Many women want to enhance their breasts but aren’t sure which approach will help get the best results. Breast lifts and breast augmentation are 2 of the most popular procedures at my Fort Worth practice. But what are the differences between them? And how do you decide which option suits you?
A one-on-one consultation is always the surest way I can help patients make this important decision. But this blog will be a little cheat sheet on who is a candidate for each procedure—and what the benefits are of combining them in a single operation.
Breast Augmentation Benefits
Breast augmentation has one main goal: to increase size and fullness. The procedure involves adding implants either directly under the breast tissue or behind the chest muscle to give patients a flattering, feminine boost.
There are many reasons why women choose breast augmentation. In some cases, patients are concerned that their breasts look “deflated” after pregnancy. Or maybe they just want to feel more confident in a bikini. Women from their early 20s to their 60s are all good candidates for breast augmentation. Besides adding volume, breast augmentation can:
- Correct breast asymmetry
- Improve the appearance of disproportionally small breasts
- Reverse an inverted nipple
While breast augmentation is great for adding volume, it does not “fill up” sagging skin or make drooping breasts look perkier. For women with those issues, a breast lift might be a better option.
Breast Lift Benefits
The main goal of a breast lift is to address sagging breasts and create a more youthful, lifted appearance. The surgery tightens breast tissue and removes any lax, loose skin. For women who are satisfied with the size of their breasts, a breast lift can treat many issues, such as drooping caused by significant weight loss, breastfeeding, or age. It is a good option for:
- Reducing excess skin
- Minimizing the signs of aging
- Alleviating neck or back pain caused by sagging
- Raising or correcting nipple placement
It is important to remember that a breast lift does not increase breast size—in fact, some women say their breasts appear slightly smaller afterward.
Breast Lift with Implants
Women often want to enhance their breasts to fix multiple issues. Many of these issues—such as wanting to reclaim their pre-pregnancy body—overlap across the 2 procedures. Because of this, many women choose to combine a breast lift with implants, which produces more transformative, noticeable results.
When breast augmentation and a breast lift are used together, it can create a younger, more lifted shape while also increasing breast size and correcting asymmetry. Patients get the benefits of both approaches with just one surgery and single recovery time.
In the end, the best way to determine your own breast enhancement options is to chat with me in a personal consultation. If you would like to learn more, request a consultation using the online form or by calling (817) 228-4315.