A new study released in the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, examined whether there might be an increase in complications from combined cosmetic procedures. The researchers concluded that the complication rates and re-operation rates were comparable among women undergoing a combined breast augmentation and lift surgery and those who had the procedures separately. The researchers also noted that women typically prefer to have multiple procedures performed simultaneously, rather than undergoing two or more procedures at different times.
The researchers involved in the study performed a combined total of 430 breast lift procedures (also called a mastopexy) from 2005 to 2009. Of those, 332 women had a combined lift and augmentation with breast implants. The average rate of complications among women having a combined procedure was approximately 23 percent, which is comparable to the rate of complications among those having staged procedures.
In addition to the reassuring safety data, it’s worth noting that women who choose individual procedures instead of combined will run the general risks of surgery twice, such as complications from anesthesia. This means that a combined procedure may offer added benefits. However, this approach does make the procedure more difficult for the plastic surgeon. Patients are advised to select a qualified surgeon who has prior experience in performing both procedures simultaneously.
So how can you determine if a combined breast lift and augmentation is right for you? Talk to a qualified, experienced cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Thomas Loeb. You might consider an augmentation with breast implants if you would like to change the size or shape of your bust, or if you are undergoing reconstruction following breast cancer surgery. A lift may enhance the contour of your breasts and many women have the surgery to correct sagging that occurs due to breastfeeding, changes in weight, aging and other factors. During a breast lift procedure, Dr. Loeb will remove excess skin and tighten the area to restore a more youthful appearance.
If you’re looking for an exceptional plastic surgeon in NYC, schedule a consultation with Dr. Loeb at 212-327-3700. During your consultation, explore the possibility of pursuing a combined lift and augmentation. Dr. Loeb routinely performs these enhancements simultaneously to give each patient a natural appearance. His unsurpassed international reputation for skilled cosmetic enhancements is apparent in the care he takes with each patient. Please contact his Fifth Avenue office and ask if a combined approach is right for you.