Breast Lift vs Breast Augmentation
If you’re considering having some work done on your breasts, you likely have a fair amount of information to sort through. After all, there is not just one cosmetic procedure for breasts — a reputable plastic surgeon is skilled in performing many procedures.
The ideal breast procedure for a patient will be unique to their circumstances, their goals, and their body. Experienced surgeons know that a personalized approach is necessary to achieve their patients’ goals — and can work with them to determine the best single procedure or combination of procedures to get there. Many of these physicians offer, along with the typical augmentation and lift services, breast reductions, as well as opportunities for patients to undergo reconstructive surgery post-mastectomy. Some even provide revisional procedures for patients who aren’t happy with the work done by another surgeon.
Today, we’re going to focus on two of the most popular forms of breast procedure (and plastic surgery overall): breast augmentation and breast lifts. These two separate procedures are often thought of as one surgery — and they can be — but typically, patients will choose one or the other. To make this decision, however, it’s important to understand the key differences between the two.
What is the Difference Between Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift?
Though people tend to conflate the two, breast augmentation and breast lifts are two distinct procedures. They are in the same “family” of surgeries, but involve very different processes. Even their results tend to look different from one another.
Let’s start with breast augmentation, or implant surgery. The main element of an augmentation procedure, as well as what separates it from a lift, is that it involves implanting a substance — either silicon, saline, or sometimes body fat — into the patient’s breasts. The result is a more ample and shapely chest.
With a breast lift, preexisting breast tissue is “lifted” and moved, but nothing is added or implanted into the chest. The results of a breast lift procedure generally produces a perkier chest, tighter skin, and reduced sagging, but the procedure alone does not enlarge cup size.
Does a Breast Augmentation Include Lift?
Breast augmentation is typically performed to help patients achieve fuller, symmetrical breasts. While this procedure doesn’t always include a lift, many patients choose to combine the two to tighten up existing skin and breast tissue. This combined treatment has become increasingly popular over the years — it’s especially common among postpartum women, as both pregnancy and breastfeeding can significantly impact breast shape and size.
When determining whether to combine these procedures or choose the right one for your body, it’s a good idea to speak with a qualified surgeon like Dr. Lapuerta. An experienced physician will be able to speak with you about your own unique medical and physical history and can discuss your goals to help guide you toward the procedure that suits your needs.
Do I Need a Breast Lift or Augmentation?
If you would like breast enhancement surgery, but aren’t sure if a lift or augmentation is best suited for you, schedule a consultation with an experienced physician. You’ll want to come prepared to your appointment with your most important questions ready — which means doing some research on both procedures.
Breast lift candidates generally already have a fair amount of preexisting breast tissue. Often, patients who undergo this procedure choose to do so because their breasts have changed with age, weight loss, or pregnancy. It is a popular choice for those who prefer a more youthful or “natural” look, as a lift doesn’t affect breast volume.
Breast augmentation candidates tend to have less preexisting volume in their chest, due to genetics, weight loss, or pregnancy. Some augmentation patients also choose to undergo this procedure in order to create more symmetrical breasts. Patients should have fully developed breasts that are no longer growing, and must be at least 18 years old. It is also important to note that patients under 22 years old are only able to receive saline implants.
Is a Breast Lift Cheaper than Augmentation?
The truth is, the prices of most types of procedures will vary greatly depending on your unique situation, history, and needs. That being said, the idea that a breast lift is cheaper than an augmentation is actually a big misconception.
In reality, a breast augmentation usually costs between $5,500 and $7,500, with silicone implants being about $1,000 pricier than saline. Meanwhile, breast lifts can cost anywhere between $8,800 and $10,000, depending on the extent of the lift.
Some surgeons, like Dr. Lapuerta, offer affordable solutions such as monthly payment plans, making both a viable option.
Ready to Get Started?
If you’re ready to boost your confidence and have the breasts you’ve always desired, it’s time to get in touch with our amazing team. At the Plastic Surgery Institute of Southeast Texas, our own Dr. Leo Lapuerta has been serving the residents of Houston, Katy, Piney Point, and Pearland since 2003. Since then, he’s performed over 20,000 surgeries, changing the lives of countless Texans along the way.
You can be next — get in touch for a confidential chat with our staff and to schedule your consultation. Simply call 713-489-0169 or contact us to learn more today.