Do I Need A Breast Lift Or A Breast Augmentation?

Posted by Dr. Patrick Proffer on October 24, 2017

woman-examining-self-in-mirrorAs we age, our bodies change. Over time, there are a number of factors that can impact the appearance of a woman's breasts including gravity, pregnancy, and other life choices.

Whether you simply want to achieve a more youthful silhouette or you're looking for a full makeover, there are a number of cosmetic procedures available. Two of the most popular options are breast lifts and breast augmentations.

Both procedures can give you a fuller chest, but which one is right for you?

Reviewing both of these procedures will help you make an educated decision about the treatment that is best suited for your lifestyle and cosmetic goals.

What Is A Breast Lift?

A breast lift (mastopexy) raises and firms the breasts, creating a completely new contour. However, a breast lift does not add volume. Women elect breast lifts to re-position nipples for a more youthful aesthetic, to correct drooping breasts, and create firmer breasts. Breast lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation involves placing implants surgically into breasts to increase volume. Breast implants are comprised of either silicone or saline. Breast augmentation gives women the fuller breast aesthetic that they desire. Typically, breast augmentation leaves small scarring in an inconspicuous area.

Which Procedure Is The Right Fit For You?

Generally, women who have breast laxity concerns will opt for a breast lift. After an examination, your surgeon will offer options for an optimal result. This may encompass one or more procedures.

If you don't have any concerns with your breast or nipple position, but would like fuller breasts, augmentation is more than likely the best option for you. When you choose augmentation, your doctor will work with you closely to help you decide between saline or silicone implants.

If you want to increase the size of your breasts while fixing other issues, such as drooping, it may be necessary to perform both lift and augmentation procedures. You can opt to have both procedures at the same time with the implants placed via the same incisions that are made for the lift. You can also choose to do a lift during a separate surgery after the augmentation is complete.

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Topics: Breast Augmentation, Breast lift