Over time, such factors as pregnancy, breastfeeding, changes in weight, and the natural process of aging can result in some degree of breast drooping and/or volume loss for many women. Fortunately, individuals desiring to address these physical changes and enhance the overall appearance of their breasts have several cosmetic options available, including breast lift surgery, breast augmentation, or a combination of both.
Although breast lift surgery—also known as mastopexy—can raise the breasts to a more youthful position on the chest wall, the procedure by itself will not add notable volume for a fuller appearance and has a difficult time maintaining the breast volume higher on the chest. In a similar manner, a breast augmentation can enlarge the overall size of the breasts, but implants on their own cannot correct breast sagging caused by loose, excess skin. As a result, many individuals hoping to improve the volume and elevation of the breasts all at once can often greatly benefit from breast augmentation with a lift.
Also called an augmentation-mastopexy or a breast lift with implants, the breast augmentation with a lift procedure can be custom-tailored to help:
- Increase breast volume and cup size
- Remove excess skin to correct breast sagging
- Reposition and keep the breasts higher on the chest wall
- Enhance the symmetry and overall contour of the breasts
- Improve the size and/or position of the areolas
If you are contemplating breast enhancement surgery, I recommend consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has considerable experience and proven results in all cosmetic breast techniques. After a comprehensive assessment of your specific needs and aesthetic concerns, he or she should be able to identify—and eventually perform—the most appropriate procedure for you.