Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift: Picking the Right Procedure for You

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What’s your favorite part of your body? Your least favorite part? We want our patients to love their bodies from head to toe, and we use plastic surgery to make that happen. One area where our patients have frequent complaints is the breast area. Women often feel that their breasts are too small, too asymmetrical, or too droopy. Learn about your options for breast enhancement and rejuvenation at Clinton Plastic Surgery. Let’s make your breasts your favorite feature.

Your Options for Breast Enhancement in Birmingham, AL

There are many options for breast enhancement, but the top two at our Birmingham, AL plastic surgery practice are breast augmentation and the breast lift. Breast augmentation is the top cosmetic surgical procedure in the U.S. most years, including last year and the year prior. Other cosmetic breast surgery options at Clinton Plastic Surgery include breast reduction and male breast reduction.

Breast enhancement procedures like augmentation and lift can be performed on their own but are often paired together. A combination procedure using both breast implants and lift is a very popular addition to our mommy makeover.

Breast Augmentation Basics

Breast augmentation creates fuller, larger breasts. It also enhances and improves their shape. The procedure creates volume and shape using a breast implant, carefully positioned into each of the breasts. This implant is placed into the breast, either over or under the pectoral muscle, where it will remain until it is removed. Breast augmentation results are long-lasting, often improving the breast appearance for a decade or more.

Breast implants come in many shapes and sizes. This combined with the available options for implant placement and incisions allows us to fully customize your breast appearance. Dr. Clinton can create natural looking breasts that are big, small, or in between, with a little cleavage or a lot. What do you want your ideal breasts to look like?

Breast augmentation surgery is popular amongst women of every age. Women in their late teens and 20s may choose the procedure to correct breast abnormalities like asymmetry, to increase cup size, and to boost confidence. Many women opt for the procedure after childbirth to restore pre-pregnancy breast volume. Breast augmentation also helps women to combat the effects of aging on their breast tissues.

Tell Me More About the Breast Lift

Saggy, droopy breasts got you down? A breast lift is the solution. This procedure removes excess skin and reshapes the breast tissues, recreating a perky, youthful breast shape. This procedure can correct mild to moderate sagging using only a few, well-hidden incisions or can address severe sagging with larger incisions. Breast implants can often be placed into the breasts through the same incisions a breast lift uses, allowing patients to increase size and eliminate sagging in a single procedure and with fewer scars.

Breast lift surgery is recommended for most patients with sagging. Implants add volume, but on their own, they do little to address droopiness. Most women will need a breast lift after pregnancy and breastfeeding, if they want to restore their pre-pregnancy breast shape. A breast lift is also popular after weight loss.

Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation: What Do I Need?

Deciding between breast augmentation and a breast lift is a straightforward decision for many women. Think about your goals for your breast appearance and use these goals to guide you toward the right procedure. Do you want to increase breast size? Opt for a breast augmentation. Do you want to lift and eliminate sagging? You may be a good candidate for a breast lift. Women that want both lift and volume should consider both procedures with a breast augmentation and lift combination.

If you need help deciding, come in for a consultation and we’ll walk you through your options. It is always our pleasure to help patients find the right procedures for their body concerns and aesthetic goals. Call our office at 205-408-9787 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Clinton, our board-certified plastic surgeon.