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Do I Need a Breast Lift With My Breast Augmentation?

Posted February 18, 2016 in Breast Augmentation Procedure, Breast Lift

Breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the United States, which is probably why so many women automatically assume they need a breast augmentation when they are dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts. The fact is, a poor breast appearance can be caused by much more than size issues; asymmetry, poor shape, and sagging can all contribute to an unsatisfactory breast appearance. Depending on what type of correction your breasts need, you may want to consider combining a breast lift with your augmentation.

The Difference Between a Breast Augmentation and a Breast Lift

Both breast augmentation and breast lift surgeries are designed to enhance the appearance of the breasts. The main difference between the two is what each one is designed to correct. A breast augmentation mainly targets inadequate volume of the breasts and uses implants to increase the size. A breast lift treats sagging, undefined breasts by eliminating loose breast tissue, lifting the breasts, and adding supporting sutures. Women who are happy with the size of their breasts but have sagging would benefit most from a breast lift. Women with firmer but small breasts are ideal candidates for breast augmentation.  

Before and After Breast Lift Surgery

Before and After Breast Lift 

Before and After Breast Augmentation

Before and After Breast Augmentation

Breast Ptosis and Breast Lifts

Whether or not you need a breast lift will depend on your degree of breast ptosis, also known as breast sagging. Drooping breasts can occur for many reasons such as pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. You can identify the severity of your ptosis by where your lower breast tissue and nipples are located.

  • Grade One: The lower breast tissue sits at the inframammary fold, and the nipples point outward.
  • Grade Two: The lower breast tissue sits just below the inframammary fold, and the nipples point outward.
  • Grade Three: The lower breast tissue sits significantly below the inframammary fold, and the nipples point slightly downward.
  • Grade Four: The lower breast tissue sits below the inframammary fold, and the nipples point towards the floor.

Combining a Breast Lift With a Breast Augmentation

If you have small breasts that require additional volume, you could benefit from a breast augmentation to increase their size. However, this doesn’t always correct the entire aesthetic of the breasts, as implants can only provide a slight lift to the breasts. If you have breast ptosis with a lack of volume, you will most likely need to combine a breast lift with your augmentation to achieve the desired results.

It is important to correct breast sagging before or during your augmentation because the weight of the implants will only weaken the breast tissue further. Over time, weak and drooping breast tissue surrounding the implants may lead to aesthetic deformities such as double-bubble deformity or an implant bottoming out. Breast lift surgery provides extra support for the implants, which can prolong the life of your breast augmentation and give you youthful breasts for years to come.

Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery

Dr. James Grotting and Dr. Al Cohn of Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery are board-certified plastic surgeons with extensive training and experience performing all forms of breast enhancement procedures. At Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery, we aim to provide each patient with the outcome she desires. Our extensive consultation process will help you decide if combining a lift with your breast augmentation is right for you.

If you are looking to improve the appearance of your breasts, schedule your consultation at Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery today. Contact our office at 205.930.1600, or fill out our online contact form for additional information.

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