Women are extremely conscious about the aesthetics of their breasts. The fact is that the breasts are among the crucial elements that set the level of femininity, fertility, and physical beauty of women. Women desire to have firmer, youthful, fuller, bigger, and perky breasts. The modern standards of beauty use these yardsticks to assess the physical beauty and femininity of women. When the breasts are aesthetically unappealing, it affects the self-esteem of women. Breasts that are saggy or smaller look aesthetically unappealing. While most patients either have saggy or smaller breasts, many patients suffer from both conditions at the same time. The combined surgery of breast lift and breast augmentation can be used to treat the condition, making your breasts firmer and fuller. Signs you need the combo of breast lift and augmentation The primary sign that you need a combo of breast lift and augmentation is that your breasts are saggy and smaller and the condition is affecting your self-esteem. Multiple factors cause the breasts to become saggy and smaller. These factors include pregnancy, weight changes, genetics, gravity, aging, and hormonal changes. When you are young, you have fuller and firmer breasts. However, as you age and get exposed to the factors mentioned above, it causes the breasts to become smaller and saggy. There is no doubt that smaller and saggy breasts look aesthetically unpleasant. They make you look aged, less feminine, and less attractive. As a result, many patients suffering from these conditions experience self-esteem issues. They desire to restore their firmer and fuller breasts. These are signs you need a combined surgery of breast lift and augmentation. You should keep in mind that the combined surgery is more complicated. It is performed under general anesthesia. Your candidacy for the surgery will be determined during the initial consultation with the plastic surgeon. The doctor will examine your breasts, assess your health, and know your aesthetic goals. Whether you are a good candidate for the surgery depends on the findings of the pre-operative consultation. How is the surgery performed? The combined surgery of breast lift and augmentation is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure is extremely invasive because it involves incisions, skin removal, and is highly traumatic. There are many risks associated with the procedure. When under general anesthesia, the patient will remain completely asleep and oblivious to what is happening during the operation. The patient will not feel any pain and discomfort and will not be able to make movements. A board-certified anesthesiologist administers the anesthesia and manages the airway throughout the intervention. After the anesthesia has been administered, the plastic surgeon will start the operation by making incisions on the breasts. The type and length of the incisions depend on the aesthetic flaws, the aesthetic goals, and the size of implants to be used. After making the incision, the plastic surgeon will tighten the breast muscles that have been damaged or have weakened. Tightening them helps restore the breasts’ firmness. After tightening the breast muscles, the surgeon will insert the implants into the breasts. The implants are prosthetic objects that are used to make the breasts fuller and bigger. The implants come in different sizes and shapes. There are two types of breast implants: silicone and saline implants. The implants will be selected during the pre-operative consultation. In most cases, silicone implants are used. After inserting the implants into the breasts, the surgeon will place them under or above the breast muscle. Most surgeon and patients prefer the first placement option because it delivers better results. After placing the implants in the intended location, the surgeon will remove the excess skin from the breasts. The remaining skin will then be re-draped and the incisions will be sutured and closed. Results and recovery Many people assume they would see the complete result of the surgery right after the intervention. However, the reality is that while you may see some improvement in your breasts immediately after the procedure, it would take time for the final results to emerge. Your recovery will start right after the intervention. The primary recovery will happen in the first 2-3 weeks of the surgery. During this time, the incisions will start to heal. The patient must be extremely careful during the recovery period. Many factors can affect the healing process and create health and aesthetic complications. After the surgery, you will be required to wear compression garments for many weeks or even months. You must make it certain to wear the garments for the required time. The garments are specially designed to expedite the healing process and reduce the post-operative swelling. You may resume work two or three weeks after the surgery. However, if your job involves physically demanding activities or movements, you should take more time off work. During the recovery period, you will be exposed to many risks and complications. You must follow the surgeon’s instructions to prevent those risks. The results of the surgery will slowly transpire in the next few weeks or months and you will see gradual improvements in your breasts’ aesthetics. The final results will emerge after some months in the form of fuller, bigger, perkier, and youthful breasts. The results will not fully show unless the post-operative swelling has subsided and the incisions have completely healed. Risks The invasive intervention is associated with risks, and it is important for the patient to discuss this with the surgeon during the pre-operative consultation. You should avoid the surgery if the risks are greater. Your health condition will determine the risks you might be exposed to during and after the surgery. If you are in a good health, you can expect fewer risks. However, if you have health problems, the risks will be greater for you. The common health complications that can make the surgery risky for you include diabetes, heart diseases, autoimmune problems, hypertension, and respiratory problems. Be certain to discuss your complete health history with the surgeon ahead of the intervention. If you have diabetes, you are at risk of excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, abnormal scarring, and slow wound healing during the recovery period. If you have heart or respiratory problems, you may experience anesthesia issues during the surgery. Also, if you have a weak immune system, you will be exposed to possible infections during the recovery period. How careful you are during the first two weeks after the surgery will also determine the risks for you. If you are careless, it will increase the risk for you. You must avoid physically strenuous activities like workouts, weight lifting, jogging, jumping, stretching, etc. for six weeks following the operation. These physical activities can trigger incision opening and bleeding that can lead to infection, poor scarring, poor aesthetic results, and slow wound healing. The common risks associated with the combo of breast lift and augmentation surgery include infection, excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, blood clotting, seroma, hematoma, loss or change of skin sensation, general dissatisfaction with the results, etc. If you are a smoker or are taking certain medications, the risks will be greater for you. For example, if you are taking aspirin or have diabetes, you may experience excessive bleeding during and after the surgery. On the other hand, if you have a history of blood coagulation or are a smoker, you may experience blood clotting and poor and slow wound healing after the surgery. If you are a smoker, you must stop smoking two weeks before the surgery and avoid smoking for many weeks after the procedure. Also, if you are taking blood-thinning medications, you should stop the medications one week before the surgery and avoid them during the recovery period. Conclusion The combined surgery of breast lift and breast augmentation is recommended for patients who have smaller and saggy breasts and desire to have fuller, bigger, and firmer breasts. Many factors cause the breasts to become saggy and smaller. Those factors have been discussed above. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and involves the placement of implants into the breasts. It also involves tightening of the breast muscles and surgical removal of the excess skin from the breasts. As a result of the surgery, the breasts become firmer, bigger, youthful, and projected. These improvements will enhance your overall body outline and aesthetics, and you will feel an improvement in your self-esteem. However, the surgery is not free of risks. The risks and complications have been discussed above.