Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that involves adding implants to breasts to improve their size, firmness and overall appearance. Since the results of the augmentation can also vary, some women are apprehensive about getting implants and are searching for a less invasive and risky procedure. In some cases, a breast lift may be a great alternative.
What is the Difference between Breast Augmentation and Breast Lifting?
A breast lift does not use implants, but instead simply removes excess skin that causes sagging, misshapen breasts and cosmetically improves the firmness and appearance of the natural breasts. Augmentation relies upon implants to do so, and may also increase the size of the breasts, something that is not possible with a lift.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?
For those who are satisfied with the size of their breasts and are only wishing to address sagging or misshapen breasts, a lift may be a great option. If you look at your naked body from the side and your breasts sag below the crease, a lift can improve the firmness greatly. Aside from the cosmetic considerations, you need to be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the results.
How to Decide Which Procedure is Right for You?
If you wish to increase the volume (or cup size) of your breasts or have severe volume depletion and sagging, an augmentation may be your best option rather than a lift. However, augmentation typically involves a more complex surgical procedure. The surgeon will need to find the right type and size of implant, as well as the right implant insertion technique for your specific body type and desired results.
You need to know what you want your breasts to look like and how much surgery you wish to undergo, as well as what you can afford. The average cost of augmentation is $3,543.00, while the average cost of a breast lift is slightly more expensive at $4,377.00.
With so many variables to consider, it's best to have a consultation with at least one board certified plastic surgeon to discuss both types of procedures. The consultation will include detailed information about surgical options for both procedures, your expected results, recovery and cost. Your body is a precious asset, and both augmentation and a lift are possible solutions for your problem. For more information, contact Laufer Institute of Plastic Surgery or a similar location.