Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift with Implants

The board-certified plastic surgeons at Jefferson Plastic Surgery have many ways to enhance the size, shape, and overall appearance of the breasts. Thanks to implants and advanced surgical techniques, women in the greater Philadelphia, PA area can have the shapely curves and contours that they have always wanted.

A combined breast augmentation with lift can work wonders for many patients, and is often a great option for women who want to have perkier, larger breasts. Our team of plastic surgeons would like to consider how it compares to normal breast enlargement surgery and why it may be right for you.

How Breast Augmentation Works

During breast augmentation surgery, silicone or saline implants are placed in order to increase the size and enhance shape of the breasts. There are different incision methods for placing breast implants:

  • An incision made along the crease on the underside of the breast (inframammary incision)
  • An incision made around the areola (periareolar incision)
  • An incision made in the armpit (transaxillary incision; saline implants only)
  • An incision made in the belly button (transumbilical incision; saline implants only)

Ideal Candidates for Breast Augmentation

The best candidates for breast augmentation surgery are patients who want to enhance the size and shape of their breasts. The procedure is a great option for women with small breasts as well as women with asymmetrical breasts (uneven size or shape). Implants can effectively solve many cosmetic flaws.

How Breast Lift with Implants Works

A traditional breast lift is a procedure in which excess tissue is removed from a drooping breast in order to make it appear perkier and firmer. When an implant is used in addition to performing a breast lift, the implant helps boost the size and enhance the shape of the breast while excess skin and tissue is removed.

The procedure essentially combines the best aspects of breast enlargement and breast lift. The incisions used can vary, though they typically involve a variation on the anchor-shaped incisions of the breast lift, meaning an incision around the areola and/or a lollipop incision (incision around the areola, vertical incision along the slope on the underside of the breast). The ideal surgical technique for your needs will vary depending on your aesthetic goals.

Ideal Candidates for Breast Lift with Implants

Good candidates for breast lift with augmentation tend to be women who have breasts that droop or sag significantly. In such cases, the patient wants to address sagging of the breasts while also achieving a much better overall shape, texture, and size.

When Should Someone Get a Breast Lift with Implants?

Given the facts we’ve shared above, we recommend a combined breast lift and augmentation for patients who really want to eliminate serious sagging of the breasts while also enhancing the size and shape of their breasts. During the consultation process, we can discuss which surgery would be most ideal for achieving your aesthetic goals.

Learn More About Breast Enhancement Surgery

If you would like to learn more about breast enhancement procedures and which one may be most ideal for you and your needs, be sure to contact our board-certified team of plastic surgeons.

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Jefferson Plastic Surgery is located on the corner of 9th and Walnut streets in Center City, Philadelphia on the 15th floor of the Wills Eye Hospital Building.

Jefferson Plastic Surgery
840 Walnut Street - 15th Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Phone: (215) 625-6630
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