Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift
Breast augmentation and breast lift are two of the more popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the US today. A growing number of women are seeking these procedures to enhance the appearance of breasts. High track record of safety and success in these procedures has drawn more women to consider them. However, not every woman may know the difference between breast augmentation and breast lift plastic surgery procedures.
When a new patient seeks breast enhancement, it is important for a cosmetic surgeon to explain various treatment options and help the patient make the right decision. Many patients are keen to opt for breast augmentation because it helps increase the breast size significantly. However, if the breasts are heavily drooping, the plastic surgeon may recommend breast lift instead of augmentation. Dr. Hisham Seify is an eminent plastic surgeon providing both breast augmentation and lift procedures to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and other areas.
Opting for Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures because many women seek to have more pronounced breast size to accentuate their appearance. However, if the breasts are sagging due to aging, post-pregnancy condition, sudden weight loss, or other reasons, the plastic surgeon will carefully consider whether breast augmentation or breast lift may be a more appropriate surgery.
Breast augmentation procedure is primarily designed to increase the breast size and volume, but it may also lift the breasts to a very minor extent. If the patient needs only a marginal improvement in terms of lift, the surgeon may recommend breast augmentation. In this case, the surgeon will evaluate whether the nipples are position around the center of breasts and if some part of the skin is visible beneath the nipples when looking at the breasts straight no.
Dr. Seify is an experienced plastic surgeon who will consider various parameters and match them with the patient’s unique aesthetic needs before recommending breast augmentation or breast lift surgery. Patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and other areas have an opportunity to receive state of the art treatments from Dr. Seify.
Need for Breast Lift
The surgeon may recommend breast lift cosmetic surgery under the following circumstances:
- Breasts are sagging substantially.
- Nipples are pointing downwards.
- Skin beneath the areolas cannot be seen when look straight on at the breasts.
- Areolas are excessively enlarged and the patient wants to reduce their size.
- Patient does not want to increase the breast size.
Breast Augmentation with Lift
In some cases, the best option may be to perform both breast augmentation and breast lift procedures in conjunction. The surgeon may suggest this treatment option in the following conditions:
- Breasts are heavily drooping.
- Patient wants both lifted as well as larger sized breasts.
- Patient wants size increase, but along with a pronounced projection and well-rounded breast mound.
If breast lift is performed as a standalone procedure, it will not enhance the upper aspect of the breasts. Therefore, when the patient is keen to achieve upper aspect fullness, the surgeon may recommend a combination of breast augmentation and lift.
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