Breast Lift vs Implants: Which Procedure Is Best For Sagging Breasts?

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Breast Lift vs Implants: Which Procedure Is Best For Sagging Breasts?

Elevating The Breasts With A Lift

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a procedure that elevates the breast tissue and improves the look and contour of the breasts. Doctors enhance the breast shape by removing extra tissue and tightening the remaining tissue to elevate the profile of the chest. Breast lifts do not increase the size of the breasts nor add volume to the upper region of the breasts.

How does augmentation differ?

During a breast augmentation procedure, doctors use implants to surgically enhance the size, look and feel of the breasts. Breast augmentation increases cup size and can create symmetry for people with uneven breasts. Most breast implants are made of silicone or saline solution. The type of implant used will affect the overall look and feel of the breast. High-profile implants are made with a small base diameter, giving the breast a lot of projection and forming the look of full cleavage. Ultra-high-profile implants provide a very round and full projection that creates the ultimate cleavage.

The size difference

The main difference between a breast lift and an augmentation is cup size. With breast augmentation, one of the main goals is to increase the size of the breasts. On the other hand, a lift enhances the shape and placement of the breasts but does not increase volume. Due to the removal of extra breast tissue during a breast lift, the patient may actually go down a cup size.

The best choice for sagging

A breast lift is ideal for women with sagging breasts. The lift will eliminate the droopy appearance of the breasts, making the chest look perkier. During the procedure, the surgeon first makes an incision around the areola. The doctors will then lift and remove the breast tissue that creates sagging. Doctors can also reduce the size of the areola by removing excess skin.

The 2 for 1 approach

Can a patient get a breast lift at the same time as an augmentation? Often, a skilled surgeon can perform both procedures at the same time. Some breast augmentation procedures require an incision around the areola, which is standard procedure for a breast lift. Doctors can cut the excess tissue before inserting the implant. This 2 for 1 approach gives the patient a bigger cup size and a perkier chest.

Choosing a surgical procedure

Before undergoing any plastic surgery procedure, a patient must consult with a surgeon. A surgeon can properly assess the patient’s body and discuss various surgical options. A surgeon can also provide more information on whether an augmentation or implants are most appropriate.

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