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Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation

June 29, 2016

Cosmetic surgery is a concept that is gaining popularity word wide. With the advances in medicinal technology, there is virtually no limitations on acquiring the look and feel that you desire. Some of the most popular and sought out cosmetic surgeries available today involve the breast region. These surgeries can be divided into two categories, breast augmentations, and breast lifts. The question that boggles most is: which surgery would best benefit me? There are various factors to consider when discerning what kind of surgery would benefit you best. The purpose of this article is to explore both types of breast procedures and to clarify any misinformation surrounding them.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation refers to the alteration of the breast region in terms of size. Breast size is a very common concern for a lot of women. Most women desire an increase or decrease in breast size in order to feel confident and to boost self-esteem. The main factor to consider is your overall desire and the way you wish to look. If your desire is to simply tighten the skin around your breast and to retain your natural shape and size, then a breast augmentation may not be for you. Breast augmentation surgery is for those looking to completely change the way that their breast feel and look. Another factor to consider is the difference between the two procedures in terms of the actual surgery. Breast augmentation surgery can be a much more intricate and extensive procedure.


Consultation and Scheduling – This step involves contacting your desired surgeon and setting up a time to visit and talk about your desired results. The surgeon will explain the available options to you and will help you determine which procedure is best for you. Once breast augmentation has been determined as the preferred procedure, then the surgeon will schedule you for your procedure.

Operation – Breast augmentation surgery involves three basic steps: anesthesia, incision, and alterations, and recovery. Anesthesia may be introduced either locally through injection or generally through intravenous sedation. The incision will be made to the area around the breast to allow the insertion of a silicone pad (for an increase) that will add to the overall size of the breast. For a decrease, the surgeon may remove fatty tissue around the breast in order to reduce the size. Once the desired size has been reached, the surgeon will suture the area to close all incisions.

Recovery – The recovery process can include several steps and will vary from person to person. After the procedure, the surgeon may prescribe medications in order to help with any pain or inflammation in the operated area. The surgeon may also schedule several follow-up appointments to check on the status of the recovery process. It is important to ensure that you keep up with all scheduled appointments to ensure a quick and proper recovery.

Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery varies greatly from breast augmentation both in procedure and overall look. The breast lift procedure is for those persons seeking to simply tighten the area around the breast in order to produce a rejuvenated and natural looking breast region. Breast lift surgery will help those women seeking to simply tighten and lift flaccid and sagging breast without affecting the overall size. Unlike breast augmentation, this procedure does not involve the introduction of any silicone or foreign materials but there may be some removal of excess skin. As with augmentation, it is important to first evaluate what kind of look and feel one actually desires to achieve before committing to any kind of procedure.


Scheduling and Consultation – This step involves finding the surgeon that you desire and scheduling a consultation to discover what kind of procedure you will benefit from most. The surgeon can help clarify any doubts or concerns that you may have regarding a breast lift procedure. Once the desired procedure has been determined the surgeon will schedule you for your operation.

Operation – As aforementioned, a breast lift procedure varies greatly from a breast augmentation. For starters, a breast lift procedure is mainly focused on the tightening of the breast through the removal of excess skin and not the increase or decrease of size. The procedure is commenced by introducing anesthesia for comfort and pain reduction. The surgeon will then proceed to make various incisions in order to remove any excess skin and to tighten the area. After the desired outcome is reached the surgeon will proceed to suture the area.

Recovery – Recovery time will vary from person to person and can take several days to weeks. The surgeon may prescribe medications and several follow-up appointments to ensure that recovery is proceeding properly.


In the end, the choice comes down to personal preference. If you are seeking to increase or decrease your overall breast size then breast augmentation may be the procedure for you. This procedure will help you achieve the size and proportion that you desire for your breast and can help improve your overall self-esteem. If what you are looking for is a tightening of the skin around the breast area then a breast lift may be the procedure that you are seeking. In any case, you should ensure that all research is done before committing to any kind of procedure. It is also important to call all local surgeon offices in order to find the surgeon that you are comfortable with. It is also important to remember that the procedures differ in both the operation and technique. The main thing to remember is that a breast lift does not focus on size but rather the removal of excess skin in order to prevent sagging and drooping. Breast augmentation, in contrast, focuses on increasing or decreasing size through the introduction of a silicone pad or the removal of fatty tissue for reduction. As stated in the beginning of this article, there is virtually no limitations on acquiring the look that you desire thanks to the advancements in medical science. All it takes is a little research and personal preference in order to be the best you that you want to be.


Dr. Amjadi MD, DDS, FACS

Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons

915 Gessner Rd #870

Houston, TX 77024


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