Breast augmentation is a popular procedure to increase the size and improve the appearance of your breasts. Breast implants are either placed under the breasts (sub-mammary) or under the pectoralis muscle (subpectoral). Women can choose the size and shape of their implants and can decide whether saline or silicone implants are best for them. Implants come in different profiles depending on the width of a woman’s chest and their desired shape of cleavage.
A breast lift improves the appearance of breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple. This allows sagging and pendulous breasts to be lifted, feel firmer and look more youthful.
If your breasts are not drooping and the nipple is at or above the inframammary fold (the crease below the breast) then an augmentation is the procedure you need. This will enlarge the breast or restore fullness to those who have lost volume due to pregnancy or weight loss.
If your breast are drooping and the nipple is below the inframammary fold then a breast lift is the procedure to consider. An implant alone will not lift a breast. It simply restores volume. The implant will sit at the inframammary fold and higher so without a lift a droopy breast will still be pendulous. If a woman doesn’t want to be larger, then a breast lift alone is what she needs.
If the desire is to be lifted and larger, then a combination breast lift (mastopexy) and an augmentation is the procedure of choice. This is often done at the same surgery but sometimes is staged, doing one procedure first and the other at another time.
Have you decided which one is right for you? Or perhaps both is what you’re looking for? Whatever your decision, scheduling a consultation with Lorraine Golosow, MD is a great next step. Dr. Golosow can walk you through each procedure and then come up with a treatment