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Breast lift vs. Breast augmentation – Which is right for you?

Posted August 01, 2018 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift

For many people who are unhappy with the size, shape, or droop of their breast, breast enhancement is the next step. But what type of breast enhancement procedure is right for you? Do you need actual implants or will a lift satisfy your needs? Knowing the options available, can help you better decide. Take a look at the key differences below between breast implants and breast lifts:

Close up of women wearing bra

Breast Augmentation:

Many women believe that full breasts are a symbol of femininity, making breast augmentation one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedure. When deciding if breast augmentation is right for you, the first question to ask yourself is, “what are you unhappy with?” If your number one answer is the size of your breasts, then augmentation, or better known as breast implants is the surgical procedure that you will need. When deciding on breast implants there are a few items for consideration:

  • Incision placement – When it comes to choosing your incision placement, always consider the scarring that will follow the incision. The most common incision technique is the inframammary incision because it has the least chance of complications and completely hides procedural scarring.
  • Implant size and shape– This all comes down to what will ultimately make you happy. However, considering your lifestyle, goals, and body form is always best to discuss with your surgeon before making your final decision.
  • Implant types -Silicone versus saline depends on your preference and body type. They may vary in price and feel, and your type of breast tissue can play a role in which one would best suit you.

Breast Lift:

As women age, fluctuate in weight, or bear children, the loss of breast tissue is evident. If that is the case for you, a breast lift is the answer to correct drooping by reshaping the breast. There are three different types of breast lift approaches including:

  • Periareolar (also known as Donut or Benelli)
  • Vertical breast lift
  • Inverted-T incisions

The periareolar incision approach is best for someone who has large areolas and minimal breast drooping. While the vertical breast lift approach is very similar to the last approach, this one is best for moderate drooping because it provides more extensive reshaping. The most common approach is the inverted-T- incision because it allows for the maximum breast lift. Consider the amount of volume and drooping of your breast, and talk to your surgeon to find out which technique is right for the results you want!

Making the decision to alter your breasts is always very personal, and sometimes a difficult one with all the different options to choose from. Once you figure out your end goal, talk to your surgeon about which choice is right for you.

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