What is the difference between a breast lift and breast augmentation?

beautiful girl with magnificent breasts chic. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, dramatic weight loss, and just the simple act of aging can make breasts look saggy – or maybe you’ve never been happy with how your breasts look. Maybe you have always wished for a larger chest size and a curvier figure. A breast lift and a breast augmentation are two possibilities if you aren’t happy with your breasts – but which one is right for you?

What is a breast lift?

In a breast lift (known medically as “mastopexy”), excess tissue is removed. The tissue that remains is tightened and lifted, and the nipples and areola are placed in a higher position.

What is breast augmentation?

In a breast augmentation, implants are placed to increase the size of the breasts or to restore volume. Implants may be saline or silicone – your doctor will discuss with you the pros and cons of each and can advise you on which one would be best for you.

Which procedure is right for you?

Your doctor will advise you on which procedure is best for the results you would like to see, of course, but some patients do opt for both procedures to be done at the same time. A breast lift with an augmentation can help to make breasts firmer, more symmetrical, and to correct sagging.

If you are considering a plastic surgery procedure, you should be a nonsmoker (or stop smoking for at least 3 weeks prior to and 3 weeks after) and in good health. You should wait for 3 months after completing breast feeding. Your chest will be swollen and bruised for about 3 weeks. Most patients can get back to work in 1 to 2 weeks and can get back to doing light exercise in 2 to 3 weeks, although more strenuous activity should wait for about 4 to 6 weeks. Your breasts may take from 6 months to a year before they start to look more natural.

Are you wondering if a breast augmentation or a breast lift (or both) might be right for you? Contact the office of Jeffrey C. Dawes, MD, FRCSC Plastic and Dermatologic Surgery in Calgary for a consultation appointment. Call (403) 571-3141 today!

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