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Do I Need a Breast Lift or a Breast Augmentation?


Posted April 26, 2018 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift

portrait young woman with breast pain touching chestThe breasts are the most common part of the body women wish to improve with cosmetic surgery. Breast procedures are performed more than any other cosmetic procedure in the world and continue to gain popularity. Many women are unhappy with the size, position, and saggy appearance of their breasts and look for ways to correct these issues. While you may have already decided to undergo cosmetic surgery to enhance your breasts, determining whether you need a breast lift or a breast augmentation to get the results you desire can be confusing. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon will help guide you in determining the exact procedure you need.

Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery, medically known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure to raise and restore shape to the breasts. Breast sagging may occur for various reasons, such as aging, gravity, weight loss, or nursing. During a breast lift procedure, the breasts are reshaped and made more firm by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. The nipple and areola are often repositioned to create a more youthful appearance. Ideal candidates for breast lift surgery have moderate to severe drooping or sagging with nipples positioned at the bottom of the breasts or pointing downward. Recovery from a breast lift consists of one to two weeks of downtime and depends on the patient’s ability to heal.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, medically known as augmentation mammoplasty, achieves breast enlargement. This type of breast enhancement adds breast volume with implants made of saline or silicone gel placed under or over the pectoral muscles. The shape of the augmented breasts is determined by the implant type and the patient’s anatomy. During a consultation with your surgeon, desired breast size, width, curves, and cleavage will all be discussed. Ideal candidates for a breast augmentation alone desire to increase the size of their breasts at least one cup size and have do not have significant breast sagging. After breast augmentation, physical activity should be minimized for the first three to seven days, and heavy lifting should be avoided for six weeks. Recovery time is largely dependent on the placement of the incisions and the implants.

When to Combine Procedures?

In many cases, patients need a combination of breast lift and breast augmentation surgery to obtain their desired results. Ideal candidates for having both procedures want to increase their breast size and also reduce sagging. Recovery time can range from one to two weeks, and general healing will continue for six weeks. Recovery varies depending on the individual patient and the extent of the procedures performed.

If you would like more information about breast lift or breast augmentation, call us at 305.860.0717 to schedule your consultation.