These days, it seems as though there are so many procedures out there designed to enhance the size and appearance of the breasts. From a breast lift to a breast augmentation, there’s a menu of choice that every patient needs to review before selecting the right procedure for them.

The problem is, how do you know which treatment is the best option for your particular needs? How can you tell if you need a breast lift, a breast augmentation, or both?

While any good board certified cosmetic surgeon will help you select the best treatment option for your needs, here’s a primer to help you understand what procedure can best address your specific concerns:

  • Breast Lift: A breast lift is a surgical procedure designed to correct issues associated with drooping nipples or significant skin laxity issues. The breast lift’s main goal is to correct signs of sagging or drooping that may have been caused by weight loss/gain, pregnancy/breastfeeding, or the aging process. The breast lift repositions the nipple for a perkier appearance, while the procedure can also tighten and reshape breast skin for a more youthful look.
  • Breast Augmentation: A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that’s best performed on patients who may be unhappy with the size or asymmetry of their breasts. During the breast augmentation procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will use implants to add volume, while potentially repositioning the nipple to provide a more natural appearance.

In general, it’s not recommended to perform a breast augmentation on a patient who will better benefit from a breast lift, as doing so can lead to unnatural nipple placement. Dr.Palmer will help you decide which procedure is right for you based on your desired goals.

If you’re in the Fredericksburg, VA area and are interested in learning more, you can contact Surgical Arts of Virginia at 540-371-7372. Board certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Shane Palmer can help you understand if a breast lift or breast augmentation is right for you!