Breast Lifts and Breast Augmentation: What's the Difference?


Women consider cosmetic breast lifts or breast augmentations for a number of different reasons. Every woman’s body is unique. Some might be looking to address drooping or sagging breast tissues that have changed their body’s contours over the years. Others might be unhappy with the actual size of their breasts. While both of these groups are looking to enhance their body’s shape, youthfulness and beauty, they are actually looking for two different procedures.

Breast lifts and breast augmentation procedures actually produce different results and are used to address different needs. However, in some cases they may be done together to give breasts a higher and fuller appearance. Whether you are looking to enhance your breasts through a breast lift or a breast augmentation procedure, let’s take a closer look at these treatments.

What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is a popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that is designed to lift the breast tissue to a higher, more natural position. Our talented plastic surgery team uses this treatment to improve and restore the breast’s appearance and redefine your beautiful contours.

Pregnancy, breastfeeding and the body’s typical aging process can cause breasts to thin and sag. This can have a significant impact on your nipple’s position and your confidence. A breast lift procedure restores your breasts and nipple appearance to give you a more youthful, shapelier and sexier look. This procedure is much different when compared to a breast augmentation procedure, which is designed to enhance your breast’s size.

What is a Breast Augmentation (Implants)?
A breast augmentation (or sometimes better known as breast implants) is a common cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that is designed to increase the size of the breast, while improving your body’s proportions, breast volume and shape.

Women at all ages believe enhanced breasts would improve their appearance and confidence. Our breast augmentation procedure, which includes the insertion of breast implants under the skin, can provide a fuller, more natural breast appearance.

Each woman is unique. That’s why our breast augmentation procedures are customized to your individual characteristics, preferences and goals. It’s also common that we perform a breast lift at the same time to provide you with a remarkably sexy, more youthful shape.

What’s Involved in My Breast Lift Procedure?
As a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon, I will first outline the area of your breast tissue that will need to be removed. We will also discuss how the nipple should be re-positioned to create a more natural look.

The next step is that our cosmetic plastic surgery team will make small incisions that will leave the least visible signs of healing. We then begin reshaping your contours by lifting your breast tissue into the most optimal position.

Depending on your needs, we might also perform a breast augmentation procedure that could include an enhancement or reduction.

What’s Involved in My Breast Augmentation Procedure?
During this popular cosmetic plastic surgery treatment, we will make an incision in the fold of your breast to create a pocket within the breast tissue. Similar to the breast lift, we make incisions to ensure the healing process is as seamless and unnoticeable as possible.

We then insert the breast implant into this pocket, which is behind your breast tissue. Depending on your needs and characteristics, this could be either on top or behind the actual breast muscle.

The Benefits of Breast Lifts and Breast Augmentations
Your body is very unique. Some women want more youthful, firmer breasts. Others may want to enlarge their breasts. Others may want to reduce the size of their breasts. The needs and characteristics of each woman who is looking for a cosmetic plastic surgery for their breasts influence how we proceed.

We take the time to learn about your body and your expectations. Depending on what you want, we will design a cosmetic plastic surgery treatment that is tailor-made for your body.

Whether it’s a breast lift or a breast augmentation procedure, we will create a youthful, sexier, firmer and more beautiful breast appearance and body contour. These popular cosmetic plastic surgery journeys can help you become more confident and happy with your appearance.

Next Steps
If you have any questions about breast lift procedures, breast augmentation treatments, or other cosmetic plastic surgery options available to you or just want some advice, contact me directly. I’m always happy to help!
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Toronto Plastic Surgeon