Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift – What’s The Difference?

You’ve been spending more and more time recently clicking through pages on the internet, trying to figure out which breast surgery will give you the breast look you have been wanting. But you’re not really getting anywhere. All the pages are providing you with essentially the same information — yes, it’s accurate and informative — but it’s not answering your question. It’s not answering The Big Question — do I need a breast lift, a breast augmentation or perhaps both?

Which surgery to have is something you want to be absolutely certain about. Your breasts are key to your look, personality and happiness. And if you’re like many women, you’ve probably already delayed looking into surgery for many reasons. That’s ok. Having surgery is a major decision and one you want to research thoroughly. But you shouldn’t let a lack of information or fears prevent you from having a treatment that can be transformative and positively affect every aspect of your life.

We, at Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists, would like to help make your surgery selection process a little bit easier. Here, we’ll give the essential information on each of the most common breast surgeries and identify which women would benefit most from them. We’ll also help you determine if you’d make a good candidate for both surgeries. The decision to have surgery is not one you want to make based on a blog, however. We hope the information you find below will help make your in-person consultation more productive when you have one.

Breast lifts — what do they do and who are they for?

A breast lift’s primary purpose is to improve the position of your breasts on your chest wall as well as provide women with a more pleasing breast shape. A breast lift will not change the size of your breasts. However, after a breast lift, the overall appearance of your breasts will look different. And it may appear that the size of your breasts has changed, once repositioned; these changes are an indirect but also a beneficial result of breast lift surgery. These results are achieved without implants. We will discuss implants below.

A breast lift helps women who have developed significant skin and muscle laxity in one or both of their breasts correct these problems. These issues could have many causes. For example, rapid weight loss, while extremely healthy, could leave your breasts looking deflated. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can also have the same effect. Regardless of the origin of problems, a breast lift can eliminate these symptoms, in many cases. In a breast lift, excess skin can be removed and muscles tightened, restoring your breasts to the former, attractive appearance.

After a breast lift, you will enjoy breasts that no longer droop or sag, improved contours in your upper chest area and a much more appealing breast shape. Your surgeon will also change your nipple position to complete your look. Once excess skin and fat (if necessary) have been removed, you can also have firmer breasts, as well, without implants. Since no foreign materials are used to enhance your breasts, the procedure is exceedingly natural, an additional advantage. One of the best benefits, however? Your beautiful results can last for years.

Do I need a breast augmentation?

If the size of your breasts is an ongoing concern, you may want to consider a breast augmentation. The surgery improves the size of the breasts by inserting implants of your choosing into your breast pockets. You will have several choices to make about which implant type to have. Also, you can choose how the implant will be placed with your surgeon’s input. These choices give you the ability to achieve the highly-personalized breast appearance you want with great precision.

Breast augmentation can achieve a wide range of results for women who have the surgery. Of course, you can improve your breast size with implants. You can also change your breast shape. During your consultation, you can choose between round or teardrop implants, in a variety of sizes, to customize your final look. Placement of your implants above or below the chest muscle can further customize your look, offering you greater upper-pole fullness if you desire it. By choosing between saline or silicone-gel implants, you can also determine how your breasts will feel — firmer or softer, respectively. As with a breast lift, your results can last for ten years or more.

Which breast surgery should I have?

There are many more differences between these two procedures than those we have mentioned. We have chosen to focus on the primary ones, however. One main takeaway is this. Both surgeries can reduce many problems that affect the breasts and substantially improve the appearance of this key component of your femininity. Also, as we have pointed out, changing any aspect of the breast will affect the overall breast appearance, providing comprehensive rejuvenation. However, this tremendous benefit may only add to the confusion about which surgery will give you the best possible result. Patients with concerns about size and position, for example, may want to consider having both surgeries.

This is why it is essential that you schedule an in-person consultation with a prepared board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast procedures and have a full examination. A board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in body procedures can give you the personalized and in-depth guidance you will need to make the right choice for your body, lifestyle and long-term goals.

Regardless of which course of treatment you select, you will want a surgeon you can trust performing it so you can enjoy complete safety as well as outstanding results. Dr. James M. Sheridan is a current member of some of the most respected boards in plastic surgery, including the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. The doctor also offers his patients decades of experience in some of the most complicated surgeries, including breast procedures, for your total peace of mind.

Call Marotta Plastic Surgery to schedule your breast surgery consultation now!

If you still have questions, the surgeons at Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists are here to help. We would love nothing more than to see you get the surgery and results you want and thrive. Call the practice today at 631-982-2022 to get started. The last question you may have is, “why didn’t I do this sooner?”