Breast Augmentation vs.  Breast Lift

Most folks are somewhat familiar with both terms, but they are often used interchangeably which is incorrect.  Atlanta plastic surgery professionals will help you to understand the intricacies of the breast augmentation vs. breast lift discussion and which might be the best path for you based on your body composition as well as your mindset and desire.  As always, in any case requiring surgery or any kind of invasive procedure, it is best to discuss the details with a qualified cosmetic surgeon you are comfortable speaking with and has a good reputation from past customers.  The intent of this article is to give you a bit more information so you can speak with a plastic surgeon with some background knowledge.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is done when the individual wants to reshape and resize the breasts. It is done on someone who is dissatisfied with breast size and shape and is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed annually.

Women may choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery for various reasons. These personal reasons may center around breasts that are perceived to be under developed or because of differences in the sizes of the breasts or from changes after pregnancy. Some women may be happy with their breasts but just want them to be made fuller.

Breast implant surgery performed by cosmetic plastic surgeons is the most popular way to improve breast shape and size. Breast enhancement using breast implants can give a woman more proportional shape and may raise their self-esteem. Implant surgery is the surgical placement of breast implants to increase fullness and projection of the breasts or to improve symmetry and shape of the breasts. This procedure is used to enlarge a naturally small breast, restore breast volume lost following pregnancy, as a result of breast-feeding or due to weight loss, achieve better symmetry when breasts are disproportionate in size and shape. If you are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small or are dissatisfied with your breasts losing shape and volume, then you might want to consider a breast augmentation surgery. Breast augmentation can increase the balance of your figure buy improving fullness and projection of your breasts, often enhancing self-confidence and self-image. However, breast augmentation does not improve severely drooping breasts. If you want your breasts to look fuller which have been drooping due to sagging, a breast lift may be needed along with breast augmentation.  Breast lift surgery can be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation.

The size and type of breast implants recommended for you will be determined by your goals for breast augmentation, your current body frame and mass, and your existing breast tissue. Breast implant options include saline breast implants and silicone filled breast implants. Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. Saline implants may be filled to a predetermined size. Saline may also be filled at the time of surgery to allow minor changes in implant size. Silicone filled breast implants are filled with soft, flexible gel. All silicone breast implants are pre-filled and may require a longer incision for implant placement. In the coming future, it is possible that additional types of filler materials may become available as further medical advancements take place. One of the advantages of saline-filled implants is that, because they are filled with saltwater after being inserted; only a small incision is needed. The usual location for the incision is around the lower edge of the areola. Once the incision is made, the surgeon creates a pocket into which the implant is put in. Personal factors and personal preferences will determine your appropriate breast size, the location of incisions, and whether the implants will be placed on top of or underneath the chest muscle.

The average surgeon fees for breast augmentation are around 4000$ in the US excluding the fees for anesthesia, operating room facilities and other related expenses. Breast augmentation procedure costs will vary depending on the surgeon’s experience and the type and cost of breast implants used, so be sure to get a solid quote on the overall price so you fully understand the costs before proceeding.  The complete cost includes surgeon’s fee, hospital or surgical facility costs, anesthesia fees, breast implant cost, prescriptions for medication and medical tests.

Thousands of women undergo successful breast augmentation surgery every year. However, anyone considering this surgery should be conscious of both the benefits and risks. The potential risks and complications of surgery are rare but the most common ones include reactions to anesthesia, blood accumulation that may need to be drained surgically and infection.  An infection that does not subside with appropriate treatment might result in temporary removal of the implant. Variations in nipples or breast sensation may occur from breast augmentation surgery, although they are temporary in most cases.

After a breast augmentation surgery, your breasts will look fuller and more enhanced in shape. Many women who have had breast augmentation surgery get a boost in self-confidence. Except in the event of implant deflation requiring surgical replacement with a new implant, the outcomes of your breast augmentation surgery will be long-lasting. However, the effects of aging will eventually alter the size and shape of your breasts. After a few years if you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choose to opt for a breast lifting surgery to restore a more youthful contour.

Breast Lift

With a breast lift, things are a little different. Breast lift can be performed along with breast augmentation. Breast lifting is nevertheless a surgical procedure which has to be done by a qualified surgeon. But it still has to be understood carefully that under what circumstances is lifting done.

Over time, breasts tend to lose their shape and become saggy. The reason might be age, weight fluctuations, pregnancies etc. Middle aged women especially are prone to loss of firmness of breasts and can thus opt for breast lifting. Saggy breasts are often a concern while wearing certain clothes like swimsuits and cocktail dresses. In such cases, breast lift can considerably help increase the volume and firmness of your breasts. Another reason behind opting for a breast lift is asymmetry and unequal positioning of breasts. Occasionally there is a noticeable difference in size and shape of two breasts which can be somewhat discomforting.  A breast lift along with augmentation can correct this concern and your breasts will be well contoured. In a lot of cases, unequal positioning is caused due to mastectomy. Even after mastectomy, breast lifting can be done to equalize the breast size and shape. Breast lifting is generally performed on someone with a considerably higher bust size so may not be effective on someone with smaller breasts. Breast lifting can also be done along with breast reduction. Large bust size also becomes saggy with age and thus, reducing bust size and lifting them surgically will give a more youthful appearance.

Breast lifting is not generally covered under health insurance. But in some cases, especially if it is done after mastectomy, some amount or even full amount of the surgery can be covered by health insurance. Breast feeding also won’t be a problem as milk duct is left untouched during the surgery. However, it is better to confirm with your plastic surgeons about the normality of breast feeding following the procedure.

As always, it’s best to check with professionals as well as the industry experts on breast augmentation or other services.