It can be easy to think about breasts as being either too small or too big, or in some cases, just the right size. But plenty of women who consider breast surgery aren’t necessarily unhappy with the size of their breasts. Instead, they are more concerned about the position of their breasts.
Pregnancy, breastfeeding and the effects of gravity can all leave you with breasts that aren’t what they once were. For some women, a breast lift can help to restore the breasts to their original position, giving them a youthful, perky look. But there tends to be a fair amount of confusion when it comes to what a breast lift can and can’t do, or about what needs to happen during the surgery. For example, some assume that a breast lift without implants isn’t possible.
In fact that opposite is true. For some women, a breast lift without implants might be ideal. It all comes down to knowing the differences between each type of procedure and having an honest discussion with your surgeon about what you want.
Breast Lift Vs. Breast Augmentation
For starters, it helps to understand what a breast lift is, what breast augmentation is and how the two are different. A breast augmentation involves placing implants, made from either saline or silicone, into the breasts. The goal of the surgery is to increase the size of the breasts.
You might want the surgery if you’ve long been unhappy about having small breasts or if you have uneven breasts and want to create a more symmetrical appearance. Some women choose to get implants because they’ve lost volume in their breasts
after breastfeeding or giving birth.
On the other hand, a breast lift isn’t concerned with size at all. Instead, its focus is on position. During a breast lift, your surgeon will remove excess skin and work on re-positioning the breasts so that they sit higher on the chest. A breast lift can also reduce the size of stretched out nipples.
Sometimes, a surgeon can combine a breast lift with augmentation. That usually happens if you want to both increase the size of the breasts and make them look perkier or more elevated.
What a Breast Lift Without Implants Can Do
But combining the two surgeries isn’t always necessary and in some cases, might not be desirable. If you already have large breasts that are sagging, adding implants might not benefit you much. In fact, if you have very large breasts, you might be better off choosing a breast reduction combined with a lift.
When a breast lift is performed on its own, the goal is often to focus solely on improving the shape of the breasts. If you recently finished breastfeeding, you might have noticed that your breasts droop or look deflated. A lift can help to elevate them and restore their pre-baby shape.
Why You Might Want a Breast Lift With Augmentation
While breast lift without implants is the right choice for some women, combining the surgery with breast augmentation is the way to go for others. There are a few benefits to combining the surgeries, even if you don’t want to increase the size of your breasts dramatically.
One benefit is that a breast lift with implants might provide longer lasting results than the lift on its own. You’ll keep aging after the procedure and gravity will continue to do its thing. Having implants in place can help your breasts maintain a perky position for longer.
Another benefit of combining a breast lift with implants might not appeal to all women. But if you’re looking to enhance your cleavage, it might be best to combine the two surgeries. Even if you have fairly large breasts to begin with, a breast lift on its own is unlikely to do much to make the upper part of the breasts look fuller. But adding implants can increase that fullness, creating more cleavage.
If you are weighing the pros and cons of a breast lift with implants or without, it can be helpful to speak with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgeries. Dr. Paul Vitenas is one of Houston’s top-rated plastic surgeons. He can help you choose the surgery or surgeries that will help you best achieve your goals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas, call 281-484-0088 today.