If you’re not happy with the size or shape of your breasts, then it’s important to know you’ve got options. Although breast augmentation is often the most popular choice for breast surgery, the breast lift is also an excellent option for some patients. If you’re considering your options, then here’s what to know about the right one for you and how your plastic surgeon can help.
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that increases the size of the breasts using implants. During a breast augmentation consultation, you’ll discuss factors like:
- Incision and placement: There are three common options for breast augmentation incisions which include around the nipple (periareolar), under the breast fold (inframammary), and in the armpit (trans-axillary).
- Size and shape: There are many different options for the size and shape of your implants. Your goals, the shape of your chest wall, and your overall body shape are a few things to consider when choosing the size and shape of your implants.
- Type of implant: You can choose between saline and silicone implants. Saline implants are recommended for those who have plenty of breast tissue because it gives you added volume while maintaining the natural feel of the breasts. Silicone implants are an ideal option for those without ample breast tissue, and silicone implants have a natural feel. However, there are plenty of different factors that go into this decision, so your plastic surgeon can help you decide accordingly.
As women age, have children, or go through weight fluctuations, their breasts can start to droop. This is known as breast ptosis. A breast lift can reshape the breasts and remove excess skin, moving them into a more upright and youthful position. A pencil test can be performed to see if you need a breast lift. If you place a pencil under your breast fold and the pencil stays in place, then you may be an ideal candidate for a breast lift. Furthermore, if your nipple is below the pencil, you can also benefit from a breast lift.
There are three incisions used in breast lifts, which include a vertical breast reduction, inverted T-incisions, and periareolar incisions. If you have minimal sagging and large areolae, a periareolar incision may be best for your needs. A vertical breast reduction can correct moderate sagging. The most common type of incision that is used during breast lifts is the inverted T-incision. This type of incision results in optimal lifting. Your plastic surgeon will recommend your best options during a consultation.
While a breast augmentation can enlarge your breasts, it can’t correct sagging. Conversely, a breast lift won’t add volume to your breasts. For the best of both worlds, many women opt for a combination procedure but many women also benefit from one option. Your plastic surgeon can help you decide which option is best for you based on your goals.
Breast surgery, whether a breast augmentation or breast lift, can help boost your figure and your confidence. To meet with Dr. Zieg and learn more about your options, we invite you to contact our Evansville offices by calling or filling out our online form.