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.

Breast Augmentation

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.

Breast Lift

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.