Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation: How to Tell Which is Needed?

Middle Age womanThe breasts can change shape due to a number of factors, including pregnancy, breastfeeding, significant changes in weight, genetics, and the natural process of aging. As a result, the breasts can droop, the nipples may change position, or you may experience volume loss. Breast surgery can be an effective way to counter the loss of skin elasticity, replenish lost volume, and elevate the position of the breasts for a rejuvenated appearance. Some of the more popular techniques to renew the breasts are breast lift and breast augmentation. While both of these options can provide beautiful, natural-looking results, it’s important to note that they are designed to accomplish very different goals. If you decide to undergo breast surgery, be sure to thoroughly discuss your cosmetic needs and expectations during the consultation process to help ensure satisfactory results.

  • Breast augmentation with implants is primarily designed to increase the volume of the breasts and improve overall symmetry and shape. As an added benefit, some patients may experience a slight lift in the breasts do to this increased volume. However, remember that elevating the breasts and reducing inelastic skin and a sagging appearance are not the main goals of breast augmentation.
  • A breast lift is primarily designed to move the position of the breasts higher on the chest wall and eliminate any excess skin. As part of the breast lift procedure, the breasts can be reshaped slightly and, due to the new elevated position, the breasts may appear fuller. With that in mind, increasing the size or volume of the breasts is not the main objective of a breast lift. If you desire enhanced volume in addition to a firmer, “perkier” appearance to the breasts, breast augmentation can often be combined with a breast lift procedure to achieve both of these goals.

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