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

Whether you’re correcting the effects of aging or aiming for a particular body shape, both breast lifts and breast augmentations are procedures with the power to transform your body. It’s not an easy decision because it isn’t a simple “this or that” concept. You have options within each surgery, and they are often combined, creating a wide range of potential looks. 

Gul A. Zikria, MD FACOG has the answers to all your questions about lifts and augmentations. He and our team can help you determine the best approaches for your body and aesthetic goals. When you’ve done the research and you’re ready to go to the next level, call the office to schedule your consultation. 

Three points of consideration

Both breast lift and augmentation can dramatically revise your current appearance. Deciding which is best for you isn’t always obvious. There are, however, three important points to consider, and your responses could well point you in the right direction. 

Breast size

If you’re happy with the size of your breasts, then augmentation probably isn’t your choice. You’re more likely to be dissatisfied with the shape of your breasts, perhaps after weight loss or menopause contributed to sagging. 

Many women, though, are unhappy with the size of one or both breasts. In that case, augmentation can give you a more symmetrical appearance, or it can help you achieve the larger cup size you’d prefer. This is the most common reason for breast enhancement or augmentation surgery. 

Breast volume

Fullness and roundness are sometimes lost after weight loss, breastfeeding, or menopause, and in some cases, a breast lift isn’t enough to achieve the look you’d like. Augmentation provides added volume, and it’s possible to use implants to add roundness and shape without adding cup sizes. If you have lax breast tissue though, a breast lift may still be required, along with the implant. 

Nipple location

The general rule is that, if your nipples are pointing down or are below the breast crease, you’ll need a breast lift to restore them to a youthful position. Breast augmentation won’t, on its own, change nipple location. Volume loss and sagging can also change the shape of your nipple and areola. A breast lift can also restore a more youthful shape. 

Combining procedures

You can combine the benefits of both breast lift and breast augmentation by having them done simultaneously. Typically, this is more affordable than having two procedures, though there’s usually no problem having a breast lift even years after a breast augmentation. 

Contact the office of Gul A. Zikria, MD FACOG in Milpitas, California, at 408-946-2756 to arrange your personal consultation. Talking with Dr. Zikria is the best way to learn exactly which breast enhancement surgery is likely to produce the results you want. Your surgeon makes a difference, so depend on the knowledge and experience Dr. Zikria provides. Book your appointment today. 

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