Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation or Both?

Published on April 30, 2021
By Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana

Cosmetic breast surgery procedures remain some of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery in the United States. If you are looking to transform the appearance of your breasts, these very safe, effective procedures make it easier than ever. However, with several different types of breast surgery available, how do you know which type is right for you? Let's find out.



What is a Breast Lift?


As we get older the effects of gravity and the natural aging process mean that breasts lose volume and skin becomes laxer. This combination sees breasts hanging lower on the body than they did before. Fortunately, a breast lift can address this issue. As its name suggests a breast lift is a cosmetic surgery designed to lift the position of the breasts higher onto the chest.


What is Breast Augmentation?


Breast augmentation is the name given to surgery that is designed to increase the volume and size of the breasts. Many women feel as though their breasts are too small and this can cause them to feel self-conscious about their appearance and the way that clothes fit their body. It may even be that their breasts have simply lost volume, and they would like to restore them to a fuller, more youthful appearance. 



There are several different ways to increase the size of your breasts. The most common is to use artificial implants. There are two types of implants used. The most common are silicone implants. These are supplied pre-filled in various sizes meaning that you can choose one that closely resembles the size that you would like to be. Alternatively, you can choose saline implants which are inserted empty and then filled with saline solution until they reach the desired size. This flexibility makes them a great choice for women who have very asymmetrical breasts and would like to achieve balance across their chest size. There are advantages and disadvantages to both silicone and saline implants, and your surgeon will help you to decide which would be best for you.


Which Breast Surgery is Right For Me?


When it comes to breast surgery, it’s not necessarily an either-or choice. In fact, a large percentage of people choose to combine their breast augmentation surgery with a breast lift in order to enjoy superior results. When you choose to have both, you get the benefit of restored volume and enhanced size, along with a much higher position on the chest wall. This combination maximizes the youthful appearance of the breasts and creates perky, curvier breasts that you can be proud of. 


However, if you are happy with either the volume/size or position of your breasts, just one of the procedures may be sufficient to help you achieve the silhouette that you are looking for. For this reason, it’s crucial that you attend a consultation with your cosmetic surgeon. They will be able to find out what your hopes and expectations for surgery are and advise you which procedures can help you to achieve them.




Find out more about breast lift and breast augmentation surgery today by speaking to our discreet and dedicated cosmetic surgery team at Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana. You can reach us at (337) 221-9855.