If you’re considering breast enhancement surgery, two popular options are breast lift surgery and breast augmentation (breast implant surgery). While both procedures can improve the look of your breasts, they address different concerns and achieve different results. Here are some of the key differences between a breast lift and breast implants and how to decide which breast enhancement surgery is right for you.
The Difference Between a Breast Lift and Breast Implants
Breast lift surgery and breast implant surgery enhance the breasts in different ways. Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is designed to improve the shape and position of sagging breasts. During the procedure, the surgeon removes excess skin and tightens the tissues to lift the breasts and give them a more youthful appearance. Breast implants, on the other hand, are medical devices that can be surgically inserted into the breasts to improve their fullness, size, and shape. Breast augmentation is another name for this surgery, as it uses breast implants to enhance the size and shape of the breasts.
Choosing the Right Procedure for You
When deciding between a breast lift vs. breast augmentation, it’s important to consider your individual goals and needs. The ideal candidate for a breast lift has sagging breasts that have lost their shape, especially due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. The ideal candidate for breast implants wants to enhance their curves due to naturally small breasts or lost breast volume after weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. In both cases, candidates should be at or near their goal weight and no longer breastfeeding. Candidates should also be non-smokers with overall good health.
Which Breast Surgery is Best for Volume Loss?
If your primary concern is breast volume loss, you are most likely a candidate for breast implants. Breast implants can fill in lost volume to give your breasts a fuller, rounder appearance. If volume loss is accompanied by breast sagging, a breast lift may be recommended in addition to breast implants. A breast augmentation with lift can correct volume loss, shape, and positioning of the breasts to give them a more youthful appearance.
If you are bothered by your breast shape and position due to volume loss, but you are satisfied with the amount of remaining breast tissue that you have, then you may benefit from a breast lift only. This may apply to you if your breasts were previously larger than desired, in which case the loss of excess breast volume could be a blessing in disguise.
Which Breast Surgery is Best for Sagging Breasts?
If your primary concern is breast sagging, you are most likely a candidate for breast lift surgery. Breast lift surgery is specifically designed to address sagging breasts and can provide dramatic results in terms of improving breast shape and position. Bear in mind that breast lift surgery does not increase breast size. If you need a breast lift but are also interested in enhancing the size of your breasts, you may be a candidate for a breast lift with implants, which combines techniques from both procedures to lift and enhance the breasts.
Which Breast Surgery is Best for Asymmetrical Breasts?
Corrective techniques for breast asymmetry depend on how the breasts are asymmetrical. If one breast is smaller than the other, breast implants may be recommended to improve proportions and balance. If one breast has sagged lower than the other, or if their shape is off-balance, a breast lift can restore a more natural appearance.
Depending on your goals, you may find that either a breast lift or an augmentation will provide better results for you. Some women can benefit from both procedures: when combined for the right candidate, these two procedures can really provide stunning results. Ultimately, the best way to determine which breast surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon can evaluate your breasts, discuss your goals, and recommend the best course of action.
Dr. Mouchantat is an experienced plastic surgeon and can answer any questions you may have, and he will be able to help you make an informed decision about which of these two procedures is right for you. To book a consultation with Dr. Mouchantat, call (303) 232-8585 or contact us online today.