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Breast Augmentation with Lift

Breast Augmentation with Lift Surgery

Breast augmentation is for women who desire larger, shapelier breasts. Breast lift surgery is for whose breasts have begun to droop or sag. For patients who desire both breast augmentation and breast lift, the procedures can be combined to create beautiful, natural-looking results. Dr. Neil Zemmel has helped many women at his practice in Richmond, Virginia achieve breasts that are both larger and youthful-looking.

Consultation with Dr. Zemmel

model_aug_lift-211x300Dr. Zemmel meets with patients at least twice before surgery to fully prepare them for what to expect during breast lift and augmentation surgery. He will conduct a thorough medical examination, obtain the patient’s measurements, and go over the entire procedure in detail. Dr. Zemmel will discuss with the patient her individual goals and desires. He will find out the size of the breasts that she is interested in and how high she would like them elevated.
Dr. Zemmel will also plan with the patient the location of the incisions, the placement of the nipple and areola, and the shape and texture of the implants.

Dr. Zemmel will offer his opinion on the implants that he feels are most appropriate for the patient’s body type and will provide her with a balanced, natural look.

During the consultation with our plastic surgeon, the type of breast lift technique that is to be performed will also be determined. There are four different techniques that are available. The type of technique that is used depends upon the amount of stretched skin the patient has and the amount of breast tissue that is to be lifted. The costs, risks, and recovery period following surgery will also be discussed.

Different implants will be available during the consultation for the patient to “try on” by placing them in her bra.

During Surgery

Once general anesthesia has been used to put the patient in a sleep-like state, Dr. Zemmel will make the incisions in the pre-determined location. Excess skin and tissue will be removed, and the nipple and areola will be moved to a higher location on the breast. The breast implants will be placed and the remaining skin will be drawn taut over the swell of the breast to complete the procedure.


All surgical procedures have some level of inherent risk. But when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, the risks associated with combining breast lift and breast augmentation surgeries are minimized. Dr. Neil Zemmel has completed six years of plastic and general surgery training in addition to his medical education at the University of Virginia. He has also undergone a rigorous evaluation process to become board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. Zemmel is committed to making sure that each procedure is as safe as possible. All treatments are performed in accredited surgical facilities with an accredited anesthesiologist.

Patients should also be aware that although Dr. Zemmel is skilled at placing incisions to minimize the appearance of scars, some scarring after breast lift and breast augmentation surgery is inevitable. These scars can usually be placed so that they will be concealed by bathing suits or lingerie.


Recovery from breast lift and breast augmentation surgery usually takes several weeks. Patients may feel some mild discomfort in the first few days after surgery. These symptoms can usually be relieved with pain medications prescribed by Dr. Zemmel. Complete instructions will be provided for patients to follow to ensure that they heal as quickly and smoothly as possible. Dr. Zemmel will call you the night of your procedure to make sure that you are feeling okay, and a follow-up appointment is always scheduled for a few days after your surgery. Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks, but strenuous activities should be avoided for about a month.

For more information about breast lift with implants, please contact Richmond Aesthetic Surgery and schedule a consultation with Dr. Neil Zemmel.