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Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift: Which Is Right For Me?

Breast augmentation and breast lift procedures are commonly confused as the same surgery, when, in fact, they are two wholly different operations. Perhaps this is because both procedures have the same goals-- firmer breasts, enhanced cleavage, and improved shape—- or because some women elect to have both procedures performed at once.

A breast lift is ideal for women who are comfortable with the size of their breasts, but are looking for higher, firmer breasts. Women who experience a lack of firmness or sagging from pregnancy, breast-feeding, significant weight loss, or simply from aging are most likely to benefit from a breast lift. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin that causes the breasts to droop; it does not involve adding implants to change the size of the breasts. After excess skin has been removed from the breasts, they are perkier, higher, and appear more youthful; becaue of this, the breasts may appear larger, but no volume is actually added during the surgery.

Breast augmentation surgery is meant for women who want to enlarge their breasts, in addition to making them look younger and perkier. Women who elect breast augmentation must decide with their doctor what size implants would be most proportionate and attractive to their particular bodies. Women whose breasts are not significantly sagging, and who have skin with good elasticity generally are good candidates for breast augmentation.

For some women undergoing a breast augmentation, it makes sense to have a breast lift as well. While breast augmentation can usually correct slight sagging, as the addition of implants helps to fill excess skin around the bust line, the surgery is not meant a solution to sagging. Therefore, many women who choose breast augmentation surgery will select the breast lift in tandem. This way, implants are added, while excess skin is removed, leaving the individual with larger, firmer, and youthful-looking breasts.

Women at various stages of life opt for cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of their breasts. Your desired goals and your own personal body and medical history will help determine which of the above procedures, if any, is optimal for you. To learn more about breast lift or breast augmentation procedures, Plastic Surgery Portal can set up your personal consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. Contact us today to arrange your appointment.

 

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