Breast Lift vs Implants: Which Is Right for You?

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If you are frustrated by volume loss, drooping, and sagging in your breasts, this is a common issue for women. Age, genetics, and pregnancy can affect your breasts and make them look smaller, asymmetrical, and less perky. Luckily, a breast lift, breast implants, or both, can improve the look and feel of your breasts and your silhouette.

Before you decide if a breast lift vs implants is best for you, let’s understand what a breast lift and breast implants can achieve.

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Breast Implants for Larger, Shapelier Breasts

You may want to increase your breast size and the shape of your breasts for many reasons. If you experience pregnancy or sudden weight fluctuation, your breasts can lose volume, change shape, or become asymmetrical. Often, the best way to improve these concerns is with breast implants.

A breast lift can improve drooping breasts by removing sagging skin and creating a more lifted profile, but it can’t increase breast volume or create fullness in the breasts’ upper pole. At our practice, you can choose the size, shape, profile, and material of your implants so you can feel comfortable and happy with your results.

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Before & After Breast Lift

Breast Lift for Sagging Breasts

As noted above, a breast lift is the best option for sagging and drooping breasts. Most women experience breast ptosis (sagging) after going through pregnancy and breastfeeding. Several types of breast lift options are available, and your plastic surgeon can discuss the best variation for you.

If you want to restore volume to your breasts along with a lift, you can combine breast augmentation with your breast lift. Not everyone will be a good candidate for a breast lift with implants, so talk to your plastic surgeon to see if this is a good option.

Breast Augmentation Can Only Improve Mild Breast Sagging

If you are wondering can breast augmentation improve sagging breasts, it depends on the extent of sagging. If you have very mild breast sagging, your implants can sometimes fill your loose skin and give your breasts a slightly more lifted appearance. If you have moderate to extensive sagging, the best option is a breast lift, as it removes excess skin and reshapes the breasts, elevating them to a more youthful position.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you can use the pencil test to determine if you have enough sagging to warrant a breast lift. Place a pencil high under your breast fold and see if the pencil holds. If the pencil holds or your nipples fall below the pencil, you likely need a breast lift.

Schedule Your Consult

At our plastic surgery practice, our goal is to give you the silhouette you have always dreamed of by helping you choose between breast augmentation, a breast lift, or both. Our patients love feeling more confident about their bodies after breast augmentation or a breast lift. You can see their before and after photos in our photo gallery. If you want to learn more about these two procedures, request a consultation or call us at (406) 609-0210 to schedule an appointment.

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