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Breast Lift versus Breast Augmentation: Deciding Which is Right for You

Breast lifts and augmentations remain among the most popular plastic surgery procedures. But, it can be a challenge to decide which is the right option for you. That said, it's entirely dependent on what you’re trying to achieve as well as your individual needs.


At Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons here in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, George Speace, MD, is a board-certified and award-winning aesthetic surgeon. He prides himself on his skill and the variety of services he offers, including breast lifts and augmentations.

Breast augmentation

The purpose of a breast augmentation is to increase the volume of your breasts with implants made from either silicone or saline. Each option comes with its own benefits and risks. 


With saline, the implants aren’t filled until after they’re placed in your body. So the incision scars, through which the plastic implant encasings are fed and the saline-injected, can be placed in a different area like your armpits. 


Silicone implants come pre-filled, so the surgical scar will have to be around your breasts, and therefore more visible. They also provide a more natural look and feel. If you opt for silicone, you can choose gummy bear implants, which mimic your breast’s sloped appearance.


While both implant types are FDA-approved for safety, you can only get silicone implants if you’re older than 22, whereas saline implants are approved for anyone over the age of 18. 


Although rare, there is a risk that either type of implant will leak or move. But, neither silicone or saline implants pose a health threat if they do leak. And, both can be removed and replaced during the same procedure.

Breast lift

Breast lifts perk up sagging breasts. They're ideal if your breasts have sagged from age, weight loss, or breastfeeding. A lift can restore lost youth to your chest, by raising them in height and eliminating excess skin.


This is a great option if your breasts have lost volume and have taken on a long and flat appearance. Additionally, a lift can also help if your nipples have fallen beneath your breast crease or if your areolas have stretched. 


At times, a breast lift is performed along with a reduction. This is done to remove any excess tissue after your reduction and to give you a more natural, contoured appearance.

Why not get both?

You can actually do a breast lift in conjunction with an augmentation. This combo procedure is called an augmentation-mastopexy. It’s a great option if you want to both increase the size of your breasts and keep them looking youthful and taught.  

To learn more about your surgical options, make an appointment with our office today.

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