Breast Enhancement – Is Lift or Augmentation Is Right for You?
There are many reasons women turn to cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of their breasts. From increasing the size of the bust line to restoring lost volume and fullness, breast enhancement procedures enable women to improve their profile and restore the youthful appearance of the breast. The two most common procedures for breast enhancement are mastopexy, also known as the breast lift, and the breast augmentation (implants.) Understanding the differences between the procedures is key to deciding which is best suited to give you the ideal results you desire.
For women that have had changes in their breasts like sagging or enlarged areolas, due to pregnancy, nursing, rapid weight loss, or aging, a breast lift is often an excellent choice. A simple test to determine if you are a good candidate for a breast lift is to stand in front of a mirror and evaluate whether the nipple is above or below the natural crease of the breast. In a youthful breast, the nipple will be above the crease. If the nipple is below the crease, it indicates that the breast skin has lost elasticity and is sagging which is correctable with a breast lift. A breast lift removes excess tissue, raises the position of the breast, and reduces and repositions the areola to create a natural, youthful look without changing the size of the breast. The amount of scarring depends on the level of correction needed, but Dr. Shapiro always carefully plans incision placement to minimize the appearance of scarring.
For women who are happy with the position of their breasts but want to increase the size, breast augmentation is the best option. In addition to enlarging the breasts, augmentation can also correct asymmetry and create an overall more proportional figure. In this procedure, implants are inserted into the body through incisions and placed in the breast to add volume and projection to the breast. There are several choices including implant material and size, position, and incision location that all allow you to customize your procedure for the look you want.
For women that are looking to both increase breast size and correct sagging a combination of a lift and the addition of implants, known as a mastopexy augmentation, can restore firmness and volume while simultaneously removing excess skin and repositioning the breast for beautiful results.
Whether it is a breast lift or a breast augmentation that is right for you, the best way to determine your ideal breast enhancement treatment plan is by scheduling a consultation. Call (480) 451-1700 to set an appointment with Dr. Shapiro today and find out how a breast lift or breast augmentation can help you love the way you look and feel!