Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation – Which is Right For Me?
Cosmetic breast procedures remain the most popular, but there are several different surgeries to choose from depending on your goals and reasons for choosing cosmetic surgery. Breast lifts and breast augmentations are two of the options patients have for enhancing the appearance of the breasts.
What is a Breast Lift?
The purpose of a breast lift is to address drooping or sagging breasts. During a breast lift procedure, the existing tissue is reshaped to create a perkier, more youthful look. The “pencil test” is often recommended to determine whether a breast lift is the right option for you. This consists of placing a pencil into the breast fold. If the nipple falls below the pencil, you may be a good candidate for a breast lift.
What is a Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is the most common plastic surgery procedure overall and serves to increase the size of the breasts using saline or silicone implants. There are several reasons to choose a breast augmentation, including evening out asymmetrical breasts or simply feeling insecure about your naturally smaller breasts. There are many options that make breast augmentation a customizable procedure as well, ensuring that each patient gets results that meet their aesthetic goals and are suitable for their health and lifestyle.
Breast augmentation patients and their surgeons have the choice of varying implant sizes and shapes, types, and incision and implant placement. Dr. Erella will help you choose an implant size and shape that both meets your expectations and fits with your body’s proportions. Patients also have a choice between saline or silicone breast implants, which have slightly different looks and feels. Saline tends to be less expensive, is naturally absorbed by the body in case of rupture, and is usually a good choice for patients who already have a fair amount of breast tissue. Silicone tends to have a more natural feel and is often the best choice for both patients with or very little natural breast tissue. It is the most preferred choice in the U.S. right now.
Which Should I Choose?
If the benefits of both a breast lift and breast augmentation sound like what you’re looking for, the good news is you don’t have to choose between one or the other. Breast augmentation and breast lift are typically combined to change both the size and position of the breasts. Often, drooping can be caused or made worse by lost breast volume, so pairing these procedures together can create the best results. This is especially common if the procedure is chosen to combat breast aging signs or the effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding.
If only one issue, smaller size or drooping breasts, is your concern, choosing between the two procedures is relatively simple. A breast lift moves the breasts to a higher position, while a breast augmentation will provide more volume and fullness.