Too lift or not to lift? (photos)
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To lift or not to lift?
Breast lift borderline
Hello again! The interesting thing about your question is that you show two results, both of patients with similar starting points to yours, one with a goal result and one with an unacceptable result in your mind. This highlights the importance of tissue characteristics that we, as plastic surgeons, are constantly referring to very strongly and what makes breast augmentation an art. You can therefore appreciate the need for an in person examination to render a real opinion. From the photos alone, I would place you at a Grade I ptosis and tend to believe that you do not need a lift if you are using hp 450-550cc implants. Good luck!
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The best way to determine the size for your personal perception of the perfect breast is to try on sizers. This way you can see how they fit on you, how they add to your current volume, and whether they fit your frame. Although the surgeon can guide you, only you will be able to tell what is the right size. Try on sizers.
HP implants would be your best choice. Look at the charts with your plastic surgeon and pick an implant with the base diameter and projection that you are looking for.
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Breast lift or just an augmentation
Also, keep in mind that your nipple is not cut out. The incision is made around the areola and another incision is made around that one. The skin in between the incisions is removed.
Too lift or not to lift?
Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation
From the photos you posted, I think you already answered your own question. You show images of a post-op that you dont want, but you look very similar to the before image. Although you cannot translate this information from patient to patient, I think you can see why your surgeon suggested a lift.
If you choose not to lift your breasts, be prepared to do the surgery over again.
Best of luck!
How to decide if a lift is Needed
In your case, you have a nipple-areolar complex that is below the inframammary fold. By definition, you have grade 2 ptosis. An implant alone will give you the photo that you said you did not want.
A Tear Drop Augmentation Mastopexy leaves a small scar and a great shape. The implants are only of the size that gives you your desired volume.
For more information, read my book "Cosmetic Breast Surgery - A Complete Guide From A to Double D".
Lift or not
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