Breast enhancement is one of the most sought-after surgical cosmetic procedures. But the two most popular -- a breast lift and breast augmentation -- are distinctly different. If you’re wondering which one is right for you, you’ll need to consider your goals.
Choosing to change your appearance is an extremely personal decision, and exactly how you want to look after the procedure guides your decision. Here are the differences between breast augmentation and a breast lift.
When you have breast augmentation, Dr. Bhatt surgically places an implant that is filled with either silicone or saline in your breast. The implant changes the size, shape, and volume of your breast. Breast augmentation can also be accomplished via fat transplantation -- removing fat from another part of your body and injecting it into your breasts.
There are several different types of implants. They vary not only by whether they’re filled with silicone or saline, but also in shape and texture.
Indeed, when it comes to breast augmentation, there are several important decisions. In addition to the type of implant, the size, and the texture, you and Dr. Bhatt need to decide whether to place the implant behind your chest muscle or beneath your existing breast tissue.
Our staff at Rejuve Plastic Surgery will guide you through each of these decisions. Ultimately, your goals will determine the characteristics of your implants -- silicone or saline, round, gummy bear, smooth, or textured.
One thing you should be aware of is the fact that breast augmentation doesn’t automatically lead to having perkier breasts. For that, you’ll want to consider a breast lift.
Although society tends to focus on size when it comes to breasts, a pleasing shape is often equally important. If your breasts are sagging, you may want to consider a breast lift.
Age, childbearing, breastfeeding, and weight loss are all factors that can change the way your breasts look. Genetics, too, play an important role. Some people have more droopy breasts from the outset than others.
A breast lift can result in perfectly proportioned, more youthful-looking breasts. Depending on your needs, Dr. Bhatt can reposition your nipple, decrease the size of your areola, reshape your breast tissue, and create a natural-looking contour.
There are several different techniques that can be used to achieve a breast lift. The most appropriate one depends on the amount of sagging you have. Types of breast lifts include:
- Crescent lift: for minimal sagging; creates little scarring
- Periareolar lift: for mild sagging; also reduces the size of the areola
- Vertical lift: for moderate sagging; allows for extensive reshaping
- Inverted T lift: for extensive sagging; requires two incisions and allows complete reshaping
Combining breast augmentation and a lift
Increasingly, patients are choosing to combine the two procedures. This may be appropriate if your breasts have lost volume -- which is common if you’ve lost weight -- and are sagging. If you choose to have both procedures at the same time, you only require one recovery.
If you’d like to learn more about breast lifts, breast augmentation, or combining the two, book an appointment online or by phone at Rejuve Plastic Surgery. You’re a unique individual with specific goals. We’re happy to discuss how we may be able to help you reach your goals and have the look you’ve always wanted.