Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift Surgery

bikini-womanAlthough both breast augmentation and breast lift surgery (mastopexy) are designed to change the appearance of the breasts, these two procedures use very different surgical approaches to achieve distinct goals. For women who have lost a significant amount of breast volume or simply wish to enhance their breast size, an augmentation with implants or fat grafting can create a fuller cup size. However, a breast augmentation is not meant to change the position of the nipple and areola.

If your breasts have lost their youthful appearance and are beginning to sag to a lower position on the chest, a lift procedure can effectively reshape and elevate them. By eliminating excess skin, contouring your existing breast tissue, and raising the position of the nipple/areola, you can reverse the loss of skin elasticity that often results from pregnancy, breastfeeding, significant weight loss, or the aging process.

During the consultation process, a physical exam and a discussion of your cosmetic goals will help Dr. Zemmel determine whether breast augmentation or a lift can best meet your individual needs and expectations. Innovative technology – such as the Vectra® 3D Imaging system – can show you a “preview” of your possible results and may further inform your decision. Some of our patients even elect to undergo a combination breast lift with implants for a more comprehensive makeover.

If you would like to learn more information about breast surgery, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today!

Editor’s note: The original version of this post was published on August 31, 2015.