Do I need breast implants or a breast lift?

Breast enhancement is more popular than ever, as women seek larger, fuller breasts and a more youthful contour. Often, terminology such as breast augmentation and breast lift are used interchangeably, but there are differences between the two. Here we explain what makes them different and who benefits from each procedure.

Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation consists of using breast implants to increase the size and shape of the breasts. Women who have underdeveloped breasts, abnormally small breasts, breasts that are different sizes can benefit from augmentation surgery. Women who have lost volume from pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss and aging often seek this surgery to enhance the size, shape and volume of the breasts.

Women who undergo breast augmentation have many choices when it comes to incision type and technique, implant type, size and shape. Saline and silicone gel breast implants are FDA-approved for patients who meet the minimum age requirements. Silicone implants are most popular as they feel most like a natural breast. Saline implants are approved for patients at least 18 years old, while silicone implants are approved for patients who are at least 22 years old.

Breast lift

A breast augmentation will change the size and the shape of the breasts, but if drooping is a concern, a breast lift is what you’ll need to lift the breasts into a youthful position. A breast lift will help correct nipples and areolae that point downward, pendulous breasts, and even out breasts if one is lower than the other. During this procedure, the surgeon will remove excess skin, tighten the surrounding breast tissue and reduce the size of enlarged areolae if necessary. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss the various incision pattern and techniques and advise which would be your best option for your best outcome.

Many women will find they need a breast augmentation with a breast lift to achieve their desired outcome. If you’re interested in learning more about your breast enhancement options and you live in Washington, D.C., or surrounding areas, call our office at 202-785-4187 to speak with a staff member and schedule a consultation.


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