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San Antonio Plastic Surgeon Answers: Should I Get a Breast Lift with my Augmentation?

Two of the most popular plastic surgery procedures are breast lifts and breast augmentation. San Antonio women still want full and firm breasts even after the ravages of pregnancy, breastfeeding and time. Below is a look at each of the procedures and how to determine which one is best for your specific cosmetic goals.

Breast Lift

A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that lifts sagging or drooping breasts. A breast lift will not make the breasts bigger, but it will elevate them, reposition the nipple and, if symmetry is a problem, make them more symmetrical. If you have soft and deflated breast tissue, have nipples that point downwards, or are looking to fix small to moderate symmetry issues, you are a good candidate for a breast lift; your plastic surgeon will be happy to explain how the procedure can improve the look of your breasts.

Sagging or drooping occurs because of pregnancy, nursing or changes due to aging. A breast lift can be performed on healthy patients of any age. Some of the benefits of a breast lift include repositioning of the nipples for a more natural look and achieving a younger, fuller silhouette.

One thing to consider is that a breast lift isn't likely to give you fullness at the top of your breasts. You can, however, expect a more youthful silhouette with a breast lift. For a fuller look, consider a lift and breast augmentation; your plastic surgeon will be able to advise if this is the best option for you.

Breast Lift and Augmentation

If you are looking to change the size and shape of your breasts, then a breast lift plus augmentation could be right for you. During breast augmentation surgery, the surgeon will use a saline or silicone implants to increase your breast to the size you want.

As breast augmentation will not reposition the nipples slightly, but it may be necessary to perform a lift and an augmentation to give you the look you desire. The benefits of a breast lift and augmentation include deciding what you want your breasts to look like, having fuller breasts, and repositioning of the nipples for a more natural look.

Your doctor will determine whether each procedure should be completed separately or together. Completing both procedures together will allow you to avoid two surgeries and two recoveries, but may limit the size of the implant you can safely get. Ultimately, you should follow your doctor's recommendation.

Interested in learning more? Try these articles by San Antonio breast surgeon Dr. Matt Bindewald...

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