Breast Lift versus Breast Augmentation: Deciding Which is Right for You

Considering surgery when you’re unhappy with the appearance of your breasts is natural. After all, breast surgery is one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures. However, many people think that breast augmentation and breast lifts are synonymous, when in fact they are two different surgeries, each with its own defined outcomes.

Which procedure is right for you? It depends on many factors, such as the type and amount of breast tissue you already have, your age, and your body type. There’s no “right” answer, and your preferences about your appearance also play a substantial role in the targeted result. Understanding more about each procedure can help you make the right decision.

Breast augmentation

When you want larger breasts, augmentation is generally the best route. Implants, filled with silicone or saline, are placed inside your breasts to supplement the natural tissue you already have. Augmentation addresses fullness and shape, boosting your cup size as well as restoring a level of youthful perkiness, particularly for older patients who may have lost some tissue volume.

Breast augmentation can also help correct sagging or droopy breasts resulting from pregnancy or age, but that’s not its primary focus.

Breast lift

Called mastopexy, breast lifts tighten and firm your breasts with existing tissue. While some breast lift techniques may be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation, a true breast lift procedure doesn’t include an implant. Instead, existing tissue is worked and shaped to change issues with the appearance of your breasts. Though not intended to change cup size, some women report using a smaller bra after the procedure. This may be due to sagging breasts using a larger-than-necessary cup size prior to the breast lift.

When to choose breast augmentation

Breast augmentation is the right choice for you if you’re after larger breasts, regardless of the reason. Common motivations include bringing breast size into proportion with the rest of your body or correcting one breast that’s substantially smaller than the other.

Augmentation can add fullness to the décolletage, the upper breast area of your chest, to improve the appearance of cleavage. Women who have breast augmentation done often find that clothes fit better off the rack.

Don’t choose breast augmentation if drooping or sagging breasts are your main concern.

When to choose a breast lift

When aspects of breast appearance are more of a concern than size, a breast lift is likely the procedure for you. Breast ptosis, the medical name for drooping, can be corrected through lift surgery, and large areolas can be reduced. Youthful shape and contours can be restored, so the finished result produces breasts resting higher on your chest with greater forward protrusion.

A breast lift can’t increase your bra cup size, nor can it add fullness to the upper breast area.

The importance of consultation

Keeping your expectations realistic is important, so set up a consultation with a provider at Advanced Plastic & Hand Surgery early in your decision-making process. We can advise you on your alternatives and what changes you can reasonably expect. The more you know, the happier you’ll likely be with your results.

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