Breast Augmentation vs Breast Lift: What’s the Difference?
Posted September 20, 2015 in Practice News
Women undergo cosmetic breast surgery for a number of reasons: Sagging breasts, asymmetric breasts, small breasts, etc. The reasons vary, but more often than not, the goal is to have an enhanced physical appearance that can lead to a healthy level of self-esteem.
Among the most popular cosmetic breast surgeries in Reno are breast augmentation (mammoplasty) and breast lift (or mastopexy). While it’s understandable to mistake one for the other, these two breast surgery procedures address different concerns. At Talbott Plastic Surgery Center in Reno, we conduct extremely thorough one-on-one consultations and take into account a woman’s goals and expectations before recommending the best procedure for her, whether it’s a breast augmentation or lift.
What is the difference between these two procedures? Which procedure is best for which patient? Let’s take a deeper look.
A sought-after plastic surgery procedure in Reno, breast augmentation basically enlarges a woman’s breasts through the use of saline or silicone breast implants. This procedure is ideal for women who want to:
- Improve the size, projection, and/or shape of their breasts
- Increase or restore breast volume following pregnancy or significant weight loss
- Achieve firmer, more symmetrical breasts
- Enhance the contours of their body
Dr. LaDawn Talbott, a Board-certified plastic surgeon in Reno, discusses all options available to patients during consultation ‒ which implant and what kind of incision are best for the patient, whether to combine breast augmentation with a breast lift, etc. ‒ to help them make a more informed decision.
Also popular in Reno, a breast lift is a procedure that raises the breasts, repositions the nipples and areolas, and reshapes the contours to produce a rounder, more attractive, and more youthful appearance. A breast lift is ideal for women who have:
- Sagging or drooping breasts due to aging or significant weight loss, or following pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Nipples that point down or positioned below the breast fold
There are cases when patients would benefit more with a combination of breast lift and breast augmentation. Dr. Talbott presents all options during consultation and recommends which ones will produce the best possible outcome.