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Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift: Which is right for you?

There are many reasons for wanting breast surgery, but it’s important to choose the right procedure to achieve the outcome you desire. Two popular options, breast augmentation and breast lift, create very different results.

Breast Augmentation

An augmentation mammaplasty increases breast size. If you’ve always felt your breasts were too small or you’ve lost weight and want to regain former fullness, augmentation can help. Implants are also a common choice for women who’ve undergone mastectomy surgery.

Breast implants are filled with either saline or silicone gel, and each type has its benefits. There are also two placement options, either under the breast tissue or beneath the pectoral muscles. Your surgeon will discuss all of these choices with you and make recommendations for the best results. One thing that breast augmentation won’t do is significantly raise your breasts.

Breast Lift

The difference between breast lift and augmentation

A breast lift, or mastopexy, repositions your breasts to a higher, more youthful position. After pregnancy, nursing, losing significant weight, or simply with age and the effects of gravity, the skin over your breasts loses elasticity, which causes drooping. A breast lift can help.

During the procedure, the surgeon removes extra skin, tightens tissues and repositions the nipples. If your areolas have enlarged, they can be reduced during surgery. However, a breast lift won’t increase your breast size at all.

Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift or Both?

The best way to determine which breast surgery you will need, or if you will have better results using a combination procedure, is to have a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgeries. Both Dr. Michael Edwards and Dr. Terry Higgins perform these surgeries in our practice and have shown amazing results for their patients. Schedule a consultation to find out what surgery you will need to get the bust you desire.


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