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October 15, 2019

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Are you a woman who wishes her bust was a little bit bigger, and that her breasts weren’t heading south? It’s common for women to experience some degree of breast ptosis, the medical term for breast sagging, especially after pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, and just as a general body change that comes from aging. But is a breast augmentation the answer to both problems?


Combining a Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift to Get Your Optimal Results

Plastic surgeon Dr. Hopkins of J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery has been in practice for 20 years. You can trust his advice when it comes to enlarging a smaller bust and addressing mild sagging.

The answer you’re likely not going to like is that no, neither silicone or saline breast implants can help lift your breasts back up to a more youthful, perkier position. The objective of an elective breast augmentation surgery is to adjust the size, shape, and profile of the breasts – not their position on your chest.

However, it’s very common for women just like you to come to Dr. Hopkins to combine a breast augmentation and breast lift into one surgical event. And if you have mild sagging (which we’ll define below), it’s very easy for Dr. Hopkins to perform these two surgeries in one day.

How is Mild Breast Sagging Defined?

What one woman considers “mild” sagging, another local woman may consider “significant.” That’s why when it comes to breast ptosis, plastic surgeons like Dr. Hopkins perform the “ruler test” to determine what degree of sagging you are experiencing.

The test starts by Dr. Hopkins placing a ruler in your breast crease, right where the bottom of your breasts meet your ribcage. From here, he visually determines your degree of breast ptosis:

  • Grade 1, or mild breast sagging, occurs when a woman’s areola is either in front of or slightly over the ruler. Women with this degree of breast sagging can benefit from a less invasive breast lift incision, such as the crescent breast lift or the periareolar incision, the latter of which can also be used to place your breast implants.
  • Grade 2, or mild to moderate breast sagging, is diagnosed when the center of the areola is at or near 3 cm of the breast crease.
  • Grade 3, or severe breast ptosis occurs when a woman’s breasts display their areolas more than 3 cms below the ruler.

The Benefits of Combining Breast Surgeries into One Surgical Event

There are many benefits for women who choose to have a breast augmentation performed at the same time they have a breast lift to address mild sagging. These include:

  • Achieving your overall desired aesthetics and end results
  • Reducing costs by combining surgery room fees, anesthesiologist expenses, etc. into 1 surgery day, versus incurring the costs on 2 different surgery days.
  • Streamlining your recovery time into one event, which is especially beneficial to moms of little ones or working women with limited vacation time.

Get Your Surgery Plan in Motion Today

If you’d like your breasts to be bigger and perkier, there’s no better local plastic surgeon to perform both procedures than Dr. Hopkins. To get your surgery plan formulated, visit his office for an initial consultation so he can determine your degree of breast ptosis, help you choose the type of implants you’ll be happy with, and understand what you’d like your end results to look like.

To schedule an initial consultation, call J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery today by calling (972) 298-6641.