You might be thinking of having cosmetic breast surgery. Perhaps you’re experiencing some sagging or are simply not in love with your breasts’ size, shape, firmness, or tightness. Because of this, there is a good chance that you have wondered if a breast augmentation, breast lift, or both is what you need.
Breast lifts (mastopexy) and breast implants (augmentation) are cosmetic surgeries that change your breasts’ positioning, size, and aesthetic appearance. A breast lift helps reshape breasts that have lost their firmness and have started to sag or droop. Augmentation involves inserting breast implants above or below the chest muscle, adding volume and shape to the breasts. When performed either on their own or combined, these procedures can drastically improve your breasts’ look and size.
Sometimes the two surgeries are performed at the same time. But, depending on the results of your personalized assessment, your doctor may suggest two separate surgeries with time in between for healing.
Our professional staff will cover all of this during your initial visit, but below we’ve provided some information to give you a better idea of what to expect.
Do I Need Breast Implants?
Breast augmentation through implants is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the U.S., year after year. With this procedure, a saline or silicone implant is placed into the breast, adding volume and improving the breast’s shape. The results can last for many years.
Breast augmentation may be right for you if:
- You want to correct breast asymmetry
- You want to increase your breast size
- You have lost volume in your breasts after pregnancy or weight loss
Breast augmentation is a top choice for many patients, but it isn’t right for everyone. On its own, it does not correct sagging but is an excellent option for increasing size.
Do I Need a Breast Lift?
If you have sagging, a breast lift could be the solution to restore your breasts’ youthful shape. It is the only way to remove excess skin and reshapes and reforms the breasts for a truly rejuvenated appearance.
A breast lift may be right for you if:
- You have breast sagging
- You want to rejuvenate the breasts after pregnancy or breastfeeding
A quick way to test at home to determine if you need a breast lift is to look at the nipple’s position relative to the breast fold. If your nipple is below the fold, a breast lift may be your best option. On its own, a breast lift does not increase breast size but repositions breast tissue. Your breasts will typically look similar to the way they currently look when supported in a bra.
Breast Lift and Breast Implants — Do I Need Both?
Combining breast lift and breast augmentation procedures in one trip to the operating room can save you money and reduce the amount of time spent in recovery.
Choose a breast lift with implants if:
- You want to increase breast size and correct sagging
- You have both breast asymmetry and sagging
Love Your Breasts!
To learn more about the benefits of breast enhancement surgeries, please contact us online or call (410) 744-0900 to schedule your breast surgery consultation with one of our award-winning plastic surgeons at The Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery. Our friendly staff looks forward to speaking with you soon!