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What is the Difference Between a Breast Lift and an Augmentation?

Breast augmentation and other cosmetic procedures within the same vein are some of the most popular, sought-after surgeries in the business. Everything from breast size and shape to the level of perkiness can be addressed, but how can you know which procedure will be able to achieve your specific goals? The best way to answer this question is to schedule a consultation with a skilled Board Certified plastic surgeon. It would also be helpful to review some of the options available to you.

Breast Implants

When it comes to changing the size of one’s breasts, augmentation through the use of implants can successfully achieve this. Generally, most implants have a silicone or polyurethane outer shell that is filled with either a saline solution or silicone gel. Implants can not only increase a patient’s cup size, but increase fullness and change the shape as well. When you consult with your plastic surgeon, you will both be able to discuss what will look best for your body form, shape, lifestyle, and your natural foundation.

Breast implants are not only for patients who wish for a bigger cup size. If your breasts are uneven or noticeable asymmetrical, a plastic surgeon can correct these discrepancies through breast implants.

Breast Lift

While breast implants can correct many issues, such as uneven, small, or deflated breasts, it will not provide the same perkiness that a breast lift can. Droopy breasts are something that becomes particularly noticeable as women age, fluctuate in weight, or have children. However, it is not something that women have to live with. A breast lift can effectively correct droopy breasts by volumetrically reshaping them. How do you know for sure if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure? A test known as the pencil test is one of the simplest ways to check for breast drooping. Place a pencil as high as you can beneath the breast fold and, if it holds, you have signs of droopy breasts and are likely a good candidate for this procedure.

Just as there are many options for breast augmentations, there are different types of approaches to the breast lift procedure, including periareolar, vertical breast reduction, and inverted-T incisions. The volume of your breast, its tissue, and the extent of your droopiness will determine the technique that is most suitable for you.

Is One Better Than the Other? Can I Get Both Done?

Both of these procedures provide wonderful benefits, so neither one is necessarily better than the other. However, one or both might be better for you. It all depends on your specific needs and goals. If you have drooping breasts, but are also unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts, you might opt to have both procedures done together. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to request this.

Westfield Breast Procedures

If you are unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts, or want to correct their saggy or droopy appearance, at Burnett Plastic Surgery, our Board Certified Westfield plastic surgeon can help you. Dr. Burnett has years of experience in performing these procedures for women of all ages and will provide you with the quality, personalized care that you deserve.

Our $125 surgery consultation fee can be deducted from the cost of your procedure.

Call us today at (908) 524-0063 and begin your path toward the best version of yourself.

Carlos Burnett