Many patients are confused about the difference between ‘breast lift‘ and ‘breast augmentation’ surgeries. While both procedures are used to address concerns about breast appearance they are two different procedures which treat different conditions. If you are curious about these procedures, here is a closer look at which may be the better option for you.
Augmentation and Lift: The Differences
Women may want to change the appearance of one or both of breasts for a variety of reasons. Potential motivations for cosmetic breast surgery include sagging/drooping, undesirable nipple position, loss of shape/volume, an imbalance in the breast-to-hip ratio, and asymmetry. Breast lift, or mastopexy, and breast augmentation are incredibly effective surgeries for reshaping the breasts, altering their size and lifting the nipple position relative to the rest of the breast tissue. Breast augmentation surgery places silicone or saline implants deep to the breast tissue in order to increase their size and fullness. Breast lift procedures result in a reshaping of the breast tissue and elevation of the nipple position.
Do I Need Both?
Depending on their individual goals and anatomy patients may opt to have one or both of the procedures. Choosing which of these procedures will suit your own needs is a personal decision, but every effort is made to help you make as informed a decision as possible. In general, if the patient’s nipple position is below the breast fold then a breast lift would be needed to raise the nipple position. Patients that are unhappy with the size of their breasts, have asymmetry between the breasts, or have lost volume with aging or after childbirth may be able to achieve a “balanced” look with breast augmentation.
Some patients will choose to have both of these procedures performed at the same time if they would like to increase the size of the breast and elevate the nipple position. This combination procedure is relatively common, and it is a great idea for anyone that feels as if they may want a second procedure in the near future. Anyone that would like to explore their own options should contact Signature Plastic Surgery today to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Stapenhorst. He can help you come to a decision on which procedure may be right for your individual situation, as well as give you an idea of what kind of results you can expect.