Would you like to improve the appearance of your breasts, but you’re not sure if you need a breast augmentation, a breast lift, or both? You’re not alone. Many women experience significant changes in the shape and size of their breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding, but they are often unsure which procedure is the right one for them.
Do you need a breast augmentation, a breast lift, or both?
The desire to have beautiful, attractive breasts is often what drives women to undergo breast surgery. Whether achieving that goal will require a breast augmentation, a breast lift, or both, will depend on factors such as the shape and size of the breasts, as well as the degree of skin laxity.
When you need a breast augmentation
Breast augmentation surgery addresses issues related to the size and shape of the breasts. It is often included in mommy makeover surgery because pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause the breasts to lose volume. Weight loss and hormone fluctuations can also negatively impact the fullness of the breasts.
If you think that your breasts are too small, and would like an increase in cup size, breast augmentation would be the best option for you.
Breast augmentation is carried out to add volume to the breasts. This involves inserting breast implants above or below the chest muscle, to make the breasts larger. Breast implants are generally made of silicone gel or sterile saltwater.
When you need a breast lift
A breast lift (mastopexy) corrects breast ptosis or sagging of the breasts, as it lifts the breasts and makes them perkier. During a breast lift the surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten the breast tissue, which will give the breasts a shapely, more youthful appearance. The nipple/areolar complex will also be lifted to a higher position.
If you like the shape and size of your breasts, but don’t like the fact that they are droopy or sagging, you may be interested in a breast lift. Candidates for breast lift surgery generally notice that their nipples hang below the inframammary crease (breast fold).
A breast lift will raise the breasts and reshape the nipples, but the breasts will be the same size they were before.
When you need a breast augmentation and a breast lift
There are times when one procedure alone will not meet the aesthetic goals of the patient, so a combination breast lift and augmentation surgery is required.
If you want to increase the size of your small breasts, but your breasts are also sagging, you will probably need a breast augmentation and a breast lift. Breast augmentation will make the breasts bigger, but if the breasts are droopy they will only sag more if a breast lift is not done, as the breasts will be heavier and have inadequate support.
Also, if you have sagging breasts and would like additional breast volume, a breast lift with implants would be the right procedure for you. Breast lift surgery will elevate the breasts, and provide support for the breast implants. The procedures are often done at the same time, but the surgeon will consider various factors and determine the best option for each patient.
During your breast surgery consultation, the plastic surgeon will take measurements of your breasts and take note of their position, width, and the amount of skin stretch. These are some of the factors the surgeon will consider before deciding on the best surgical approach.
Benefits of breast enhancement
Breast surgery improves the appearance of the breasts, making them fuller, firmer, and younger-looking. However, the benefits don’t stop there, many women experience immense satisfaction after undergoing breast surgery. They feel better about themselves in many ways, so breast surgery improves their overall quality of life.
Are you thinking about breast surgery? It is crucial to choose a skilled and experienced board certified plastic surgeon that will be able to customize breast surgery to meet your specific needs.
If you are in the greater Orange County area, contact South Coast Plastic Surgery Irvine, CA for more information on breast enhancement surgery.
Call (949) 701-4454 today to set up a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kyle Song.