For many women, sagging breasts and lost breast volume are an inevitable result of aging, pregnancy, weight loss and other life events. A breast lift restores sagging breasts to a lifted position and rounder shape. Many women want to increase breast volume at the same time as a lift.

A combined breast lift and breast augmentation can be performed in two separate, staged procedures, or simultaneously in a single procedure.

Does a combined procedure increase surgical complications? A new study suggests there is no increased risk of complications when a breast lift is combined with breast augmentation in a single operation.

The study reviewed 430 breast lift procedures performed by various plastic surgeons. Simultaneous breast augmentation using breast implants was included in 332 of the lift procedures. The rate of complications and reoperations were assessed.

Here is what the study found:

  • The overall complication rate was 23 percent for the combined procedure done in a single operation.
  • Capsular contracture, scarring and drooping were the most common complications of the combined breast augmentation and lift procedure.
  • These common complications were the most common reasons for reoperation.
  • There was a 13 percent reoperation rate for tissue-related problems in the simultaneous procedure, and a 10 percent reoperation rate in a comparison group of women undergoing a breast lift only.

The researchers conclude this data show there is no considerable increase in the risk of complications when the procedures are combined.

If you are interested in rejuvenating the appearance of your breasts, please contact the Cosmetic Surgical Center to schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for breast augmentation or breast lift surgery in Dallas, Texas.