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Breast Surgery - Breast Augmentation vs Breast Lift

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Breast Surgery - Breast Augmentation vs Breast Lift

Have you been thinking about having breast surgery, but not sure which procedure is right for you? Let us help you take a closer look at your options so that you can make an informed decision.
The two most popular procedures are Breast Augmentation and Breast Lifts. Many of our patients choose one of these options, but it is also common to opt for both and have them done either simultaneously in one visit or in conjunction with one another.
First, lets figure out which one best addresses your needs:
A. Your main goal is to increase your cup size and have overall larger breasts.
B. You are looking to restore loss of volume and reverse Ptosis (sagging breasts).
If you answered A: Breast Augmentation is the best option for you.

This procedure involves implanting either a saline or silicone implant to increase the size of your breasts.
When going forward with this procedure you should take into account your ideal cup size, the type of implant you prefer, and how the implant is placed - which will affect the placement of the incision.
There are 3 common incision spots —
  • Inframammary - under the fold of the breast
  • Trans-axillary - the armpit
  • Periareolar - around the nipple
During your consultation we will discuss what is best for you in terms of breast tissue, scarring, body form and what will be best for YOUR body.
If you answered B: A Breast Lift may be what’s right for you.
This procedure is best if you’re not necessarily looking to increase your size, but instead looking to change the shape and position of your breasts by volumetrically reshaping them and decreasing any sagging or drooping.
One way to see if your breasts have begun to sag is the Pencil Test. When standing upright, put a pencil underneath your breasts. If the pencil holds when you let go, then you may be a candidate for this procedure.
There are 3 types of Breast Lifts —
  • Periareolar
  • Vertical Breast Reduction
  • Inverted-T Incision (the most common)
The type you receive will be based on your breast volume, tissue and the degree of sagging, or in medical terms, your Ptosis Grade. Come in for a consultation and we’ll be able to determine which type of breast lift will be most suitable for you.
We know this can be a tough and personal decision. As board-certified plastic surgeons, we are knowledgeable and ready to discuss all of your options and help you make the decision that is best for your body and health. If you’re ready to learn more or take the next steps, book a consult with us today!

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