Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation: What’s the Difference?

If you are unhappy with the look of your breasts, rest assured – there are a number of options available. The procedure you end up choosing depends on the specific outcome you want to achieve. If you’re looking into breast enhancement options, two of the most popular procedures available are a breast lift and breast augmentation. Take a look at the following overview to help you determine which technique may be right for you:

Breast Lift
Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift is a surgical procedure that raises and firms sagging breasts. The goal with a breast lift is to reshape the breasts, not alter their size. If your breasts are drooping with the nipples pointed downward, or if one breast differs significantly in size from the other, you are likely a good candidate for a breast lift. Women with small to medium-sized breasts typically see the best results; women with large, heavy breasts can have a breast lift, but the results may not last as long. A breast lift procedure is performed by positioning the nipple and areola higher and removing excess skin from the lower part of the breast. As the skin heals, it also tightens. The breast now sits higher and has a more pleasing contour.

Breast Augmentation
If you simply want to increase the size of their breasts and do not experience sagging, you are better suited for a breast augmentation. The doctor uses either saline or silicone implants to increase breast size and enhance cleavage. The benefits of breast augmentation include inconspicuous scarring, a variety of implants to choose from in order to get your desired look, and a fuller bust line after the procedure. If drooping breasts is also a problem, both procedures may be performed in order to reposition the nipples for a more natural look.

Which Is Right For Me?
A breast lift is the better choice if you have sagging breasts. It’s important to know, however, that this procedure can result in more scarring than a breast augmentation would. If you have significantly drooping breasts, this may be an easy trade-off, but if the sagging you experience is only moderate, it may be a little more difficult to make the decision. Breast augmentation is best if you’re looking for fuller, larger breasts and do not experience sagging. In breast augmentation, scarring is relatively inconspicuous.

Ready to learn more about the difference between a breast lift and breast augmentation?
If you are interested in learning more about if whether a breast lift or breast augmentation is right for you, contact Dr. Smith. Our office can be found in Okatie, South Carolina. You may also call us at 843.705.8940. We look forward to hearing from you!


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