To Breast Lift or Not to Breast Lift, With or Without Implants?

More women are embracing breast augmentation every year. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there has been an astonishing 89 percent increase in the number of breast lifts doctors perform annually since 2000. In 2015 alone, 279,143 breast augmentation surgeries were performed in the U.S.

When we talk about breast augmentation, however, it’s important to note that there are different types of procedures. Getting a breast lift is not the same thing as getting breast implants. It is possible to do either or both. Which one is right for you? That depends on your personal preferences and your breast type.

The Difference Between Breast Lifts and Implants

A mastopexy, or breast lift, involves reshaping the breasts. Women typically get breast lifts to address sag, deflation and lax skin tissue. There are several approaches to the procedure, and an experienced surgeon can recommend the best one for you. Implants, of course, are inserted into the breasts to make them look larger. Every woman’s breasts are unique, so some women may require a breast lift before getting implants to achieve the look they want.

Surgeons can categorize breast types based on the position of the nipple relative to the breast crease as well as which direction the nipple is pointing. If your breasts have minimal sag, and your nipple is at or slightly below the inframammary fold, then implants alone might suffice. Otherwise, you may also need a mastopexy to maintain lasting results.

Read: “Do I Really Need a Breast Lift?”

Making the Best Decision

An experienced plastic surgeon can identify your breast type and give you expert advice on which procedures you should pursue, but the decision is ultimately up to you. There are often trade-offs to consider: For example, a longer lasting lift may require slightly longer incisions. Your body will inevitably change as you age, so make sure you understand what your breasts will look like 10 years after surgery. Ask to see before-and-after photos of your doctor’s past patients before you go under the knife.

Considering Breast Augmentation? Only Trust the Best

DeLuca Plastic Surgery delivers unparalleled cosmetic care to patients in Albany, NY and beyond. As a board certified plastic surgeon with over thirty years of experience, Dr. William DeLuca has conducted more than 1,750 breast surgeries. In addition to breast lifts, his team also offers an array of other cosmetic procedures such as tummy tucks and facelifts. Schedule a consultation with the doctor to find out if you’re an ideal candidate for breast augmentation.

By following these post-operative care recommendations, patients of Dr. David Tauber at DeLuca Plastic Surgery often recover quickly, experience less bruising and swelling, and can return to work or social engagements in 2-3 weeks.

Before and After Photos

You will see various photos of breast augmentation procedures. Feel free to browse through the images so that you may have a photographic idea of what to expect from your breast augmentation surgery.

Look: Full Breast Augmentation Gallery

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