Patients looking to enhance the appearance of their bust line have different options. Breast lift and breast augmentation are two breast enhancement procedures. The technique that you choose depends upon the specific issues that you hope to resolve and the overall cosmetic outcome you hope to achieve.
What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, commonly known as mastopexy, can raise and firm the breasts to create a new contour. The reasons for having a breast lift include sagging due to age or after having children as well as a shift in breast position due to weight gain or loss. In addition to a creating a firmer younger appearance, benefits of a breast lift may include repositioning the nipple for a more natural look and fixing sagging breasts. Although the procedure may produce more cleavage due to the repositioning of the breasts, the technique does not enlarge them. As a result, patients may not achieve the dramatic results they had hoped to achieve. A breast lift may also produce more scarring than an augmentation procedure.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation, known as augmentation mammoplasty, or breast implants, is designed to actually increase cup size by inserting either saline or silicone implants under the breast tissue or chest muscle beneath your breasts. Breast augmentation may correct various conditions. Common issues include unequal breast sizes and loss of breast tissue due to age or childbirth. It can also be used for sagging breasts. In addition to larger breasts, the benefits of augmentation may include minimal or inconspicuous post-surgical scars. Augmentation alone may not lift sagging breasts and reposition the nipple for a more natural appearance. In these cases, a breast lift may also be required.
Selecting the Right Procedure
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your bust line, you have different options available to you. The choice between having a breast lift, breast augmentation or both is a personal one. If you have sagging breasts, a breast lift should be considered. Breast augmentation may be the best option if larger breasts are your desired outcome as implants will produce more cleavage and increased cup size. You may also require both procedures in order to produce your desired appearance.
It is important that you speak with a plastic surgeon to discuss your options, what to expect and the risks involved with each procedure. This consultation will assist the surgeon in helping you to determine the best course of action for your unique circumstances based on your individual body shape and needs. This also includes determining if one or both procedures are required to achieve the desired result and if it is possible to accomplish them simultaneously. Contact Real Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for more information on which procedure is right for you. Doctor Stephen Salerno can answer any questions you may have.