Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift? Or Both?

Each year in the United States, nearly half a million women turn to cosmetic surgery to improve the size, shape, contour, or overall appearance of their breasts. Although breast augmentation has been the No. 1 aesthetic solution for decades, breast lifts are in demand and more popular than ever before.  

Whether you wish your breasts were fuller, higher, shapelier, more symmetrical, or all of the above, there’s a cosmetic solution — breast augmentation, a breast lift, or both — that can transform your aesthetic aspirations into a beautiful reality. 

As one of the most skilled and experienced cosmetic breast surgery experts in New York City, Craig A. Foster, MD, FACS, can help you make sense of the possibilities and guide you toward the treatment that’s best for you. Here’s what you should know about your options. 

Your changing breasts 

The size, shape, and position of your breasts may be mostly determined by your genes, but life has a way of altering their appearance over time. Age-related changes and gravity combine to stretch out and weaken the skin that supports your breasts, leaving them lower on your chest than they used to be. 

Pregnancy can also change your breasts, increasing the size of your areolas and changing the position of your nipples. Postpartum weight loss (or really any substantial weight loss) can lead to a permanent reduction in breast volume that leaves you in a smaller cup size, especially if you breastfed your baby. 

Creating fuller, shapelier breasts

Breast augmentation uses FDA-approved silicone or saline implants to enhance the size and shape of your breasts. As the treatment of choice for women who’d like to augment naturally small breasts, implants are also an excellent option for women who want to restore lost volume to breasts that have been diminished by pregnancy, weight loss, or breastfeeding. 

All implants have either a smooth or textured casing made of silicone. Silicone implants are filled with another formulation of the same versatile polymer, while saline implants contain a sterile saline solution. Smooth implants can move subtly in their pockets, much like natural breast tissue, while textured implants are more tightly anchored for a firmer look and feel. 

You can also select between anatomical implants that mimic the tear-shaped appearance of natural breasts (rounder and fuller below the nipple and more tapered at the top), and round implants, which make your breasts look full all the way around.  

Implants aren’t just about size, shape, and firmness, though. They also resolve asymmetry, or breast imbalance, to help create a uniform cup size and a well-proportioned figure.   

Restoring youthful, lifted breasts 

Although implants can eliminate mild skin laxity by making your breasts fuller and firmer, they can’t address the kind of moderate-to-severe skin laxity that causes breast ptosis, which is another term for excessive breast sag. 

Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, raises sagging breasts by removing excess tissue, tightening the surrounding skin envelope, and supporting your breast mounds in a higher position. By restoring your breasts to their natural height on your chest, a breast lift helps create a perkier, more youthful contour along your bustline.  

The average breast lift candidate has stretched-out skin tissues that cause their breast mounds to sit lower on their chest. Breast sag can also lead to the kind of lower pole fullness that alters the angle of your nipples and accentuates the size of your areolas. 

A breast lift may not change the size of your breasts, but it can make them more symmetrical and subtly redefine their shape as it restores them to a higher, more youthful position. For most women, this means increased confidence and better-fitting bras. 

Achieving total breast rejuvenation

If you have relatively firm breasts with minimal skin laxity, implants may be all you need to achieve fuller, shapelier breasts that are perfectly proportioned. Likewise, if you’re happy with the size of your breasts but not their position, a breast lift may be all it takes to restore a more youthful silhouette. 

But if you’d like to restore volume and position to sagging, deflated breasts, you may be a good candidate for a combined procedure that includes breast augmentation and a breast lift. 

To figure out which approach is best for you, it’s important to consider how well the size, shape, position, and uniformity of your breasts matches your personal aesthetic goals. 

And no matter what those goals happen to be, Dr. Foster can help you achieve them. To learn more or schedule a cosmetic breast surgery consultation, call our office in Manhattan at 212-744-5011 today. 

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