Joseph A. Mele MD
Plastic Surgery


Breast Augmentation Lift (Breast Augmentation Mastopexy)

Breast Size vs. Shape

Breast augmentation and breast lifts are complimentary procedures. In our San Francisco Bay Area, Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery office, the combination of breast augmentation and breast lift can enhance both the breast volume and the breast shape. While breast augmentation increases the breasts' volume, breast lifts can address the breasts' shape, and the position of the nipple.

Despite what you may read, breast augmentation does not lift the breast. It can provide additional volume and support for a breast with pseudoptosis. Pseudoptosis is "fake sagging" and describes a breast with the nipple located above the inframammary fold (IMF) and the majority of the breast tissue located below the IMF. Since the nipple is already in the correct position, adding volume with a breast implant supports the breast tissue and nipple upwards, and creates a youthful appearance of the breast. When breast augmentation is performed with the nipple already low in the breast, the added volume can appear to push the nipple further down on the breast, and give a matronly appearance.

Breast lifts alone do not add volume to the breast. This is especially apparent in the upper aspects of the chest. A breast lift can move the breast and the nipple off the abdomen and back onto the chest, but mastopexy alone does not fill the upper chest. Even patients who have too much breast volume before a breast lift, may still have relatively little or no upper pole breast tissue afterwards. This is seen with breast reduction patients, who have too much breast tissue. The breast and nipple are lifted, but, in most cases, the upper breast cannot be made overly full without an implant.

Because the two operations are complimentary, a beautiful synergy can be achieved with the combination procedure of breast augmentation mastopexy. It is also one of the most complex cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, and it takes years of experience to develop reliable techniques to reliably combine breast augmentation and breast lift. Because of the complexity, some plastic surgeons prefer to perform the procedure as two separate operations, but with careful planning, a mastopexy that includes breast implants can be performed safely and effectively as a single operation.

Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation
Before and After Photos (Augmentation Mastopexy)

Breast Augmentation Patient Information from Dr. Joseph A Mele, III, MD, FACS

Breast Lift Patient Information from Dr. Joseph A Mele, III, MD, FACS

Breast Augmentation Lift Consultation Consultations

The combination of Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift is considered one of the most complex Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedures. Usually the combination can be used to great result, but sometimes the two operations need to be staged, as two separate procedures. The learn more about Mastopexy Augmentation, and to learn what the procedure can over you, give our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon a call at (925) 943-6353, today