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Many women are unhappy with the size, shape, or volume of their breasts. As a result, there is the option of different cosmetic surgery procedures that can correct these issues. Two procedures, in particular, are extremely popular if you are dissatisfied with your breasts and want to make a change: breast augmentation and breast lift. Each of these procedures can be done by a board-certified plastic surgeon. It’s wise to speak with the doctor to determine which one is the one for you.
What is a Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation surgery is a procedure that allows you to get larger breasts. There are certain factors the doctor will have to determine if you are interested in getting a breast augmentation. Things to be considered include the incision placement, size, and shape of the implant, the type of implant, and the risks associated with it.
An incision is made either under the breast fold, in the armpit, or around the nipple. Generally, the inframammary incision, which is under the breast fold, is most popular due to minimal scarring and fewer complications.
There are various sizes and shapes available for implants. Your body size, shape, and lifestyle are all considerations when determining these factors. Usually, it’s not advised that you go higher than two cup sizes as it can end up looking unnatural.
There are two basic types of implants available: silicone and saline. Several factors including the desired appearance, patient age, and budget are considered when choosing which type you get. Silicone has a more natural feel, but saline is often better for women who already have adequate breast tissue. Both options are FDA-approved and can last 10 to 15 years.
What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is ideal for women who have lost volume in their breasts due to having children, breastfeeding, or losing a significant amount of weight. It can help improve the volume and symmetry of the breasts.
There’s an easy test to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure that involves a pencil. Put a pencil as high as you can manage under the fold of your breast. If it holds, you likely have drooping. If your nipple falls below it, you are a very good candidate for a breast lift.
Breast lift procedures can be done in three ways depending on the individual and her situation. The most common is known as the inverted T incision, which includes an incision in the breast fold as well as in the areola.
Which Procedure is Better?
There are advantages and disadvantages to both procedures. If you have a problem with sagging, a breast augmentation will not address that. A breast lift focuses on the positioning of the breasts but doesn’t increase their size.
In some cases, women will get both procedures together. This is done when there’s an issue of sagging but the breasts are smaller than what the patient desires.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are in Florida and are considering a breast augmentation, breast lift, or both, contact Christopher Newman, D.O. for a consultation. Call our office at (727) 897-5444 or contact us online.