Remembering that no surgery is without risk, the popular approach of combining breast augmentation and breast lift can be as safe as single-procedure surgery, according to a new study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
This “two-for-one” surgery can address a wide variety of cosmetic breast concerns, including age-related sagging, childbirth, genetics, stretch marks and weight gain or loss.
Whether the reasons for having surgery are cosmetic or reconstructive, combining the two procedures can make sense
- less scarring
- less removal of skin
- the implant helps fills out the breast and improves its overall appearance
- less expensive than having the surgeries separately
- recovery time is about the same as if either procedure was performed alone
The study concluded that the overall risk level is about the same as if the two procedures were performed separately.
Study author Dr. Michael Calobrace and coauthors write that patients are asking for the single-surgery combo: “In our experience, [patients] overwhelmingly prefer not to undergo a staged procedure and rather have the augmentation and mastopexy concurrently.”