Breast augmentation is the most requested surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States, with over 286,000 procedures performed in 2014 alone.
Augmentation is a blanket term used to refer to surgical changes to the breast, including implants, reductions, lifts and reconstructions.
However, most people think of implants first when considering augmentation. If you think you may want implants and a breast lift, there are several factors to consider before making your final decision.
Your Natural Breast Tissue Volume
If your breasts have stretched and sagged due to weight loss, pregnancy or age, it can be difficult to know how much natural breast volume you have left. Your breasts may look quite flat due to the excess skin alone.
A lift will remove excess skin and place your natural breast tissue back up where it belongs, which is high on the chest wall. If you want a small, perky bosom, our surgeon may advise that your natural tissues are sufficient to give you the look you want.
If you don’t have much tissue of your own or you want a large bust, implants and a lift may be just what you need.
Your Existing Symmetry
Our bodies, including our breasts, are not always symmetrical. Meaning, one breast is usually a bit larger than its partner.
For some women, the difference is tiny and imperceptible, while other women have obvious disproportion. If the difference between your breasts is noticeable and you’d like the smaller breast to match the larger one, an implant coupled with a lift can help you get the symmetry you want.
The Overall Result You Want
When it comes to breast augmentation, the patient’s desired outcome holds a lot of weight in determining the procedure.
If you want a modest bustline and have a good amount of natural tissue, you may be able to forgo implants and have just a lift.
If you want a larger chest and have insufficient tissue, implants may be necessary. There is no cookie-cutter solution because your desires will impact the surgical plan.
Your Feelings About Revisions
If you want a breast lift but aren’t sure if you want implants as well, getting a professional opinion can help you decide. Located in Baton Rouge, the office of Dr. J. Anthony Stephens, MD is here to help you every step of the way.
Call our office today to schedule a consultation. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and help you achieve the bustline you want.