What is Breast Augmentation?
Using implants, breast augmentation enhances the breasts to make them fuller, rounder, and sometimes more even in size. After creating a “pocket” for the implant to sit in, the surgeon will usually place the implant through a small incision under the inframammary fold (beneath the crease of the breast). You will be under general anesthesia during the surgery but will be able to go home the same day.
Breast augmentation can enlarge and reshape the breasts, but it cannot remove loose skin or correct sagging breasts. Adding volume without adding lift may not produce the desired result.
What is a Breast Lift?
By removing excess skin, a breast lift restores breasts that sag due to loss of volume as well as the effects of aging and gravity. Over time, the skin loses elasticity, and sagging can occur. A breast lift will use an incision to remove loose skin, lift the breasts back into their proper location, and reposition the areolas if needed to restore a pleasing appearance.
A breast lift can restore drooping breasts to a more perky and upright place on your chest. However, your breasts may have also lost volume over time, and a breast lift by itself cannot correct this.
Can You Have a Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift at the Same Time?
You can have both procedures at the same time, and many people do. A surgeon with Dr. Lawton’s experience in breast surgery can use these two procedures to shape a full, rounded, lifted breast. In this surgery, breast reduction requires a larger incision and removal of breast tissue, fat, and skin so that breast augmentation can be added without additional incisions.