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When considering aesthetic surgery to rejuvenate the appearance of the breasts, it is common for women to wonder whether they would benefit more from a breast augmentation or a breast lift (mastopexy). While a number of different elements need to be considered to provide a definitive answer to this question, your unique goals for treatment and the amount of breast drooping present can often point you in the right direction.

Generally speaking, a breast augmentation will typically be the most appropriate option for individuals who do not have an issue with breast drooping and are solely interested in adding/restoring volume to the breasts. Although some implants can provide a very minor “lift” in addition to increasing fullness, no implant is able to correct a moderate to significant degree of breast drooping. On the other hand, a breast lift will usually be the best choice for patients who are happy with their current breast size but are seeking to elevate the breasts to a more youthful position on the chest wall. A mastopexy alone can create some added upper pole volume, but it is not able to increase overall cup size.

For women who wish to enhance/restore volume and have their breasts lifted, a combination of breast augmentation and mastopexy is often the ideal solution. Sometimes referred to as a breast lift with implants or an augmentation with a lift, this procedure offers the benefits of both treatment options by simultaneously adding fullness, elevating the breast mound, and creating an aesthetically pleasing breast shape.

As mentioned previously, all of this information is merely meant to point you in the right direction in regard to which breast enhancement procedure may be right for you. For a more personalized answer to this question, my advice is to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you make the proper decision following a thorough physical examination and comprehensive review of your specific needs and goals.