07 Jun Breast Augmentation vs Breast Lift – What Are The Differences?
As a board certified plastic surgeon who has performed a variety of breast surgeries, Dr. John Park often consults with patients who are unsure of which procedure they need. Two of the most commonly confused procedures are breast augmentation and breast lift surgery.
Breast Augmentation vs Breast Lift
There are key differences in a breast augmentation and a breast lift. A breast augmentation addresses the size, shape, and volume of the breasts, but may not correct sagging. Breast lift surgery is designed specifically to reposition breasts to a more youthful location to eliminate sagging. These procedures are often combined, for complete rejuvenation of the breasts.
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States. Breast augmentation surgery specifically involves surgical insertion of saline or silicone breast implants. Patients can choose from a variety of breast implants since there are different types, textures, sizes, and shapes. Allergan’s highly cohesive anatomically shaped silicone gel implants, also known as “gummy bear implants,” is another option for breast augmentation patients. Breast implants are also available as an option for some breast reconstruction patients.
Over time, the effects of aging, gravity, weight fluctuation, and pregnancy can contribute to the loss of skin elasticity. A breast augmentation isn’t necessarily designed to address this issue. A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, involves surgical removal of excess skin to tighten the breast area for a younger, “perkier “appearance. This procedure can be performed on its own or combined with other breast procedures such as breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery.
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While breast procedures can be combined or performed individually, it is important to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your needs and goals. If you’re interested in a breast procedure or other procedures that Dr. Park offers, contact us today and schedule a consultation.