When a patient is looking to enhance the appearance of their breasts, chances are they’re considering either a breast lift or breast augmentation (breast implants). These are both very popular procedures, but they’re very different and address different concerns.
In this post, we’ll discuss what each procedure is, the issues they address, and how to decide which one is right for you.
What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift improves the appearance of drooping, sagging breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping the breast tissue. Breasts may sag due to aging, breastfeeding, weight loss, or genetics. Whatever the case may be, a breast lift is the most effective way to address sagging breasts.
A breast lift can also address downward pointing nipples, elongated or outstretched nipples, and lack of breast firmness. It’s important to note that a breast lift does not increase breast size, it simply corrects their position.
Who a breast lift is ideal for: healthy women who have finished having children and would like to address drooping breasts.
What is a Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation procedure (breast implants) is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. It is one of the safest, quickest, and most effective ways to increase the fullness, symmetry, and overall appearance of your breasts. During a breast augmentation, Dr. Ortiz inserts implants under the breast tissue or pectoral muscle to enhance the size and fullness of your breasts.
Breast augmentation addresses the size and fullness of the breasts, not the position (although your breasts will likely be perkier after having implants). Dr. Ortiz will help you choose the right implant size, type, and shape to best compliment your body and give you the figure of your dreams.
Who breast implants are ideal for: healthy patients who would like to increase the size and/or volume of their breasts.
Which Procedure is Right for Me: Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation?
If you’re unhappy with the position of your breasts or you’ve noticed they’re drooping, a breast lift is likely the right choice for you.
If you’re happy with the position of your breasts, but would like larger breasts, breast augmentation is probably a good choice for you.
If both the position and size are areas of concern for you, a breast lift and augmentation can be performed at the same time. Having both procedures at the same time lifts your breasts, increases their size, and reshapes them by removing excess skin in one outpatient procedure.
Ready to Schedule Your Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation Consultation?
Contact North Raleigh Plastic Surgery today! At your consultation, Dr. Ortiz will discuss your case, your concerns, and your goals to help you determine the right procedure for you. Call us at (919) 532-2270 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your first appointment today!