Women who are displeased with their breast size, shape, or positioning have a variety of surgical options available to correct the issue — the most prominent being the breast augmentation or a breast lift. Many women assume however, possibly based on its title, that the breast augmentation procedure will augment the appearance of their breasts. While this is completely correct, it is important to consider that a breast lift may also be required depending on what results you are looking to achieve.
A consultation with Dr. Yunaev at the Breast and Body Clinic is the only way to determine what are the best procedures that will align with your goals. But to also help you with your own research, we’ve tried to break these two options down further.
The Breast Augmentation
The main goal of the breast augmentation procedure is bigger breasts, and it usually involves an implant or fat transfer to achieve this. If you are considering breast augmentation, you will need to think about the size, shape, and type of implant that you may want.
There is a range of incision and implant placement options available for this procedure as well. The decision on which option is the best method to go with will ultimately come down to what will look the best and align with your goals.
The Breast Lift
When the breasts experience a loss of volume or drooping this is known as breast ptosis. This is particularly prevalent as a woman matures, fluctuates in weight, or has children. The primary function of the breast lift is to volumetrically reshape the breasts and correct the droop.
Determining if you need a breast lift can be done at home by performing the pencil test. Simply position a pencil under the breast fold, if it holds you likely have an element of drooping. A nipple that falls below the pencil probably suffers from significant ptosis. Both of these situations can benefit from a breast lift.
Just as with the augmentation procedure, there are several types of breast lift approaches, all of which depend on the amount of breast volume you have currently, along with the available tissue, and the level of breast sagging.
How Do You Know Which Procedure Is Right for You?
As mentioned above, the definitive answer to this question will come following an examination of your current situation. If size and shape is the issue, a breast augmentation may be the way forward; if drooping is the problem, a breast lift may be required.
It is extremely common that a breast lift will be performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation procedure. This restores a more youthful position of the breast while increasing volume thanks to the implant. These two procedures combined will also result in upper breast fullness and a more desirable, youthful positioning of both the breasts and nipples.
Help Making a Final Decision
The alteration of the breasts is a very personal decision, with every patient aiming for a specific look. It is essential, however, to keep realistic expectations in mind when crafting the goals for your desired aesthetic. The current state of your breasts plays is a significant factor in the results that can be achieved.
Speak to the Breast and Body Clinic today about booking in a consultation with Dr. Yunaev to discuss the options available to you and which procedure will be the best fit for accomplishing your desired goals. We are on hand with all of the information you need to make an informed decision and we are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have to ensure that you are completely comfortable with your options and ready to make an informed decision.