A woman’s breasts are an important part of her physique. A mastopexy, or breast lift, won’t just lift your breasts, it’ll also lift your spirits. There’s a common belief that you must get breast implants when you get a breast lift, but is that really true? Let’s go over the differences between a breast lift and breast augmentation to clear up the muddy waters.
What is a Breast Lift?
A mastopexy, or breast lift, is a procedure in which excess skin is removed from the breasts and the breasts are placed at a higher position on the chest. This surgery does not add volume to the breasts but does add to the shape and position of the breasts.
Benefits of a breast lift include:
- Perkier and shapelier breasts
- Breasts sitting higher on the chest
- Nipples facing outward on the center of the chest
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a procedure in which breast implants are introduced into the chest to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. Unlike a breast lift, breast augmentation does not have to do with the position of the breasts on the chest. Making the breasts larger may give the appearance of a perkier chest, but in reality, no skin has been removed to cause this result.
Benefits of breast augmentation include:
- Breast implants add volume to the breasts
- The illusion of the breasts sitting higher on the chest
- Shapelier breasts
Can a Breast Lift be Done Without Breast Implants?
In short, absolutely! The breast lift and breast augmentation are two separate procedures for a reason. A breast lift can be done without the use of implants to enlarge the breasts for patients who are just looking for a perkier chest. A breast augmentation can be done without a breast lift for patients who are just looking to add to the size of their breasts, and not the position.
Some people feel getting a breast lift without augmentation is like having peanut butter without chocolate – they’re both good on their own, but they’re better together. While these two procedures are separate, the breast lift and breast augmentation do go hand-in-hand and work together to give you the perfect breasts. When you receive a breast lift, you may lose slight volume in your chest, which can be supplemented with a breast implant. This is why many of our patients feel it is necessary to have a breast lift and breast augmentation done at the same time.
Are you interested in learning more about your breast enhancement options? Call us today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Beam today. He’ll talk to you about your concerns and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you reach your cosmetic goals.