When you see the words “breast lift” and “breast implants”, you probably get this idea that they are more or less the same, right? They are actually two different procedures.
Difference Between Breast Lifts and Breast Implants
First off, it’s important to understand that both procedures are done for cosmetic reasons. However, a breast reduction procedure is usually performed for both cosmetic and physical reasons.
Breast implants aim for one goal regarding a woman’s chest: to enlarge the appearance of her breasts. Women want to feel confident inside of their bodies and breast implants are a great way to restore confidence in an area that they may be unsatisfied with.
Breast lifts do not enlarge the breasts, but they may naturally appear larger when lifted. Implants are not added during a breast lift procedure but often times many women opt for breast implants along with their breast lift for a complete breast makeover that results in added volume, fullness, and definition to their breasts.
Why would a woman choose to have a breast lift?
Women seek breast lifts to compensate for sagging breasts, or breasts that droop downwards. Aging is a natural process that will potentially sag a woman’s breasts over time due to a loss in skin elasticity. Other factors such as pregnancy can also cause this phenomenon. Some women have breasts that develop this way during puberty. There are many factors that determine the way a woman’s breasts will appear.
Breasts that sag will not affect your health in ways that large breasts can and most often times do. If you are young, then it is best to wait until your breasts are fully developed before you make a life-changing decision. Breast development typically begins shortly after puberty in women around the ages of 15-18. Many factors may change the way your breasts develop, but generally you should wait until the age of 25 to see if any changes occur before deciding on any breast procedure – not just breast lifts.
Don’t wait around to make a decision. Seek advice from a professional!
Breast asymmetry, or uneven breasts, is a legitimate concern that many women have. Truth is: many women have asymmetrical breasts and its all a matter of how much difference there really is. Women will analyze their breast shape in the mirror only to find that one breast hangs, or droops, further than the other. The main question patients are confused on is whether or not they should receive a breast reduction or breast lift in attempting to fix uneven breasts?
Board Certified Breast Reduction Surgeon Responds
Breast reduction surgery can alter the way your breasts look, having them appear even and symmetrical, but Dr. Golshani specifically mentions “it is generally a belief that severe breast asymmetry does not completely disappear after breast reduction, for example in cases where breast differences are partly due to underlying rib shape differences”.
Other patients believe that breast reduction is what caused their breasts to appear asymmetrical. While it is possible this could occur, it’s also very common for many breast reduction patients to panic after only a few weeks when they begin scrutinizing their breasts in the mirror. Dr. Golshani advises “two weeks after breast reduction surgery is too early to make a judgment on the final result. Make sure your surgeon is aware of your concern and get examined to express your concern.”
The main takeaway here is that it takes several weeks for a full recovery and you shouldn’t jump to conclusions until the full recovery period has elapsed. Your surgeon will be able to give you a rough estimate on when you will begin to see results.
Analyze Your Options
Depending on your specific case (all women have different proportions, breast shapes, and bodies), you will have plenty of options to choose from. Some women may be recommended only to undergo breast reduction; while others may be recommended both a breast reduction and breast lift procedure for the perfect balance.
No matter what your recommendation is, it all begins with a thorough evaluation and consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast reduction and breast lift surgery. Dr. Golshani has been practicing breast revision for over a decade and is dedicated to his passion for cosmetic surgery.