Weighing Breast Enhancement Options: Augmentation vs. Lift By on July 23, 2016

Breast lift incision sitesWhen patients visit our practice, they know that they are in one of the leading cosmetic surgery centers in the greater Minneapolis area. We have built such a strong reputation for quality, helping patients look great and feel great all at once.

Breast augmentation surgery using saline and silicone implants remains one of the most popular surgeries in the world. Yet many patients can benefit from a breast lift surgery (mastopey). Let's compare the two and see which might be right for you.

About Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery is performed in order to increase the size and improve the overall shape of the breasts. The procedure uses saline implants or silicone implants, which can be placed through different incisions on or around the breast. There are also incision methods that conceal scarring in the armpit and the navel.

Ideal Candidates for Breast Augmentation Surgery

The best candidates for breast augmentation are patients who would like to increase the size of their breasts and improve the shape and contour of their breasts as well. They should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the results that can be achieved as well as the potential for some minimal scarring.

About Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift surgery is a procedure that involves the removal of some breast tissue and skin in order to make the breasts appear perkier and firmer. Breast lift is a type of body contouring procedure int his regard.

Ideal Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery

The best candidates for breast lift surgery are women with drooping or sagging breasts that they would like to have addressed. This drooping or sagging may be the result of advanced age, weight loss, or genetics. Like breast augmentation candidates, they should be in good health and have realistic expectations about the results that can be achieved as well as the potential for some scarring. Please note that there is more scarring after breast lift surgery simply given the nature of the procedure.

Cases in Which Augmentation Is Better Than a Lift

When patients would like to increase the size of their breasts and do not have issues with drooping or sagging, clearly breast augmentation is a more ideal surgery than a breast lift. These patients may have breasts that are perfectly contoured and shaped but would simply like an increase in cup size and fullness.

Cases in Which a Lift Is Better Than Augmentation

When a patient has issues with drooping or sagging but does not want to increase the size of her breasts, a lift procedure is typically the most ideal option. This will improve the overall contour of the breasts and enhance overall body contour in the process.

Combined Breast Lift and Augmentation

Some patients may actually benefit from a combined breast lift and augmentation procedure. During this kind of surgery, a breast implant is place and a little bit of tissue is removed to make the breasts appear perkier and firmer. This combined breast lift and augmentation is ideal for women who have issued with sagging breasts as well as women who have asymmetrical breasts.

Contact Mesna Plastic Surgery

For more information about your surgical options and how they can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, be sure to contact our cosmetic surgery center today. The team at Mesna Plastic Surgery looks forward to your visit and helping you look your absolute best.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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