Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift: Can I Combine Them?

Many people use the terms breast augmentation and breast lift interchangeably. Although a breast augmentation and breast lift (also known as mastopexy) are both performed to improve the appearance of the breast, they have different goals. Below, we’ll dive deeper into the difference between breast augmentation and breast lifts and explain whether they can be combined.

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Breast Augmentation

A breast augmentation focuses on enhancing the size and shape of your breasts. If you’re interested in having larger breasts, or you want to achieve greater symmetry in your breasts, you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation. This procedure focuses on increasing the size of your breasts and modify their shape to achieve your ideal appearance. Keep in mind that a breast augmentation will not lift your breasts and resolve any drooping or sagging (ptosis).

Breast Lift

The main goal of a breast lift is to improve the position of the breast mound and the nipple/areola complex, which improves the shape as an added benefit. If you are concerned about drooping or sagging breasts that are the result of aging, weight fluctuations, or childbirth, a breast lift may be right for you. While a breast lift can lift your breasts and give them a youthful, perky look, it will not increase the size of your breasts, and more specifically it will not give you upper breast fullness if you desire a round look above.

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Can a Breast Augmentation Be Combined with a Breast Lift?

Breast augmentation and breast lift can be performed very safely together if needed, most often in one operation, and more rarely, during two operations. When these procedures are performed together, excess skin will be removed and the breast tissue will be lifted so that it is uniform with the underlying breast implant. Combining the two procedures can achieve a full, round shape to the breasts.

In most cases, a breast augmentation with breast lift takes around three hours to perform under general anesthesia. Dr. Brown will base his technique on the degree of your ptosis and your particular aesthetic goals. He may use a “lollipop” or vertical incision, inverted T or “anchor” incision, or very rarely a periareolar or “donut” incision. Dr. Brown will go over the specifics of your surgery in detail during your consultation.

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Take the Next Step

If you’re wondering whether you’re a good candidate for breast augmentation and a breast lift we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown of Brown Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, Arizona today. Call us at ​480-568-3804or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!