What’s the Difference Between a Breast Lift and Breast Implants?

Making the decision to undergo plastic surgery can have life-altering effects. That’s why having a full understanding of your chosen procedure is so important.

Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most in-demand plastic surgery procedures carried out today.

Alongside this is the highly requested breast lift procedure, vastly different to a breast augmentation in more ways than one.

To learn more about the differences between breast implant surgery and a breast lift, keep on reading.

All You Need to Know About Breast Implants

2017 saw over 300,000 breast augmentation procedures carried out across America.

If you are looking to enhance the size of your chest, a breast implant procedure, also known as a breast augmentation, is the route to go.

But making the decision to undergo a breast augmentation is one that requires much consideration. Along with this, you must also consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in this field.

Some of the main things to consider when choosing to undergo a breast augmentation are:

  • Breast size / implant size
  • Implant type i.e. silicone or saline
  • Placement of the incision (scar)
  • Healing time and limitations

Choosing to undergo breast augmentation surgery does pose its own set of complications. Your plastic surgeon should run you through these risks before the procedure.

Breast Size

When it comes to choosing the perfect size for your breast augmentation surgery, there are a number of factors to look at.

These considerations include your existing chest size, your natural body type, and shape, your lifestyle and the end-goal of wanting to increase your bust size.

A mental examination by your plastic surgeon is also not uncommon. Here they will assess whether you have realistic goals when it comes to your breast augmentation procedure.

Ultimately, your plastic surgeon will advise on what they think is the best option for you, taking into account all the above factors.

Implant Type

There are two primary implant materials used: silicone and saline.

Silicone is by far the more commonly used implant type for this procedure. Overall, it bears a more natural look and feel for patients with very little breast tissue.

Saline is a common choice for patients with ample natural breast tissue, but are looking for a change in breast shape or added volume.

Both types of implant material are FDA approved and have an outstanding track record with regards to safety.

Implant Incision Placement

When it comes to the placement of the procedure incision, there are three options to consider.

  1. Inframammary – under the natural fold of the breast
  2. Trans-axillary – the implant is inserted through the armpit
  3. Periareolar – the implant is inserted through the nipple

The inframammary procedure is one of the most highly requested as scarring tends to rest unnoticeably under the fold of the breast.

All You Need To Know About A Breast Lift

A breast lift is vastly different from a breast augmentation in that it doesn’t require the insertion of an implant into the body.

This procedure is focused on merely lifting the breast, reshaping it and restoring it back to its original position.

Breast drooping, known as ptosis, is a natural part of aging as a woman, but certain factors can exacerbate ptosis, including:

  • Excessive weight fluctuations
  • Breastfeeding a number of children
  • Menopause
  • High impact sports

When it comes to lifting the breast, there are three main procedures: the periareolar, vertical breast reduction and inverted-T incisions.

The Periareolar Procedure

This procedure is best-suited to patients with large areolas who display the beginnings of breast drooping.

This is a simple procedure which includes an incision around the natural outline of the areola in order to bring the breast back into its natural position.

The Vertical Breast Reduction

Best suited to middle-stage ptosis, a vertical breast reduction follows the same incision around the natural shape of the areola, but also extends down the front of the breast.

This procedure allows for a much higher, perkier lift, helping breasts to look all the more youthful.

The Inverted T-Incision

This is the common variation of lifting the breast. This procedure follows the same incisions as the aforementioned, but also includes a small incision under the fold of the breast.

The inverted T-incision allows for maximum lift and is one of the most popular techniques used by plastic surgeons the world over.

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