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Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation

Surgeons are conducting breast augmentation surgery on a patient.

Breast enhancement is one of the most popular and often-requested plastic surgeries worldwide, performed on millions of women every year to surgically enhance the size and shape of their breasts.

Two of the most common surgical methods to enhance breast size and shape are breast augmentation with implants and breast lifts. Breast augmentation, a standard procedure for breast enlargement, is the process of surgically implanting silicone or saline implants in your breasts. A breast lift does not enhance or even change the size of your breasts; it simply lifts your breasts and enhances their contours using your existing breast tissue.

In this article, we will consider a breast lift vs. breast augmentation, discuss differences between the two procedures, and look at the pros and cons of each.

Breast Augmentation

The breast augmentation procedure enlarges your breasts and enhances their shape. Breast volume and fullness is enhanced through the insertion of high-quality, FDA-approved saline or silicone implants, allowing you to increase your cup size to what you desire.

Breast augmentation is ideal for enhancing:

  • Smaller breasts
  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Breasts that have lost firmness and volume due to age or weight loss

The one drawback to the breast augmentation procedure is it does not enhance sagging or drooping breasts, a condition often experienced with age and the passage of time. A breast augmentation cannot lift your breasts, so if you are looking for a breast enhancement procedure that counteracts breast sagging and drooping by recreating a youthful lift, the breast lift may be your best option.

Breast Lift

The breast lift is another popular breast enhancement procedure, but it is much different than breast augmentation. The breast lift enhances your breast height and curvature without adding volume or increasing size. It makes use of what you already have and addresses sagging and droopiness.

A breast lift is an ideal procedure to treat:

  • Saggy breasts
  • Hanging breasts
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Breasts with stretched skin
  • Nipples that point downwards

With a breast lift, you will not be able to enhance the size or volume of your breasts as you can with a breast augmentation.

Combining Your Breast Augmentation With A Breast Lift

Many patients wish to achieve the benefits of both a breast augmentation and a breast lift. The combined breast augmentation and lift procedure, also known as a breast augmentation mastopexy, can help you achieve this.

There are a number of benefits to combining your breast lift and augmentation into one procedure, including:

  • Enhanced control over your result
  • Enhanced safety and less risk (compared to obtaining both procedures separately)
  • Less overall recovery time and downtime needed
  • Fewer incisions needed, and less scarring
  • Improvement of all aspects of the breast, including shape, size, fullness, firmness, proportion, and symmetry of your breasts

If you are considering both the breast augmentation and breast lift separately, it is almost always advisable to combine them into one procedure. Speak to a board-certified plastic surgeon at KM Plastic Surgery today to learn more about your options for breast enhancement.

Call Us With Questions About Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation

If you have additional questions or concerns about a breast enhancement vs. a breast lift, or a combination of both, we can help.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment, because the best time to discuss which breast enhancement procedure is right for you is at your initial consultation.