Over time, the majority of women begin to experience some degree of drooping and/or volume loss in the breasts due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, changes in weight, or simply the process of aging. Depending on the severity of breast sagging and volume loss, individuals interested in rejuvenating the appearance of their breasts may greatly benefit from either a breast augmentation, breast lift (mastopexy), or a combination of the two procedures.
While breast implants can sometimes provide a subtle lift – depending on their shape and size – a breast augmentation performed alone is not typically able to correct moderate to substantial drooping. Likewise, a breast lift may be able to slightly improve upper pole fullness in the breasts, but a mastopexy by itself will not generally be able to significantly increase the overall size of the breasts. As a result, patients wishing to address all – or a combination – of these concerns may be ideal candidates for a breast augmentation with a lift, also referred to as augmentation-mastopexy.
Chief benefits of augmentation-mastopexy can often include:
- Increased breast volume and fullness
- An improved overall breast contour
- A more youthful position on the chest wall
- An elevated nipple-areolar complex
- A reduction in the size of the areola
Ultimately, each of these breast surgery options can achieve excellent outcomes for qualified patients. If you are interested in enhancing the appearance of your breasts, my advice is to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who has experience and demonstrable results with each technique to ensure the most appropriate and effective option is selected based on your unique needs and desires.- James F. Boynton, MD, FACS
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