As women look to restore their bodies following pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, an overwhelming number turn to breast implants — breast augmentation was the most popular plastic surgery procedure in 2018. However, since 2000, the number of annual breast lift procedures has been increasing twice as fast as breast augmentation. Depending on what you’d like to change about your breasts, one of these procedures, or a procedure that combines them both, may be right for you.
What a Breast Lift Does
Gravity, aging, weight loss and having children can all affect how your breasts sit on your chest. A breast lift raises sagging or drooping breasts while keeping your natural breast tissue intact.
If the skin around your breasts has begun to lose elasticity, you’re likely a good candidate for a breast lift. Other signs that a breast lift may be right for you include:
- Stretched, sagging or drooping breasts
- Nipples that point noticeably downward
- Nipples or areolas that sit below your breast crease
While a breast lift won’t change the size of your breasts, it does reshape your breast tissue for a fuller and rounder look. This can help your chest look better in a bra and can help restore your breasts’ natural symmetry.
Keep in mind that the primary objective of a breast lift is to improve sagging issues and restore a more youthful breast appearance. If your primary goal is to achieve a larger breast size, breast implants may be a better option.
What Breast Implants Do
Breast implants are surgically placed in your chest to improve the size and shape of your breasts. Our plastic surgeons will work with you to decide on an implant size that meets your goals while also taking into account your stature and physical makeup.
Breast augmentation can help you achieve a variety of aesthetic goals, including:
- Restoring lost breast volume
- Increasing the size of small breasts
- Correcting breast asymmetry
- Improving the appearance of elongated or misshapen breasts
Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift
Many women who desire a different breast size or shape, in addition to a more youthful appearance, find that breast augmentation with a lift is a better option than having only one of these breast enhancement procedures.
Combining breast augmentation with a lift not only reduces surgical and recovery time, it yields faster and more effective results. Additional benefits include:
- Enhancing your body’s natural curves
- Adding balance and symmetry to your figure
- Improving your confidence and self-esteem
- Looking better in swimsuits and clothing
- Feeling more confident in front of your significant other
In addition, a breast lift augments your implants for a chest that has an optimal profile and a perky, natural appearance. During your breast enhancement consultation, our plastic surgeons can help you determine if combining these two procedures will help you meet your surgical goals.
Contact Midsota Plastic Surgeons
To learn more about our breast enhancement procedures or to schedule a consultation, call 320-253-7257. Our offices are located in St. Cloud, Alexandria and Baxter.