When deciding to undergo any kind of cosmetic surgery, the first step is to consult with a plastic surgeon. During this consultation, tell the surgeon what your goals are. A surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is better equipped to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. Moreover, they’ll be able to help you make the right decision for your circumstances.
A woman’s breasts often change over time for a number of reasons. Aging breast can lose their youthful shape and firmness, and some women are simply dissatisfied with the natural shape of their breast. These changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from:
- Weight fluctuations
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a procedure that raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin from the area of the breast. A breast lift is used to tighten the surrounding tissue, reshape, and support the new breast contour. A breast lift will not change the size of your breast significantly; instead, a breast lift is most commonly used to restore a youthful shape to aging breasts or to give the patient a contour that is more to their satisfaction.
A breast enlargement procedure includes the use of implants, which are medical devices that are inserted under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle to increase breast size. In some cases, implants are used to rebuild breast tissue after mastectomy for cancer or other damage to the breast. Women often seek breast augmentation to correct asymmetrical breasts and to feel more confident in their appearance. Breast implants will not, however, repair severally drooping breasts.
Breast augmentation procedures only involve the placement of implants and do not typically involve the removal of skin like a breast lift. They can, however, be performed at the same time. Breast augmentation and a breast lift are often paired together to give women better overall results than either procedure could alone.
Ultimately, deciding which procedure to undergo, or whether to undergo both procedures, is a personal decision. Make the decision for yourself and your personal happiness.