You might have started noticing that the appearance of your breasts is beginning to have a huge impact on your self-confidence. Perhaps you’re experiencing some sagging or are simply not in love with the size, shape, firmness, and tightness of your breasts. Because of this, you may have wondered if cosmetic breast surgery in the form of a breast augmentation or a breast lift, or both is what you need.
Breast lifts (mastopexy) and breast implants (augmentation) are cosmetic surgeries that change your breasts’ shape and size. A mastopexy helps reshape breasts that have lost their firmness or have started to sag or droop. Augmentation involves inserting breast implants on top of or below the chest muscles, making the breasts larger and more shapely. Performed together or separately, these procedures can transform your contours and improve your self-esteem.
You might be surprised to learn that, depending on your doctor’s assessment of your needs, it might be possible to have a lift and implants inserted at the same time. Some patients choose one or the other of the surgeries, or have two separate procedures with time in between for healing. Our professional staff will help you determine the best approach for you during your initial visit.
Do I Need Breast Implants?
Breast augmentation through implants is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure for women in the U.S. today. With this procedure, a saline or silicone implant is inserted into the breast, adding volume and improving the breast’s shape. The results typically last for many years.
Breast augmentation may be right for you if:
- You want to correct breast asymmetry
- You want to increase your breast size
- You have lost volume in your breasts after pregnancy or weight loss
Breast augmentation is a top choice for many patients, but it isn’t right for everyone. On its own, it does not correct sagging, but it is an excellent option for increasing bust size.
Do I Need a Breast Lift?
If you have sagging, a breast lift could be the solution to restore your breasts to their youthful shape and position. This surgery removes excess skin and reshapes and reforms the breasts for a truly rejuvenated appearance. If you are experiencing saggy breasts after childbearing, you’ll be interested to learn that women often choose to have a breast lift as part of a Mommy Makeover, including a tummy tuck.
A breast lift may be right for you if:
- You have breast sagging
- You want to rejuvenate the breasts after pregnancy or breastfeeding
A breast lift does not increase breast size on its own but repositions breast tissue, typically similar to the way your breasts currently look when supported in a bra.
Breast Lift and Breast Implants — Do I Need Both?
Combining breast lift and breast augmentation procedures in one visit to the operating room can save you both money and reduce the amount of time spent in recovery.
Choose a breast lift with implants if:
- You want to increase the size and correct sagging
- You have both breast asymmetry and sagging
Love Your Breasts!
If you have breast sagging or want to increase your breast size in Northern Virginia, you may find it to be more affordable than you think. To learn about cosmetic breast surgery costs, including any special promotions, visit our fees and financing page. We take care of patients from Fredericksburg, Richmond, Fairfax, and beyond.
For a consultation regarding your breast lift or other plastic surgery procedures, call us today at (540) 371-7730 or contact us online by completing our consultation request form.