Hamptons, experienced breast surgeons offer transformative breast procedures, including breast lifts, breast augmentation  and breast lifts with breast implants, as well as other breast enhancement and correction procedures.

What Is a Breast Lift with Breast Implants?

A breast lift with implants combines two breast enhancement surgeries to create a dramatic effect: a higher, fuller and shapelier bust. A breast lift alone focuses on the shape and position of your breasts. The single procedure gives you lifted and more rounded breasts.

Breast augmentation, on the other hand, enhances the size of your bosom for fuller and more prominent breasts. In the combined breast surgery, your NJ and NYC plastic surgeon lifts your breasts and enlarges them at the same time. Some body changes that can benefit from a breast lift with implants include:

  • Old age
  • The effects of gravity
  • Weight fluctuations, which affect your breast tissue
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you’re worried that your sagging breasts affect your overall appearance, talk to your breast surgeon about the viability of a mastopexy with breast augmentation. The surgical team at Rowe Plastic Surgery uses advanced medical equipment to help women fall in love with their bodies once again. Your surgeon tailors every surgical procedure to your unique needs.

How Do I Decide Between a Breast Lift with Implants and a Traditional Breast Lift?

If you’re unsure whether to go ahead with a traditional breast lift or combine the breast lift with breast implants, you’re not alone. For most women, having invasive surgery is a major life decision. Take time to collect all the information you can on the procedures and learn how each meets your needs. Then you can meet with a surgeon to ask specific questions. A breast lift with implants differs from a traditional breast lift, specifically:

  • A traditional breast lift focuses only on the shape of your breasts.
  • A breast lift with implants not only changes the shape, but also the size of your breasts.
  • With a traditional breast lift, the surgeon doesn’t introduce anything new to your body.
  • For a breast lift with implants, your doctor uses silicone or saline implants to create a larger bustline.

When you visit the best breast surgeon in New Jersey or New York City, ask about the two procedures. Top cosmetic surgeons take as much time as you need to understand each procedure. Knowing what to expect before, during and after helps you make the best decision.

What’s the Goal of a Breast Lift with Implants?

A breast lift with implants can improve the quality of your life. This plastic surgical procedure can make you proud of your breasts again. Whether you have drooping breasts or downward-pointing nipples, your breast doctor can turn your life around through this state-of-the-art surgery. This combination breast procedure:

  • Increases your breast volume to give you a fuller appearance
  • Removes excess skin and sagging tissues to lift your breasts
  • Achieves more rounded breasts, which are the focal point of your chest
  • Raises your nipples for a more youthful appearance
  • Reconstructs the areola to fit your new breast shape and size
  • Provides you with more self-confidence through fuller, shapelier breasts

Combining breast lift surgery with breast augmentation helps you get the most out of each surgery. The breast lift improves the shape of the breasts while the implants add volume. After the combined procedure, you can enjoy a cup-size increase in your breasts, while they also sit higher on your chest.

Who’s a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift with Implants?

With multiple breast surgery procedures available, you may find it confusing to choose the right one for your situation. Some factors that make you a good candidate for breast lift with implants include if:

  • You have sagging breasts, a condition known as ptosis.
  • You’ve lost fullness in the top portion of your breasts.
  • You wish to restore your breasts to their early size and shape after a pregnancy.
  • Your breasts have drooped with age.
  • You want an increase in your cup size, in combination with lifting your breasts.
  • You want a breast lift, but with added fullness.
  • Your breasts have changed after bariatric surgery.
  • Your weight loss has affected your breasts size or shape.
  • You want larger breasts, but you also have sagging breasts.
  • The size and shape of your breasts affect your body image.
  • You’re healthy and aren’t a smoker.
  • You have healthy skin.

When you visit the modern cosmetic surgery facility at Rowe Plastic Surgery in New York City or New Jersey, your consultation begins with a discussion with your surgeon about your concerns about your breasts’ size, shape and position. The doctor listens, then examines your breasts. You discuss the various procedures available and how they may match your desires. If you’re suited for a breast lift with breast implants, your surgeon manages your expectations so you’re prepared for the surgery and the recovery.

What Kind of Implants Are Available?

Two types of breast implants are available for the combined breast lift and breast augmentation, although gummy bear implants are relatively new and add a third option. Before the breast surgery, your doctor explains how each works, as well as the benefits and drawbacks. The two traditional breast implant types include:

  • Saline implants. These implants feature silicone shells filled with saline. Some implants are already filled with the saline fluid, while your surgeon fills the others during your surgery to the correct size. Saline implants produce a more noticeable fold under your breast. A cosmetic surgeon can adjust your saline implants in the future.
  • Silicone implants. These breast implants feature silicone shells filled with a gel-like silicone. While these implants feel and look more natural, they pose higher health risk in case of a leak.

With different shapes of implants available, you can choose between round or teardrop shapes. When you use a board certified plastic surgeon, you receive the best advice on the implant that’s most appropriate for you. The procedure is also safer and more effective because the surgeon has the experience and knowledge to do everything properly.

What Techniques Are Used in a Breast Lift with Implants Procedure?

Your doctor decides the best types of incisions for your breast lift with implants after an examination. Combining the procedures reduces the scarring and the inconvenience of getting two separate procedures. The breast lift incisions your surgeon may use include:

  • Peri-areolar incisions. This incision for the breast lift follows the border of your areola, which leaves very little evidence of a scar.
  • Lollipop incision. This surgery involves an incision around the areola together with a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the crease at the bottom of your breast.
  • Anchor incision. This technique includes an incision for a lollipop breast lift, plus a horizontal incision extending beneath the breast crease.

Using a board certified surgeon improves the results of the breast augmentation procedure while reducing the need for a breast revision.  The surgeons at Rowe Plastic Surgery have helped many women through an individualized approach to treatment. At this breast surgery facility, you receive a customized surgery plan based on your needs and desires.

What’s the Breast Lift with Implants Procedure?

After you and your cosmetic surgeon have chosen the breast lift with implants procedure, you can schedule the surgery day. A breast lift with implants is an outpatient procedure that has to be done when you’re under general anesthesia. The main steps in the combined procedure involve:

  • Preparation. You need to stop smoking a few weeks before the procedure to promote faster healing. Your doctor also recommends stopping blood-thinning drugs or adjusting other medications you may be taking.
  • Anesthesia. An anesthesiologist works with your breast surgeon to administer general anesthesia. This puts you to sleep for the duration of the procedure, so you don’t feel any pain.
  • Breast implants. The breast augmentation comes first. The doctor makes an incision under your chest muscle and prepares a submuscular pocket for implant placement.
  • Breast lift. After inserting the implants, your breast surgeon makes the necessary incisions to lift your breasts. This procedure involves tightening the internal breast tissue and removing excess skin. For the best effect, your doctor may also elevate your nipples and reduce the size of your areola.
  • Suturing. After making surgical refinements to your breasts, your surgeon carefully sutures the incisions. The doctor ensures the stitches are away from sight whenever possible, leaving minimal scarring.
  • Dressing. The doctor applies clean dressings to your breasts after the surgery and places them in a surgical bra for support.

After the surgery, the doctor monitors you for a short time before allowing you to leave. You need a friend or family member to drive you home, since you’re likely to be woozy from the anesthesia. When you leave, you have a set of instructions to follow from your surgeon to promote healing and prevent problems.

What Can I Expect While Recovering from Breast Lift with Implants?

Before your surgery, your doctor describes what to expect during your recovery. Your surgical results aren’t immediately apparent, as your body first has to heal from the surgery. Points to note on your recovery include:

  • Expect some pain and tenderness from your breasts after surgery. The soreness subsides over the next few days, and you can take painkillers to ease your short-term discomfort.
  • Your doctor advises a period of rest once you get home. Since movement helps you heal, take brief walks around your room or inside your house before returning to bed.
  • The breasts may look swollen and unsightly at first. Give yourself time to heal. As your breasts continue to heal, the bruising from the surgery subsides.
  • You must wear the surgical bra until your doctor says you can switch to a sports bra. You must wear a bra at all times, even when sleeping, for about four weeks. This is essential to your healing process.
  • About a week after surgery, the doctor books you for a follow-up appointment to check the dressing and remove the stitches.
  • You can resume work a week after the surgery.
  • Avoid strenuous work activities or vigorous exercises to protect your breast tissue.
  • The results of the surgery may take six to eight weeks to be fully visible. Be patient; it’s worth it.

For the best results from the surgery, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Call Rowe Plastic Surgery if you have any concerns during your recovery period. Your surgeon is available for virtual calls to eliminate the strain of driving to the facility.

How Do I Choose a NYC or NJ Plastic Surgeon?

To enjoy the best results from your breast lift with breast implants, choose the best plastic surgeon in Manhattan, Plainview or Water Mill, NY or in Montclair or Red Bank, NJ. Breast surgery is a delicate procedure that can have a huge impact on your life. While finding the right cosmetic surgeon isn’t easy, follow some guidelines geared to help you, such as:


  • Certification. Choose a board certified plastic surgeon, as certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
  • Reviews. Read what other patients have to say about the cosmetic surgeon. If you find multiple complaints, keep looking.
    Referrals and recommendations. Ask family, friends and work colleagues for recommendations. Also ask the plastic
  • surgeon to refer a past patient you can actually contact.
  • Training. Choose a surgeon who has trained and specialized in the procedure you want.
  • Medical industry recognition. Look for industry recognition, such as membership to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and honors such as being named a Top Doctor in the New York City Metro area.
  • Style and approach. Choose a cosmetic surgeon who listens to you, acknowledges what you say, and presents solutions geared toward your desires. Ask the surgeon how to approach the breast surgery procedure.
  • Experience. Look for a plastic surgeon with years of experience in breast surgery, specifically with breast lifts and implants.
  • Facility. Vet the surgeon’s practice to confirm it’s safe, hygienic and well-equipped to handle cosmetic surgeries. The facility should have accreditation and certifications from the state or other independent bodies such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) or the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAASF).

The expertise of your plastic surgeon, the quality of the equipment and the state of the facility are essential for a successful breast lift with implants. Don’t rush to choose the first surgeon you see in NYC or NJ. Do your homework to find the best surgeon for you. It’s worth the effort.

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I only wish I had done this sooner!

I am so happy with the results of my breast reduction! I only wish I had done this sooner! The Rowe Team handled everything with my insurance and it was a breeze. I love my new breasts! The surgery was easy and I went home the same day. Most of the doctor's appointments were handled virtually which made things much easier. If you have thought about breast reduction, contact Rowe. Dr Schneider was wonderful!

Susan Rose

I am 100% happy with my results

I had an amazing experience at Rowe plastic surgery, from first walking in and dealing with the amazing office manage Simone Web and the countless phone/video calls before and after with physical assistants Elizabeth Janson and Mallory Oxford I have never felt more comfort when getting a surgery. The best part of it all was my experience with Dr. Lisa Schneider who was able to give me exactly what I was looking for. She made me feel comfortable and secure before and after my surgery, she was amazing and I am 100% happy with my results

Samantha Meoli

Breast Lift with Implants FAQs

  • How do I choose the size and shape of my breast implants? Your doctor helps you choose the best breast implant between saline and silicone to suit your needs. You may be given inserts to wear at home to help you pick the best size for you, and you can view computer simulations of how different sizes of implants may look on you.
  • How long do implants last? Breast implants last for 10 to 20 years, and their quality keeps improving year after year. The high quality of the silicone shells and liquid used for the implants prevents leaks.
  • Will this procedure affect my breastfeeding? During breast surgery, the surgeon takes care not to touch your milk glands or milk ducts. You can still breastfeed after the procedure. Given the effect of pregnancy on your breasts, however, consider waiting until you’re done having babies before getting this procedure. It’s always your choice.
  • Will my nipples maintain their sensitivity? After a breast lift and implants, you may experience a change in sensation, but this change usually resolves with time. There is no long-term risk of losing your nipple sensitivity.
  • What does a breast lift with an implant cost? A breast lift with implants costs  somewhere between $6,500 to $8,000. This is less than having each of the procedures done separately. The cost varies depending on various factors, such as your location, the experience of the surgeon, the extent of the breast lift, the anesthesia fees, any medical tests required and any prescription pain medications. Health insurance can only cover breast procedures if they involve reconstruction after a mastectomy.
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Do you want to improve the overall look of your breasts? With a breast lift with implants, you enhance both the shape and size of your breasts. The procedure can change your life by giving you a better-looking bust and improved self-esteem. If you want to combine a breast lift and breast implants in New Jersey and New York City, contact the team at Rowe Plastic Surgery.

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