As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I perform a number of breast surgery procedures, such as breast augmentation, for Riverside County patients. Lately, I have noticed that many women are unclear about the difference between a breast lift and breast augmentation. Although these two procedures are often combined, they have very different purposes. The information below can give you a better idea of what each procedure can accomplish and who is a good candidate for each.
Best For: Women who want to increase their chest size or correct asymmetrical breasts.
Procedure: Saline or silicone breast implants can be used to increase the size of the breasts. Implants may be placed under the breast tissue or under the breast muscle beneath the tissue.
Results: Larger breasts with enhanced cleavage. Better overall breast symmetry and a more proportional body shape.
Best For: Breasts that droop, sag or appear deflated. The breasts often appear elongated, and the nipples point downward. This procedure is often beneficial for women who develop sagging breasts following pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Procedure: Excess skin and fat is removed. The breasts are reshaped to appear firmer and perkier.
Results: Better breast and nipple position. The breasts look suppler and more youthful. A breast augmentation can be done in conjunction with this procedure for women who want to add volume as well.
Breast augmentations and breast lifts do have similarities, but women considering these procedures need to understand that they are different surgeries that have different end goals. At Renuance, Dr. Brian Eichenberg aims to help each patient find the procedure that best fits her end goal.
For breast augmentations, the goal is to change both the size and the projection of the breast. This is done through implants that increase the volume and size of each breast. Sometimes the increase is significant, causing a woman’s breasts to grow by several cup sizes; other times, it is slight, mainly aiming to even out the breasts and provide symmetry. This process can also help to lift sagging breasts, which somewhat overlaps with a breast lift.
A breast lift aims to raise the breasts to a more natural, youthful position without adding volume. Sometimes it appears to add volume by placing the breasts in a more natural position. It also adds additional firmness or improves shape and positioning of the breast. It can also reduce areola size in some patients.
Whether a breast lift or a breast augmentation, at the end of either procedure, a woman should have perkier breasts that sit in a natural position on her body. The choice depends largely on how the woman’s body looks and what her aesthetic goals are.
To learn more about breast lift and breast augmentation in Riverside County, contact our office at (951) 506-1040 today.