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When to Have a Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation

Woman wearing a white bra, in front of a grey backgroundIf you’re contemplating a breast enhancement, it’s important to know which type of procedure will be best to get you the results you want. Breast augmentation helps to improve shape and volume, while a breast lift can reposition drooping, sagging breasts. Having both procedures done together is also an option if you want the most comprehensive results.

If you are interested in breast surgery, call the Specialists in Plastic Surgery today at 919-785-0505 to schedule your initial consultation. Our Raleigh and Cary based plastic surgeons will listen to your goals and help you find the best way to achieve those goals.

Breast Augmentation for Larger, Well-Shaped Breasts

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that involves using breast implants to create larger volume in the breasts. It is the single most popular plastic surgery procedure in America, and has a high patient satisfaction rate. You may be a good candidate for breast augmentation if you:

  • Want larger breasts
  • Have breasts that are not sagging significantly
  • Have asymmetric or oddly shaped breasts

Breast augmentation can help to correct asymmetry, and it can even help to reverse very minor signs of sagging. It’s important to visit an experienced plastic surgeon who will be honest with you about what is possible with your unique anatomy. For instance, if you have breasts that are extremely wide set, it may not be possible for you to achieve natural deep cleavage. However, many women with wide-set breasts love the look they can get with a bra after breast augmentation!

Breast Lift for Perky, Youthful Breasts

The natural aging process, plus hardship on the body from childbirth and breastfeeding, can contribute to breasts that deflate, sag, and droop. If your breasts have sagged to the point where your nipple is pointing downward, breast augmentation alone won’t be able to get your breasts back to their natural, youthful position.

A breast lift helps to remove excess tissue and reposition the nipple to be forward-facing. A breast lift alone can also act as a small breast reduction. Many women, though, find that a combination of a breast lift and breast augmentation gets them the best results.

When you combine a breast lift and a breast augmentation, you get the best of both worlds. The augmentation restores volume and shape to deflated breasts, while the lift gets the nipple back to its original position, reduces sagging, and tightens loose skin.

You may be a good candidate for a breast lift if you:

  • Have drooping, sagging, deflated breasts
  • Don’t mind losing a little volume in the breasts
  • Are okay with some scarring (breast lifts require longer, more visible incisions than breast augmentation alone)

You may be a good candidate for a breast lift plus augmentation if you:

  • Want to restore volume to the breasts as well as lift the nipples

Even if you don’t want to gain a lot of volume in your breasts, a breast lift combined with small breast implants can give you a nice, natural, full shape. Discuss your goals with one of our plastic surgeons to see what procedure is right for you.

Schedule Your Breast Surgery Consultation

Call the Specialists in Plastic Surgery today at 919-785-0505 to schedule your initial breast augmentation or breast lift consultation. We serve patients in Raleigh and Cary, NC.



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Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Roger B. Russell, MD, Don L. Oschwald, MD, Richard E. Carlino, MD, Matthew W. Blanton, MD, and Sanjay V. Daluvoy, MD offer you more than 75 years of their combined experience in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery. We provide each of our patients with the highest quality care and deliver beautiful, natural results.

“My self confidence has skyrocketed. I now feel comfortable and confident in my own skin. Thank you! Dr. Daluvoy and the entire staff at SIPS were fantastic in every way possible. They took the time to listen to my concerns and answer all questions I had. They were kind and respectful and went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable in even my most vulnerable state.”

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