A breast augmentation and a breast lift are two completely different procedures, each with different goals in mind. The key differences between the two are as follows:
Breast augmentation – this involves changing the size of the breasts, usually by the insertion of breast implants. It is confusing as the terms ‘breast augmentation’ and ‘breast enlargement/enhancement’ are used in different contexts, but in reality, they are both expressions of the same procedure.
Breast lift – this involves lifting the nipple and reconstructing the breast, giving the appearance of more elevated breasts. This procedure does not involve inserting anything into the breasts, all the work is done by manipulating existing breast tissue.
The two procedures are often undertaken in tandem though, with many patients feeling that an increase and an uplift complement each other very nicely.
Unlike a breast augmentation, a breast lift focuses primarily on breast position and will not increase the size of your breasts. Often a breast lift is performed in conjunction with breast augmentation, so that the breast can be restored to a more youthful position and loss of volume is addressed with the insertion of an implant.
It is important to understand the benefits and limitations of each procedure before making your choice. If you feel concerned that your breasts are drooping then opting for a breast augmentation will not fix that problem, it will simply give you larger breasts that will still droop. Likewise, a breast uplift won’t give the appearance of a more generous chest.
When deciding which is best for you, questions you should be asking yourself are likely to be as follows…
Am I concerned with loss of tissue above the breasts? Are my breasts feeling lower and less perky than they once were? If this sounds like you, then maybe a breast lift is going to be your answer.
If you’re feeling more concerned about the size of your breasts or feel that they are not symmetrical, then a breast augmentation could be the right choice for you.
Cosmetic breast surgery choice
Some people are very clear about which procedure is best for them, or whether they wish to opt for both. If you are unsure or wish to understand more about these options, then cosmetic breast specialist Mr Alan Park will be able to discuss your aspirations and help you decide which is the best option for you. Call 01926 436341 to arrange a consultation.