Breast Implants vs Breast Lift Surgery: Which is Right for You?

Do you need a breast augmentation with implants or breast lift surgery?

A common misconception is that breast augmentation and breast lift surgery are one and the same. This is not the case, and the procedures differ vastly in what they can offer a patient.

In truth, a boob job in the generic sense is to enlarge the breasts with silicone implants. However, breast lift surgery is an entirely different type of breast rejuvenation surgery.

In this week’s blogs we examine the two most popular types of breast surgery – breast augmentation using silicone breast implants and mastopexy (breast lift surgery).

What are the different types of breast rejuvenation surgery?

Generally speaking, breast rejuvenation surgery falls into two camps: augmentation to increase or reduce size, or uplift surgery to lift the breasts.

The most popular form of breast surgery is breast enlargement, which uses silicone implants and/or fat transfer to boost the size and shape of the breasts. Contrastingly, mastopexy is designed to lift the breasts. Hence the term breast lift surgery.

In some cases an implant will also be used in mastopexy procedures to provide volume. However, for those women seeking an uplift procedure, an augmentation with implants alone is rarely enough.

How do you know which breast rejuvenation surgery is suitable?

A one on one consultation is an ideal way to determine which type of breast rejuvenation surgery is most suitable. During a consultation your plastic surgeon will discuss your concerns and examine the breasts to provide his/her opinion.

The aim of the consultation is to make sure you’re a candidate for either breast lift surgery or breast augmentation, and to make sure your goals are realistic. You will then be told to take some time to consider your options and make a choice based on the information given.

You plastic surgeon will provide you with realistic expectations of what can be achieved with cosmetic surgery, as well as the risks and complications you should consider before committing to undergoing breast rejuvenation surgery.

Who is a candidate for breast augmentation surgery?

A breast augmentation is designed to add volume to the breasts, boosting the size with silicone breast implants. It’s suitable for women that wish to change the size of their breasts, but isn’t recommended for women that have sagging breasts, or wish to reduce the size of their breasts. In this instance a breast reduction is more likely to be suitable.

Who is a candidate for mastopexy or breast lift surgery?

Mastopexy is designed to lift the breasts into a more youthful position. Often older women choose this type of breast surgery. It’s also common amongst women that have breast fed or found their breasts have sagged as a result of pregnancy. Weight loss is another common factor for choosing breast uplift surgery.

This type of breast rejuvenation is intended to reposition the breasts, and may or may not include the use of silicone implants. Every patient should be offered a bespoke treatment plan that caters to their specific concerns.

More information

If you would like to find out more about any of the rejuvenative breast procedures offered by Mr Gary Ross please contact us. You can use the contact form or call the clinic directly.

Booking a consultation is the best course of action if you wish to discuss your concerns specifically with Mr Ross.

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