Breast enhancement is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed today, but the many choices in surgery can make it difficult for patients to choose the best options for their needs. In many cases, patients wanting breast augmentation would benefit more from a lift procedure, while those seeking a lift may find that augmentation would be a better fit for them. Which procedure is right for you? That depends on a number of factors.

Size

The size of the breasts is the first factor to consider. Are you happy with your current cup size? If not, how many more sizes would you like to add? If you are looking to add fullness to your breasts, as well as more than one cup size, breast augmentation with implants may be the best choice. However, if you are mostly happy with your cup size, only looking to go up a single cup or so, a breast lift may be a better choice. However, other factors will need to be taken into consideration before you can know for sure.

Droop

Over time, breasts can develop a droop that makes you look older than you feel. This sagging can also impact the perceived size of the breast, making it look deflated and smaller than before. In some cases, reversing the droop will also restore the size and projection of your breasts to your satisfaction. Significant droop can be measured by the pencil test. If you place a pencil in your breast crease and it doesn’t fall, a breast lift is likely the best procedure for you. By the same token, a breast lift should be considered if the nipples and areola are pointing in a downward direction, rather than forward.

Choosing Both

For some patients, a combination of a breast lift and augmentation may be the best choice. This is particularly true for patients that have noticed significant changes to their breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding. A combination procedure will add volume and fullness to the breasts, while restoring them to a more youthful position. If necessary, the nipple and areola may also be moved to create a more natural appearance.

A breast lift and breast augmentation can be performed as a single procedure, which means you only have one round of anesthesia and a single recovery period to schedule into your busy life. To learn more about these procedures, and find out which surgery might be the best option for you, contact Hall Plastic Surgery at 855-851-4832 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Hall today.