A common question I hear from patients interested in correcting drooping breasts is whether they would benefit more from a breast lift (mastopexy), a breast augmentation with implants, or both at my Roanoke, VA, plastic surgery practice.
While the answer to this inquiry will depend on the individual’s unique goals and desired outcome, there are a few generalities that often apply to the majority of patients.
When to Choose a Breast Lift
A breast lift alone can be an excellent option when significant drooping and an excess amount of skin are present in the breasts, but the patient is not interested in increasing the size of her breasts. The surgery does not address the size of the breasts, but instead focuses on lifting, tightening, and repositioning the tissues to create a perkier and more youthful position.
It’s a popular choice for women who have had children or experienced dramatic weight loss.
When to Choose Breast Augmentation
In contrast, a breast augmentation with implants may be the best option for lifting the breasts when dropping is mild, excess skin is minimal, and the patient is okay with enlarging her breasts by at least one cup size.
The surgery is popular for women who have always been dissatisfied with their breast size and are more interested in achieving a size increase than addressing significant sagging.
When to Choose a Breast Lift With Implants
For those who wish to increase the size of their breasts in addition to correcting a substantial amount of drooping, I often recommend a combination of mastopexy and breast augmentation. This can help lift the breasts while also achieving more fullness in the upper pole for a more youthful contour and projection.
Choosing Your Surgery
During the consultation process, I discuss all options available to my patients and ensure they know the advantages and disadvantages associated with each approach. Though I will make recommendations based on their specific needs and concerns, the decision is ultimately up to the patient.
If you have other questions about breast lift or augmentation procedures here in Roanoke, VA, please contact us online or call (540) 776-1600. I look forward to hearing from you.