Choosing Between Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift

By on February 12, 2016 under Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift

Choosing Between Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift

Patients wishing to have cosmetic surgery often come to me with questions about the difference between breast augmentation and breast lift. Because these two procedures are inherently different, it’s important to educate women about each one. Unique needs and desires will determine the best choice for each patient.

Breast Augmentation

This procedure involves changing shape or size with the use of implants. A patient might wish to have this surgery to resolve sagging issues or if this area of the body is not a proportional fit with the rest of the body features. Sometimes breasts may be different sizes, or they can shrink in size after childbirth. After this procedure, the breasts will typically be both firmer and larger. Patients have a variety of options regarding the type of implant and incision. Through education and consultation, I help my patients reach a final decision that meets their needs.

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Breast Lift

This procedure moves tissue to a higher location on the chest. After this relocation, both tissue and nipple move up to the new position. Any extra skin remaining below the nipple will be tightened and shaped to help enhance the shape and natural curve. A woman may wish to have this procedure to combat natural sagging that occurs with aging and after childbirth. Sometimes weight gain or loss can also contribute to sagging.

Some women wish to have both breast augmentation and breast lift at the same time. The combination of procedures often produces a dramatic result with both the increased size and the higher location on the chest. Increased size tends to work well with the lift procedure, and relocating the nipple ensures a completely natural appearance.

Thorough consultation with my patients ensures a complete understanding of the processes and potential outcomes. By assessing options carefully, patients should feel confident and satisfied with surgical results.