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Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift Surgery: Which Is Right for You?

By tmccall on June 10, 2016

A side profile of a woman holding her hand over her breast Many women who are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts, whether due to size or loss of firmness, turn to breast surgery to address their concerns. Breast surgery can improve the profile of the breasts and enhance the appearance of the bust line, helping many women achieve the feminine look they desire. There are different options when it comes to breast surgery, including breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. Deciding which is right for you is best determined between you and a qualified plastic surgeon. To find out which treatment is right for you, or to learn more about breast augmentation versus breast lift surgery, schedule a consultation with Milwaukee, WI plastic surgeon Tracy McCall. In the meantime, discover the differences between breast augmentation and breast lift surgery in this overview.

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure used to increase cup size and add volume to the breasts. Breast augmentation alone will not address the appearance of sagging or drooping breasts. Rather, breast augmentation creates a larger, fuller bosom.

There are different methods surgeons use to perform breast augmentation surgery. Incisions may be placed under the breast, around the areola, or within the underarm, depending on the patient's needs. Through these incisions, a saline or silicone implant will be placed and positioned for a natural look.

What Is Breast Lift Surgery?

Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, is used to raise the breasts, restoring a perkier, more youthful profile. Breast lift surgery does not add volume to the breasts or increase cup size. Breast lift surgery simply improves the appearance of sagging, drooping breasts.

During breast lift surgery, different types of incisions are used depending on the amount of breast sagging, areola size, and other patient needs. Incisions are made around the areola and may extend down the middle of the breast, around the areola in a donut shape, or extend above the areola in an anchor shape. After the incision is made, excess tissue is removed from the breasts and the nipples are repositioned to match the breasts' new contours.

Which Procedure Is Right for Your Needs?

It's important to discuss your goals and expectations with a surgeon in order to determine which treatment is right for you. With that said, women who wish to enhance their cup size often benefit from breast augmentation alone, while those who wish to reduce the appearance of sagging, drooping breasts benefit from breast lift surgery. For those who wish to increase cup size and reduce sagging, breast augmentation and breast lift surgery may be combined for a total transformation.

Schedule a Consultation

Both breast augmentation and breast lift surgery can help those who are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts achieve the bust line they desires. If you would like to enhance the appearance of your breasts, you may benefit from breast surgery. To find out which treatment is right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. McCall today.

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