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Do I Need a Breast Lift, a Breast Augmentation, or Both?

Posted February 08, 2021 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift

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So, you’re unhappy with your breasts and interested in breast enhancement surgery.

woman looking in mirror at breasts

Many women are in the exact same place as you. Breasts are a deeply personal feature for women, and every woman wants to feel confident and beautiful with her particular breasts. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done, especially as you age and experience weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and changing hormones.

If you are displeased with the small or sagging look of your breasts, chances are you have questioned whether a breast lift or breast augmentation is better suited to your needs. While both of these surgeries enhance the appearance of the breasts, they target different concerns.

Will a Breast Lift Change Breast Size?

A breast lift cannot significantly change your breast size—and any small fluctuation will probably look more like a breast reduction (since the breasts are becoming more compact). Women who are unhappy with their small breast size can add fullness with breast implants. 

Breast Lift Without Breast Augmentation

A breast lift can reshape and support the new breast contour by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. 

Breast Lift With Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is the most common way to correct a dissatisfying small breast size. All implant sizes and shapes will be explained during your consultation. Combining a breast lift with breast augmentation can address significant asymmetry and create more noticeable breast enhancement. 

Will a Breast Lift Change Breast Shape? 

A breast lift can correct breast shape as it targets elongated and drooping breasts. Ideal candidates for a breast lift have experienced changes in breast shape due to weight fluctuations, age, or breastfeeding.

Breast Lift Without Breast Augmentation

A breast lift without breast augmentation will enhance the overall profile of your breasts by addressing sagging tissue. A breast lift can revitalize your figure with breasts that are more youthful and firm.

Breast Lift With Breast Augmentation

Breast volume is often defined by how round and full your breasts appear. A breast implant can be used to add, restore, or normalize breast volume. A breast lift combined with a breast augmentation can significantly enhance breast shape and position. 

Will a Breast Augmentation Change Nipple Position? 

A breast augmentation will not reposition downward-facing nipples. If this is a concern, then a breast lift should be incorporated into your breast enhancement surgery.

Breast Lift With Breast Augmentation

Nipple sag occurs when the breasts lose volume and become heavier in the lower region. Therefore, a breast augmentation by itself may only make this issue worse. 

Patients who desire larger breasts and a more attractive nipple position can only resolve both cosmetic issues by combining a breast lift with a breast augmentation.  

Breast Lift Without Breast Augmentation

Patients who only want to correct nipple positions may not need breast augmentation. A stand-alone breast lift will raise breast tissue and reposition the nipple/areola to a more proportionate position. The nipple-areola complex can also be resized or reshaped for a more attractive appearance.

Have More Questions About Breast Enhancements in Miami?

If you are interested in learning more about the breast lift, breast augmentation, or other breast enhancement surgeries offered by Careaga Plastic Surgery in Miami, Florida, call us at (305) 960-7511 or fill out our online contact form.


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