Welcome to Kessler Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, Join us as we provide insights on the differences between breast lift and breast augmentation surgery. Both types of surgeries are used to address overlapping concerns of lost volume, sagging, and downward projection. We have created this informative guide that answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) about breast lifts and augmentations.

What is the primary goal of a breast lift, and how does it differ from breast augmentation?

The primary goal of a breast lift (mastopexy) is to raise and reshape sagging breasts. This procedure is ideal for women who are satisfied with their breast size but want to address issues such as drooping, loss of firmness, or asymmetry. During a breast lift, excess skin is removed, and the breast tissue is reshaped to create a more youthful appearance.

Breast augmentation (mammoplasty) on the other hand, is focused on increasing breast size and enhancing overall volume. This procedure suits women who desire larger breasts or wish to restore lost volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Breast augmentation typically involves the placement of implants to achieve the desired size and shape.

How are the procedures performed, and what is the recovery like?

A breast lift is usually performed by making incisions around the areola, extending vertically down the breast, and sometimes horizontally along the breast crease (depending on the extent of sagging). After removing excess skin and reshaping the breast tissue, the incisions are closed. Recovery time varies, but patients can typically return to light activities within a week and more strenuous activities within a few weeks.

Breast augmentation involves creating incisions, often in inconspicuous locations, such as under the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit. Implants are inserted through these incisions and positioned either beneath the breast tissue or the chest muscle. Recovery may involve some discomfort and swelling, with most patients resuming normal activities within a few weeks.

Can I combine a breast lift with breast augmentation?

Yes, breast surgery that combines surgical lifting of breast tissue and implant placement is referred to as augmentation mastopexy. This approach is suitable for women who desire both an increase in breast size and an improvement in breast position and shape. During the procedure, the surgeon lifts and reshapes the breasts while also placing implants to achieve the desired size and fullness.

What Should I Expect in Terms of Scarring

Both breast lift and breast augmentation may result in some scarring. However, skilled surgeons make every effort to minimize the visibility of scars. With proper care and time, scars tend to fade and become less noticeable. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss incision placement and scar management techniques to achieve the best possible outcome.

How do I decide which procedure is right for me?

The choice between a breast lift and breast augmentation surgery depends on your specific concerns and physical anatomy. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon is essential to determine the best approach to achieve your aesthetic goals.

Contact Us for More Information

Thank you for visiting our practice today and we invite you to schedule a consultation for breast surgery at Kessler Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach. Dr. Robert Kessler is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon with Fellowship Training in Advanced Facial Aesthetics. Dr. Kessler has truly elevated the art of cosmetic breast surgery into a specialty of its own through highly customized surgical plans and techniques. The doctor also performs breast fat transfer augmentation in Newport Beach for enhancement without implants. Schedule a consultation today the team at Kessler Plastic Surgery looks forward to meeting with you.