Breast Lift versus Breast Augmentation: Deciding Which Is Right for You

Body confidence is an intensely personal consideration. There are no right or wrong answers that apply to everyone, only a correct course of action for yourself. Even then, it’s sometimes difficult to determine your best option. 

When it comes to the appearance of their breasts, many women place a high value on achieving their desired look. Cosmetic breast procedures numbered well over 400,000 in the United States in 2019, the most popular aesthetic surgeries performed. 

Choosing the right procedure starts with choosing the right surgical practice. In Encino, you can count on the experience and professionalism of Dr. Roya Dardashti and her team at Diamond Surgical Institute. Consulting with a breast augmentation specialist like Dr. Dardashti ensures you get a well-rounded overview of your options, helping you develop reasonable expectations for your body shaping goals. 

Lifts, augmentation, and implants

In everyday use, the terms “breast lift,” “breast implant,” and “breast augmentation” are often used interchangeably. In practical use, these describe two types of procedures. Breast implants are the primary type of breast augmentation. A prosthetic filled with saline or silicone adds to, or augments, your natural breast tissue. 

Breast lifts, on the other hand, reshape existing tissue to counter the effects of aging and gravity, or to rearrange your natural attributes. A woman with nipples that point downwards might choose a breast lift to relocate the nipples for a higher, more youthful appearance. 

Breast lifts and breast augmentations can be combined in one surgical visit, where the volume of the breasts is augmented with implants, and the overall shape of the breasts is revised. Equally, you could also have an augmentation at one point in time, while choosing a breast lift in later years. 

The criteria for choice

Deciding between augmentation and lift comes down to your personal preferences and the state of your body. You have three points of assessment that help you determine which procedure is the best to meet your goals. 

1. Cup size

When you want breasts to fill a bra with a larger cup size, the answer is simple. Breast augmentation is the only way to add volume to your breasts, and this usually means implants, although fat transfer augmentation is also available. Diamond Surgical Institute chooses breast implants by Mentor® for their superior characteristics.

2. Fullness

While augmentation can add fullness to your breasts, sometimes the effects of menopause can create a deflated or drooping appearance in otherwise adequately sized breasts. In this case, a breast lift may be the answer, particularly when lax tissue is an issue. Augmentation can add volume and shape, but it’s not necessary in every case. 

3. Nipple location

As you saw above, breast lift is the choice when you want to reposition your nipples. Implants won’t change the existing location of your nipples, so a breast lift is necessary if this is one of your goals. 

Dr. Dardashti can help you navigate your choices between breast lift and augmentation, as well as the sub choices you have once you choose a procedure, such as type of implant or scope of tissue revision. To learn more, call Diamond Surgical Institute at 818-528-2559, or schedule your consultation online today. 

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