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Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift: The Battle of the Bust

By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on August 06, 2016


A woman in a bra with flowersWomen often come to our Edina plastic surgery center in order to enhance the size and shape of their breasts. In some cases, their aesthetic goals can be addressed through breast augmentation surgery using implants. In other cases, breast lift surgery may be more ideal.

Since both procedures are popular and effective means of breast enhancement, we'd like to compare them and consider which may be more ideal for your needs.

About Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery involves the use of breast implants to increase the size and alter the shape of the breasts. Thanks to breast augmentation surgery, patients can have fuller breasts and a bigger bustline. Breast implants can also increase the prominence of one's cleavage.

Good Candidates for Breast Augmentation Surgery

Good candidates for breast augmentation surgery are people who would like to increase the size of their breasts. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from health conditions that would cause them to experience serious medical problems following surgery. Patients should also have realistic expectations about risks and benefits, as well as the possibility of post-surgical scarring.

Ideal Aims of Breast Augmentation Surgery

When it comes to the ideal uses and aims of breast augmentation surgery, the primary focus s on increasing the size of the breasts and giving patients a far more shapely silhouette. Some women may feel more feminine thanks to breast augmentation surgery, and the implants have been known to increase feelings of self-confidence.

About Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift surgery is a procedure that is designed to reduce drooping and sagging of the breasts. The surgery does not involve the placement of breast implants but rather the removal of excess skin and tissue from the breasts.

Good Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery

The best candidates for breast lift surgery are women who have issues with dropping and sagging of the breasts. Like candidates for breast augmentation, they should be in good overall health and not suffer from any medical conditions that could make the lift procedure a health risk.

Ideal Aims of Breast Lift Surgery

For breast lift surgery, the ideal aims and uses of the procedure are to reduce sagging and help woman have a trimmer and tighter frame. Breast lift is a great option for women with naturally drooping breasts, breasts that have started to sag as a result of aging, breasts that droop due to major weight loss, and women who've noticed changes in the perkiness of their breasts after pregnancy and nursing.

Combined Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift Surgery

It is not uncommon for women to undergo a combined breast lift and augmentation procedure. In these surgeries, breast tissue is removed and a breast implant is placed. In the process, the breasts are perkier and larger, and overall contour and appearance is enhanced as well. This is a good option for dealing with drooping and sagging, and it can also be helpful for women who have asymmetrical breasts.

Learn More About Breast Enhancement Surgery

For more information about breast lift, breast augmentation, and your many other options for improving contours and curves, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. We look forward to your visit and helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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