Women who want to improve the shape of drooping, deflated-looking breasts often undergo breast lift surgery at our Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky, practices. But there’s another option for patients who want a lift without losing breast size and who want to avoid breast implants. They can have a procedure called auto-augmentation breast lift, performed by our board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace and Dr. Chet Mays.
A traditional breast lift is the most common procedure used by plastic surgeons to restore a youthful perkiness to sagging breasts. The surgery is effective for women who not only want to address sagging but who also want to reduce the size of their breasts by removing excess skin and tissue.
An auto-augmentation breast lift uses the patient’s own breast tissue to create a lifted appearance that maintains the breasts’ volume. It’s similar to a breast lift because the surgeon makes incisions around the nipple and then vertically to the base of the breast (called a “keyhole” or “lollipop” incision) and removes the skin’s outer layer to expose the tissue. Instead of discarding the tissue and excess skin, however, the tissue is adjusted to provide more volume to the upper portion of the breast, and the skin is carefully tucked back into the breast.
Auto-augmentation breast lift surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using either a general anesthetic or a local anesthetic with sedation. It takes approximately 1.5 to 3 hours to complete.
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The primary benefits of this technique are similar to those of a traditional breast lift—perkier breasts that can improve a woman’s confidence and enhance her curves. Unlike a traditional breast lift, however, an auto-augmentation lift is less invasive, minimizing the risk of post-operative numbness. It’s a great option for women who want an increase in the size of breasts deflated after weight loss without having breast implants inserted.
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The recovery is similar to what patients can expect after traditional breast lift surgery. Swelling, bruising, and tenderness are normal and should resolve completely on their own within a month. Scars typically take 6 months to a year to fade. Scar minimizing products, such as silicone sheeting and creams, can help minimize the appearance of scars. Our surgeons provide patients with detailed recovery instructions that, when closely followed, help greatly reduce the chances of complications.
During the first 2 days following surgery, you will need someone to stay with you. We advise patients to sleep in a recliner or propped up with pillows to help limit swelling. It’s important to walk, even on the day of surgery, to improve circulation and minimize the risk of clotting.
Although gravity and aging will eventually cause breasts to sag, you can expect to enjoy the results of the surgery for several years.
If you’re looking in the Lexington or Louisville areas for a breast lift specialist, you can learn more about auto-augmentation breast lift surgery at CaloAesthetics® Plastic Surgery Center by requesting a consultation using the online form or by calling
(502) 899-9979 to schedule your visit.
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Auto-augmentation is a technique for women who desire lifted, fuller breasts, but the procedure isn’t necessarily appropriate for everyone. The best candidates are women who are satisfied with the volume of their breasts but disappointed in their saggy or deflated appearance. They also don’t want to use breast implants to address their concerns.
Dr. Calobrace and Dr. Mays take the time to listen to patients’ concerns and aesthetic goals and then recommend what they believe is the best procedure to produce the desired results.
Can implants alone lift the breasts?
One of the most common questions we hear from patients is whether breast implants alone can create a lifted appearance. The answer, in most cases, is no. That’s because implants are designed to add volume—which can create even more sagging. For women with minimal sagging, or ptosis, implants may create the illusion of a breast lift.
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The cost of an auto-augmentation breast lift varies from patient to patient, depending on their physical characteristics, the time needed for surgery, and a number of other factors. After your consultation, we’ll provide a detailed price quote that you can take home and review without any pressure. We also offer a number of financing options to help patients pay for the procedure.
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