How Is a Breast Lift Different from Breast Augmentation?
A breast lift and breast augmentation are both corrective cosmetic-surgery procedures to improve the appearance of the breasts. Having perfect and beautiful breasts is a desire that most women feel. If your breasts droop, are smaller than you would like, or are asymmetrical, cosmetic breast surgery is an option to consider.
Different procedures are available to improve the appearance of your breasts in different ways. The most popular procedures for this are the breast lift and breast augmentation.
What Does a Breast Lift Do?
A breast lift is for those who are unhappy with their sagging breasts. Sagging may happen due to several reasons.
Women experience some sagging with age. The more time passes, the more the tissues of the breasts weaken, causing them to succumb to the constant pull of gravity. After menopause, estrogen production in the ovaries varies, and this can cause the breasts to lose firmness and density.
Women who have been pregnant and have nursed tend to face this problem as well. The pregnancy and childbirth process result in weight fluctuations. Afterwards, a mother is left with excess skin, which can result in a loss of breast firmness and roundness. Nursing after childbirth can also cause these issues.
In all of these cases, the breast lift is the procedure to choose in order to improve the firmness of the breasts and reduce drooping. This process also benefits those whose breasts are asymmetrical.
The breast lift involves incisions in the skin of the breasts and the subsequent restructuring of the breast tissues, which may or may not involve trimming the excess skin around the breasts. The areolae can also be resized and repositioned to fit the breasts’ new proportions.
What Does Breast Augmentation Do?
Breast augmentation with implants is best for those who are unhappy with their lack of breast size and projection. It enhances these attributes of the breasts.
There are three major aspects of breast augmentation with implants: the locations of the incisions, the placement of the implant relative to the chest muscles, and the implant specifications.
Many locations are available for breast-augmentation incisions. They can be made in the armpit (transaxillary), under the breast fold (inframammary), or around the areola (periareolar). Each site has its own pros and cons, and Dr. Bundrick will weigh the pros and cons of each before performing the procedure.
The shape, size, texture, and type of the implants will be chosen during the consultation. Factors taken into consideration include the patient’s lifestyle, body proportions, and aesthetic goals.
This is why consultation sessions are so vital before the surgery. They involve a detailed discussion of the patient’s goals and of the surgery itself, along with an examination of the patient.
Choosing the Right Breast Procedure for You
Patients who are interested in a breast lift or breast augmentation should not be planning to have any more children, since the pregnancy and breastfeeding processes affect the shape and size of the breasts.
To find out which procedure is best for you, contact the office of Dr. Larry Bundrick, a board-certified plastic surgeon, and set up your consultation.