American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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4 years ago

What's The Difference

Whats the difference between breast lifts and breast augmentation?

Procedure: Breast Augmentation
Location: Bowling Green, MO

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Michael Law
ASPS Surgeon
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A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that adds volume to the breasts by adding breast implants, and or fat. There is a significant limitation to adding volume with fat alone, but it can be used to add minimal volume. A breast lift is designed to life breasts that are saggy or droopy. In some cases, breasts that have lost perkiness may also have lost volume . If enough breast tissue exists, the breast tissue can be used to create fullness in the upper pole of the breast with an auto-augmentation mastopexy. Other times, a breast lift may be combined with breast implants if a woman desires breasts that are fuller and lifted. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience with all types of breast rejuvenation procedures.

Susan Buenaventura
ASPS Surgeon
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A breast lift will remove excess skin but keep your breast tissue and corrects sagging breasts.

Scars are usually around the areola and under the breast.

Augmentation means you are increasing the breast size with implants. Silicone gives the most natural look and feel, but saline is also available and you should choose the one you prefer.

Sometimes patients have both procedures done but each case is individual. Hope that is helpful!

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your excellent question. A breast augmentation is a procedure that uses implants or fat to increase a woman’s breast size. A lift provides a change in the shape of the breast by impacting areola size, elevating the nipple and areolar complex, removing excess skin, and elevating a woman’s natural breast tissue higher on her chest. Hope this helps.


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