Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation—Which is Right for You?

Breast Augmentation

Are you unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts? Do you want to undo the sagging effects of aging, pregnancy, or breastfeeding? If you answer “yes” to one or both questions, you may consider a breast surgery as the remedy. But which one—breast augmentation or breast lift—will meet your aesthetic and lifestyle needs? In this post, San Francisco Plastic Surgery Dr. Kenneth Bermudez gives his advice on good candidates for each procedure.

Is Breast Augmentation Right for You?

If you are unhappy with your smaller bust size or simply wish to increase the size of your breasts, you may consider breast augmentation surgery. This procedure will enlarge your breasts without repositioning them to a higher place on your chest. At Bermudez Aesthetic Medicine, we offer the procedure using saline and silicone breast implants, and Dr. Bermudez can help you to decide which is the right implant type, size, and shape for your body frame and surgery goals.

Dr. Bermudez also offers breast fat transfer surgery, a natural form of breast augmentation that uses a patient’s own fat (harvested through liposuction from excess fat on the patient’s stomach, buttocks, or thighs) to increase breast size.

Is a Breast Lift Right for You?

if you are happy with your breast size, but want firmer breasts at a lifted, more youthful position on your chest, you may wish to consider breast lift surgery. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, and weight loss are all factors that cause ptosis, or sagging, of the breasts, and this procedure counteracts this effect. This procedure involves removing excess breast skin, tightening the remaining skin, and relocating the nipple to a higher position on the breast mound. However, unlike breast augmentations surgery, a breast lift will not add volume to your bust.

Take “the pencil” test: To determine if you are a candidate for breast lift surgery, place a pencil under your breast fold. If the pencil doesn’t fall, and/or if your nipple is lower than the pencil, then you may be considered a good candidate for a breast lift.

Breast Augmentation

Do You Need Both?

If you would like to increase the volume of your breasts and elevate them to a higher, more youthful position, Dr. Bermudez may suggest that you undergo a combination of breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. This is often suggested when breasts have a “hollowed out” appearance where the upper portion of the breasts have lost volume. To add volume and “round out” the breasts, implants or a patient’s own fat is used.

During a private consultation with Dr. Bermudez, he can talk you through the advantages and disadvantages of each implant type, and help you find the right implant size for your body and aesthetic taste. He can also determine whether or not you are a candidate for the breast fat transfer procedure.

Typically, when both surgeries are recommended, they are often performed at the same time. What can you expect from a combination of breast augmentation and lift surgery? The excess breast skin and fat that causes ptosis is removed, and implants or fat are then added for volume. The remaining breast skin is then tightened around the implant or transferred fat, the nipple is repositioned, and the result is a fuller, more youthful bustline. And the best part? You get to enjoy the benefits of the two surgeries— fuller, younger-looking breasts— with just one recovery period!

Talk to Dr. Bermudez About Your Choices

Dr. Bermudez is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience performing breast surgeries and other body-enhancing procedures. If you are unsure which step to take in order to get the breasts of your dreams, why not make an appointment with Dr. Bermudez for a one-on-one consultation where he can answer all of your breast surgery questions, and make recommendations for what would work best for your body and lifestyle. To schedule a consultation, call our office today: (415) 712-1800.