Why Not All Breast Procedures Are Only About Size
Despite what a lot of internet buzz might have you believe, there’s a lot more to breasts than just size. In fact, the latest trend in breast augmentation is moving toward smaller, more modestly-sized implants. So it’s no wonder that there are plenty of women who are happy with the size of their breasts but would still like to enhance some other, less talked-about aspects. If this is the case for you, know that boosting your size with breast implants isn’t your only option when it comes to highlighting your natural curves.
How to Improve Breast Appearance without Focusing on Size
If size isn’t your concern, but you would like to improve the appearance of your breasts, a breast lift may be the most appropriate procedure for you. Through breast lift surgery, a skilled plastic surgeon can remove excess skin and tighten the existing tissue to raise, or “lift,” the position of the breasts (American Society of Plastic Surgeons). Additionally, a breast lift procedure can help to address any asymmetry that may be an aesthetic concern, without necessarily altering the overall size of your breasts.
Women who have experienced significant weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or simply the effects of the natural aging process may be good candidates for a breast lift, as these factors can cause the breasts to appear to sag. In most cases, a breast lift is enough of a change to produce a more youthful, updated look.
What a Breast Lift Won’t Do
If you desire more volume, however, know that a breast lift alone won’t be able to achieve those results. If breast size is a concern, in addition to sagging or asymmetry, a combination breast lift and augmentation could be the best option for you. These procedures are commonly performed together and can very nicely complement each other, as breast implants can help to create a fuller, more voluminous look and feel, while a breast lift can help to improve sagging (American Society of Plastic Surgeons).
How to Choose the Right Plastic Surgeon
To help you determine whether or not you may benefit from a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination procedure, it can be useful to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience performing breast procedures. When choosing the right plastic surgeon, ask to see before and after photos of previous patient results that he or she has been able to achieve.
You may also want to prepare questions ahead of time so that you can get the most out of your initial consultation. Some questions to ask during your consultation can include:
- Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
- How many years of training and experience do you have?
- How many breast procedures do you regularly perform?
- Am I a good candidate for a breast lift or breast augmentation?
- Are my goals realistic, and can you help me achieve them?
The Bottom Line
No matter your goals, keep in mind that the aim of plastic surgery is to bring out the best in your natural figure. If you’re happy with the size of your breasts, but other cosmetic concerns like skin laxity (the cause of sagging) or asymmetry are keeping you from feeling as comfortable and confident as you could, a breast lift may be able to help.
Named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, reflective of his being among the top 10 percent of plastic surgeons in his region, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Heil of Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Pittsburgh and Wexford has ample training and experience performing breast procedures, including combination lifts and implants. Dr. Heil would be happy to meet with you one-on-one to discuss your unique needs and goals.
For more information about your breast lift options, or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Heil, contact us today at 724-264-3608 and take the next step toward loving your updated look and enjoying a newfound sense of self-confidence.