If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, there are a variety of surgeries that you can choose from to change their shape or size. The procedure that you choose ultimately depends on the look you want to achieve – whether you’re seeking to balance asymmetrical breasts, increase the size and fullness, make your breasts perkier or a combination

Some people might think that a breast lift and breast augmentation are synonymous, however, these are different procedures with different purposes. Dr. Plant can help you decide which is right for you during a consultation, but first it’s best to have a basic understanding of the difference between these two surgeries.

Why Choose a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is designed to address drooping that occurs as a result of breastfeeding, weight fluctuation, or the natural aging process. The breast lift procedure, also known as a mastopexy, allows the surgeon to remove excess skin and reshape the breast tissue to give a perkier appearance to the breasts. You may be a good candidate for a breast lift if your nipples sit below the inframammary crease or point downward. Most notably, a breast lift changes the shape and position of the breast, but not the size.

Why Choose a Breast Augmentation?

A breast augmentation differs from a breast lift in that it does increase the size of the breast, but does not do much to change the position of the nipples or the direction they point. It augments what you already have, so you can expect the breasts to look like a larger version of your current breasts. This procedure utilizes breast implants, which are made of silicone or saline, or fat transfer to increase the size of the breasts. A breast augmentation can restore volume that may be lost after breastfeeding or weight loss.

Deciding Between a Breast Lift or Augmentation

If you’re unhappy with both the size and position of your breasts, there’s no need to choose to address one over the other. Breast lifts and breast augmentations are often done in conjunction to meet a patient’s overall goals. The recovery process for each procedure is similar, typically requiring the patient to rest for a few weeks and wear supportive garments.

Overall, the easiest way to decide between a breast lift and breast augmentation is to know whether you wish to increase the size of your breasts, as this is the major difference between the two procedures.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about breast lift or breast augmentation surgeries, schedule a consultation with Dr. Plant. Request an appointment online or call our Toronto aesthetic office at (416) 907-4704