• Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift – Which is Right for You?

    by Dr. Semone Rochlin
    on Mar 23rd, 2017

Augmentation vs. Lift


For a woman, breasts are important. They’re not necessarily like the nose on our face, but they’re definitely an ever-present and highly noticeable feature that often defines a woman’s appearance and can create a boost or bust to our self-confidence.

… and unfortunately, a woman who is unhappy with her breasts can easily find herself unhappy in other areas of life as a result.

Gravity, age and childbearing are often unkind friends that weigh us down, and our breasts feel the brunt as the years go by.

Whether it’s a breast augmentation or a breast lift that is best for you to help you regain your youthful bosom and self-confidence, go confidently knowing that both procedures have the potential of offering amazing results that just might suit you.

What’s the Difference?

Breast augmentation works by inserting silicone/saline implant pockets either underneath (most common) or on top of the breast muscle to obtain a fuller bust line. Augmentation works with the natural shape of your current breast providing additional fullness; either restoring what was there before or adding what’s been missing all along.

For those that want to enhance what they naturally have, and our happy with the height of their breasts, this is a suitable option to help better proportion one’s figure.

A breast lift, or mastopexy, works to contour the shape of your breast by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. A breast lift will fullness and improve the shape of the breast as well as reversing the downward drag created by gravity, restoring the skin to a more youthful state.

Mastopexy is designed to treat breast ptosis, the defined condition of sagging breasts and can help to correct gravity’s unavoidable pull, allowing for a firmer, perkier and prettier breast shape.

There are quick questions you can ask yourself to asses whether or not you are a good candidate for a breast lift:

  1. Do my nipples point downward?
  2. Am I satisfied with my cup size?
  3. Do my nipples sit below the crease (inframammary fold) under my breasts?
  4. Are my breasts asymmetrical or do they take an odd shape?

A breast lift can reposition the breast tissue to help make corrections in each of these cases and more.

Can You Do Both Procedures at Once?

For a woman that has experienced a fluctuation in weight and breast tissue, opting to combine both procedures together can often offer maximum results.

Pregnancy and nursing, for example, leave the vast majority of women with excess skin. This is especially true for those who have nursed their children for several months, including subsequent children thereafter.

If you have a moderate to severe level of breast pitosis (i.e. sagging), augmentation alone may not grant you the results you want, where adding a lift just might do the trick.

After weaning a child, the noticeable cleavage from nursing is often suddenly absent. Many women would like to regain their previous fullness along with improvements to the now loose and sagging skin.

By combining mastopexy (lift) with augmentation, patients can achieve fullness and cup size at the same time for a much greater and noticeable result.

What Look are You Wanting to Achieve?

Look in the mirror and think about what would make you happy.

No matter what personalized result you are after, to achieve the best results, it’s vital that you are realistic about your current breast situation and consult with a qualified physician to understand what your options are.

By carefully considering your options when choosing between both, or possibly combining the two procedures, it’s important to do your research and choose the best board certified surgeon to meet your needs.

Asking yourself what’s right for you and your breasts is something only you can decide, but having an experienced physician in your corner goes a long way to helping you make an educated decision and getting the result you are after.

Author Dr. Semone Rochlin Dr. Semone B. Rochlin is a Board Certified General Surgeon specializing in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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