Comparing Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift

Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation

Some may think considering breast surgery is as easy as comparing apples and melons but in reality there are serious decisions you will need to consider when researching a breast augmentation or a breast lift.

If you are looking to enhance the appearance of your bust line, there are a number of options available. The technique you choose will depend on the specific issues you are hoping to resolve and the overall outcome you want to achieve. Two of the most popular procedures for breast enhancement are breast augmentation and a breast lift. The experienced team at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery will help you determine if one, or possibly both, is suited to you and your cosmetic goals.

What is a breast lift?
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, raises and firms the breasts for a whole new contour. Some of the benefits of a breast lift include:

  • A fix for drooping breasts
  • A repositioning of the nipple for a more natural look
  • A younger, perkier contour with firmer breasts

What is breast augmentation?
The purpose of breast augmentation is to actually increase your cup size by placing implants into your breasts to get a larger size. The benefits of breast augmentation include:

  • A variety of implants allow women to get the look they desire
  • Scarring is usually in an inconspicuous area
  • The breasts measure larger after the procedure

Why do people want breast surgery?
The choice to have breast augmentation and/or a breast lift is a personal one. As a general rule, women who have sagging breasts will probably want to consider a breast lift. However, women must understand that they may be exchanging the drooping effect for a significant amount of scarring. When the sagging is pronounced, this decision may be an easy one to make. However, for those who have mild to moderate sagging, the decision may not be quite so easy. Women who are unhappy with the look of their breasts have a number of options available. You may are consider a breast augmentation, breast lift or a combination of the two.

Breast lift
If you are unhappy with the position of your breasts, a breast lift procedure can enhance your appearance and redefine your contours. Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery offers breast lift surgery to lift your breasts for a more defined bust line and a shapelier appearance, giving an opportunity to feel more beautiful and confident. It is common for women who have lost skin elasticity due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, massive weight loss or gain, or aging to inquire about a breast lift in order to reposition the skin and tighten the breast tissue for a younger appearance.

Although the breast lift does not significantly change the size of the breasts, it can be paired with a breast augmentation or a breast reduction in order to achieve the desired look.

Breast augmentation
Breast augmentation allows you to enhance the size of your breasts, improve your bust line, and achieve a shapelier figure. Small breasts can often be a cause for insecurity and low self-confidence, but by enhancing your breasts to the size you desire, you can feel more confident in your appearance and in yourself. The treatment can revive your confidence and replace feelings of inadequacy with self-assurance and fulfilment

How is the surgery performed?

Breast lift procedure
On the day of your breast lift surgery, you will be placed under a general anaesthetic. Once you drift off to sleep an incision will be made and your doctor will lift and reshape the underlying tissue. Once the breast has been lifted for a natural, more youthful contour, your doctor will reposition the areola. Enlarged areolas can be reduced and any excess skin will be removed to improve the elasticity of your skin.

Much of the incision lines will be hidden by the natural contours of the breast, although some may still be visible. Although these marks are permanent, in most cases, scars will fade and improve over time.

The results of your breast lift will be immediately apparent and as post-surgery swelling goes down and incisions fade, the satisfaction you feel from your new look will continue to grow.

Breast augmentation procedure
Because breast augmentation is an incredibly individualised procedure, you and your doctor will spend plenty of time making decisions about your treatment plan. Everything from incision point to implant type and the desired size of your implant will be discussed in detail to optimise your experience and ensure satisfying results.

Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. An incision will be placed either around the areola, beneath the breast, or under the arm. The implant, filled with saline or silicone, will be placed either immediately beneath the breast tissue or behind the muscles of the chest. Each variation of these options will provide you with a different look and feel, and can be matched in different ways in order to achieve an array of overall effects.

The procedure can generally be completed in one day, although in some cases an overnight stay may be necessary.

What happens after surgery?

  • A follow up appointment for you will be made the day after surgery and if needed, your drain tubes will be removed. Then you will be fitted into a support bra which will provide support and assist in gaining shape.
  • There will be some swelling; however you will still be able to see the initial results of your augmentation. Apart from bathing, staying in your bra day and night for 6 weeks will help with recovery.
  • At least 2 weeks off work to recover is needed and no heavy lifting for 6 weeks.

Stop saying if only: The first step to having the breasts you dream of.
The team at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery pride themselves on delivering high standards of care. Our approach to your cosmetic surgery needs focuses on your comfort level, requests, and goals. From their experience the team understands that the decision to undergo breast surgery is not always easy to make. The professional team is sensitive and discreet when it comes to communicating with you and make sure to value your privacy.

For more breast augmentation or breast lift information or to arrange a consultation visit the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery at Malvern, complete a contact form or call us on 03 8554 0444.