Michael E. Decherd, M.D.
San Antonio Plastic Surgery Institute
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Breast Augmentation With Lift

Breast Augmentation With Lift - San Antonio, TX*

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Overview

Plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Decherd, has changed the size, shape and look of the breasts for countless San Antonio area women who desire both a “perkier” and fuller look. This can be achieved by combining a breast lift with breast augmentation using implants. This surgery not only removes excess skin to correct breast sagging and drooping, but it brings the breast to a more elevated position on the chest wall, and then increases the size with either a silicone or saline implant.

Surgical Technique

During this procedure, Dr. Decherd performs the lift first by trimming away excess skin and tightening the underlying tissue and muscle. To achieve a proportionate look, the areola will sometimes be decreased and the nipple repositioned. Regarding breast fullness, Dr. Decherd and the patient will have multiple discussions regarding size. If there is native breast tissue that exists, this will have to be accounted for when determining breast implant size prior to surgery. Some patients are not quite sure how they will feel about breast augmentation after the lift, so in some instances, this may be a staged surgery. Regarding the incision, the most common pattern includes an incision that is made all the way around the areola, with an additional vertical incision that extends down to the natural fold.

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Average Cost  
$9,000 - $12,000
Recovery Time  
4-6 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
2-4 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
2 Weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Breast Aug With Lift FAQs

What Can I Expect?

This surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. After surgery, patients will need to rest and take it easy for a few days. Any activities that cause impact (lifting, exercise, etc.) should be avoided until Dr. Decherd has performed his post-operative evaluation. Most women are able to get back into their normal routines within 4-6 weeks. It will take a few months for the breasts to settle into their new position and assume a soft, natural look.

Will Implants Help Sagging?

Women who are pleased with the size and fullness of their breasts, but want to correct the sagging, will usually benefit with a breast lift procedure (without the placement of implants). It is important to understand that not all breasts require a lift and not all breasts need implants. Dr. Decherd will perform an assessment and recommend the best treatment plan. Breast augmentation will help with size, but will not lift a sagging breast. If there is moderate to severe sagging, women should be leery of any surgeon who recommends implants alone.

What About The Incision?

A breast lift does require an incision that typical runs from the nipple down. There are various incision patterns that can be considered depending on the size of the breasts, severity of the sagging, and overall complexity of the surgical case. Breasts with severe sagging may need the anchor-shaped incision in order to garner the best results (one that goes around the areola, vertically down to the crease and along the fold).

What Does This Cost?

On average, the cost for this combined surgery will run between $9,000-$12,000. The variation in cost accounts for the lift, as well as whether an implant was placed. If silicone is used, the price will be roughly $1,000 more than the cost of saline.

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*Stock images are models. Case photos are actual patients of Dr. Decherd. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.

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