Breast Lift vs. Breast Implant: What's the Difference?

Gorgeous woman's body but also wondering "What is the difference between a Breast Implant and a Breast Lift?"

The difference between breast lifts, breast implants, and other breast surgeries are an important distinction. While these procedures may be performed together to achieve a drastically younger breast, the truth is that these procedures are used to treat two different sets of needs. Read on to discover which one of these procedures may be right for you.

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is done to reduce sagging and remove excess skin around the breasts. Many women with large breasts use a breast lift to reposition their breast tissue and nipples to take off years of aging. While this procedure does not involve removing any existing breast tissue, it's possible that there will be some loss of volume because the breast tissue does not naturally fill out.

The type of scarring and incisions you can expect during this procedure will depend on the size of your breasts and the amount of the lift. Your surgeon will likely make a small incision above the nipple but may extend the incision further if there is excessive skin to be removed. 

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a procedure used to add volume to the breast tissue with either saline or silicone implants. Breast implants can be used together with a breast lift to fill out the lost volume at the top of the breasts and make the lift look more natural. However, plenty of younger women also undergo augmentation to increase the size of their breasts or to make their breasts more symmetrical. Younger women tend to see a lifting effect from their implants even without a breast lift. 


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In general, the scars and incisions of a breast implant can be hidden either beneath the breast or close to the armpit. The size of the incision will depend on how large of an implant you are receiving and whether or not you are having any other procedures done at the time.

Which Procedure Is Right For You?

Choosing the right breast procedure will be between you and your doctor. If you feel that your breasts are sagging significantly or you have too much excess skin atop your breasts, a lift may be in order. If you want fuller breasts or more symmetrical breast shape, then augmentation is the answer. Remember, that a combination of breast lift surgery and breast implant surgery can be done to achieve the best possible results. You will also want to research how much breast implants cost versus how much a breast lift costs.

Contact Vanguard Plastic Surgery today by clicking here to discuss the benefits of breast lift vs. breast implant surgery and learn which procedure is best for you and your needs.