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breast surgery 101

The Lowdown on Breast Surgery

Women seek breast surgery for a wide variety of reasons that include a desire for larger, fuller breasts, more balanced body proportions, a more aesthetic shape, to restore symmetry after pregnancy or weight loss, or simply to increase their confidence and self-esteem. Yet, in many cases, they’re not totally sure which breast procedure is right for them.

Sometimes terms like breast lift, breast augmentation and breast implants are used interchangeably. To help shed some light on these procedures, we will explain the differences and who can benefit most from each.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation and breast implant surgery are two names for what is essentially the same procedure. These cosmetic surgeries involve placing silicone (or saline) implants into the breast in order to enhance size, shape and volume. Breast augmentation is primarily for women who hope to increase the overall size of their breasts.

Breast Lift

A breast lift does not involve implants at all. Rather, the surgeon manipulates the existing breast tissue in order to lift and tighten the breast. This gives your breasts a more natural contour and improves any sagging, drooping or mild asymmetry you may be experiencing due to factors such as age, a pregnancy or illness. Breast lifts are most beneficial to women who are only seeking to restore shape and the natural youthfulness of their breasts.

It is becoming increasingly popular for women to combine breast augmentation with a breast lift procedure. Women who have had children often benefit the most from this combined procedure because of the significant changes their bodies undergo during and after pregnancy.

Making the decision to alter your breasts is very personal. For your safety and peace of mind, it is always best to schedule a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation so that you can rest assured that you will get the best possible outcome.