During a mastopexy, the breasts are raised, the nipples are repositioned and the areolas (the darker skin around the nipples) may be reduced in size. If you have lost breast volume over the years and you want to add more fullness, implants may be inserted during breast lift surgery to increase breast size, a combination surgery called augmentation-mastopexy.
Mastopexy (breast lift) helps reshape breasts that have lost their firmness and sag or droop. Augmentation (breast implants) involves putting breast implants above or below the chest muscle, to make the breasts larger. Together, these procedures change the look and size of the breasts. Sometimes these surgeries are done together. But depending on your body and your needs, your doctor may suggest two separate surgeries, so you can heal in between.
Different Kinds of Implants
Breast implants are made of a silicone shell. The shell may be filled with saline (saltwater) or silicone (gel). Different implant sizes, shapes, and textures are available, as well as different thicknesses of silicone filling. There are benefits and drawbacks to each type of implant. You and your doctor will discuss which type is best for you.