Summary: Combining two plastic surgery procedures can, in some cases, be a more effective solution than either of the individual procedures on their own. Women who want to reverse breast sagging, but who also desire an added boost of volume often choose to pair a breast augmentation with a breast lift to achieve a fuller, more youthful silhouette.

Even though these are very commonly combined procedures, there are still some specific questions you’ll want to ask your plastic surgeon before deciding if an augmentation with a lift is the best option for you.

1. What Can You Expect During Your Consultation?

Scheduling a consultation with your plastic surgeon prior to your breast enhancement procedure can give you a better idea of the results that you can expect to see. It can also give you a chance to get to know your plastic surgeon, establish a rapport with him or her and receive an in-depth assessment of your specific cosmetic needs. During this time, don’t be afraid to ask questions or for a run-through of the surgical process as you plan for breast enhancement.

2. Can a Combination Procedure Address Your Needs?

This is a topic that should be addressed during your initial consultation. Your plastic surgeon should be able to help you decide whether or not you’re a good candidate for a combination augmentation and lift, or if you might better benefit from one of those procedures performed on its own. Keep in mind that a breast lift addresses the position of your breasts, though it won’t affect the size. Breast augmentation, on the other hand, doesn’t address sagginess, but can enhance volume.

3. What Implant Size Is Right for You?

If you do decide that you’d like a little extra volume, discussing implant size, type and position with your plastic surgeon is a good first step. Because implants are measured in cubic centimeters rather than cup size, using implant sizing tools like sizer bras and photos can help you visualize how a certain implant will look on your body.

4. What Is Recovery Like?

A common question for many women who combine a breast augmentation with a breast lift is whether or not the added procedure will increase the necessarily recovery time. Although everyone will heal slightly differently, generally speaking, the recovery following a combined procedure should be similar to that of either of the individual breast enhancement methods alone. One of the benefits of pairing the two together is that the recovery time will be significantly less than if you were to have two separate procedures.

5. How Long Do Breast Enhancement Results Last?

You can expect to see your final results developing over the weeks and months following your breast enhancement procedure, and your new look should be very long-lasting. However, because breast enhancement can’t completely prevent age-related changes to your breasts, you may want to consider a revision breast surgery down the road.

6. Is Your Plastic Surgeon Experienced with Combined Procedures?

When choosing the right plastic surgeon for your breast augmentation with a lift, don’t be afraid to inquire about his or her experience with the specific procedure you’re seeking, or whether he or she is board-certified. Working with a skilled and highly trained professional is one of the best ways you can ensure that you’ll achieve the beautiful results you want.