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Breast Augmentation vs Breast Lift: Which Option is Right for You?

breast augmentationDeciding between a breast augmentation or a breast lift is one of the more important medical decisions that a patient may have to make. While each of these procedures comes with its own pros and cons, only you and your doctor can decide which is right for you. The following guide is here to provide the necessary assistance so that you are able to make the most informed decision possible. Be sure to read on and learn more!

Breast Augmentation vs Breast Lift: Which Procedure Is Best For Me?

Breast Augmentation

There are a number of women who may decide that this procedure is best for them. For starters, there are those who may simply desire breasts that allow their figure to become more proportionate. If you’re not happy with your breasts’ size or shape, you could be a prime candidate for breast augmentation. Or you may simply want to be curvier or add volume to breasts that have flattened over time.

Most importantly, a patient should be making this decision because it is their personal desire. It is not a procedure that should be chosen because of undue pressure that is being applied by a friend or partner. Fortunately, the breast augmentation satisfaction rate is high, as over 90% of women report improved self-esteem after the process is complete.

Breast Lift

Before the breast lift conversation takes place, there is one question that must be answered. Do you plan to have children in the future? If so, a breast lift needs to wait. If the answer is no, then you can move forward with consultations. If your breasts have begun to sag, a breast lift can help. The same goes for a patient that has lost shape or volume.

Stretchy skin, flat or elongated breasts, and downward-facing nipples are also issues that this procedure is designed to address. If your breasts are asymmetrical, this is also something that can be discussed with an experienced surgeon. It is also important to note that augmentations and lifts cannot take place simultaneously.

Choose What’s Best For You

At Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center, we know that decisions of this nature can be challenging. If you have any further questions about breast augmentation or a breast lift, be sure to give us a call as soon as possible. Prospective Pottsville patients can contact us at 570-622-2900, while Hazleton patients can call us at 570-455-4252. We are happy to offer an in-depth explanation of each procedure so that you are guided in the best direction for you.

Where Did My Perky Breasts Go?

Breast shape is comprised of several nuanced factors. We pay a lot of attention to size as a general guide of nice-looking breasts. However, we shouldn’t view size as the primary factor in having beautiful breasts. Without ideal perkiness, size could become detrimental to appearance. Here, we discuss why breasts may sag over time and what you might do to help yourself out in the breast department.

Breast tissue is fatty, glandular, and connective. Three different layers of tissue all contribute to contouring. The layer of connective tissue is related to shape and perkiness, as it contains “the cooper’s ligaments.” These suspensory ligaments are threads that form a matrix that suspends, lifts, breast tissue. With age, these ligaments can stretch and weaken. In addition to changes in connective tissue, we also experience changes in the firmness and thickness of the skin. Without a lot of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, the skin also loses resiliency.

Causes of Sagging Breasts

We know the biological factors of drooping breasts, but what about the factors that relate to them? Some of the most common reasons that breasts lose their perkiness include:

  • Natural aging. Along with the biological changes that affect the skin and connective tissue of the body, we also experience sagging tissue simply because time takes its course. Living makes us susceptible to the force of gravity, which we need to stay tethered to the Earth. However, gravity pulls down on the skin, too, which causes some undesirable cosmetic effects.
  • The vast majority of women who have children experience significant breast growth during or after pregnancy. Breasts grow because of weight and hormones, and then as a result of milk production. When the body returns to its pre-pregnancy norm, the breasts may deflate.
  • Whether related to pregnancy or not, weight gain and loss have a direct effect on the breasts. Excess weight fills the breasts out with fat cells. The added weight of the breasts increases gravitational pull. Weight loss then causes the fat cells to shrink, resulting in deflation and sagging.

Can Breast Sag be Prevented?

It is impossible to prevent breast sag. It happens to every woman at some point. However, it may be possible to reduce the severity of the problem with the following:

  • Wear proper support, especially when exercising.
  • Maintain an active lifestyle, particularly one that includes muscle strengthening in the upper body.
  • Stay hydrated to avoid accelerated aging of the skin and connective tissue.
  • Avoid smoking to prevent premature tissue breakdown.
  • Maintain a stable weight to avoid excessive breast expansion and deflation.

Sagging breasts are a problem for many women, regardless of breast size or age. The ultimate solution? A breast lift! If you would like to learn more about this procedure, contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office to arrange a consultation.

Does a Breast Lift Affect Future Breastfeeding?

Breast Augmentation Hazleton, PAMany new mothers have a desire to breastfeed. At the same time, this rite of passage in Motherhood can alter the appearance of the breasts so significantly that a woman’s satisfaction with her body declines. The physical changes that may occur after pregnancy and breastfeeding are normal and can be seen as beautiful. However, if a woman so chooses, she can restore proportion to her breasts with appropriate surgery. When the breasts have dramatically deflated and dropped, a lift may be in order. Whether conducted on its own or with breast implants, a breast lift is something to approach with an eye for the future.

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift may be referred to as mastopexy. This surgical technique addresses severe tissue laxity by removing extra skin and repositioning the nipple as needed to restore adequate projection and fullness. The nipple is not fully removed during breast lift surgery, it remains attached to surrounding tissue to preserve circulation that will help the nipple heal successfully. Through a predetermined pattern of incisions, breast tissue is repositioned to better support volume and roundness.

Can a Woman Breastfeed after a Breast Lift?

This is an important question for every patient to ask her surgeon. The general answer is yes. However, there are factors that a patient must consider if there is any chance of a future pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Milk Duct Function

Every effort is made to leave functional structures such as nerves and milk ducts intact during breast surgeries. However, there is no way to guarantee that some degree of disruption may occur. What breast lift surgery may lead to is a decrease in lactation function, but not a full elimination of a woman’s ability to breastfeed.

Nipple Sensation

It may not be common knowledge that nipple sensation plays a direct role in a woman’s ability to produce milk. Without sufficient sensation in the nipple, the neurohormonal reflex that prompts milk glands to produce is diminished. Breast surgery naturally disrupts the nerves around the nipple. It can take up to five years for full sensation to resume after any breast procedure. A woman who wishes to breastfeed will want to consider this time frame before committing to surgery.

Breast procedures can help a woman feel like herself again. To learn more about a breast lift or breast augmentation, schedule a visit to our Hazleton or Pottsville office.

Consider a Breast Lift Today

It is not uncommon for women to become frustrated with the appearance of their aging breasts.  Age and gravity can take its toll on the delicate tissue of the breasts by causing them to sag and lose volume over time.   Additionally, younger women may also become dissatisfied with the shape and condition of their breast tissue following activities such as pregnancy, breast feeding or a sudden weight loss.

For these patients we are proud to offer mastopexy surgery, more commonly known as a breast lift. This surgery does not increase the size of the breasts as a breast augmentation or implant surgery would – however it can be used to elevate and tighten the breast tissue. This surgery is perfect for those women who seek natural looking results and a more youthful silhouette – without implants.

breast-liftA breast lift can also be used to adjust breast position, asymmetry, or to resize or align the areolae. For patients who are also concerned about the size of their breasts, the surgery can be performed in conjunction with a breast augmentation surgery.

It is advised that patients not undergo a breast lift surgery until their breasts have completely developed or after all expected pregnancies and breastfeeding plans have concluded.

If you’re ready for new confidence and lift to your silhouette, contact our office today for a breast lift consultation.

Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift: Which Do I Choose?

A breast lift and a breast augmentation with implants are two of the most popular breast procedures in plastic surgery. Here at our Pottsville plastic surgery practice, we get a lot of questions from women about the ideal breast surgery — should they have a breast lift? Or breast augmentation with implants? Or can they have both? If you find yourself with the same questions, read on below!

First of all, if your current concern involves sagging breasts brought about by massive weight loss, pregnancy, or due to aging, but you want to maintain the current size and volume of your breasts, a breast lift is is ideal. On the other hand, if you would like to significantly increase the volume of your breasts, breast augmentation with implants interest you.

Combining Both is Possible!

The good thing about both breast surgeries is you can choose to combine them here at our practice. However, it should be noted that not all women could benefit from such combination as implants may negatively compromise the results of a breast lift due to the weight of the implants causing your breast skin to sag and stretch.

Why don’t you visit us for a personal consultation with Dr. Kimmel to know more about your breast enhancement options in Pottsville, Pennsylvania? Call us at (570) 622-2900 or fill out this contact form. We look forward to your visit!

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