Women who are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts have several plastic surgery procedures to choose from, including breast lift and breast augmentation. If you are unsure which procedure is best for you, take the time to familiarize yourself with the options. Read on as Dr. Donald Hause, a highly sought out Sacramento plastic surgeon, explains the differences between breast lift and breast augmentation.
What Breast Lift Accomplishes
Breast lift addresses breast sag or ptosis, a common cosmetic problem among many women following pregnancy, weight fluctuations or due to the natural aging process or genetics. The procedure removes loose skin and tissue on the breasts before re-sculpting and repositioning the remaining tissue higher on the chest wall for a more youthful and attractive contour. The remaining skin is re-draped on the modified breast mound for a more taut appearance. Breast lift can also modify stretched out areolas and downward pointing nipples.
Are you unsure whether you can benefit from breast lift? Consider the following: do your breast and nipples rest below the inframammary fold (natural breast crease)? If so, you may be a suitable candidate for breast lift.
Breast lift cannot increase breast size. In fact, breast lift candidates should be aware that due to the removal of breast skin and tissue, the procedure can actually reduce breast size (slightly).
What Breast Augmentation Accomplishes
Breast augmentation uses breast implants to fill out naturally small or deflated breasts. Today’s breast implants come in various shapes, textures, projections and sizes, allowing women to achieve the exact breast size and profile they desire. It’s important to note that breast augmentation does not change the position of the breasts or correct significant breast sag. In fact, overly large implants can actually worsen breast sag.
Can I Combine the Two?
When appropriate, breast lift and breast augmentation can be combined into one operation. Combining the two simultaneously addresses the size, shape and position of the breasts. Whether a combination procedure is right for you will depend on your unique needs and goals.
The only way to determine the best treatment plan for you is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Hause. Contact Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery by calling (916) 646-6869 today.