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Do I Need a Breast Lift or Implants?

The two most popular procedures for breast enhancement are breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. Each technique enhances the breasts in a particular way, and women may be candidates for one or the other or even sometimes both. The following describes the type of candidate that is best for each surgical approach. Both of these breast enhancement procedures can provide you with more attractive, firm, and shapely breasts.

Best Candidates for Breast Implants

Breast implants are used to enhance breast size, shape, fullness, and projection. Women who wish their breasts were larger are primary candidates for breast augmentation. If you are a candidate for breast augmentation, your breasts may be underdeveloped or naturally small, especially in proportion to the rest of your body. One breast may be noticeably larger than the other, or your breasts may lack the attractive roundness you desire. You may also feel self-conscious or insecure about the appearance of your breasts. Some common candidates include women whose breasts have lost volume or firmness due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss. Breast augmentation is not designed for women whose breasts are sagging.

Best Candidates for a Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery is performed to rejuvenate sagging and misshapen breasts. Women who have suffered the effects of gravity, aging, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or genetics and whose breasts are sagging and shapeless are the leading candidates for breast lift surgery. If you are a candidate for a breast lift, your breasts may be elongated or pendulous with stretched skin, enlarged areolas, and nipples that fall below the breast crease. Candidates may be of any age but are often a little older because sagging is usually the result of factors that occur over time. Breast lift surgery can correct breast shape and firmness but is not designed to augment the size or volume of the breasts.

breastlift-01a ConradBest Candidates for a Breast Augmentation With Lift

Some women may identify as candidates for both breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. If this is the case for you, these two procedures can be combined into a breast augmentation with lift. This approach can improve breast size and perkiness at the same time and during a single procedure. You may be a candidate for a breast augmentation with lift if you wish to improve the size, fullness, shape, projection, firmness, and position of your breasts.

Pregnancy and nursing may affect the breasts in ways that are far from pleasing. While these changes are almost exclusively cosmetic and do not threaten the mother’s health, they can permanently and negatively alter the appearance and feel of the breasts. Breast augmentation, sometimes combined with breast lift surgery, can help mothers restore youthfully firm, full, shapely, and perky breasts.

Breast Augmentation with Lift Before and After Photos

Breast Changes During Pregnancy and Nursing

Hormonal shifts during pregnancy and nursing can cause the following cosmetic breast changes:

  • Temporary growth and swelling that leads to subsequent deflation
  • Enlarged and darkened areolas and nipples
  • Stretched skin that leads to subsequent sagging
  • Shifting breast tissue and breast fat that alters breast shape

These changes may be caused by both pregnancy and nursing. For instance, the breasts typically grow and swell during pregnancy even if the mother does not intend to breastfeed her child. For nursing mothers, lactation creates denser breast tissue. Once a mother has weaned her child, the fatty tissue and breast tissue may shift to change the shape, contour, and feel of the breasts. A woman who suffers from breast engorgement while nursing may observe more changes to the shape of her breasts. Sometimes, the result is noticeable breast asymmetry, especially for women with natural breast asymmetry that went unnoticed beforehand. Furthermore, while some women’s breasts may return to their pre-pregnancy size or shape, other women’s breasts may not. It is not uncommon for women to have one breast shrink more than the other, causing even a full cup size difference between the breasts.

How Breast Augmentation Can Help

Even though nothing can compare to the experience of being a mother, the sagging, deflation, and other changes to the appearance and feel of the breasts are unfortunate side effects associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding. If your breasts have become flabby, shapeless, asymmetrical, deflated, or saggy due to pregnancy and nursing, breast augmentation can help restore their appearance, shape, and feel. With breast implants, your breasts can once again feel firm and look full, shapely, and round. Many mothers benefit from undergoing breast augmentation with a simultaneous breast lift to improve the look, feel, and lift of the breasts.

Breast surgeries like breast augmentation and breast lift surgery can help mothers achieve more youthful and attractive breasts. To learn more about how you could benefit from breast implants, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Conrad by calling 316-681-2227 or by filling out our online contact form today.

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