Breast Implants or Breast Lift: Which Option Is Right for You?

Though breast augmentation remains the most in-demand cosmetic surgery with over 300,000 procedures performed annually, it’s hardly your only option if you’re dissatisfied with the look or proportions of your own body. Breast lift surgery is also a powerful reshaping procedure, and it can even be combined with augmentation. But which technique or combination is right for you?

To find out, your smart move is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Roya Dardashti at Diamond Surgical Institute in Encino, CA. Discussing your expectations with Dr. Roya is the best way to ensure that breast surgery fulfills your body shaping goals. To help start the conversation, here’s an overview of each procedure and common applications of both, though every surgery is unique.

Breast augmentation

When breast size is your primary concern, an augmentation procedure is typically the best choice. There are three primary things to consider once you’ve decided to proceed.

Size and shape

While you may have a desired bra cup size in mind, there are some aspects of your physiology that must be considered when your procedure is planned. Many women still wish to maintain a balanced, normal appearance, so an increase of two cup sizes is usually a good guideline for as large as you’ll want to go. Contemporary implants also give you alternatives to the traditional round implant style.

Type of implant

Saline or silicone is the basic choice here. Again, there can be body considerations, and your desired results may point your choice in a certain direction. Saline procedures are generally more affordable, with smaller incisions and more options for scar placement. On the other hand, silicone implants feel more natural, and they may be the best choice if you have little natural breast tissue.


Scars are inevitable, but there are a variety of approaches for each type of implant to make them as unremarkable as possible. Silicone implants can require larger incisions, while saline implants, which are filled after placement, use smaller incisions that may be more easily hidden. However, each approach to incision has advantages and disadvantages, so be sure to explore these with Dr. Roya.

Breast lift

You may be a candidate for a breast lift if you’ve previously been satisfied with the size of your breasts but are disappointed with the effects of time and gravity. Drooping breasts, a condition called ptosis, are common as you get older, particularly after menopause. As with breast augmentation, there are a variety of surgical approaches, generally classed around the incisions made during the rebuilding. The amount of natural breast volume, the condition of breast tissue, and the extent of ptosis all factor into what you can expect from breast lift surgery.

To find out more about which option might be right for you, call our office at 818-528-2559 or use the online booking tool to schedule your initial consultation today.

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