A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts.
Are you unhappy with the shape or size of your breasts? Do you find yourself constantly searching for bras that can create the illusion of perkier breasts? There are cosmetic procedures available to address these concerns – breast lift and breast augmentation. But which one is right for you? In this blog, we’ll explore the differences between a breast lift and a breast augmentation, as well as their benefits and potential risks so that you can make an informed decision. Say goodbye to sagging boobs and hello to confident curves!
Introduction to Breast Lift and Augmentation
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. A breast augmentation, or augmentation mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure to increase the size of your breasts.
The right choice for you depends on your goals and your individual anatomy. If you want to correct moderate to severe drooping, a breast lift will likely be the best option. If you want to enhance the size of your breasts in addition to correcting drooping, you may opt for a breast lift with implants.
During your consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Lamperti, he will help you choose which procedure is right for you based on your goals and physical examination.
An overview of the differences between breast lift and augmentation
There are many differences between breast lift and breast augmentation, and it’s important to understand them before making a decision about which procedure is right for you. The biggest difference is that a breast lift simply lifts the breasts, while breast augmentation also adds implants to increase the size of the breasts.
Other key differences include:
• Incision location and type: Breast lift incisions are typically made around the areola, while breast augmentation incisions can be made in a variety of locations including around the areola, under the breast, or in the armpit. The type of incision used will also be different – breast lift incisions are generally more extensive because they need to release the tissue and reposition the nipple.
• Anesthesia: Breast lift is usually performed under general anesthesia, while breast augmentation can often be done with local anesthesia plus sedation.
• Recovery: Recovery from a breast lift tends to be longer and more uncomfortable than recovery from breast augmentation. Additionally, you may need to wear a special supportive bra for several weeks after a breast lift.
• Results: Breast lifts will not significantly change the size of your breasts, but they can improve their shape and position. Breast augmentations will add volume to your breasts.
There are a few things to consider when comparing the cost of breast lift vs. breast augmentation. First, it is important to understand that insurance will usually cover the cost of breast augmentation surgery, but may not cover the cost of a breast lift. This is because insurance companies typically consider breast augmentation to be a medically necessary procedure, while they often view breast lift as elective surgery.
Next, it is important to take into account the different types of implants that are available for each procedure. Breast lift surgery typically does not require implants, while breast augmentation sometimes does. The type of implant used can also affect the price of the procedure. Finally, it is worth noting that some plastic surgeons charge by the hour, while others charge a flat rate for their services.
In general, breast lift surgery tends to be less expensive than breast augmentation surgery. However, the final cost will vary depending on the individual surgeon’s fees and the specifics of each patient’s case.
Recommended candidacy for both procedures
A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is recommended for women who have drooping breasts. A breast augmentation is recommended for women who want to increase the size of their breasts. Both procedures can be performed at the same time.
Recovery period considerations
Breast lifts and breast augmentations are two very different procedures. A breast lift involves lifting the breasts by tightening the skin and repositioning the nipple. A breast augmentation involves placing implants under the breast tissue or chest muscle to increase breast size.
The recovery period for a breast lift is usually shorter than the recovery period for a breast augmentation. With a breast lift, you can expect to take pain medication for a few days and then transition to over-the-counter pain medication. You will likely have some bruising and swelling, but this should resolve within a couple of weeks. You will need to wear a special support bra during your recovery. Most women can return to work and normal activity within a week or two.
The recovery period for a breast augmentation is longer than the recovery period for a breast lift. With a breast augmentation, you can expect to take pain medication for at least a week and then transition to over-the-counter pain medication. You will likely have some bruising and swelling, but this should resolve within several weeks. You will need to wear a special support bra during your recovery. Most women can return to work and normal activity within four to six weeks.
Once you have decided to undergo a breast lift or breast augmentation, it is important to know what to expect during the recovery process. Here are some aftercare instructions to help you recover quickly and safely:
– Rest for the first few days after your surgery. Avoid any strenuous activity or heavy lifting.
– Take pain medication as prescribed by your surgeon to help manage any discomfort.
– Apply ice packs to your breasts for 20 minutes at a time several times a day for the first few days.
– Wear a supportive bra as directed by your surgeon. This will help support your breasts as they heal.
– Avoid showering or getting the incision sites wet for at least 48 hours after surgery. When you do shower, avoid using hot water or scrubbing the incision sites. Gently clean them with soap and water.
– Keep an eye on the incision sites for any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice any of these signs, please contact your surgeon right away.
In conclusion, it’s important to understand the differences between breast lift and breast augmentation procedures. While both techniques provide different benefits, ultimately your decision should be based on a thorough understanding of which will serve you best, considering both short-term results and long-term maintenance costs. Whether you opt for breast lift or implantation surgery, make sure to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon so they can advise you in choosing the right option for you.