Breast AugmentationThe decision to choose between a breast augmentation or breast lift depends on your body, and the result you want. Both procedures enhance your appearance.

If you are considering breast enhancement surgery, your plastic surgeon will discuss your aesthetic goals with you in an in-depth consultation, and will help you choose the best procedure for the results you desire.

Breast augmentation

Brest augmentation is also known as breast implant surgery. It increases the size and improves the shape of the breasts. It is performed for women who want a fuller figure because they are unhappy with the way their breasts developed, or whose breasts have lost shape and volume after pregnancy or weight loss.

Saline or cohesive gel implants are inserted, either in a round implant, or a teardrop implant. Saline implants are inserted empty then filled, whereas cohesive gel implants are inserted filled. The implants are inserted either behind the breast tissue, or behind the chest muscle.

The type and shape of the implant depends on the desired breast size, body anatomy, and patient preference. Your surgeon will discuss all the options with you to help you choose the best implant for your desired results.

Breast lift

Breast lift surgery is also known as mastopexy. It firms and uplifts the breasts. It is performed for women whose breasts have sagged, perhaps due to pregnancy, aging, loss of skin elasticity, or weight loss.

Breast lifts tighten and remove excess skin from the breasts. During the breast lift, the surgeon repositions the nipple and areola, enhancing the breast shape by elevating the tissue. Breast lifts improve the position and shape of the breasts, but do not make the breasts larger.

The type and position of the incisions depends on the lift. With a mild lift, the procedure can be done through an incision around the nipple. The surgeon may also reduce the size of the areola, if it has stretched. With an extensive lift, there will also be a vertical incision from the nipple downwards over the breast. There may also be an incision in the lower crease of the breast, where it meets the chest.

Combination surgery

Your surgeon may recommend breast implants as well as breast lift surgery. If sagging breasts have also lost volume, perhaps due to breastfeeding aging or weight loss, a breast implant can also be inserted during the breast lift surgery.


Recovery times vary, depending on the type of surgery and every woman’s unique situation. Recovery time for breast augmentation is typically three to four days. The recovery time for breast lift surgery is longer: usually about a week.