Breast enhancement surgery has made a dramatic increase in the US over the last fifteen years. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that while breast implant surgery has increased 300% in the past fifteen years, breast lift surgery has increased 540%. Breast lifts are becoming a more and more common procedure, though breast augmentation continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the country.

Despite these numbers, one still has to wonder: which one is right for me? Many different sources will tell you many different things, but you should remember that, in the end, you must make a choice for yourself and your own body. Some basic information and guidelines will help you along your way.

Breast Augmentation

When considering breast enhancement, most people think first of breast. As the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports, a surgeon inserts an implant, either filled with silicone or saline, within or under the tissue of the breast. This results in fuller breasts, usually increasing a woman’s cup size. A woman who desires larger breasts should consider breast implants.

Breast Lift

A breast lift doesn’t involve increasing the size of a woman’s breasts. Instead, a surgeon reshapes the breast through tucks or the removal of excess skin in order to enhance and restore the natural contour of a youthful breast; in effect, tightening and firming a woman’s breasts. In addition, a breast lift can reshape or resize a woman’s areola, another common change in woman’s breasts due to breastfeeding or age. A woman who doesn’t like the current sag or shape of her breasts, without being concerned about size, should choose a breast lift.

Breast lifts are becoming more and more common for women after pregnancy or as they age. Breastfeeding and time both change the shape and mass of a woman’s breast. Ptosis, or sagging of breast tissue, may occur due to breastfeeding, weight fluctuation, aging, or simply due to heredity. Any of these reasons may lead a woman to consider breast lift surgery.

Breast Augmentation With Breast Lifts

Breast augmentation and breast lifts are not mutually exclusive! A breast lift with augmentation ensures that not only are the breasts a satisfactory size, but also a pleasing shape. A number of woman feel that electing for both procedures simultaneously will lead to the desired results – breasts that fulfill their visions for their own bodies.

What To Chose?

As varied as a woman’s choices for breast surgery might be, consider the basics of each procedure. If you are hoping for increased size and mass, breast augmentation is the best choice. If you desire a different breast shape, perhaps something more youthful, but not necessarily larger, then a breast lift will fulfill your needs. Then again, if you are looking to increase your breast size but also would like to ensure or renew a pleasing shape, you might consider both procedures at once. Consider your options and talk them over with your doctor before deciding what’s best for your unique needs!