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Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation, or Both?

Woman confident at the beach after breast lift and breast augmentation

Many women interested in enhancing their breasts aren’t sure which procedure will help them achieve the best results. Breast lifts and breast augmentation are among the most popular procedure options at our Torrance, CA, practice, but they offer very different solutions to common breast concerns. The choice between these surgeries can be a confusing one. That’s why we’re here to help.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at what each procedure can and can’t achieve. Plus, we’ll explain why taking a combined approach may be the most effective option.

Breast Augmentation

What it does: Breast augmentation increases size and fullness of the breasts through the use of implants. Implants (which come in a variety of sizes and materials) are placed either under the breast tissue or behind the chest muscle. The surgery can add volume to naturally small breasts, make the breasts more symmetrical, or reshape the breasts for a fuller, rounder appearance.

What it doesn’t do: Breast augmentation cannot “fill up” saggy skin or perk up droopy breasts. Many women opt for augmentation instead of a lift because it leaves less noticeable scars. However, adding an implant to a significantly droopy breast won’t lift it. In fact, the weight of the implants likely will cause additional sagging.

Breast Lift

What it does: A breast lift is used to lift and reshape sagging breasts to create a more youthful appearance. The surgery removes any loose skin and tightens up breast tissue. The procedure can reduce excess skin, alleviate neck or back pain caused by sagging and minimize the signs of aging. Breast lifts are popular among women who have had children or lost a significant amount of weight.

What it doesn’t do: A breast lift cannot add volume or increase breast size. In fact, the breasts may even appear a bit smaller after skin and tissues are lifted and tightened.

Combining Procedures

Many women find that their breast concerns fall into both procedure categories. For example, women who have breastfed might find that they have lost volume and also have saggier skin.

When a breast augmentation and a breast lift are used together, it can create a younger, more lifted shape while also adding volume and increasing size. By combining a breast augmentation with a breast lift (a procedure known as a breast lift with implants), we can solve multiple problems with a single surgery designed to create transformative results.

To see examples of the results you can expect, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.

Ultimately, the best way to decide which option suits you is to ask a board-certified plastic surgeon during a consultation. If you would like to learn more about breast lift and augmentation options in Torrance, CA, please contact us online or call (310) 784-0644.

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