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Breast Lift or Implants

You want to have an attractive cleavage, but you don’t know which procedure, between a breast lift and implant is right for you? Well, it may be worthwhile to continue reading.

Nowadays, women are no longer shy to turn to a procedure that gives them an attractive breast profile. This has been the case ever since the advent of social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. You cannot blame them; we all want to look at our best, right?

There are quite a few numbers of cosmetic procedures that focus on changing the shape, size, and appearance of the breasts. Breast lift (also known as mastopexy) and breast implants (sometimes referred to as breast augmentation) are the most common cosmetic breast procedures. As popular as they are, many patients often confuse the two.

However, breast lifts and implants are two different procedures. They differ in a number of ways than they are similar. In some cases, these two procedures are performed together in a single surgery one after the other. This usually depends on the patient’s body and needs.

This article will walk you through the difference between these two breast procedures, and it will dwell much on the following subtopics:

  • What is a breast lift?
  • What is a breast implant?
  • What are the main differences?
  • Which one do I need to have?

Ready? Good. Here we go!



What is a breast lift?

Breast lift is a cosmetic surgery that is designed to rejuvenate or rather reshape breasts that are saggy and droopy. So the breast is lifted by removing excess skin and tightening the breast tissues. The nipples are also moved, and sometimes the surgeon may suggest that their size is reduced.

There are two ways of performing this procedure; the breast lift is done (1) with augmentation or (2) without implants. Either way, the ultimate result will be orange-shaped breasts that have an attractive cleavage.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that breast lift surgery has grown by 70 percent since the year 2000. This makes it one of the most common cosmetic procedures done on women.

Ideal candidates for this surgery is any woman who has droopy or sagging breasts that might have been caused by either of the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Aging
  • Gravity
  • Heredity

What is a breast implant?

The breast implant surgery is a cosmetic procedure that involves inserting fatty tissues on the breast above or below the chest muscle, to enhance the shape or size of the breast. If you have ever heard people talking about a boob job, they will be referring to this surgery. Breast implant surgery is usually associated with women, but at some point, surgeons perform it for transgender purposes.

Breast implants vary in terms of types, but the most common ones are silicone, saline, structured saline, gummy bear, textured, and round breast. These different breast implants differ in how they are inserted, but the outcome is alike: an attractive breast profile.

For one to be regarded as an ideal candidate for this surgery, physical health is a prerequisite. It is usually done on women who are over 18 years since the breasts would have fully developed. Women who have droopy breasts after pregnancy, those who have had a weight loss and those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer before would make good candidates.

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What are the main differences?

Each procedure comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Breast implants are usually used to enhance the shape and size of the breast, and it cannot lift saggy breasts. But with a breast lift, it's the opposite, the focus is on breast position, and the size will not be increased. This is one of the reasons why these two procedures are done in conjunction so as to change the shape and size of the breast while giving it a youthful position.


Which one do I need to have?

After explaining the difference between a breast lift and breast implant surgery, patients usually ask this question: "Which one do I need to have?”, and we usually respond to this question by asking them this: “what are your expectations after the surgery?”. Their response helps us to help them choose a procedure that best suits their desires and expectations.


Now that you know the difference between breast implants and breast lift, which one do you want to have? If you are still not sure you can book a consultation with one of our expert surgeons, and they will help you decide. Cheers.

This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in August 2019.


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